About CASN’s Public Health Nursing Teaching Strategies Website

In order to support the integration of the Entry-to-Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Education into undergraduate nursing curricula, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) created an online resource of teaching strategies.

This website provides a sustainable system for the continued dissemination and integration of the public health competencies into undergraduate curricula. The website is designed to allow the user to narrow their search of the exemplar strategies by competency, indicator, teaching context, or resource type. Once the educator has selected the teaching strategy that best suits their needs, they can access a detailed description of the exercise, the context into which it best fits the program and all the necessary resources.

About the Teaching Strategy Selection Process

A call for submissions was sent out to nursing faculty, practitioners, and public health organizations to collect current teaching strategies used to advance public health nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes in nursing students and/or new graduates. CASN received over 120 submissions for all five competency domains from individuals across the country; a small working group of four Public Health Task Force members was tasked with reviewing the submissions and selecting the exemplar teaching strategies for publication.

The teaching strategies have been edited, with approval, for clarity and length.

About the Project

Following the publication of the Entry-to-Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Education in May 2014, this online resource of public health teaching strategies was developed as the final part of CASN’s two year public health project. The overall aim of the project is to develop a climate among nursing faculties in Canada that recognizes the importance of public health knowledge, attitude, and skill development in undergraduate nursing students. Additionally, it provides meaningful and tangible opportunities to integrate this content into classrooms so that new nursing graduates enter the workforce with a stronger foundation in public health.

Funding for this project was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

About the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

CASN/ACESI (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada.

The objective of CASN/ACESI is to lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians.


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The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) gratefully acknowledges the expertise, time, and contributions of all those who engaged in this project. CASN thanks all those who responded to the call for teaching strategy submissions; we greatly appreciate your time and effort.

CASN’s Public Health Task Force

Ruth Schofield, RN, MSc(T) (Co-Chair) Immediate Past President Community Health Nurses of Canada
Donalda Wotton, RN, MN (Co-Chair) College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Manitoba
Andrea Chircop, RN, PhD Assistant Professor, School of Nursing Dalhousie University
Carol Rupcich, RN, MN Clinical Consultant, Perinatal Mental Health Services, Child & Adolescent Addiction & Mental Health Program Alberta Health Services
Denise Bowen, RN, MN Director, Western Schools CASN Board of Directors
Denise Donovan, MD Chair, AFMC Public Health Educators’ Network Association of Faculties of Medicine
Gloria Merrithew, RN, MN Senior Policy and Program Advisor, Public Health Practice and Population Health, Government of NB Canadian Public Health Association (NB/PEI)
Jo Ann Tober, RN, PhD, CCHN(C) Past President ANDSOOHA Public Health Nursing Management
Lisa Ashley, RN, CCHN(C), M. Ed. Senior Nurse Advisor Canadian Nurses Association
Marie Dietrich Leurer, RN, PhD Assistant Professor, College of Nursing University of Saskatchewan
Morag Granger, RN, BSN, CCHN(C) Manager, Public Health Nursing, Population and Public Health Services Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Robin Scobie, RN, MScN Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Nursing University of Victoria
Susan Duncan, RN, PhD Associate Professor, Nursing Thompson Rivers University