Public Health Nurse
Purpose of the Position
The purpose of the Public Health Nurse is to perform public health nursing tasks as defined by County, State and Federal programs and laws for the Sauk County Health Department.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide information to the general public, clients, and patients, regarding Department programs dealing with lead poisoning, immunizations, rabies control, County Partners (schools, healthcare providers, etc.) tuberculosis, communicable and sexually transmitted diseases, environmental health, prenatal, infant and child health, Nurse Family Partnership, dental health resources, Medical Assistance outreach, safety/injury prevention and preparedness programs, foot clinics.
• Actively participate in population health initiatives.
• Based on program, utilize nursing process and critical thinking to make decisions regarding patient care and refer clients and patients to appropriate service or agency as needed.
• Coordinate activities in assigned program by conducting health assessments, supervising immunizations and vaccinations, maintaining procedures and record keeping, ordering and requesting supplies, performing skilled nursing tasks, obtaining lab samples, monitoring medication, and conducting assessments of program and need.
• Participate and/or conduct public educational/outreach presentations regarding Public Health issues and programs, via internet, in person or through various media outlets.
• Act as liaison between Department/program and health advocacy groups and agencies including elder, County and municipal officials and school systems and other community agencies.
• Complete health programs activity reports, time sheets, mileage logs, schedules, correspondence, memos, forms, notices and update patient charts and lists.
• Perform Quality Improvement activities relating to individually assigned public health programs and the Community Health Improvement Plan.
Public Health Core Competencies
• Advocate for policies, programs, and resources
• Assess community health status
• Develop community health assessment
• Develop goals and objectives
• Monitor trends
• Develop and recommend options
• Apply public health informatics to policies, programs, and services
• Describe public health as part of a larger system
• Explain how public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually
• Communicate in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency
• Identify relationships that are affecting health
• Develop relationships
• Maintain relationships
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
• Prepare, assemble, and distribute public health program educational materials.
• Direct clerical support tasks as needed by monitoring data collection or compiling data and reviewing assigned program documentation for completeness and accuracy.
• Participate in agency program planning and recommend program needs and policies to meet requirements.
• Assist with grant writing.
• And other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Advisory and design data and information such as Nurse Practice Act, high tech manuals, nursing manuals, patient charts and records, program participants lists and schedules, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, public health statutes, Physician’s Desk Reference, educational curricula, medical research materials, medical texts, medical assistance forms, maps and plat books, Public Health program manuals, rules and regulations, and routine and non-routine correspondence
• Verbally and in writing with Department personnel, patients and clients, medical care providers, hospital and clinic personnel, educators, students, emergency medical personnel, community groups, the general public, social workers, and health issue advocacy groups
• By managing, directing, teaching, controlling, counseling, mediating, convincing and persuading others
• Explain, demonstrate, and clarify to others established policies, procedures, and standards
• Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and calculating percentages, fractions, and decimals
• Maintain all relevant certifications
• Compare, count, differentiate, measure, sort, classify, compute, tabulate, and/or categorize data and/or information
• Assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and/or information
• Analyze data and information using established criteria to define consequences and consider and select alternatives
• Apply functional and situational reasoning by exercising judgement, decisiveness, and creativity in everyday routine and non-routine situations
• Use fine and gross motor skills to perform tasks such as operating a motor vehicle, calculator, scale, sphygmomanometer, syringes, otoscope, Ophthalmoscope, DVD, hemoglobin monitor, audiometer, and stethoscope
• Exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, involving lifting, carrying, kneeling, crouching, pushing and pulling
• Recognize and identify degrees of similarity and differences between characteristics of colors, forms, sounds, odors, textures, etc. associated with objects, materials, and ingredients
• Occasionally unsafe and uncomfortable in respects to odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease.
• On call for emergency situations.
Required Working Hours
Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Please note these hours are subject to change and additional hours may be needed or required. Compensation for additional hours beyond normal working hours are subject to applicable state and federal regulations.
Education and Experience Requirements
Required: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing
License/Certification: Valid Wisconsin State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License
Registered Nursing License
Preferred: 1 year of nursing experience
Bilingual – Spanish
Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.