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Public Health Nurse Residency

The College of Nursing and the Shelby County Health Department collaborated to develop and implement a Public Health Nurse Residency Program. This 12-month residency allows participants to  accomplish the following:

  • Recognize nursing’s key role in generating and sharing knowledge.
  • Develop quality improvement and evidence-based practice skills.
  • Develop and implement public health initiatives relevant to Shelby County Health Department’s clinical and quality needs.
  • Achieve selected core competencies for public health nurses.
  • Develop and advance innovative strategies to strengthen public health nursing practice.


The first nurse residency class graduated in 2018, and class members are currently in year two of the program. The goals of year two include providing support for implementing and evaluating clinical projects and providing professional guidance to the residents.


Going forward, this program will be rebranded as a Nursing Scholars program.  A New Graduate Public Health Nurse Residency Program is in the development phase; program goals include:

  •  Addressing the critical issues of recruitment, retention, and education, which will ultimately improve community and public health.
  • Providing 12 months of mentoring, specialized public health nursing education, training and support.
  • Helping to advance new nurses from novice level to competent nurse with specialized critical-thinking skills and a focus on public health nursing competencies.

To learn more, please call or email Dr. Sara Day at 901.930.8007 or


May 26, 2022