The Public Health Nurse performs direct public health nursing and education services in the community. Responsible for working with public health programs including specific grant programs, population focused, and community-oriented nursing care. When designated, is responsible for this agency and its personnel in the absence of the Public Health Manager/Health Officer.
Essential Job Functions
- Performs surveillance, prevention, investigation and control of communicable disease, acute and chronic disease.
- Provides community screening, health promotion, and immunization services.
- Train for and participate in emergency response planning for the county, and respond in the event of an emergency.
- Provide direct nursing assessment and follow-up for families and individuals regarding health care needs utilizing the nursing process.
- Provide skilled nursing care and education to selected populations including Women Infant & Children (WIC), Prenatal Care Coordination, First Breath, Lead screening, & Comprehensive Support Team Program (CST) families.
- Assist with documentation and record keeping of services provided including Secure Pubic Health Electronic Record Environment (SPHERE), Real-Time Online Statewide Information Environment Security Awareness Training (ROSIE), Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR), and Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS).
- Collaborates with public and private organizations to assess, and address community health needs.
- Plans, conducts, and evaluates public health education programs for agencies, community organizations, or the general public.
General Job Functions
- Serves as resource person to new and/or less experienced nursing personnel.
- Participates in workshops and in-service education.
- Assist in orientation of new nursing personnel and student nurses.
Training and Experience
- Bachelor of Science Degree from an N.L.N. certified college or university school of nursing and current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Wisconsin.
- Two or more years of clinical and public health nurse work experience is preferred.
- Current valid Wisconsin driver's license required.
- Valid American Heart Association BLS certification.
- Training and experience in public health emergency preparedness, including Incident Command Structure (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) is preferred. Must obtain IS-700 NIMS and ICA-100 Certification within the first year of hire.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing, and the sociological aspects of community health programs and of public health education programs.
- Ability to exercise good independent judgment in making decisions and use of discretion in handling confidential information.
- Ability to perform quality nursing services according to professional standards.
- Ability to read, comprehend, and communicate, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to use tact and courtesy in maintaining an effective working relationship with department employees, county supervisors, county officials, and general public.
- Ability to implement assigned components of Public Health programs.
- Ability to travel to client's home, clinics, and sites throughout the County.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft® Office Suite of software and data base programs.