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Public Health Nurse

POSITION

 

The Public Health Nurse provides skilled public health nursing services under the direction of the Public Health Administrator and / or their designee.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

 

  • Assess individual holistic needs, including psychological, social, environmental, nutritional, family, and personal.

  • Assist individuals in maintaining / improving their health through health promotion and disease prevention services.

  • Perform skilled nursing interventions including surveillance, investigation, case finding, creating / maintaining community partnerships, developing policies, procedures, and plans, outreach, referral and follow-up, case management, health education, counseling, consultation, screening and advocacy.

  • Maintain patient records utilizing software applications, computer systems, and/or written notes according to program and best practice standards.

  • Use critical thinking skills to coordinate appropriate care plans, and to direct critical interventions and / or referrals.

  • Maintain a thorough and current knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing applicable to the areas of assessment, promotion and maintenance of the health of at-risk individuals, families, and the community.

  • Maintain a thorough and current knowledge of standard, prenatal and infant health assessment practices, protocols and equipment.

  • Coordinate epidemiological event responses, including foodborne illness outbreaks, to determine causes and corrective actions.

  • Provide input at case conferences, evaluations, planning committees, and outreach activities.

  • Complete activity / inspection / reports and enter into appropriate databases.

  • Participate in peer review activities and evaluation of program effectiveness.

  • Manage assigned grants and / or contracts, ensure that objectives and deliverables are met, and reports are completed on time / resubmit grant applications.

  • Have working knowledge of the Division’s budget.

  • Collaborate effectively with agency administration to provide services for community emergency intervention.

  • Maintain a consistent and reliable attendance record.

     


ASSOCIATED DUTIES

 

Perform other duties as assigned.

 

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

Qualified applicants will possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Nursing from an accredited program.  The accredited program shall include specific preparation in public health nursing or community health nursing.  In addition, a minimum of two (2) years of employment in the field of nursing with demonstrated expertise in all requisite areas.

 

Additional consideration will be shown to candidates who demonstrate the following:

 

  • Two (or more) years of relevant nursing experience.
  • Bilingual proficiency (Spanish / English).

  • Experience working with various racial and ethnic groups.
  • Enhanced familiarity / experience with statistical theory / methods.
  • Experience in public speaking with the ability to present data and other program materials in Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

The following are required of all applicants:

 

  • Current State of Wisconsin Registered Nurse License, which must be maintained for the duration of employment.

  • A valid Wisconsin driver’s license and reliable motor vehicle with mandatory levels of insurance coverage.

  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification, which must be maintained for the duration of employment or the ability to obtain such certification within six months of hire.

  • Working knowledge of / initiate referrals to community health care providers, social service, and advocacy agencies, and the ability to effectively refer clients as needed.

  • Knowledge of HIPAA compliance standards and all aspects of client privacy practices.

  • Knowledge / experience evaluating health trends and risk factors of target populations.

  • Ability to establish professional relationships with clients, peers, supervisors and community organization members.

  • Personal initiative combined with the ability to work independently and interdependently.

  • Substantial knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office 2007 or newer (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher), desktop publishing, and the Internet.

  • Previous experience working with large databases and preparing data for analysis.

  • Ability to analyze data in Microsoft Excel and / or other applicable databases using established criteria to determine significance and assess outcomes.  Must be able to compare, count, measure, copy, compute, tabulate, and categorize data.

  • Ability to effectively acquire and utilize scientific / client data obtained from a variety of sources including patient records, lab reports, physician orders, maps, flow charts, and statistical reports.

     

  • Ability to comprehend, utilize, and implement information from a variety of sources including personnel policies, employee performance evaluations, time study sheets, policy documents, nursing procedure manuals, medical textbooks, and computer software operating manuals.

  • Proficient English Language skills including proper spelling, punctuation and grammar with the ability to pass all required skill tests.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills at all levels of responsibility including clients and their families, physicians, local / state / and federal personnel, pharmacists, hospital and jail personnel.

  • Ability to assist in the development, submission, and implementation of successful grant proposals.

  • Ability to interpret, regulate, and enforce state, local, and federal laws, regulations, and rules.

  • Ability to effectively train and coordinate activities of interns and visiting students.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Standing, walking, sitting, and stooping.
  • Kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing and bending/twisting.
  • Reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling (up to 35 lbs.).
  • Handling, grasping, fingering, filing, typing, and writing.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL/WORKING CONDITIONS

Office and a wide variety of indoor / outdoor community environments.

 

EQUIPMENT

Effective utilization of computer workstations and associated equipment, copy center, fax machine, multi-line telephone system, cellular telephone, typewriter, flashlight, digital / video camera, audio / visual and miscellaneous office / medical / inspection / laboratory equipment.