Community Health Nurses


Community Health Nurses


Community health nurses, also known as public health nurses, provide community-based health care. They organize, promote, and deliver care to community groups in urban, rural, and remote settings. They work in community health centers in large and small cities, or they travel to remote locations to bring health care treatment and information to people living in those areas. They provide public health services and educational programs to schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, elderly care facilities, and matern...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Internships or clinical rotations





Personality Traits

Hands On


Salary is determined by many factors, including nursing specialty, education, place of employment, geographical location, and work experience.

Registered nurses (a group including community health nurses) had a median yearly income of $71,730 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $50,800 annually, while the top paid 10 percent...

Work Environment

Work environments vary depending on the community health nurse's responsibilities. Some nurses work in clean, well-lighted buildings in upscale communities, while others find themselves working in remote, underdeveloped areas that have poor living conditions. Personal safety may be an issue at times. Some community health nurses work overseas in government or private enterprises.

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Nursing specialties will be in great demand in the coming years. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment of registered nurses (RNs) is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition to the need for nurses to fill new jobs, there will also be the need for those to replace nurses who leave the field for retirement ...