Registered Nurse- Public Health
Registered Nurses provide functions as a part of the generalized public health nursing program as stated in Wisconsin State Statute 250.06 (1) and DHS Administrative Rule 140.03 (5) under the direction of the Public Health Officer with oversight by the Public Health Nurses and the Public Health Manager. Registered Nurses provide support to population-based programs and services at the individual and family level; with primary focus on individual level public health interventions also known as direct services.
Promote the health of individuals and families through informing, educating, counseling, and appropriate intervention.
Assist in the monitoring of the health status of individuals and families and develop appropriate health plans.
Maintains knowledge and provision of immunization services to all age groups.
Conducts public health clinics (e.g., immunization, hearing and vision)
Assist with the investigation of health problems and health hazards in the community, including assistance with prevention and control of communicable diseases.
Provides communicable disease prevention and control including epidemiological investigations, education, surveillance, and food/waterborne disease outbreak investigations and implements control measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Provides communicable disease services including administering, distributing and monitoring Tuberculosis related medications
May lead a program with oversight by a Public Health Nurse.
Assist with efforts to mobilize community partnerships to address public health issues, with oversight by the Public Health Nurses.
Serves in an Incident Command System (ICS) structure for both preparedness and response efforts.
Plans and manages a client caseload, including coordination of intra- and inter-agency services.
Assist with enforcement of public health laws and regulations under the direction of the Health Officer and/or public health staff.
Acts as a health navigator and links individuals, families, and the community with needed resources. Provides population and individual level public health nursing services, with oversight by the Public Health Nurses, in various settings such as schools, homes, jail, offices, worksites, clinics, community health fairs, and other settings in the community
Assures a competent public health workforce by assisting with and participating in training, advising, and orientating public health staff and other community professionals. This also includes:
Participation in provision of clinical educational experiences for students
Participation in professional development.
Carrying out public health nursing functions, with oversight by a Public Health Nurse, according to standards set forth by the Nurse Practice Act, ANA Code of Ethics, and the Scope and Standards of Public Health Nursing Practice.
Participates in quality improvement initiatives.
Assists with researching for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
Assures access to primary health care for all residents through referral.
Plans and participates in department projects and programs to further the mission and objectives of the Public Health Division.
Maintains adequate records according to statutes, codes, standards, policies and procedures.
Maintains client confidentiality and follows HIPPA rules and regulations.
Performs other functions as indicated or public health priorities.
Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:
Associate Degree Nursing from an accredited program.
At least one year experience in the community or public health is preferred but not required.
Licenses and Certifications:
Current Wisconsin License to practice as a registered professional nurse.
Current CPR certification.
Current WI driver’s license. (Must have a dependable, insured vehicle for use during work
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of the core functions and essential services of public health.
Knowledge of current public health nursing principles and processes.
Knowledge of communicable disease, epidemiology and treatment: epidemiological data analysis and surveillance methods used in the management of communicable and infectious disease.
Knowledge of disease prevention, universal precautions and infection control, blood borne pathogens, respiratory protection, health assessment, health promotion, behavioral change, group process, community/organizational development theory and techniques.
Knowledge of human systems (wellness, illness, growth and development, basic nutrition, human behavior, psychosocial development, family and community systems).
Knowledge of the community agencies and resources.
Knowledge of a systematic approach to client care that includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, evaluation, consultation, referral and follow up desirable.
Knowledge of incident command structure (ICS)
Knowledge of current recommendations of Advisory Committees and Immunizations Practices (ACIP).
Knowledge of administration of immunizations to infants, children and adults.
Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to improve population outcomes.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other staff, community professionals and the public.
Ability to speak publicly to groups.
Ability to maintain accurate and timely records.
Ability to apply time-management skills, and prioritize workloads.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writings.
Ability to communicate with persons of varying levels of education, understanding, and values and work with diverse populations in a culturally sensitive manner.
Ability to work independently and exercise considerable judgement and discretion in carrying out designated duties according to established policy/procedures.
Ability to accommodate flexible scheduling to address department, program or client needs.
Ability to use standard office equipment including telephone, computer, printer, photocopier, and scanner.
Be able to perform duties, follow policy and procedures independent of direct supervision.
Lifting 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/ or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
Intermittent standing, walking, sitting and occasional driving.
Using hand(s)/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulation, pushing, pulling or operating controls.
Frequent bending, twisting, squatting, climbing, reaching, occasional grappling.
Communicating orally in a clear manner.
Hearing ability sufficient enough to communicate with others effectively in person and over the phone.
Visual ability must be sufficient enough to read typewritten documents, computer screen, drive a car and distinguish people or objectives at varied distances under a variety of light conditions.
Occasional need to relate to members of the public who exhibit challenging, atypical or hostile behaviors and/or communication.
Work performed in the community is sometimes subject to conditions that range from inclement weather to dangerous conditions such as ice/snow, cold, heat, noise, wetness/humidity, vibration, sudden temperature changes, and poor illumination at the job site or due to travel on the job. Travel to and from field locations may subject worker to increased risk of driving hazards. Community locations may subject worker to communicable diseases, insects and other disease vectors, toxins, hazardous materials, chemicals and animals.