Welcome to the Alabama Department of Public Health Nursing Division. Public Health nurses provide a wide array of services to the citizens of Alabama. Alabama public health nurses have been providing care to the community for more than a century.
What we know as public health nursing grew out of a concern to care for those that could not care for themselves. Through numerous acts of legislation, the practice grew to incorporate preventive health education and advocacy.
Today, 1,009 public health nurses provide nutritional counseling, family planning education, case management, wellness screening, disease treatment, child/adult immunization, and emergency preparedness information/training to the over four million citizens of our state.
Nursing Division Mission Statement
The mission of Public Health Nursing is to assure conditions in which individuals, families, and communities can be healthy utilizing the unique expertise of Public Health Nurses to assess, plan, and implement programs which promote health and prevent disease.
The nurses of the Alabama Department of Public Health are a collection of caring professionals who have dedicated their lives to the healing art of nursing. Diploma, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral prepared nurses provide education, counseling, prevention, and medical care services to the citizens in all 67 Alabama counties. Nurses employed by public health apply public/community health knowledge to prevent and manage acute and chronic health conditions that affect the general well being of the state’s population. Nurses use community health statistics and disease progression knowledge to minimize the devastating affects of common health threats across the life span.
Public health nurses implement preventive health programs to assist the citizens of Alabama in living at the most optimal level of health. Nurses provide education and monitoring of these programs to assist the at risk population. Nurses understand that without these important programs a considerable amount of the population would suffer more serious health problems.