Public Health Nursing

Public Health Nursing delivers programs that promote, protect, and preserve the health of individuals, families and communities. Public health nurses serve Islanders at every stage of life, from infants to seniors. 

How can Public Health Nursing help me and my family?

Public Health Nurses provide a variety of services to support maternal, child and family health; communicable disease; school health; and health promotion:

Planning a Pregnancy

There are a number of things that you can do before and between pregnancies to increase your chances of having a healthy baby.  Planning to become pregnant can involve eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol and certain medications and being immunized against certain diseases. If you are planning to have a baby contact Public Health Nursing for more information on: 

  • Immunizations – Ensure your immunizations are up-to-date before you get pregnant. Some vaccine preventable diseases such as Varicella (Chicken pox) can be harmful to your developing baby. It is also recommended that anyone in close contact or caring for infants should be immunized for Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
  • Supports available to help you stop smoking or drinking (alcohol) before you become pregnant.
  • Other programs available that may assist you in making healthier choices in planning your pregnancy.

Prenatal Health 

Prenatal assessments and prenatal classes offer helpful information for:

  • experiencing a healthy pregnancy, birth and recovery;
  • feeding and caring for your baby (breastfeeding, nutrition and infant care);
  • learning about your child’s stages of growth and development;
  • understanding infant immunization; and
  • keeping your family safe and healthy.

A series of prenatal classes [PDF | 215 KB] is available for expecting parents. Call your local Public Health Nursing office to register for classes as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

If you are expecting a new baby, it is important for family members and anyone who will be in close contact with you or your baby to be up-to-date with immunizations. Pertussis can be life threatening for babies and young children. Anyone who will be in close contact with you or your baby should be immunized for Pertussis (Whooping Cough). This is a free, safe, and effective vaccine and is appropriate for parents, brothers and/or sisters of the baby, grandparents, and any potential caregiver. Have your family members call Public Health Nursing early in your pregnancy for an appointment to be immunized

Birth to 8 Weeks of Age 

New Beginnings Program:  Soon after you return home from hospital with your new baby, a Public Health Nurse will call and offer a home visit to make sure you and your baby are off to the best possible start. The nurses are experienced health professionals who can assist you with breastfeeding and answer questions you may have about feeding your baby. They can also answer any questions you may have about your health, your baby's health and development, and can help you and your family get extra support if you need it. 

Best Start Screen and Assessment:  Best Start is a voluntary program, offered in your home, to provide parents with information and support to promote the healthy development of your child. Public Health Nurses offer all families the Best Start Screen and, if appropriate, the Best Start Assessment. Families who meet the criteria are offered the Best Start Program.

Period of PURPLE Crying Program:  Public Health Nurses review the Period of PURPLE Crying Program which is introduced in hospital. This program from the National Centre on Shaken Baby Syndrome helps parents and caregivers to better understand normal crying, and offers information for coping strategies.

Born to Read:  During your baby's two month visit, the Public Health Nurse will provide you with a book and a Library Card. To learn more about this program, visit Early Childhood Literacy: Born to Read and Little Ones Read

Pre-School Health

Launching Little Ones Program:  You can bring your child to one of the infant and pre-school health clinics offered throughout the province. These clinics are offered at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months, and 4 years of age. A Public Health Nurse will immunize your child according to PEI’s immunization schedule, as directed by the Chief Public Health Office. To learn more about vaccines, view the A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination [PDF | 1.72 MB].

The nurse will also assess your child’s development in areas such as:

  • growth and nutrition;
  • vision and hearing;
  • oral health;
  • gross and fine motor development;
  • speech and communication;
  • problem solving; and
  • personal/social development.

Your nurse will answer any of your concerns and provide you with current information and tips for keeping your young family healthy and safe.

Watch the Child Health Clinic Visit Video(link is external) (3:00) and the 4-Year Assessment Visit Video(link is external) (3:12) to know what to expect when you take your child to Public Health Nursing.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire:  Before your child’s 18-month and 4-year visit to the Public Health Nurse, you will be sent a questionnaire with activities to complete with your child. The nurse will review your answers with you and offer ideas for activities for your child’s age. If any concerns are noted you will be offered a follow-up appointment and the nurse can, after discussing it with you, refer you to another health care professional if it is decided that might be helpful. 

Watch the Ages and Stages Questionnaire Video(link is external) (4:22).

NutriSTEP:  When you arrive at your child’s 18-month and 4-year assessment, you will be given a short screening tool with questions about your child’s everyday eating habits. Your Public Health Nurse will review your answers with you and provide you with information that may be helpful. If concerns are identified, your nurse will offer you a referral to see a Dietitian.

Little Ones Read:  During your toddler’s 18-month wellness visit, Public Health Nursing will provide your child with a new book called Look At Me Now!  To learn more about this program, visit Early Childhood Literacy: Born to Read and Little Ones Read

School Health

Public Health Nurses provide immunizations in PEI schools according to the PEI Childhood immunization schedule.

Vision and Hearing Screening:  Public Health Nurses provide vision screening and hearing screening in Island schools at the request of a teacher.

Family Life Education:  Public Health Nurses are available upon request to provide accurate, age-appropriate information about family life and human sexuality to individuals or groups in schools. Public Health Nurses will work collaboratively with the Comprehensive School Health Nurses when a Student Well-being Team is in place. 

Public Health Nurses may also work in partnership with the Student Well-being Team in the school on other health matters upon request.

Community Health

Public Health Nurses work to reduce the spread of illness from person to person (communicable disease) including:

How can I find out if my immunizations are up to date?

If you received your immunizations in PEI and need to determine if they are up to date, contact a Public Health Nursing office in your area.

If you have moved to PEI from another province or country, your immunization history may be different. If you can provide your Immunization Record, a Public Health Nurse will review the Record and recommend any additional vaccines. 

How can I get a copy of my immunization record?

Immunization records can be obtained by contacting your local Public Health Nursing office. It may take up to two weeks to process your request. There is no fee for this service. 

Track your own immunization records

Download the CANImmunize smartphone app to manage your families’ vaccination records and appointments. 

This free, secure app includes PEI’s immunization schedule.

How do I contact Public Health Nursing?

Souris
Souris Hospital
17 Knights Avenue
Souris, PE   C0A 2B0

Telephone:  (902) 687-7049
Fax:  (902) 687-7048

Montague
126 Douses Road
Montague, PE   C0A 1R0

Telephone:  (902) 838-0762
Fax:  (902) 838-0803

Charlottetown
Sherwood Business Centre
161 St. Peters Road
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368-4530
Fax:  (902) 368-4497

Kensington
Kensington Medical Centre (satellite office)
PO Box 511
55 Victoria Street
Kensington, PE   C0B 1M0

Telephone: (902) 888-8160

Summerside
205 Linden Avenue
Summerside, PE   C1N 2K4

Telephone: (902) 888-8160
Fax:  (902) 888-8153

O’Leary
Community Hospital
PO Box 173
14 MacKinnon Drive
O'Leary, PE   C0B 1V0

Telephone: (902) 859-8720
Fax:  (902) 859-0399

Tignish
248 Phillip Street (satellite office)
Tignish, PE   C0B 2B0

Telephone: (902) 882-7366 (for Public Health Nursing Office only)
To book an appointment:  (902) 859-8720

Wellington
Wellington Health Centre
48 Mill Road
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0

Telephone:  (902) 854-7259
Fax:  (902) 854-7270

Tyne Valley
Tyne Valley Health Centre (satellite office)
6005 Route #12
Tyne Valley, PE C0B 1P0

Telephone: (902) 854-7259

Alberton
Western Hospital
148 Poplar Street
Alberton, PE C0B 1B0

Telephone: (902) 853-8601 (for Public Health Nursing Office only)
To book an appointment:  (902) 859-8720
 

 

Published date: 
December 5, 2017
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