Public Health Nurse (Vaccine Preventable Disease) BSc(N)

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Description of Duties:

Provides public health nursing services with a focus on health promotion, health protection and disease and injury prevention specific to assigned program area, and in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards and the College of Nurses of Ontario standards and practices as defined by the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Nursing Act and consistent with the mission, vision, values, and strategic direction of the Department.

Current Assignment:  These nursing positions will play an integral role in the prevention of COVID-19 transmission through the provision of COVID-19 vaccine to priority populations and the community at large. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:        

  • Must possess a current Certificate of Competence as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Baccalaureate degree that includes preparation in Public Health, or a Diploma in Public Health Nursing (per HPPA amended 1997). Current CPR certification, immunization status, and proof of immunity for Hepatitis B are required.
  • Must be eligible and/or willing to have a COVID vaccination
  • Knowledge of public health issues and strategies related to the reduction in incidence of infectious disease, outbreak control, infection control, and immunization, including indications and contraindications to vaccination and management of adverse vaccine reactions, such as anaphylaxis.
  • Knowledge of the principles of immunization and an awareness of infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge of Regional and Departmental policies and procedures, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Standards, Ontario Public Health Standards, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Health Care Consent Act, Personal Health Information Protection of Privacy Act, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Nursing Act, Child and Family Services Act, and other related legislation and professional guidelines and standards.
  • Knowledge, skill and judgment in the application of nursing science and nursing process; assessment and history taking; child, adolescent and adult learning principles; life cycle/maturational stress factors; and the etiology of health factors specific to priority or universal populations.
  • Skill in project management, strategy development, and report writing. Critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills.

    Knowledge and application of health surveillance data as it applies to assigned area of work.

  • Understanding of and ability to apply health promotion and communication strategies in collaboration with others in order to raise awareness of health issues and place social justice and health equity on the public agenda.

  • Knowledge of how social, economic, and environmental factors affect health, health promotion strategies, and current community health developments; use of social justice concepts to improve health and wellbeing of the public; and capacity building, advocacy, and policy development for priority or universal populations.

  • Leadership, facilitation and team building skills. Ability to model, support, and serve as a preceptor for professional and skills development. Skill in priority setting, organization, and self-directed learning, with minimal supervision.

    Skill in community organization and conducting informal and formal assessments of health needs for priority or universal populations. Creative ability and experience in providing innovative health promotion activities; engaging others and motivating productive participation of community groups, schools, individuals, and staff to meet program objectives; and building effective partnerships with community members.

  • Skill in health counselling, consultation, group process and facilitation, with public speaking and interpersonal skills to counsel, advise, and facilitate learning by individuals and groups of children, adults, school staff and other professionals, peer health workers, parents, caregivers, and community members. Ability to provide non-judgmental and inclusive service to all clients. Ability to refer, coordinate, and facilitate access to services in health and other community sectors.

    Ability to communicate complex technical information verbally and in writing, and to educate and express ideas clearly and concisely to clients of all ages, staff, multicultural groups, and other groups to further program objectives. Ability to alter language to suit priority or universal groups and clients’ comprehension levels.

  • Demonstrated public speaking ability to lay and professional audiences.

  • Ability to write clearly using appropriate format and language for reports, memos, business letters, pamphlets, meeting minutes, and other documents. Ability to synthesize data and literature from multiple sources to write reports, documentation, and proposals.

  • Computer and technology skills with the ability to use software to create documents, conduct internet-based searches, and networking. Ability to use and maintain electronic documentation for various purposes.

    Ability to participate as an effective team member within an interdisciplinary health setting with community members of various backgrounds and cultures.

  • Ability to travel to various locations within, and occasionally outside Waterloo Region