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Public Health Nurse (Youth Health), Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Provides Public Health Nursing services in the Youth Health Program.  Promotes and protects the health of individuals, families, social networks, and the community, in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Mandatory Health Programs, in order to enable all children and youth to attain and maintain their optimal level of physical, mental, emotional and social development.  As part of a multi-disciplinary team, participates in planning and implementation to strengthen community action, including community development, comprehensive school health initiatives, conferencing, coalition building, and community collaboration.  Facilitates participation of community participants in health promotion strategies.  Participates in the planning and implementation of needs assessments and community mapping to identify, assess and respond to health needs and health care trends of child/youth populations.  Acts as a consultant to service providers, teachers, and youth leaders regarding course content, comprehensive school health and youth empowerment strategies.  Participates in research and evaluation activities.  Writes proposals for external program funding; applies trends in epidemiology to modify nursing practice; identifies potential health concerns and strengths, and recommends new strategies of health promotion.  Concentration and attention to detail are required while planning, implementing, and evaluating program delivery.  Regularly lifts audiovisual equipment and display boards weighing up to 15 kgs.   Operates a computer 30% of the time.   Performs work in a standard office 50% of the time.  May also perform work in classroom settings throughout the Region.  Work requires altered work hours, evening and occasional weekend work.  Participation in mass immunization and emergency response activities occasionally exposes incumbent to potential needle stick injury and disposal of blood and body fluids.  

Must possess a current Certificate of Competence as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Baccalaureate in Nursing that includes preparation in Public Health Nursing or Diploma in Public Health Nursing (per HPPA amended 1997).  Thorough knowledge of youth health public health related issues.  Knowledge of and skill in application of the nursing process; learning principles; life cycle/maturational stress factors, the etiology of health factors specific to children and adolescents, and specific experience with this population.  Working knowledge of health promotion strategies, current community health developments, comprehensive school health, and appropriate technology to address the specific health issues of the population.  Skill and experience in community organization and conducting informal and formal assessments of health needs for children, adolescents, their parents and caregivers.  Creative ability and experience in providing innovative health promotion activities in a variety of settings, building formal partnerships/linkages with schools, neighbourhood associations and other related health and social service agencies.  Skill in health counselling, telephone consultation, group process, and facilitation as well as proven public speaking and interpersonal skills in order to counsel, advise, and facilitate learning by individuals or various-sized groups of children, adults, school staff and other professionals, peer health workers, parents, caregivers, and community members.  Skill in the operation of a computer using word processing software to create own documents and skill in Internet-based searching and networking. Ability to participate as an effective team member.  Ability to verbally communicate complex technical information, educate, and express ideas clearly and concisely to further the program objectives. Ability to alter language for each target population or comprehension level.  Ability to write reports, memos, frameworks, letters, pamphlets, minutes, and other documents.  Ability to synthesize data and literature from various sources.  Ability to travel to various locations within and occasionally outside the Region.  Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.
Wage/salary:  $52,561.60 - $73,346.00 per annum             
Is shift work normally required: no   

For a detailed description of these positions and to apply online, please visit our Web site at by January 22, 2008, quoting the competition number 2007-1483.  Or, send your résumé to

The Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Staffing Coordinator
150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor
Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3
Fax: (519) 575-4454

We are committed to employment equity and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.