Comparing the Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) and the Nurse Educator.

Comparing the Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) and the Nurse Educator.


I am doing my masters in Public health. I want my role to be compared to a Nurse Educator. The instruction of the course is on this website NUR513 Introduction to Advanced Registered Nursing.Comparing the Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) and the Nurse Educator.


Nursing Roles Graphic Organizer: Comparing the Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) and the Nurse Educator

  Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) Nurse Educator Observations (Similarities/ Differences)
Ethics The APHN-BC is concerned with the health education and health promotion of entire populations or communities. It is her duty to ensure no one is harmed through ignorance of disease processes (nonmaleficence or primum non nocere) (Santhirapala & Moonesinghe, 2016). In doing this she is governed by the nursing code of ethics (ANA, 2015). The NE can either be clinical or academic. She ensures that nurses are well trained (academic NEs) and also undergo continuous professional development (clinical NEs). This way, nurses are able to provide safe and efficient nursing care guaranteeing patient safety (nonmaleficence), justice, and autonomy (Summers, 2017). The ANA code of ethics also guides them. Differences

·         APHN-BC has the community as the unit of care, while the NE has the patient as the unit of care.

·         APHN-BC works in the community while NE works in an institution.


·         Both the PHN and the NE are postgraduates.

·         Both the PHN and NE are certified by regulatory bodies.

Education The PHN is a registered nurse with at least a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution. The nurse educator is also a registered nurse with an advanced degree in nursing from n accredited institution. Differences

·         PHNs are taught to prevent disease through community education.

·         NEs are taught to teach a new generation of nurses.


·         Both have an advanced nursing degree.

·         They both start off as RNs with a certificate or BSN degree.

Leadership PHNs lead disease prevention and health promotion efforts at the community level. NEs can become nurse leaders driving change in te training and education of a new generation of nurses. Differences

·         PHNs do not focus on leadership per se but on the wellbeing of the community.

·         NEs are focused on leading change in nursing for future nurses (Hooper, 2016).

Public Health The PHN is an expert in public health nursing. She has all the competencies required to execute the function of disease prevention, by way of their education and training (Nurse License Map, 2020). The clinical nurse educator possesses little competency in public health. However, the academic nurse educator is knowledgeable about public health as she is the one who teaches and trains the PHN. Differences

·         The PHN is specialized in community public health.

·         The NE is specialized in educating the PHN and other advanced nurses.


·         Both have the ultimate goal of getting communities healthier through evidence-based interventions.

Health Care Administration (HCA) PHNs can be involved in local health care administration at the community level and help with public health policy formulation. NEs can also become nurse leaders advocating and implementing change for nurses for better and unrestricted practice. The role includes policy formulation and advocacy. Differences

·         More NEs are in HCA than PHNs.

·         More PHNs are working at the community grassroots level in a hands-on capacity and not HCA.


·         Both PHNs and NEs are qualified to hold positions in health care administration.

Informatics PHNs require training in nursing informatics to the extent that they are able to capture community data electronically and store it as such for future reference. This way, different providers will be able to access it (Wang et al., 2018). NEs have extensive knowledge about informatics since they are the ones who teach future nurses. Differences

·         NEs have more of theoretical knowledge about informatics.

·         PHNs have practical competency in informatics.


·         Both the PHN and the NE are required to possess informatics competencies.

Business/ Finance The PHN can enter into private practice and operate as a business entity. The NE can also operate a consultancy as a private practitioner in a business model. Differences

·         It is easier for a PHN to engage in consultancy than a NE.

·         NEs work best in institutions.

Specialty The specialties the PHN can practice in include biostatistics and informatics, epidemiology, community health, global health, health policy and management, and maternal child health amongst others (Nursing License Map, 2020). The specialties the NE can practice in include gerontology, women’s health, pediatrics, family health amongst others. The specialty depends on the area of experience of the NE before attaining the advanced practice degree. Differences

·         The APHN-BC is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

·         The CNE is obtains certification from the National League for Nursing (NLN).


·         Both the PHN and the NE are regulated and disciplined by the respective state Boards of Nursing.

·         Both are liable to be sued for malpractice under the Tort of Negligence.