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A message from Dr. Susan Haynes Little, DNP, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, CPH, CPHQ, CPM, Chief Public Health Nurse, NC Division of Public Health:

North Carolina Public Health Nursing has had a rich history of leadership in the Office of Public Health Nursing and I am honored to have officially taken the helm as of        November 2019.  As the new Chief Public Health Nurse, my hope is to lead the Office of Public Health Nursing by continuing to provide the support state and local public health nursing leaders and staff are accustomed to from the NC Division of Public Health.

I have a long history of public health nursing practice beginning in 1996 as a TB/HIV/STD nurse at the New Hanover County Health Department. I have since worked in many clinical and population health programs at local health departments and at the state.  As many of you know, for me work is play and play is work and I also spend a great amount of time outside of my regular work responsibilities advocating for public health nursing practice.  As an active member of many state and national public health nursing organizations, I continually advocate for full scope of public health nursing practice and high-quality standards and competencies.  I serve on several NC Board of Nursing Advisory Boards/Committees and invest time promoting high quality academic preparation with an emphasis in community and public health nursing by serving as adjunct faculty for both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke Schools of Nursing.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions and thank you for all you do to promote and protect the health of North Carolinians.

Dr. Susan Haynes Little





The following course has been cancelled and will be rescheduled as soon as possible: 

Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing: 

April 20—May 29, 2020

Governor Cooper signed the EO119 which extends the period for PHNs to take the Principles and Practices of PHN course if they are unable to complete it within the one – year period. 

The NC  Office of the Chief Public Health Nurse will reach out to Affected NC PHNs in the near future with further guidance.




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