A public health nurse focuses their practice on a specific neighborhood or community area. They strive to improve health conditions within their target community by providing education and treatment aimed at the health issues that are most prevalent within that community. Public health nurses can also build their practice around a specific population group, such as mal-nourished children, HIV/AIDS patients or adults with mental illness living in the same care facility. Usually public health nurses focus their efforts on groups that are in need and do not have the financial means to afford regular health care services. Public health nurses start to treat a community by identifying the prevalent health conditions and creating a plan to educate the community about ways to prevent the spread of such conditions. Many public health nurses run their practice out of small community clinics and offer such health care services as vaccinations, immunizations, preventive care methods, basic health screenings and blood testing at an affordable cost to members of the community.

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