Northern Health

British Columbia

Public Health Nurse (Relief Part Time)

$31.71 - $41.63
Burns Lake, British Columbia
Entry Level, Early Career

Position Summary

In accordance with Northern Health’s established vision and values and strategic and operational plans, the Public Health Nurse (PHN), as an integral member of the Public Health Services team, provides nursing services within the framework of the Population Health/Health Promotion Model. Inherent in the role are evidence informed knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to health promotion, epidemiology, community development, primary health care, public health ethics, and primary and secondary prevention strategies. 

The Public Health Nurse translates knowledge from the health and social sciences to support health enhancing environments and behaviour with diverse individuals, families, and population groups through universal and targeted interventions, programs and advocacy. Services are offered in communities, schools, homes and outreach locations to individuals, families and communities. Programs include: child/youth/family health, adult health, sexual and reproductive health services, communicable disease control, and others. Some aspects of this position will require certification according to CRNBC and employer standards.


  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a recognized university with community health content and theory including a practicum in a Public Health setting and/or recent experience in a Public Health setting.
  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses’ of BC (CRNBC).
  • CPR within 3 years.
  • Current valid BC Driver’s License.
  • May require access to a personal vehicle.


  • Ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) and provide nursing care through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients and individuals, families and groups, the public, medical staff and the members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written and computer communication means.
  • Ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve effectively.
  • Ability to recognize and intervene appropriately in an emergency situation.
  • Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
  • Ability to transmit information intended to instruct clients and others about topics essential to health care and well-being.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize caseload/workload and make decisions regarding intervention and client care.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including relevant computer applications.
  • Ability to physically perform the duties of the position.


The village is located at the heart of the Lakes District, in the centre of the province, an area boasting 4,828 km/3,000 mi of lake shoreline. It's surrounded by nature, including some of BC's largest freshwater lakes, such as Babine Lake North of town. With its myriad of lakes and a half-dozen species of sport fish, the area offers anglers a multitude of choices and opportunities that are nearly endless. Burns Lake offers affordable housing and natural splendour that supports a balanced lifestyle.

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