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Public Health Nurse

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€31k > 54
Public Health Nurse
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€31 - 54
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HSE.ie

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Despite a decline in employment, the demand for certain types of nursing skills has remained strong and has resulted in shortages. Work patterns and certain geographical locations are also impacting on recruitment and retention of nurses.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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Occupational Category

Nurses & Midwives

Also included in this category:

Practice nurses; psychiatric nurses; staff nurses; nurse (clinical specialists); nurse-tutors; midwives; matrons (medical services).

Number Employed:

58,500

Part time workers: 21%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 7 / 93%
Non-Nationals: 11%
With Third Level: 97%
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At a Glance... header image

Public Health Nurses are qualified registered nurses who provide a range of health care services in the community.


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Registered Public Health Nurses advise and educate people on health matters. They take the role of family counsellor, teacher and nurse, providing much more than just basic nursing care.  
 
Registered Public Health Nurses assess, plan and evaluate health care for patients in the community. Patients may be people who have been recently discharged from hospital, or people who are house-bound, elderly, terminally ill or long-term sick.  
 
As well as providing treatment and practical nursing care, Registered Public Health Nurses advise patients and their families on health care and the prevention of illness. They are also involved in health education programmes.  
 
One of the main responsibilities of a Registered Public Health Nurse is to check the development of babies through regular visits and clinic sessions. They have links with parents before and after the birth, but the main involvement occurs after the first 28 days of the baby's life. Registered Public Health Nurses advise on normal child development, feeding, safety, and how to play with and stimulate a child.  
 
Registered Public Health Nurses are involved in running clinics and classes - Child Health Clinics, Well Baby Clinics, antenatal and postnatal classes. These can be attached to a GP's surgery or can be separate health clinics.  
 
Registered Public Health Nurses also help to promote health care in the community. They collect and use information about the health and social problems of the local population, and devise the best ways of meeting health needs. Health promotion activities may be aimed at encouraging changes in diet and lifestyle. Registered Public Health Nurses are also required to write and keep accurate reports and records.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patient characteristics such as age and gender.

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Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays).

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Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.

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Develop treatment plans based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines.

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Diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.

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Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.

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Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or herbal remedies.

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Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.

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Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults.

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Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Registered Public Health Nurses need to be able to take the initiative, adopt a responsible approach to decision making, and be flexible enough to devise the most appropriate health care plan for each individual.  
 
Tact, patience, sympathy, adaptability and good communication skills are essential. Registered Public Health Nurses work closely with other health professionals, so you must be prepared to work as part of a team.


Entry Routesheader image

To train as a Public Health Nurse you must first be registered as a General Nurse* (RGN) with the NMBI.

A Nurse (RGN) who is not registered as a midwife (RM) with NMBI must also complete a Child & Maternal Health module. Successful completion will entitle you to apply for registration with NMBI (RPHN) and an award from the HEI.

Further details are available from the HEIs:

  • NUIG
  • UCD
  • UCC
  • St. Angela’s College Sligo

*See also Nurse - General in the Occupations Database for entry route details.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
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Organisation: Nursing Careers Centre
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Organisation: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO)
Address: The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
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Organisation: An Bord Altranais/Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 639 8500 LoCall 1890 200 116
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