Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Public Health Nurse (RN)

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Public Health Nurse (RN)
    Work Site: Pemberton Health Unit - Pemberton, BC
    Status: Regular Full Time
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $34.83 - $45.73 per hour
    Hours: 0830 - 1630, with Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays off
    Reference#: 121352-eag


    Utilizes Public Health nursing knowledge and expertise to promote and protect the optimal health, well being and safety of infants, young children, youth, adults and families at all ages and life stages through universal and targeted programming. Provides a full continuum of services including prevention, health promotion and early intervention services to individuals/groups in a variety of community based settings. Establishes and maintains multidisciplinary and community partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. The Public Health Nurse identifies the client as individual/community/system and determines necessary interventions using a continuum of Public Health Nursing interventions such as screening, assessment, referral, advocacy, surveillance and monitoring, education and consultation.

    Practices within the context of a client and family centered care model, and in accordance with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) standards of practice and Code of Ethics for registered nurses, the Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice and the CHNC Public Health Nursing Discipline specific competencies and the scope of practice as set by the organization’s policies, guidelines and clinical practice documents and within own competence. Practice is aligned with the vision, mission, goals and values of the organization as well as within the context of a public health care approach and the concept of a client and family centered care model.


    Education & Experience

    • Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
    • Completion of specialty nursing certificate/certified practice (BCCNP) as applicable and two (2) years' recent, related public health nursing experience including experience related to the population applicable to the job or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
    • Valid BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle for local area travel.

    Knowledge & Abilities

    • Comprehensive knowledge of public health nursing theory, practices and procedures.
    • Knowledge of community development and health promotion principles and practices.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of evidence informed nursing practice related to normal growth and development of relevant populations and appropriate screening and referral processes.
    • Knowledge of communicable disease control practices and procedures including: prevention, promotion, reporting responsibilities and related procedures and immunization practices, including up to date immunization competency.
    • Knowledge of Baby Friendly initiative, including completion of relevant breastfeeding course(s).
    • Demonstrated certified skills/abilities to provide contraceptive management and to assess and treat sexually transmitted infections.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with co-workers, physicians, other health care staff, clients and their families and outside agencies.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care, the ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with co-workers, care team and community partners and the ability to identify and facilitate community resources appropriate to clients’ and families’ needs.
    • Demonstrated ability to counsel, teach, facilitate and coach individuals, families and groups.
    • Demonstrated ability to deal sensitively and tactfully with clients and provide culturally sensitive nursing services to diverse and marginalized populations.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritise work.
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, problem solve and facilitate resolutions.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with others to make evidence informed decisions.
    • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new and unexpected events.
    • Demonstrated facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to participate in the development and delivery of educational materials based on education theories and best practices.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of basic research principles and procedures, such as research ethics, research question, hypothesis and qualitative vs. quantitative data analysis methods, and demonstrated ability to participate in research.
    • Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
    • Demonstrated computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system as well as applicable word processing, spreadsheet and database software applications.
    • Ability to operate related equipment.
    • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

    This posting has been posted internally and externally concurrently. External applicants will be considered after internals.


    The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

    ***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

    Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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