Create a policy statement and call to action for stakeholders
who can influence and benefit from the certified PHNs' contributions
to public health and the profession.
Whereas Illinois public health
nursing leaders are in agreement with the Institute of Medicine and
Healthy People 2010 statements on the necessity of enhancing the
competency of a public health workforce; and
Whereas certification is a
recognized strategy designed to assure professional competency
We recommend certification of
Illinois public health nurses as a means to assure competency and
recognize those able to meet current standards of population-focused
Illinois Public Health Association - Nursing Section
UIC College of Nursing,Advancing Public Health Nursing
Education (APHNE) in Illinois
Task Force Leaders
Wanda Aberle, MS, RN, Co-Director of Nursing
Peoria City/County Health Department
Sarah Buller Fenton, MS, RN, BC, Director of Nursing
Tazewell County Health Department
Develop a call to action for stakeholders who can influence and
benefit from certified public health nurses' contribution to public
health and the profession.
Establish certification process for public health nurse
generalists in Illinois.
Obtained input from APHNE Regional Consortia regarding
certification and accreditation.
Formed a State Task Force among invited APHNE participants.
Scheduled regular meetings to further develop ideas and
discuss benefits and barriers to implement policy.
Consulted with a UIC CON educator experienced in policy
development to determine action plan.
Developed a multi-targeted action plan that resulted in the
current policy statement that identifies a unified vision and
secures the future of public health nursing.
forward momentum until issue is completed and accepted
by Illinois public health practitioners (administration to field
staff), political leaders, and its citizens.