Innovative Pediatric Nursing Role: Public Health Nurses in Child Welfare

Schneiderman, Janet U.
July 2006
Pediatric Nursing;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p317
Academic Journal
The role of a pediatric public health nurse (PHN) practicing health case management in a child welfare agency was developed to meet the increasing health care demands and severe health problems of children in foster care. Federal and state government appropriated monies to fund this role to alleviate the difficulties in coordinating health care between the child welfare system and health care providers. Informal observations of the PHN in a large metropolitan child welfare agency in California were categorized using the Minnesota Public Health Intervention Model. Nurses functioning in this role are part of a team, with social workers, to promote the safety of children in foster care and to assure that health is part of a safe environment.


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