I'm taking a look at the materials sent for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Forum on the Future of Public Health Nursing I will be attending next week. I'm very interested in what this Forum will advance as key priorities in our profession.
A thought I have had over the last few months is that we have a unique role in that we accept the task of "going out" in our communities. I know of many professions that are trying to play a role in public health. All well-meaning and some effective in their own way. In my mind a constant and unrelenting role of nurses in our profession is hopping in the car to meet someone .... out there. Not many people in service will do that these days. Too inefficient! But is it?
Whether the task is labeled individual services or population health, it most likely will start and end with a smile, handshake or hug and a relationship that has said "You have value to me. I'll meet you where you're at".