Public Health Nurse – Health Department

Application Deadline: 2022-09-28
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Title: Public Health Nurse
Pay Range: $28.37-$31.15 per hour
Hours: Regular Full-Time/40 hours per week; Monday-Friday
Department: Lafayette County Health Department
Reports to: Agency Director/Health Officer
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Position Purpose: Performs all population-focused, community-oriented nursing care, and the core functions of public health.

Essential Functions:
• Provides appropriate prevention and control of communicable diseases through education and intervention using epidemiological principles.
• Plans, organizes, implements and evaluates immunization program.
• Participates in emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery.
• Participates in ongoing community assessment program planning and implementation.
• Coordinates assigned grant activities, as directed by the Director.
• Assists in the collection of data for statistical information/analysis.
• Provides screening, referral and follow up for the purpose of identifying health needs.
• Collaborates on environmental health and human health hazard situations.
• Promotes Public Health prevention programs.
• Plans and implements the school nursing programs in the school(s) assigned.
• Assists in the preparation/contribution to public health policies and procedures.
• Educates and advises individuals and families on the control, treatment and prevention of disease and the maintenance of good general health and wellness.
• Assists with clinics and special projects when assigned.
• Represents the Agency in community groups and activities, task forces, coalitions, work groups and educational presentations as assigned.
• Assumes responsibility for office intake when available.
• Participates in in-service, continuing education activities, staff meetings and conferences.
• Performs other activities as assigned.

Minimum Educational Requirements:
• BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from a nursing program accredited by the national professional nursing education accrediting organization or from a nursing program accredited by the board of nursing, either of which shall include preparation in public health nursing (per WI Statute DHS 139.08 and requirements of WI Chapter 441).
• One-two years of experience performing nursing duties related to the position preferred.
• Must be licensed to practice professional nursing in the State of Wisconsin.
• Current CPR/AED certification desirable or will attain within six months of employment.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License and access to a private vehicle for work related duties that meets county insurance requirements.
• Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred, but not required.

Required Skills and Knowledge:
• Excellent skills using all Microsoft programs, emphasis on Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Excellent problem solving/judgement skills and a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to work under pressure.
• Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Knowledge of the theory, techniques, practices and standards of professional nursing.
• Knowledge of public health and communicable disease.
• Skill in the administration of immunizations and basic phlebotomy skills.
• Ability to work independently in meeting a variety of public health regulations and requirements.
• Excellent communication skills: courteous and respectful of clients/patients/public, ability to speak to groups/give oral group presentations.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, community groups, school personnel and state and regional public health agencies.
• Must be able to record/document/assemble client records accurately.
• Must have excellent time management and organizational skills.
• Knowledge of HIPAA/Confidentiality laws for Public Health.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to seek and utilize supervision to improve professional practice.
• Must be able to understand and carry out directions and instructions.

Physical Demands:
• Requires functional vision and hearing.
• Requires ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
• Requires manual finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
• Must be able to function in an office setting with background noise and distractions.
• Requires clear verbal communication.

Mental Demands:
• Must be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people to create a positive work environment; may be called upon to handle difficult situations.
• Must be able to deal with a variety of emotions and frustrations; emotional stability and maturity are important attributes in this position.
• Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflicts, and make effective decisions under pressure.
• Must be able to gain new skills and knowledge necessary for performance of essential job functions.
• Must be able to give, receive and analyze information.
• Must be able to effectively communicate, providing verbal feedback and written documentation in a professional manner.

Management Statement:
This job description is not intended and should not be construed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all skills, efforts, activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Reasonable accommodation may be made to all individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Deadline Note: 11:59pm