The Henry Street Consortium Population-Based Competencies for Educating Public Health Nursing Students

Marjorie A. Schaffer, Sharon Cross, Linda O. Keller, Pamela Nelson, Patricia M. Schoon, Pat Henton

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The Henry Street Consortium, a collaboration of nurse educators from universities and colleges and public health nurses (PHNs) from government, school, and community agencies, developed 11 population-based competencies for educating nursing students and the novice PHN. Although many organizations have developed competency lists for experts, the Consortium developed a set of competencies that clearly define expectations for the beginning PHN. The competencies are utilized by both education and practice. They guide nurse educators and PHNs in the creation of learning experiences that develop population-based knowledge and skills for baccalaureate nursing students. Public health nursing leaders use the competencies to frame their expectations and orientations for nurses who are new to public health nursing. This paper explains the meaning of each of the 11 population-based competencies and provides examples of student projects that demonstrate competency development. Strategies are suggested for nurse educators and PHNs to promote effective population-based student projects in public health agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-90
Number of pages13
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Collaboration
  • Partnerships
  • Population-based nursing
  • Public health nursing competencies
  • Public health nursing education


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