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Community Health Nurse

Overview: Community health nurses work for town and city governments and instruct families and persons of good health practices to avoid disease. They assess and make plans for the community's health services, teach classes in child health and caring for convalescing persons.
Duties: They visit and interview the community residents to determine whether the level of health care they are receiving meets their needs. Observe living conditions to assess their hygiene habits.

Design training programs for teaching families healthy eating habits and hygiene habits. They teach families how to monitor the health of their children.

Advise community executives recommending facilities and programs needed to care for persons on welfare. They recommend specific equipment and services needed.

They assess the quality of the health services presently provided by the community in hospitals, schools and convalescent homes. They recommend criteria for evaluating facilities.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of community health nurses is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 due to the increasing population and growth of the older age groups.
Starting Salary: Nursing positions in hospitals, physicians' offices and private services pay slightly more than those in schools and community health settings.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $38,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: All states require graduation from an accredited nursing school and passing an examination to become licensed. The educational paths to nursing are a 2-year associate degree, or a 4 or 5 year B.S.N. program in a college or university. A B.S.N. offers greater promotion potential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.