Advanced Practice Nursing Roles And Competencies In Epidemiology And Population Health

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


Nurses play a key role in the field of epidemiology and in population health. Population-focused nursing demands application of nursing theory and practice while integrating the tenets of public health to contribute to the improvement of community and population health. While advanced practice nurses may not all specialize in public health, it is essential that advanced practice nurses have a foundational knowledge of concepts on the health and illness continuum from a population perspective. This chapter articulates the meaning of advanced practice nursing. It describes the role of the advanced practice nurse in epidemiology and population health. Consistent themes emerge across all functional roles of advanced practice nursing. Advanced assessment and analytic skills to include use of epidemiologic data and concepts to better understand disease occurrence and distribution are crucial to optimal health outcomes.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach