Nursing Students

Nursing student placements are available to 4th year nursing students who are required to complete a professional practice placement to graduate from the Bachelor or Masters degrees from an accredited nursing program.

A current affiliation agreement with your school must be in place before we consider a placement at Public Health Services.

How to apply for a placement

Interested Nursing candidates must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV). Both cover letter and CV must be saved as one document in PDF format. Due to the high volume of requests and interest, candidates must identify which placement opportunity they are most interested in.

All submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Winter Term – October 31
  • Spring/Summer Term – February 28
  • Fall Term – June 30

Submissions received after this time will not be considered. A link to submit cover letter and CV is provided for each project listed under current nursing student placement listing.

Current nursing student placement listing

  • Breastfeeding & Nutrition
  • Child Safety & Positive Parenting
  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Secondary Schools Program
  • Elementary Schools Program
  • Harm Reduction & Sexual Health Program
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children
  • Health Strategy & Equity      
  • Reproductive Health

Breastfeeding & Nutrition

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have a keen interest in the promotion of breastfeeding.
  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.

Learning Opportunities

  • Applying best practice guidelines at Breastfeeding Clinics and home visiting programs for the duration of breastfeeding.
  • Participate at the C/CAS Breastfeeding Support Program.
  • Provide on-call telephone support for clients and professionals.
  • Provide breastfeeding education to both community and professionals.
  • Contribute to resource development (i.e. factsheets, curriculum development).
  • Contribute to social media including maintenance of the breastfeeding page and Healthy Families Facebook page.
  • Participate in research such as breastfeeding surveillance, monitoring and dissemination of best practices.
  • Provide support on ongoing work to maintain Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) designation.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Child Safety & Positive Parenting

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.

Learning Opportunities

  • The Child Safety Team aims to increase community capacity on how to improve the safety of a child’s environment with the goal of decreasing the number of childhood injuries in Hamilton.
  • Provide health teaching at Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs).
  • Develop and review educational materials for health professionals, staff and clients.
  • Develop engaging content for the Healthy Families Facebook page
  • Participate in car seat clinics.
  • Participate in health promotion events.
  • Provide presentations and consultations to internal and external community organizations/agencies within the community.
  • Conduct a literature review on a child safety topic.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Chronic Disease Prevention & Secondary School Program

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.
  • Students will be working with two programs – Chronic Disease Prevention: Active Friendly Program and the Secondary School Program.

Learning Opportunities

  • A variety of learning opportunities to work with the PHN assigned to the Chronic Disease Prevention: Active Friendly Program. Projects available will be negotiated with successful student.
  • Learn how to promote health in a school community using the Foundations for a Healthy School on selected topic areas (e.g. physical activity, healthy eating, and mental health promotion).
  • Assist in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating school health initiatives through work with students, staff and community partners on school Health Action Teams (HATs) and other school groups.
  • Co-facilitate class sessions and/or small group sessions on various topics of healthy relationships and sexual health.
  • Participate in Secondary School Team meetings.
  • Participate in both external and internal committee work as per preceptors’ assignment.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Health Strategy & Equity

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.
  • Students will be working with the PHNs assigned to the Health Strategy & Equity Program.

Learning Opportunities

  • Working with the Determinant of Health PHNs, will be involved in knowledge transfer through co-facilitating workshops, presentations, consultations, and special projects addressing determinants of health both internal and external to Hamilton PHS.
  • Working with the Determinant of Health PHNs, will be work collaboratively with internal and external partners on a variety of projects addressing determinants of health.
  • Working with the Community Nurse Navigator to build capacity by working with neighbourhood residents to develop a plan to address health issues, and with the community to address identified health-related needs.
  • Working with the Community Nurse Navigator will work with the neighbourhood planning teams, considering the determinants of health in addressing local need; improving access to; and navigation of community resources.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Elementary School Program

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.

Learning Opportunities

  • Learn how to promote health in a school community using the Foundations of a Healthy School on selected topic areas (e.g. physical activity, healthy eating, mental health promotion, injury prevention, substance misuse, etc.).
  • Assist in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating school health initiatives through work with students, staff, and community partners. Opportunities may include meetings with groups such as Parent Councils or with community organizations.
  • Assist in facilitating peer support groups with students when identified as a health priority.
  • Work with neighbourhood groups to facilitate community connections/collaborations and explore common health goals and strategies.
  • Attend a variety of meetings with PHN preceptor(s) with both internal and external partners.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Harm Reduction & Sexual Health Program

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.
  • Students will be working with PHNs from the Harm Reduction Team and the Sexual Health Team.
  • It is recommended students review the Canadian STI guidelines before starting their placement.
  • Students will be required to travel to various clinics.
  • Students are expected to work some evenings.

Learning Opportunities

  • Working with Harm Reduction PHNs, will provide health care services on a drop-in basis at various sites.
  • Working with Harm Reduction PHNs, will provide a number of services including but not limited to: needle exchange and harm reduction programming; immunization; anonymous and rapid HIV testing and other STI testing; distribution of naloxone overdose kits; and outreach on mobile needle syringe van.
  • Working with Sexual Health PHNs, will perform STI testing and treatment; pregnancy prevention and counselling; and health teaching in the sexual health clinics.
  • Learn how to conduct case management for reportable STIs.
  • Have the opportunity for community presentations and outreach work if interested.
  • Provide support on the Sexual Health Phoneline to answer calls from individuals seeking information about sexual health.
  • Have the opportunity to work on program development such as conducting literature review and other projects to enhance the sexual health program.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.

Learning Opportunities

  • Will conduct home visits for prenatal, postpartum and families with children up to school entry (in-depth family assessments, blended home visiting).
  • Will work with paraprofessionals (Family Home Visitors) within Healthy Babies/Healthy Children (HBHC).
  • Will be involved in telephone nursing practice (with risk phone calls).
  • Will learn how to document is ISCIS and OSCAR electronic documentation.
  • Will learn about the Hospital Liaison nursing role.
  • Will have a number of observational opportunities to support learning plan goals within the Healthy Families Division and Public Health Services.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.

Reproductive Health & Early Identification

Pre-Placement Requirements

  • Students must have their own vehicle to conduct public health service delivery.

Learning Opportunities

  • Assist individuals and families to achieve optimal preconception health and experience a healthy pregnancy, have the healthiest newborn(s) possible, and be prepared for early parenting.
  • Help parents understand the growth, development and needs of the newborn baby and how to respond to those needs.
  • Will have the opportunity to update the prenatal electronic reference (eRef).
  • Will have the opportunity to develop educational kits.
  • Will have the opportunity to promote physical activity in pregnancy.
  • Will promote smoking cessation according to “Minimal Contact Intervention protocol”.
  • Will monitor and identify emerging trends and priority populations.
  • Will co-facilitate prenatal classes to adult couples, teens and single pregnant women.
  • Will work collaboratively wit Public Health Dietitians to deliver weekly interactive prenatal education sessions to pregnant women.
  • Will provide consultation to other public health professionals and community partners related to reproductive health.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please submit a cover letter and CV saved as one pdf document and emailing nicole.ritz@hamilton.ca.