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Community health nursing: facing the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12 to 1 pm ET

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The COVID-19 pandemic has redirected community health nursing practice in Canada. The daily reality of infectious disease control and management, as well as emergency management, emulates the expected practices found in the Canadian Community Health Nursing Professional Practice Model & Standards of Practice. This webinar is an opportunity to explore current and dynamic evidence shaping the shifting nursing roles in the community to protect the health of Canadians. The following objectives for this national conversation are:

  • Consider the current knowledge of COVID-19 and resources
  • Explore nursing roles and opportunities faced in the pandemic
  • Examine ethical considerations in providing infectious disease control and prevention approaches
  • Share challenges and successes in protecting the health of communities

Presented by:

Michelle Johnson, RN, BN, MSc (Inf Dis)
Public Health Nurse, Prairie Mountain Health Manitoba

Graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Nursing, Michelle Johnson has worked in community health for over 30 years, primarily in public health nursing. With an interest in communicable disease, Michelle obtained a master’s degree in science (infectious disease) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research focused on beliefs of Hutterite mothers toward immunization. Michelle has coordinated new vaccine campaigns and communicable disease, provided immunization education for professionals, participated in writing the national RN exam, taught and mentored nursing students through Brandon University, and worked with Manitoba Health to develop provincial public health nursing standards. Michelle recently retired as a rural public health nurse in Boissevain, Manitoba, but continues to work casual.

Shona Lalonde, RN, MN
Nurse Tutor, University of British Columbia

Shona Lalonde has her Master in Nursing from the University of Victoria BC. She has worked as a community and public health nurse in both rural outpost and inner city settings and currently focuses on supporting the health of vulnerable population. Most recently Shona taught as a sessional instructor at McMaster University and held a faculty position teaching in the BScN program at Camosun College in Victoria BC.


Ruth Schofield, RN, MSc(T)
Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Ruth Schofield is an experienced professor in community health nursing having taught at McMaster University and Western University. Her research activities focus on community health nursing, nursing education, and mental health and housing with several peer-review publications and textbook chapters. Ruth has over 23 years of public health nursing practice experience in front line and management positions, and in various programs. She has been a chair or general member on several provincial and national Boards. Most recently she became an accreditor for schools of nursing in Canada. She has led several national research projects in the development of the CHN standards, competencies and educational guidelines.

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