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Carol Bracey RN
"I look forward every day to working in Public Health Nursing in one of our Adult Day Health Care centers. Each day brings new challenges and joys looking after the health concerns and wellness of the seniors and seeing them engage in stimulating activities and meaningful social interactions."

Carol Bracey, RN, BSN, MPA
Public Health Nurse III
Center Nurse Coordinator
Adult Day Health Care Program


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"I work in public health because I have found it to be dynamic and diverse. It allows my individual nursing practice to impact our whole community and challenges me to help confront the complex health issues we face. It is very rewarding to know that I am working to improve the health of others."

Laura Evans, RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse II
Health Promotion Specialist
School Health Program


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“The attraction for the Health Department is a good job with excellent benefits and work hours. A most important 'staying factor' is that incredibly talented and dedicated people surround me. The people at the Fairfax County Health Department live the mission to improve health and quality of life.”

John Ganey, RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse III
Tuberculosis Program Specialist



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“Public health nursing is a community-oriented and population-focused nursing practice. Fairfax County, particularly its Health Department, offers a variety of services that may be little known to its residents. Our mission is to promote a healthy community so that its people also remain healthy. I live in Fairfax County and I'm happy to be part of an agency responsible for promoting the health of the community"

Lillian Hidalgo, RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse II
Clinic Services


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"School health is a public health function. It is population based care at its best. Employing the core function of community assessment is the first step to getting a thorough and accurate picture of the strengths and needs of the school's population. The nursing process is the first step to developing a plan of care for a student with a health condition that impacts their educational process. Public Health nurses are experts in both of these functions. Connecting clients to services and partnering with them in their day to day lives makes them to be healthy people and a healthy community."

Barbara Yow, RN, MEd, NCSN
Nurse Manager
Wanda Orr
"What I like most about working for the health department is the opportunity to personally serve my local community. I conduct flu clinics, provide guidance for access to care through Community Health Network and Partnership for Healthier Kids, educate high school students not only on how to do self-breast exams, but also how to make other healthy choices. All this and more makes me I feel like I am really making a difference right here in the community."

Wanda D. Orr , RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse II
Care Coordinator
School Health Program


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“The Fairfax County Health Department has been a great place to practice my profession. I spent my first years working in the clinic venue providing maternity care, Latent TB treatment, travel vaccinations, school age vaccinations and STD clinic services. Now I work in Long Term Care making home visits to complete Medicaid Waiver screenings. I love the variety. There are so many options for nursing practice in the public health arena and here at the health department. I can't imagine ever becoming bored. I also love being at the forefront of the evolving public health situation in the United States.”


Miriam Meyer, RN, MSN
Public Health Nurse II
Long Term Care Program


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" I came to Public Health Nursing after experience in both hospital and outpatient care settings. I enjoy a breadth of practice not often seen in any general care setting. I interact with the community to promote and support healthy behaviors. I keep learning every day. I love coming to work!"

Kathleen Snow, RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse II
Care Coordinator
School Health Program


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“Public Health nursing was never my first choice as a nurse but I have grown to like working in public health because of the holistic approach to nursing. I am not just dealing with one person or aspect but I am dealing with everything that impacts a person's life. I am rewarded when I see that the lives of family members have been changed for the better because I was able to provide them with needed resources and support. I like Fairfax County for the richness of its resources and for its numerous career opportunities."”

Averil Tomlinson, RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse II
Health Promotion Specialist
School Health Program





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