The NSQHS Standards were developed by the Commission in collaboration with the Australian Government, states and territories, private sector providers, clinical experts, patients and carers. Health, public health and social care practitioners use audit and governance reports to demonstrate the quality of care, as described in a quality standard, or in professional development and validation. The health protection nurse works with a wide range of organisations, disciplines and agencies to undertake disease surveillance, contribute to the management of incidents, outbreaks and control strategies, as well as leading or supporting the implementation of new directives, guidance and policy to protect the public’s health. Regulators like the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted endorse the use of quality standards to help identify and define good quality care. A list of the standards of public health nursing are available here. Public health nursing practice aligns to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) and the Faculty of Public Health’s (FPH) core competences The following information is not exhaustive but provides examples of where public health practice meets the NMC code. The National Occupational Standards, Qualifications and Apprenticeship team at Skills for Health are engaged in a range of activities related to the development of clear standards to underpin the learning and development of the healthcare workforce. The ANA has developed and published standards for clinical nursing practice and specialty practice including public health nursing. References Brent, Nancy. (1997). Copies of the scope and standards documents can be ordered from American Nurses Association by clicking here. Please follow the links below to find out more: This is a report that has 70 pages of standards of practice and professional performance for public health nurses, and it will tell us how public health nursing is moving forward and is helping to keep people healthy. It has been designed to be used by public health nurses as a reflective/revalidation tool. This revised edition looks to the future of public health nursing and provides essential guidance in the form of standards and competencies for generalist and the advanced public health nurse. The primary aims of the NSQHS Standards are to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision. The good news is that the American Nurse Association is publishing a new report called Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The nursing …