System Base Practice as a Public Health Nursing Workforce Competency Requirement

Ann M. Stalter

This is an exhilarating time to be in public health! Internationally, the digital world has created an environment for the economic security needed to protect health and promote healing of all mankind. Globalization allows scientists to treat and track diseases in ways that have never been possible. In the United States (U.S.), the federal mandate for equal access to health care has opened a plethora of imaginary and tangible boundaries of which were antecedents to just about every–ism known to public health providers. With this exciting reform comes the need for workforce awareness and new ways of thinking and performing jobs. Competency based curricula appear to be addressing some of the transformation needed to advance a responsive public health workforce