Public Health Post-Secondary Student Placements

Nursing Students

Effective Thursday, September 23, 2021: Vaccine Verification

As a condition of employment you are required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated or provide proof of valid exemption satisfactory to the employer prior to your start date. You must acknowledge and agree to comply with any future vaccine policy requirements as an ongoing condition of employment at the City of Hamilton.

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 applicants must submit an application letter to the PHN Education Coordinator by the application deadline. Your letter should be no more than 1 page in length in 12 pt. font. Your letter should clearly express;

  1. Why you are interested in a nursing placement in public health
  2. What  relevant knowledge and/or skills you bring with you to this placement
  3. What your method of transportation will be for the placement

Submit applications to [email protected]

Please review the FAQ before applying to ensure you meet the requirements of this placement opportunity.

Deadline to apply Sunday March 01, 2020 by 11:59pm. Late applications will not be considered.


Applicants will be asked for their availability via email upon receipt of their application letter. Interviews will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 6 to Wednesday, March 11

Available Placements

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Hamilton Public Health Placements - FAQ

While most of our placements do require a personal vehicle due to the nature of our service delivery, we strive to offer student opportunities where utilizing public transportation, cycling and walking are options. If you will be required to have a personal vehicle for the placement, it will be indicated in the placement profile description.

You must indicate your method of transportation in your application letter so we can place you appropriately.

No. You must have personal transportation to complete placements that indicate a vehicle is required. These placements require nurses to travel anywhere in the City of Hamilton for service delivery and sometimes on short notice. Additionally, it is not uncommon for schedules to change and nurses must be flexible in re-arranging their day to accommodate service needs.

Example: A nurse has been scheduled for 2 home visits that are both in Ancaster. During the first visit, the second client has called and cancelled, but a new client in Stoney Creek has now been booked in to the time slot. The nurse must quickly re-arrange the travel arrangements to get to the second home visit.

Most days will fall between 8:30am-4:30pm, however, each program has their own unique service delivery needs so alternate hours, evening, and weekend work may be required. Because your shifts will be 8 hours, you will need to attend more shifts than you would at an acute care setting. For example, 24 hours of clinical service would be two (2) 12 hours shifts at a hospital, but would be three (3) 8 hour shifts in public health. This is an important consideration for scheduling around your other courses.

At the start of the term, your public health nurse preceptor will introduce you to your placement setting and program. There will be a couple weeks of learning and getting orientated, but you will begin to take on the responsibilities of the nurse as your placements progresses, and your preceptor will be your support each step of the way. Much like other placements, you will be expected to enact the role of the Public Health Nurse by the end of the term under the guidance of your preceptor.

You can review the current opportunities that are available for students by clicking on the PDFs on the application page. These opportunities will vary from term to term. Each placement profile will outline the requirements for the placement and will describe some of the responsibilities of the PHNs in that program that you may be involved with. You will be asked your placement preferences when you arrive for an interview.

The process begins with an application letter that will be submitted to the PHN Education Coordinator. You will receive confirmation via email that your application has been received, and will be asked to complete a survey where you can indicate your availability for an interview. You are encouraged to select as many times as possible to ensure we can accommodate your interview. Once the application period is over you will be contacted by email to confirm your interview time.

Interviews will take place at one of our offices at 110 King St W., or 100 Main St W. in Hamilton. You will interview by 2 PHNs who will discuss your application letter and ask a short series of behavioural and competency-based questions. Applicants will be scored on their;

  1. Application letter and;
  2. Interview performance

Applicants with the highest overall scores will then be offered placements based on their placement preferences.

There will be some introductory e-modules to complete prior to your start in public health that will be sent you when you are notified that you have been selected for the placement. This content will introduce you to the important aspects of public health and help prepare you for this placement. There will also be a mandatory orientation at the start of the term.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions! Our PHN Education Coordinator is here to help. Email: [email protected]