Anyone have tips on how to get into Public Health Nursing?

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    I am a new grad RN looking to get into public health nursing and getting a job at a local health unit. I am looking for any advice on getting my foot in the door, or how to gain skills/ knowledge in this aspect of nursing. Every job ad I have read in Ontario, requires a Bachelor degree in public health nursing or a public health nursing certificate. I have been going in circles trying to figure how the heck I can get a certificate in public health and can't find anything. Can anybody help!??
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    If you're a member of RNAO you can join the community health nurses initiative group.
    Last edit by dishes on Mar 27, '13
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    Quote from Brownie_43
    I am a new grad RN looking to get into public health nursing and getting a job at a local health unit. I am looking for any advice on getting my foot in the door, or how to gain skills/ knowledge in this aspect of nursing. Every job ad I have read in Ontario, requires a Bachelor degree in public health nursing or a public health nursing certificate. I have been going in circles trying to figure how the heck I can get a certificate in public health and can't find anything. Can anybody help!??
    How about infection control? Some schools offer a certifcate or some courses in it!
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    It's not easy. I work with someone who got her masters in public health and still could not find a job. Sorry I don't really have any advice.
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    You don't require a certificate in public health, actually. They just need to be hiring, which is a challenge. Look for openings in clinics, community centres, CCAC and the city. Definitely join the community health nurses group in order to network.
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    Hi Brownie I was reading one of your other posts and I am writing my exam in June. Would you mind sending me the study questions you got from your friend. d_zeina.k@hotmail.com

    Thank you I would really appreciate it
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    Quote from joanna73
    You don't require a certificate in public health, actually. They just need to be hiring, which is a challenge. Look for openings in clinics, community centres, CCAC and the city. Definitely join the community health nurses group in order to network.
    This has been my understanding as well. That you don't need a specific certificate but just need to find somewhere that's currently hiring.


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