Definition and Class Characteristics The Public Health Department is pleased to be hiring a temporary Registered Nurse or Public Health Nurse! Passionate about public health efforts in our community and want to make a difference in the lives of citizens? If so, come join a lively team of creative people who work and collaborate on various prevention and education efforts. Apply to work for our organization and help us protect lives, prevent disease, and promote health for our county's residents!
The temporary RN or PHN will work as part of the Public Health Department's Communicable Disease Team to address various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will likely include case investigations, contact tracing, and case management. They will also provide some clinical services, such as collecting swab specimens and administration of vaccines when available. The RN / PHN may train and lead teams of other Public Health or other County staff members who are redeployed to contain and/or mitigate the spread of the virus. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Under clinical and administrative direction, provides health education, community outreach, case management, medication support, and health counseling services for designated clients within an assigned program; applies and implements professional nursing and public health expertise and skill sets for the purpose of the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases, health risks, and /or other adverse health conditions within an assigned program; to network with local and regional health and welfare communities to ensure clients' well being; to perform a variety of administrative and operational tasks in support of assigned program; and to perform related duties as assigned.
Public Health Nurse I:
This is the entry level class in the series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn and perform duties of increasing complexity. This class is flexibly staffed with Public Health Nurse II, and incumbents normally advance to the higher level after gaining sufficient experience and demonstrating proficiency to meet the requirements of the Public Health Nurse II.
Examples of Duties Essential:
- Provides public health nursing and case management services to individuals and families in homes, schools, community facilities, and specialized clinics by assessing health care requirements, counseling, teaching, and providing or coordinating follow-up health and social services
- Participates in the operation of public health clinics by interviewing and counseling clients, performing screening tests, administering medications and treatments, recording data, making referrals, and related client care duties; may instruct and guide other health care personnel and volunteers; may organize, coordinate and direct specialized clinic operations
- Provides case management services; develops and monitors care plans and ensures that follow-up services are provided and documented; acts as client advocate
- Prepares and administers oral and/or injectable medications/immunizations in accordance with a physician's order; monitors and records client response to medication and documents any adverse reactions; instructs clients/family/caregiver on safe and effective use of medications
- Participates in epidemiological investigations and communicable disease control activities, including contact tracing and surveillance
- Participates in community outreach and health promotion and health education events such as health fairs, blood pressure and flu clinics, radio shows, etc.; provides preventive health care services and promotes public awareness of program; drafts and/or distributes newspaper articles, educational pamphlets and related information
- Assists in coordinating nursing activities for individual clients and families with other community social and health agencies and programs
- Audits medical records, department records and contract providers to assure compliance with Federal, State, Medi-Cal and Medicare standards
- Assists department in training office staff and clinicians in MediCal/Medicare documentation standards; reviews and monitors non-compliant medical records
- Compiles and maintains records, reports, charts and statistics, and participates in quality assurance activities
- Attends a variety of internal and external staff meetings, in-service training, team meetings, and case conferences
- Assists in preparation of procedure manuals, forms, instructional and informational materials, reports, charts, and other documentation; may participate in surveys, needs assessments and data-gathering activities
- Participates in providing or coordinating service delivery to target population as part of a specialized program; may collaborate with community-based organizations, other service providers, other County or State departments, and community and business organizations regarding program services
Knowledge and Skills Required QUALIFICATIONS
NOTE: The required level and scope of the following knowledge and skills relate to the level of the position as defined in the class characteristics.
- Principles, practices, methods and procedures of public health nursing, health promotion, and disease prevention and control
- General nursing principles, practices and techniques, including assessment, client care planning and delivery, client education, and evaluation of outcomes
- Medical terminology and equipment
- Nursing routines and protocols specific to area of assignment
- Principles and techniques of drug administration, and uses and effects of medications
- Principles, practices and techniques of safety and infection control
- Techniques and methods used in crisis intervention with ill clients and/or families
- Laws, rules and regulations governing the practice of public health nursing
- Community medical and social agencies and resources
- Environmental, sociological and psychological problems affecting public health nursing
- Independently planning, organizing and implementing nursing activities
- Assessing community, individual and family health needs and problems
- Developing and implementing client care plans and/or referrals
- Administering medications/immunizations, performing skilled nursing treatments and procedures, and adapting nursing skills to various environments and situations
- Applying teaching principles and providing education and counseling
- Exercising sound independent judgment within scope of authority and practice
- Preparing and maintaining organized, detailed and accurate medical records
- Collaborating with other members of the health care team on an ongoing basis
- Demonstrating sensitivity to the effects of culture and ethnic background on health issues
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
- Working in, and with individuals from, various cultural, physical, behavioral and environmental settings
Education and Experience Required COPIES OF DEGREES, TRANSCRIPTS, CERTIFICATES OR LICENSES LISTED AS REQUIRED IN THIS SECTION MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION
Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid driver's license within 30 days of hire.
Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing and a valid certificate as a Public Health Nurse issued by the California State Department of Public Health.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Mobility to work in both office and clinical settings, and to travel to various sites; strength to lift, carry and position supplies and equipment; touch and dexterity to conduct physical health assessments; vision to read handwritten and printed materials, and examine and observe clients; hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone.
Working in exposure to communicable disease and/or blood-borne pathogens.
Some positions may require work outside normal daytime business hours.
Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.
This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous