Public Health Nurse
The Public Health Nurse provides skilled public health nursing services under the direction of the Public Health Administrator and / or their designee.
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.
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.
- 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.
Office and a wide variety of indoor / outdoor community environments.
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.