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Careers - Career as a Public Health Nurse

What does a Public Health Nurse do?

  • Assists communities, families and individuals to take responsibility for maintaining and/or improving their health by increasing their knowledge of their control over and their influence on health determinants.
  • Facilitates and mediates to enhance strategies that assist communities, groups or individuals to anticipate, cope with and manage maturational changes and the environment.
  • Initiates/participates in health promotion activities in partnership with others including the community, colleagues and other sectors.
  • Applies epidemiological principles and knowledge of disease process in the management and control of communicable disease such as prevention techniques, infection control and outbreak management.
  • Uses strategies to reduce communicable disease risk factors in the community such as: surveillance, immunization, early case identification, contact tracing, episodic care, health education and case management.
  • Uses appropriate technology for reporting and follow-up.
  • Uses appropriate strategies to reduce risk factors regarding chronic disease and disability.
  • Uses appropriate strategies to encourage the modification of lifestyles that are not conducive to good health and support those which are.

Also ....

  • Is responsible for the workload (key responsibilities) assigned in a geographic area, team or group and works in cooperation with all staff in the local official health agency.
  • Provides services in a variety of community settings (i.e. home school, hospital, malls, workplace, etc.).
  • Is an active participant on interdisciplinary committees and a variety of program work groups.
  • Maintains and completes records, reports and statistics necessary for program functioning and evaluation according to agency policy and procedure.
  • Is responsible for professional competence under appropriate legislation, the College of Nurses of Ontario and within Agency policy.
  • Motivated to maintain self-development and professional growth.
  • Uses communication skills to develop helping relationships, facilitate groups and promote involvement in decision-making.
  • Acts as a preceptor to new staff and to nursing students assigned to the agency for clinical experience.
  • Serves on committees both inter and intra agency as assigned.
  • And of course…..other duties as assigned.

Submitted by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit 613-345-5685.




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