Public Health Nurse


Reporting to the Public Health Leader, the Public Health Nurse works as a Public Health Practitioner to achieve standards for Public Health. As a member of the Public Health Services team, The Public Health Nurse works with Content Leads and community partners on public health priorities.

These will involve:

  • Promoting and supporting the development of policies and physical, social and built environments to address the social determinants of health through an equity lens.
  • Collaboration with community agencies and groups to achieve standards and targets for Public Health Services by providing surveillance, follow-up and intervention for the prevention and control of communicable and chronic diseases, and adapts these processes in the pursuit of health development and healthy communities.
  • Acts as a resource for communities in the Areas of Focus.

The PHN work has an emphasis on partnership and community development and he/she works in collaboration with the health authorities, schools, municipalities, community agencies and groups and various sectors to promote and protect health and advocate for healthy public policy.  The PHN is accountable to provide competent, safe and ethical professional practice/service and apply public health core competencies to his/her work.

The PHN ensures that the principles and practices that guide District Health Authority such as the vision, mission, values, strategic directions, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships and inter-professional collaboration are integrated within the work that they do and through the messages they deliver.


  • Bachelor in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Eligible for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
  • A valid drivers’ license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Audio visual equipment and general office equipment
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, social justice and sustainable development, recognition of the importance of the health of the   community as well as the individual, and respect for diversity, self-determination, empowerment and community participation.
  • Understanding of working within a population health framework
  • Knowledge of health surveillance, epidemiology and information management
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including team building, negotiation, conflict management and group facilitation
  • Motivated with a strong customer service orientation building solid health care client/partner relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and be self-directed
  • Demonstrated judgement and decision making skills
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Commitment to health and safety
  • Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position
  • Demonstrated good attendance in current and past employment
  • Exemplary work history as demonstrated in current and past employment
  • Travel will be required
  • Able to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends

PREFERRED (consider an asset):

  • Public Health Agency of Canada Skills Enhancement courses for Public Health Practitioner
  • Epidemiology Certificate is an asset
  • Previous Public Health experience is an asset
  • Ability to communicate in both French & English


Position to commence as soon as suitable candidate is selected

Offers of employment contingent upon successful applicant providing a satisfactory Criminal Records Check as well as a Child Abuse Registry Check.

AVDHA has a smoke free and scent reduced policy.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.