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Job Number: J1018-0989
Job Title: Public Health Nurse
Position Status: Full Time
Union: ONA 19-CHSD
Division: Public Health Services
Facility: Lambton Public Health
City: Point Edward, Ontario, Canada
Number of Positions: 1
Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Wage Rate: $32.35 - $46.03/Hour
Date Posted: November 5, 2018
Closing Date: November 18, 2018
Starting Date: December 10, 2018

*Please Note: This Public Health Nurse position will be a member of the Family Health team working primarily with the Child Health team.*

The County of Lambton is an urban-rural area in southwestern Ontario that is home to over 126,000 residents. The Corporation's seven divisions operate programs and services for the residents of Lambton County such as land ambulance, provincial offences court, three Long-Term Care Homes, 26 library branches, two museums, an art gallery, archives, local roadways, public health services, housing services, social services, building services and planning and development services. Lambton County is a community dedicated to economic growth, environmental stewardship and an enhanced quality of life through the provision of responsive and efficient services and collaborative efforts with its municipal and community partners.

Position Overview

The Public Health Nurse applies public health knowledge, techniques, and skills to promote health and wellness and prevent disease in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards and associated Protocols and Guidelines; and the Health Protection and Promotion Act and associated Regulations.

The Public Health Nurse promotes public health through activities including surveillance of data and trends over time; case management; contact identification, tracing and notification; contact management; investigation of sources; teaching, counselling, and education; working with stakeholders on initiatives that support public health; and continuously monitoring the indicators of community health.

Duties and Responsibilities

Investigation and Case Management:
• Set scheduled priorities where appropriate, ensuring mandated and department requirements are met
• Apply in practice, key knowledge, critical thinking skills, and aptitudes related to nursing and public health sciences
• Provide public health management duties in program area including case management; contact identification, tracking and notification; contact management; investigation of sources; ministry notification; surveillance
• Regularly report to the ministry using applicable databases or any other method specified by the ministry
• Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities and maintain current professional knowledge of practices, trends, regulations, techniques, procedures, equipment, sampling and documentation

Assessment and Analysis:
• Use equipment, techniques, and procedures to conduct program services
• Collect, store, and submit appropriate samples
• Interpret results and take necessary action including consulting with critical decisions with the Supervisor, Manager, and/or Medical Officer of Health
• Assess, analyze, and evaluate information (investigations, data, facts, sample results, surveillance data and disease trends, concepts and theories) to make evidence informed decisions, prepare reports, conduct investigations, and make recommendations for risk management and/or policy and program development

Program Planning and Evaluation:
• Assist in analyzing and evaluating policies, programs and lessons learned to assess program effectiveness and assist in developing plans to ensure continuing quality assurance
• Assist in developing programs, protocols, and strategies
• Assist in the formulation and review of departmental policies, procedures, goals and objectives

Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy:
• Develop and conduct education/training sessions to the community as per the public health standards. Develop educational/promotional resources and materials
• Assess the needs of learners; teach public health concepts to all ages, genders, cultures, and backgrounds in various settings with available resources
• Use teaching to explain concepts of public health practice, including possible consequences and resolutions using both written and oral communication skills
• Liaise with stakeholders (Ministry, community, agencies, individuals, media) to establish partnerships, and create collaborative approaches to promote common education or advocacy initiatives through shared resources and responsibilities
• Collaborate and co-ordinate services for individuals or families with appropriate community agencies
• Collaborate with other health care providers
• Assist in the training and orientation of students and other personnel as assigned
• Explain and share knowledge, tools, expertise, and experience to build capacity, improve performance and enhance the quality of the working environment
• Assist in preparing media releases and press packages and respond to media requests for program information at the discretion of the Supervisor

Ethics and Professionalism:
• Adhere to the Ontario College of Nurses Standards of Practice and codes of conduct established through organizational policies and applicable legislation

Administrative Duties:
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date charting and records of daily activities
• Record and produce regular reports related to program area

On-Call Duties:
• Provide on-call coverage as per the Ontario Public Health Standards and in accordance with Collective Agreement and applicable department policies and procedures

• Incumbents must keep up-to-date on all relevant legislation, collective bargaining agreements, County Policies and Procedures, etc. ensuring that these are implemented as prescribed
• Incumbents must possess the physical ability to meet the duties and responsibilities of the job description and/or the requirements identified within the position's Physical Demands Analysis

These describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents in this classification. They are not an exhaustive list of all job duties in the classification. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervision Requirements
Direct Supervision: None
Indirect Supervision: None
Functional Authority: None


Minimum Formal Education:
• Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from a recognized University; a current Certificate of Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario

• Knowledge of Ontario Public Health Standards
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team
• Strong assessment, communication and report writing skills
• Technological nursing skills knowledge and skills specific to the program e.g. immunization, infection control, communicable diseases, infant care and feeding, Healthy Babies Healthy Children, parenting, breastfeeding, sexually transmitted infections, sexual health and AIDS
• Knowledge of community resources and advocacy skills to intervene on client's behalf with other agencies

A valid Ontario driver’s license and use of a vehicle.

The County of Lambton is an equal opportunity employer servicing our diverse communities. The County of Lambton is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. This information is available in an alternative format upon request, to accommodate individuals with a disability. Although we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Personal information required by this posting/advertisement is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1990, CHAPTER M.56, as amended. The treatment, storage and handling of personal information is governed by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER M.56, as amended and will be used in reviewing applications. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Corporate Manager, Human Resources, County of Lambton, 789 Broadway Street, Box 3000, Wyoming, Ontario N0N 1T0. Phone 519-845-0801 or Toll-free at 1-866-324-6912.