Development of a public health nursing data infrastructure

Karen A. Monsen, Betty Bekemeier, Robin P. Newhouse, F. Douglas Scutchfield

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An invited group of national public health nursing (PHN) scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders met in October 2010 identifying a critical need for a national PHN data infrastructure to support PHN research. This article summarizes the strengths, limitations, and gaps specific to PHN data and proposes a research agenda for development of a PHN data infrastructure. Future implications are suggested, such as issues related to the development of the proposed PHN data infrastructure and future research possibilities enabled by the infrastructure. Such a data infrastructure has potential to improve accountability and measurement, to demonstrate the value of PHN services, and to improve population health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012



  • Data infrastructure
  • Nursing workforce
  • Omaha System
  • Public health nursing standards
  • Public health systems
  • Quantitative research

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