This position assists the Public Health Nurse(s) in providing public health nursing services and education to individual clients, families, public facilities, and populations with the goal of preventing disease, promoting healthy behaviors, and protecting communities from threats to the health of the public. .
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Maintains current knowledge on medical information that influences services provided to clients.
- Assists with communicable disease cases and outbreaks; investigates and educates regarding prevention and control in accordance with state mandates and statutes and maintain WEDSS (Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System) documentation.
- Assists in planning, preparing and responding to Public Health preparedness events, including mass clinics.
- Provides direct client services: Assesses, educates and evaluates client needs (pregnant and postpartum women, infants, reproductive health clients, tuberculosis program clients, general public health clients) via home visits, clinic/office visits or phone calls; develops nursing care plans and coordinates care. Assesses, educates and evaluates clients regarding acute and chronic health conditions, psychosocial, and environmental needs and refers to appropriate resources. Conducts physical examinations, assesses health of infants, children and adults; completes referrals to physicians and other medical services as needed.
- Assists in the writing of grant proposals, and oversees grant activities, reporting requirements, contractual obligations, and accreditation performance standards/requirements.
- Client medication administration.
- Immunizes clients and provides tuberculosis screening; performs venipuncture and collects lab specimens as indicated.
- Prepares, updates, and maintains client records, utilizing various electronic health record systems.
- Plans, develops, and presents health education programs/classes.
- Facilitate and participate in community coalitions, and works with community partners to provide collaboration, outreach, and education.
- Participates in strategic planning.
- Participates in quality improvement projects and incorporates quality improvement principles.
- Participates in community health needs assessments and improvement planning.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of the principles, standards, practices, and techniques of professional and public health nursing.
- Knowledge of the inherent dangers and precautions to be taken in using drugs and other medication.
- Knowledge of treatment, assessment, immunization and related medical services for patients in area of assignment.
- Knowledge of local and state rules, regulations, procedures and policies pertaining to nursing services.
- Knowledge of CLIA, OSHA, Regulations to maintain preparedness and public health competencies.
- Knowledge of electronic records systems.
- Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits with minimal direction and supervision.
- Ability to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
- Ability to maintain accurate and legible notes.
- Knowledge of County policies, procedures and practices.
- Knowledge of local government organization and its departmental operating requirements.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
- Ability to analyze and prepare organizational and functional reports from research data.
- Knowledge of the use of a multi-line telephone system.
- General knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
- Ability to work the allocated hours of the position.
- Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the staff, supervisor, and the public.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and verbal form.
- Must be proficient in workplace English and spelling.
- Ability to read County policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; MSDS sheets, safety manuals, maps, etc.
- Ability to calculate mathematical calculations.
- Ability to understand and effectively carry out verbal and written instructions.
- Ability to develop, interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
- Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
- Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
- Ability to maintain discretion regarding business-related files, reports and conversations, within the provision of open records law and other applicable State and Federal Statutes and Regulations.
- Organizational and time management skills needed to meet deadlines.
- Must have ability to work accurately with attention to detail.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
- Ability to analyze facts and to exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions.
- Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
- Ability to think quickly, maintains self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
- Ability to use good judgement and effectively solve problems.
PHYSICAL AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical and work environment characteristics described in this description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions or as otherwise required by law. Employees needing reasonable accommodation should discuss the request with the employee’s supervisor.
- This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with hands and arms.
- Work has standard vision requirements.
- Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
- Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
- Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, using measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities.
- Work frequently requires exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment and occasionally requires wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus.
- Work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).
- Work is primarily in an office setting but may also be in client and public settings.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- Associates degree from a nursing program accredited by the National Professional Nursing Accrediting Organization.
- Wisconsin Registered Nurse license required.
- CPR Certification required.
- One year experience in health care or public health preferred.
- Must successfully pass criminal and caregiver background check.
Posting Pay Range: $26.07-$35.43
Posting Expected Pay Range: $26.07-$28.77
Department: HHS – Public Health
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