Skills and interests (public health nurse)

Find out more about the skills that public health nurses need. 

Public health nurses require a broad range of skills, including:

  • excellent communication skills
  • project management
  • analytical skills
  • influencing and negotiating skills
  • ability to work across multi-agency or multi-disciplinary professional networks
  • good people skills in order to develop and sustain relationships 
  • problem-solving skill
  • an ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • an enthusiasm and genuine interest in health protection

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Public Health Nurses have skills and knowledge primarily at levels 5-9 of the Skills for Health Career Framework.

You might also find it helpful to take a look at our career planning section to think more about what and skills and qualities you have to offer.

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