Job Description : Pop-Based Srvs Pub Health Nurse : Public Health Nurse I Under the supervision of a P.H.N. III Nursing Supervisor, the P.
H.N. I is responsible for the delivery of public health nursing services and day to day direction of a public health nursing clinic and the support staff.
implementing nursing and program standards to assure quality public health nursing care is provided to consumers; and coordinating the provision of services with other disciplines.
The PHN I is responsible for direct public health nursing services in an assigned geographic area, including participation in current and long-
range planning for the assigned area. The PHN I is also responsible for delivering population-based services to assigned communities using the essential public health services model.
In coordination with the PHN III, the PHN I indirectly supervises clinic support staff, including scheduling and assignments, assessing staff skills and requesting staff development.
Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.
Job Description :
perform technical nursing procedures to include administration of immunizations / medications via intramuscular, subcutaneous, or intradermal routes.
Provide tuberculosis testing, treatment and monitoring, including drawing blood and obtaining other specimens for laboratory analysis.
Will travel to geographical areas as assigned. May work hours other than 8 : 00-5 : 00 Monday-Friday. 2. Serve as role model for support staff in professional / ethical behavior.
3. Assure appropriate patient referral / follow-up. 4. Coordinate the provision of services with other disciplines. Maximize use of available resources for patient benefit.
5. Implement nursing program purpose / goals / objectives, nursing standards, and program changes as appropriate. 6. Support / interpret lines of authority and interpret / follow lines of communication.
7. Assist with staffing / scheduling of clinics. 8. Responsible for administrative / patient encounter reports. 9. Provide indirect supervision / daily direction of clinic support staff and LVN's.
45%) ESSENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES 1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems. Assist in disease investigation / reporting.
Maintains immunization tracking systems. Serve as a community resource for education on infectious diseases / immunizations.
2. Diagnose / investigate health hazards in the community. Is a member of multi-disciplinary rapid response team in outbreaks.
Assist in contact / environmental / epidemiological investigations and follow-up. 3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
Provide community education / training. Identify need / plan / participate in community activities. Provide outreach for available services, targeting at-
risk populations. 4. Mobilize partnerships to identify / solve health problems. Participate in coalitions / community / worksite / school health meetings.
Conduct or gather needs assessment data for planning services. 5. Develop policies / plans that support individual / community health efforts.
Advocate for populations that are unable / unwilling to communicate with policy makers. Contact / educate local officials / community leaders about health status indicators / problems, using regional protocol.
Collect / utilize data to identify trends / needs in groups and recommend services. Provide input for policies and initiatives.
report potential violations. Assure compliance with all laws / regulations affecting public health nursing practice. 7. Link people to personal health services.
Coordinate provision of health-related services to target populations. Link public / providers to necessary resources. Identify and refer to health / human services resources.
8. Assure a competent public health / personal health care workforce. Assist in evaluating staff performance, in orienting employees and determining readiness to independently perform job tasks.
Assess in-service needs of other personnel. Participate in planning in-service and recommending program content. Assess training needs of PH professionals / other providers.
Recommend / plan / prepare / provide training and technical assistance. Provide classroom & / or clinical education opportunities for health care professions students.
Collaborate with educational institutions to address health care education opportunities. Obtain continuing education credits to meet or exceed minimum program requirements.
9. Evaluate effectiveness / accessibility / quality of personal / population-based health services. Participate in regional quality assurance activities.
Conduct recruitment activities for potential providers of services. Evaluate and report on effectiveness / accessibility / outcomes of community initiatives / local health services.
10. Research for insights and innovative solutions to health problems. May participate in regional workgroups / CQI teams.
Participate in pilot or nursing research projects.(5%)Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to actively participating and / or serving in a role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and / or recovery or Continuity of Operations.
Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and / or location.
Essential Job Functions :
Knowledge Skills Abilities : Knowledge of professional nursing theory, nursing process, nursing sciences, and clinical skills.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing, including related cultural, social, and economic forces in family and group relationships and principles of public health organizations.
Knowledge of tuberculosis testing, treatment and monitoring helpful. Knowledge of childhood and adult immunizations helpful.
Knowledge of teaching and learning theories, leadership methods, and interviewing principles and techniques. Knowledge of community resources.
Knowledge of principles of supervision and evaluation. Knowledge of the Nurse Practice Act, Pharmacy Act, CLIA Act, and the principle of standing delegation orders.
management and supervision; interviewing; negotiating; communicating (both oral and written). Skill in providing group education.
to plan and execute work; to exercise good judgment; to function as a team member; and to communicate effectively. Ability to provide own transportation and willingness to travel to geographical areas as assigned.
Ability to perform technical nursing procedures, including but not limited to the administration of immunizations, and collecting laboratory specimens.
Knowledge Skills Abilities :
Registration or Licensure Requirements : Licensed as a Registered Nurse in good standing in the State of Texas or one of the license compact states.
Registration or Licensure Requirements :
Initial Selection Criteria : Current RN License in good standing; willingness to travel; willingness to work hours outside of 8-
5 and Monday through Friday; two years nursing experience, which may include prior LVN experience. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license, or equivalent license from another state.