Public Health Nurse (School Health- Covid-19 Support)

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Public Health Nurse (School Health- Covid-19 Support)

Contract Full Time: (64) positions – 18 Month contract

Health Services –Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention

CUPE Local 966- Health Services

The School Health Program requires Public Health Nurses who can build and maintain strong relationships to deliver population health strategies to improve health outcomes for a group of schools across Peel Region. 

These Public Health Nurses will work to assist with Covid-19 Support in the Region of Peel Schools. 

The individual must work in a self-directed manner within a collaborative team environment to promote and deliver services using a comprehensive school health approach.

 

Team Specific Responsibilities:

  • Understand, establish, and monitor infection prevention and control practices in general and as they have been tailored in the school’s system in relation to COVID-19.
  • Utilize an understanding of child and adolescent health and principles of child and youth engagement in anticipating, preventing, and managing related challenges including those areas impacted by COVID-19 and/or return to school (e.g., mental health and wellness, family violence, substance use).
  • Provide key community supports and resources that may be available for information and referral in conjunction with work with students, teachers, families and administrators.
  • Outline key aspects of COVID-19 and utilize this knowledge to inform clear communication, health teaching and all other activities related to prevention, case and contact management, monitoring, assessment, testing surveillance, reporting, and documentation.
  • Perform case and contact management and outbreak management.
  • Identify the areas of need that may be identified during a community assessment, particularly within the current COVID-19 context (e.g., mental health promotion)

General Responsibilities:

  • Apply knowledge regarding concepts of population health status, inequities in health, determinants of health, and strategies for health protection and promotion to guide practice
  • Utilize research and evidence and apply critical appraisal skills to inform policies, programs and practice
  • Provide health information, teaching and counselling to clients
  • Use a holistic approach to assess the health status and functional competence of clients with consideration of the impact of the determinants of health
  • Identify and analyze clients’ culture, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about health influence interventions
  • Establish mutually determined goals with client, including outcome indicators and evaluative measures
  • Facilitate client engagement in identifying and defining health issues using community development and community assessment skills
  • Participate in the planning, developing, implementation and evaluation of community wide and site specific public health strategies using Evidence Informed Decision Making (EIDM)
  • Advocate for and contribute to the development of healthy public policy
  • Collaborate with partners to identify and address public health issues and service gaps in order to achieve improved health outcomes
  • Develop, foster and facilitate intersectoral partnerships and networks using team building, negotiation, conflict management and group facilitation
  • Demonstrate culturally sensitive approaches and strategies with diverse populations
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Promote awareness of the Region of Peel and Public Health services
  • Participate in research, quality assurance initiatives, and mentorship opportunities as appropriate
  • Adhere to public health and nursing ethical standards and principles
  • Fulfill legal and professional obligations and responsibilities in accordance with relevant legislation and departmental policies, procedures and medical directives;acts as an ambassador for the Region of Peel, Public Health Services and Public Health Nursing
  • Perform other duties as assigned which support the organizational goals
  • Respond to public health emergencies, significant events and incidents as required by the Health Protection and Promotion Act and Emergency Standards

  Qualifications:

  • A Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing or equivalent recognized by a Canadian University
  • Current license to practise as a Registered Nurse by the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Experience in public health or community health nursing is preferred
  • Fluency in French would be an asset
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Advocacy, negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills
  • Relevant computer skills (MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and the ability to work with databases
  • Effective public relations, presentation, public speaking, group facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Effective organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to apply appropriate theory and learning principles to practice
  • Knowledge of Peel’s diverse community and associated health impacts

Location:  Brampton, Mississauga & Caledon. This position will require you to work at various school sites across the Region of Peel. 

Hours: 35 hrs/week 

Interview: Our recruitment process will be completed with video conference technology. 

If this opportunity matches your qualifications and experience, please apply online at our Region of Peel Careers page.