It is within this evolving environment that the APHN basic skill set must change to meet the changing needs of the Army, but at the same time maintain familiarization with the traditional programs still expected of the APHN in garrison.
The essential services, listed below, are those that the APHN is expected to perform under any situation requiring community-based health interventions and public health nursing efforts:
Though the topic is relevant to the 66B AOC, the depth was much greater than necessary when viewed in light of practical expectation of future application as an APHN.
The available time is used to focus on the essential skill sets and projected roles of the APHN in a deployed setting.
It is important that the APHN is able to discuss these issues in the military context, and also have an awareness of the concerns of individuals who face potential exposure, as well as those of family members worried about their Soldiers.
The APHN now receives 12 hours in civil affairs, rapid health assessments, nutritional considerations in disaster relief, preventive medicine support in contingency operations, and PM operations with detainees.
Good presentation skills are necessary for the APHN to inform, educate, and empower people.
The APHN is now given exposure to the issue and made aware of the potential need for public health nurse involvement in response plan development and postevent action.
The APHN also participates in a Preventive Medicine Operation and Field Training Exercise at the end of the course.