RN Public Health
This position assesses and educates clients and provides community-based nursing services delivered 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.
1. Assesses, evaluates, and manages 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.
2. Provides leadership in planning, preparing, and responding to Public Health preparedness events, including mass clinics.
3. Provides direct client services:
o 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.
o Develops nursing care plans and coordinates care.
o Assesses, educates, and evaluates clients regarding acute and chronic health conditions, psychosocial, and environmental needs and refers to appropriate resources.
o Conducts physical examinations, assesses health of infants, children, and adults.
o Completes referrals to physicians and other medical services as needed.
4. Organizes, manages, updates, and oversees various Public Health programs as assigned.
5. Assists in the writing of grant proposals, and oversees grant activities, reporting requirements, contractual obligations, and performance standards/requirements.
6. Dispenses and manages client medication.
7. Immunizes clients and provides tuberculosis screening; performs venipuncture and collects lab specimens as indicated.
8. Conducts public health investigations, case management, and follow up as needed.
9. Prepares, updates, and maintains client records, utilizing various electronic health record systems.
10. Plans, develops, and presents health education programs/classes.
11. Facilitates and participates in community coalitions, and works with community partners to provide collaboration, outreach, and education.
12. Participates in quality improvement projects and incorporates quality improvement principles.
13. Participates in community health needs assessments and improvement planning.
14. Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with two (2) years’ work experience in general nursing practices. Equivalent combination of education and experience which provides necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
• Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Wisconsin of Wisconsin.
• Must successfully pass criminal and caregiver background checks.
REQUIRED JOB COMPETENCIES
• 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 regulations to maintain preparedness and public health competencies.
• Ability to effectively assess consumer’s medical needs and their ability to make medical decisions and document accordingly.
• Knowledge of PPE and its proper use for personal safety measures.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical information and assure rights and privacy are protected at all times per HIPAA.
• Must be able to exhibit a warm, cheerful, caring manner.
• Ability to accurately maintain patient medical records and prepare reports.
• Knowledge of electronic records systems.
• Knowledge of the County and Department’s operating requirements, policies, procedures, and practices; and local, State, and Federal regulations related to department programs and operations.
• Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives, and recommending methods, procedures, and techniques for resolution of issues.
• Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
• Ability to develop, interpret, and implement regulations, policies, procedures, written instructions, general correspondence, and other department-specific documents.
• Ability to adapt and take control of situations, dictating subordinate activities in a responsible manner.
• Ability to establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
• Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
• Skill in organizational and time management to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
• Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits requiring minimal direction and supervision.
• Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
• Knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
• Knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications consistent for this position.
• Ability to perform mathematical calculations required of this position.
• Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively in English in both written and verbal form.
• Skill in researching and understanding complex written materials.
• Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
• Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in performing duties, resolving problems, and interpreting policies and regulations.
• Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
• Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals within and outside the organization.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding business-related files, reports, and conversations, within the provisions of open records laws and other applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.
• Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and respond after hours as needed.
PHYSICAL AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
• 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 and observing general surroundings and activities.
• Work requires exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.
• Work is primarily in an office setting but may also be in a clinical or community setting.
Deadline Note: Open Until Filled