Public Health Nursing

Public Health (PH) Nurses are Registered Nurses who have additional training and certification to work in the community and the field of Public Health. Our goal is to meet preventive health needs of families and individuals, and promote positive health behavior. Our nurses offer in-home care to new parents, children, and the elderly.

Getting Started

If you or someone you know could benefit from Public Health Nursing assistance, start by submitting a Public Health Nursing Referral Form (PDF) to our office. Once received, our nurses contact the referred individual to offer services.

If PH Nursing services are accepted, a nurse will make an in-home visit and perform a comprehensive needs assessment of individuals and the family as a whole. The needs assessment typically takes about one hour, though can take longer. The needs assessment allows the nurse to develop a specific care plan which may include:

  • Breastfeeding and postpartum depression referrals and support
  • Health counseling
  • Medically fragile infant home visitation
  • New baby care and growth and development information
  • Nutrition assessment and referrals
  • Referrals for medical care and related resources
  • Service coordination
  • Wellness program referrals

Services Provided

  1. Women & Children
  2. Family & Mental Health
  3. Elder Care

Nurses provide information about:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child Care
  • Growth and Development
  • Immunizations
  • New Baby Care
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting
  • Post-Partum Depression screening
  • Pregnancy

What's it like to work as a public health nurse for Placer County? Watch the video: