Entry requirements (public health nurse)
Read more about the entry requirements for public health nurses.
In order to work as a public health nurse, you must first qualify and register as a nurse or midwife. Following on from this, entry requirements will vary and may well be specific to individual positions.
Experience or a qualification (or both) in one of the following areas may be an advantage:
- community nursing
- school nursing
- staff nurse in health visiting team
- work in A&E or walk-in centre settings
- counselling and psychological help
- occupational health
- infection prevention and control
- health protection
- practice nursing
There are other educational options and courses for those working in infectious disease, health protection, infection control, sexual health, drug and alcohol, smoking cessation and other areas.
A public health nurse may or may not hold a specialty community public health nurse (SCPHN) qualification.