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Development of a Public Health Nursing Data Infrastructure
Public Health Nursing (2012)
  • Karen A. Monsen, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Betty Bekemeier, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
  • Robin P. Newhouse
  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, University of Kentucky

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.

  • data infrastructure,
  • nursing workforce,
  • Omaha System,
  • public health nursing standards,
  • public health systems,
  • quantitative research
Publication Date
July 1, 2012
Publisher Statement
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Citation Information
Karen A. Monsen, Betty Bekemeier, Robin P. Newhouse and F. Douglas Scutchfield. "Development of a Public Health Nursing Data Infrastructure" Public Health Nursing Vol. 29 Iss. 4 (2012)
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