Public Health Nurse


Reporting to the Public Health Leader, the Public Health Nurse (PHN) worksin collaboration with the Healthy Development Content Lead and others as appropriate to ensure healthy development programs and services are planned and implemented to address local population health needs.                                        

The PHN within the scope of practice of a Registered Nurse works with the Healthy Development team to implement the Healthy Beginnings Home Visiting Program including screening, assessing, and supporting families in the prenatal and post partum period. 

 The PHN facilitates a collaborative multidisciplinary team approach and works with the Healthy Development team to ensure quality case management.

The PHN provides immunization program support to the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Team.

 The PHN works with community partners and stakeholders to advocate for and take targeted actions in creating supportive social, economic, and physical environments to support the health of infants, children, youth, and families.

 The PHN shares a core set of public heath attitudes and values, applies public health core competencies to all of his/her work and is accountable to provide competent, safe and ethical professional practice.

 The PHN ensures that the principles and practices that guide the 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.


  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing/Bachelors of Nursing
  • Eligible for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
  • A valid drivers’ license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • One (1) year recent experience
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Audio visual equipment and general office equipment
  • Understanding of a population based approach.
  • Demonstrates the core competencies for public health as outlined in the job analysis. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge in the Health Protection Act and other relevant Regulations, Legislation & Acts, specifically the Child and Family Services Act.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including team building, negotiation, conflict management and group facilitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting with a strong focus on citizen/community.
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and be self-directed.
  • Demonstrated judgment and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Demonstrated 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):

  • Experience working in maternal child or family health.
  • Experience working with high risk families and vulnerable populations.
  • Experience working with government departments/agencies focused on vulnerable and high risk populations.
  • Public health experience.
  • 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.