Bernard recently accepted a public health nurse position in West Prince, which makes her the only francophone public health nurse in the area. Her office is situated at Community Hospital O’Leary, but the territory she serves is more specifically the Alberton and surrounding area.
“I really like this type of work. When I was in Grade 10 at École Évangéline, I already knew I wanted to work with babies. That’s why I became a nurse.
Bernard obtained her degree from UPEI in 2005 and worked at Prince County Hospital for a year, followed by work in British Columbia and Alberta.
Since returning to P.E.I., she has worked as a public health nurse in Prince County and a registered nurse at Stewart Memorial in Tyne Valley. She also taught the Practical Nursing program at Collège de l’Île.”
Besides working with young families, Bernard holds immunization clinics and child development assessment clinics. She also offers school health services, facilitates communicable disease follow-ups, and performs various other tasks, all related to public health.
She is bilingual and likes speaking French as part of her work.
“I know from experience that it’s important to be able to speak one’s own language when talking about our health. I don’t hesitate to offer French-language services when I think a client speaks French. That’s how we meet a client’s needs and offer client-centred services.”
Anyone can nominate health professionals who actively offer French language health services in Prince Edward Island for a chance to win $500. For more information on the Étoile Santé campaign or to nominate someone directly, go to www.santeipe.ca.