What is a Public Health Nurse?

A Public Health Nurse blends knowledge and skills from nursing and public health sciences to promote and preserve the health of the community. Under the direction of management, a Public Health Nurse participates in needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of assigned public health programs and services. Nurses working in public health have different titles – Public Health Nurse, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Program Manager or Chief Nursing Officer. They care for individuals, families and communities where they live, work, learn and play.

What do you need to become a Public Health Nurse?

A baccalaureate degree in Nursing and a current Certificate of Competence with the College of Nurses of Ontario (regulating body).

In what program areas do Public Health Nurses work?

They work in the following areas: injury prevention, reproductive health, sexual health, needle exchange program, child health (infant to six years of age), chronic disease prevention, school and youth services, infectious disease control and vaccines, and the Perth District Health Unit’s Health Line.

What is the best part about being a Public Health Nurse?

You work in many diverse programs, in many different settings and with diverse populations. Public Health Nurses go anywhere people in need can be found.

What is the most challenging part about being a Public Health Nurse?

Trying to keep up-to-date on all of the current research and program changes. The world of public health is always evolving to provide the best care possible.

Thinking about becoming a Public Health Nurse?

Public Health Nurses are skilled service providers, consultants, educators, case managers, facilitators, advocators, counsellors, evaluators, communicators, coordinators, collaborators, researchers, community developers, social marketers, policy developers, managers, and nurse practitioners.