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Office of Public Health Nursing

Welcome to the Office of Public Health Nursing webpage.

Vision: Healthy People in Healthy Communities

Mission: To protect and promote the health of all people in Delaware

DPH nurses serve individuals, families, and communities statewide through home visits, in clinics, and in other community settings.

DPH nurses collaborate with: health and social services agencies, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, primary care and specialty providers, and home care agencies, childcare centers, community centers, neighborhood organizations and nongovernmental agencies, as well as local, state, and federal agencies.


Child Development Watch (Birth to Three)

Nurses serve infants and toddlers, from birth to age three, with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families.

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Chronic Disease Prevention

For information on health promotion and chronic disease prevention (including population health and health equity work) done at the local level, contact:

The Chronic Disease Prevention Bureau, in the Division’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Section, manages programs to prevent and control the leading causes of death (nationally and) in Delaware – cardiovascular disease – including heart disease and stroke, cancer, lung disease, and diabetes.

The programs above work closely with the Bureau of Health Promotion, whose programs address the major risk factors for the leading causes of death and promote tobacco prevention and control, healthy lifestyles including physical activity, healthy nutrition, and healthy weight.

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Communicable Disease

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Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Nurses play a key role in protecting and preserving the health of our communities by planning and responding to critical incidents, epidemics, emergencies, and disasters.

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HIV Case Management

Nurses collaborate to provide HIV consultation and case management services in all three counties.

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Home Visiting (Pregnant/Young Families)

Nurses provide home visiting services to pregnant mothers and young families through our Smart Start program.

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Nurses immunize children-newborn though age 18-in need of vaccinations and are uninsured or underinsured in clinics located in each county.

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Lead Poisoning Prevention and Case Management

Nurses conduct lead screening (for children through age 18) including assessment of risk, blood screening and counseling regarding lead hazards.

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Nursing Education

DPH provides “clinical opportunities” in home, clinic, and community settings to nursing students enrolled in collegiate nursing programs at all levels. We maintain formal collaborative agreements with all nursing programs within the state of Delaware, as well as several colleges and universities in bordering states and beyond. Faculty should contact the Nursing Director or Nurse Consultants at least 2-12 months in advance of the start of the semester.

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Nursing Consultation

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Nursing Recruitment

You can make a difference in the lives of Delawareans! Contribute your knowledge, skills and abilities toward protecting and promoting the health of Delaware’s families and communities in a range of Division of Public Health nursing positions. DPH nurses work in home visiting, clinic and/or community settings in one or more specialty area.

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Nursing Training

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Population Health - Health Equity

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School Nurse Partnership

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Sexual and Reproductive Health

Nurses provide family planning (FP) and sexually transmitted disease services for male and female clients in clinics located in each county.

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Tuberculosis Elimination

DPH nurses and physician consultants in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties provide screening, treatment, and follow-up of positive Tuberculosis test results.

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