Emily (left) and Rachel (right), Public Health Nurses in the Vancouver Community
When Rachel was a nursing student in her final year, Emily was her preceptor and mentor who helped consolidate her skills and knowledge within public health. Emily's passion for public health motivated and inspired Rachel and confirmed this is where she wanted to work.
After graduating from nursing school, Rachel worked briefly in acute pediatrics, and when an opportunity in public health came up, she applied right away. Rachel and Emily are now co-workers and great friends who work together as Public Health Nurses in the Vancouver Community.
“My passion as a nurse has always been working with the pediatric population," says Rachel. She provides preventative and harm reduction services for children 0-5 years of age and their families. She visits most clients in their home for prenatal, postpartum or early childhood development services.
Emily partners with local schools and utilizes a Comprehensive School Health approach to promote the social, emotional, and physical well-being of students and families. She was motivated to relocate from another health authority for this role because of the specialized population (ages 5-25), interactions in a school setting, and the favourable work schedule.
Rachel and Emily are both involved with the clinic services for youth up to age 25, which supports sexual health, including contraceptive management, STI testing & treatment, and counseling.
They are grateful to work with a supportive, knowledgeable, and passionate team of nurses. Although their roles can be quite autonomous, there is still a great deal of teamwork that occurs to ensure successful outcomes for their clients. “Our team is very supportive, and the phrase 'what can I help with?' is a regular occurrence," says Emily. “Our educator and manager are also very supportive of our personal growth by promoting continuing education, case conferencing and goal setting. Their door is always open if we need them!" adds Rachel.
When these Public Health Nurses aren't busy working in the Community, they are avid sports fans and can be spotted watching soccer – they even share Vancouver Whitecaps season tickets. They are also huge “Friends" fans and often converse using memorable dialogue from the show.
If you're interested in learning about health care opportunities in the Community, visit: careers.vch.ca