Discover your Nursing career at Toronto Public Health 

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is recruiting baccalaureate prepared nurses to deliver services to individuals, families, and communities to reduce health inequities throughout Toronto.

By practicing health promotion strategies, policy development, community capacity building and more, TPH nurses have the opportunity to develop their career while positively impacting the health of Torontonians.      

A variety of challenging and rewarding career opportunities exist within four program areas: Child Health and Development, Healthy Communities, Communicable Disease Control, and Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention.

Combine this with a collaborative culture, a supportive work environment and excellent benefits, and it is clear why more than 1,700 employees have chosen to work for Toronto Public Health. 

Communicable Disease Control

Nurses in the Communicable Disease Control directorate are dedicated to preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases. In response to new and emerging health issues and to prevent the spread of disease, PHNs:

  • Provide clinical services such as sexual health clinic services, provision of immunizations, and TB screening clinics
  • Conduct home visits and liaise with health care practitioners and community partners
  • Provide health education to individuals and groups
  • Investigate and manage case reports of communicable diseases and follow up with those exposed
  • Participate in outbreak management 

 

Fatema, Communicable Disease Control Nurse

'The most important thing I've learned during my work at TPH is the significance of 'meeting clients where they are' in life. This phrase helped me actualize the true meaning of client-centred care.'

 

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Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

The Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) directorate works collaboratively with childcare settings, schools, workplaces, child care settings, and community agencies and organizations to reduce the burden of chronic diseases and injuries. 

Public Health Nurses working in the CDIP directorate work within interdisciplinary teams to:

  • assess physical and social environments for risk and protective factors that influence the prevenetion of chronic diseases and injuries
  • work with communities to plan,  implement and evaluate programs and services that prevent chronic disease and injuries
  • build capacity of community partners, including adult influences of children and youth, to promote and facilitate healthy living behaviours and learning environements
  • support workplaces to optimize the health of their employees and their organizations
  • advocate for and contribute to healthy public policies related to chronic diseases 
  • build and sustain partnerships across sectors, locally and provincially, that advance chronic disease and injury prevention goals
  • Intake Public Health Nurses provide telephone assessment, information and counselling to assist individuals and families in developing and achieving their health goals

 

Xavier, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Nurse

'In my role as Public Health Nurse at TPH, I work independently as a regulated health care professional in the community.  I benefit from the support of my team and management who have a variety of education and professional backgrounds to help me function autonomously in the community.'

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Healthy Communities

Nurses working in the Health Communities (HC) directorate identify and address social determinants of health to support individual, group and community resiliency. By partnering with schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods, health and community organizations, HC Nurses:

  • Identify and address urban issues
  • Promote sexual & mental health
  • Reduce risks associated with alcohol and other drugs and substances
  • Promote and support implementation of the Healthy Schools approach
  • Support programs for children and youth that build resiliency, including support for mentoring in schools
  • Deliver health promotion programming to children, youth and families
  • Provide case management and advocacy for vulnerable populations

 

HC Nurses use multiple strategies that are directed toward individuals, groups, communities and or municipal government, including:

  • Health education, disease prevention, health promotion and harm reduction
  • Public policy development, implementation and advocacy initiatives
  • Community engagement and capacity building
  • Home visiting and short-term case management

 

Omolayo, Health Communities Nurse

'As a PHN working on the Vulnerable Adults and Seniors Team, I assess and connect isolated clients with community supports and services. What I appreciate most in my work is the opportunity to stand in the gap and speak on behalf of vulnerable clients who cannot advocate for themselves.' 

 

 

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Child Health and Development

The nurses in Child Health and Development foster the potential of Toronto's children through excellence, leadership and innovation. and are working together to put children firs in three program streams: Healthy Babies Healthy Children, Reproductive and Infant Health, and Early Years.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Nurses working in the HBHC stream work alongside Family Home Visitors to promote healthy child growth and development by:

  • home visiting during the prenatal, postpartum and parenting period aiming to promote healthy pregnancies and parent-child relationships
  • establishing theraputic relationships with clients using assessment, intervention and advocacy strategies
  • collaborating with community partners through service coordination to improve access and referral to community programs and resources

Reproductive and Infant Health (RIH)

Nurses working in the RIH stream engage in programs and services focused on:

  • preconception health
  • pregnancy 
  • breastfeeding and infant feeding support 
  • perinatal emotional adjustment 
  • policy development for safe environments for young children

Early Years

Nurses in the Early Years stream deliver early learning and child development services such as:

  • screening and assessment of young children for early identification of health and development concerns
  • parenting education groups, resources, policy and advocacy
  • social media and health promotion campaigns related to child health and development
  • services and support for nutrionally at-risk children and families

 

Nancy, Health Families' Nurse

'I am proud to be a Public Health Nurse with such a well respected organization like Toronto Public Health. The use of current evidence-based research, the availability of educational opportunities, and the support of management have enhanced my nursing practice and have resulted in professional and personal growth.'

 

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Welcome from Carol Timmings, Chief Nursing Officer

 

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