It is very rewarding to work with immigrants; many of the people I come into contact with are children who are joining a parent who has previously immigrated, leaving behind their other parent.
The main illness I see is TB, but that is because we are required to reach out to anyone who has had a positive PPD or IGRA in their home country. Many of the children we see are small for their age, but very few seem to have other issues.
Because we treat TB, some are reluctant to take treatment because of the stigma people experience in their country of origin. But most are grateful for the services we provide.
Challenges of being a community nurse? Well the pay is less than acute care, and our office and equipment is pretty low budget. As a public health nurse, we have to balance the need to protect the public with treating the patient. I don't get as much face to face with patients as I would like; there is a lot of gathering data.
Rewards: as I said, by far, the majority of people are grateful for the services we provide. And I get nights and weekends off