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Public Health Department Job

Public Health Nurse

Union, NC (Union County)

Posted 06/07/2022

General Statement

The Public Health Nurse, under general supervision, provides advanced level of primary and preventive professional nursing work to individuals and families served by Union County Division of programs.  Independently demonstrates and implements techniques of professional nursing work and counsel for promotion of health, prevention of disease and protection of the health of the public.  Serves as team lead for a sub-group within a larger project and/or serves as lead nurse in designated program. Assist in data collection and review associated with clinics and projects. Work is performed in accordance with the North Carolina Nurse Practice Act, agency regulations, program policies, provider orders and evidence-based public health nursing practice. Work is accomplished through clinic assignments, home visits, project assignments or contact with community providers and agencies. Employee must have strong understanding of public health concepts, nursing theory and practice.  Employee must apply critical thinking skills ensuring orders, policies and procedures are followed. Interprets and implements public health laws, regulations and policies related to specific programs as they affect individuals, families and population systems.
 
Public Health is responsible for preparedness activities in the event of a natural disaster, disease outbreaks and other threats to the health of the public. Individuals in this role will be required to participate in preparedness response activities which may include mass vaccination clinics, sheltering and or dispensing medications from the Strategic National Stockpile.

Essential Functions

Functions as a lead nurse in assigned program.  
 
Makes short-range plans and adjusts to meet the needs of the program and clients.
 
Manages nurse-screening clinics, as applicable, based on policy, standing orders and NC PH Law.
 
Takes lead role in coordinating and planning referrals and resources for clients.
 
Provides community outreach, functioning independently outside of the department.
 
Works with program lead in program development and development of community partnerships.
 
Takes active role in quality assurance and quality improvement activities as assigned.
 
Co-coordinates and/or oversees specific operations related to preparedness response drills and activities including disaster sheltering.
 
Obtains client assessment, including family history, medical history, interval history, nutritional history, psychosocial history, health literacy, and current status.
 
Performs testing and completes procedural processes per program requirements/needs.
 
Manages sub-group programs i.e. Newborn Screens, Lead, and/or as assigned.
 
Assesses clients' needs for services and/or follow-up based on department standing orders, policies and procedures.
 
Adapts Public Health Nursing care to individuals, families and groups based on cultural needs and differences.
 
Is mindful of cultural considerations while communicating with clients.
 
Dispenses medications according to the North Carolina Pharmacy Act / North Carolina Public Health Nurse dispensing rules.
 
Administers vaccines according to department standing orders, policy and procedures and North Carolina Vaccine for Children law.
 
Maintains medical records per EHR Policy.
 
Follows all departmental policies and procedures.
 
Participates in community outreach events and department strategic planning as assigned.
 
Participates in UCDPH emergency response activities as needed.
 
Follows OSHA and HIPAA policy, standards and guidelines.
 
Complies with the North Carolina Nurse Practice Act.
 
Performs other related duties as assigned.
 
Additional essential functions based on assigned department:
 
Maternal Health
Co-leads and audits the routine and High Risk Maternal Health clinics
 
Maintains awareness and understanding of standing orders, policies, and current Agreement Addenda and serves as a resource to maternity staff to ensure compliance.  Stays abreast of clinic and program changes and assists Program Lead with communicating changes to all maternity staff.  Monitors staff and clinic workflow for quality assurance and provides feedback to Program Lead and Nursing Supervisor as appropriate to ensure clinic efficiency. Maintains pharmaceutical inventory applicable to the program area.  Confirms that all maternity notes, educational materials, and consents are up-to-date and accurate.  Completes quarterly maternity chart audits.
 
Assesses scheduling needs and appointment availability and adjusts clinic calendars as necessary to meet current demand, clinic capacity, and to ensure availability of maternity intake appointments within 2 weeks. Assesses requests for Maternity Intake appointments to determine when appointment should be scheduled or if patient should be referred to external OB office.  Schedules NST's at hospital as necessary in the event of clinic closures for holidays or inclement weather.  Ensures no-show appointments are rescheduled by fee window or nursing staff promptly.
 
Maintains continual awareness of clinic status and flow.  Adjusts lunch breaks to ensure at least one maternity nurse is present from the time of each patient's arrival until the end of their appointment. Screens patients for the provider, provide appropriate patient education as needed and follow-up as ordered, and remains centrally located and accessible to staff during clinic hours.  Assists with screening maternity intake patients.  Serves as liaison between clinic and local hospitals to coordinate referrals and care of patients.
 
Ensures clinic rooms remain stocked with supplies, equipment, and educational materials.  Processes labs by reviewing all incoming lab results, updating Lab Flowsheet in EHR, notifying maternity provider of abnormal lab results, and completing follow-up as ordered.  Serves as back up as needed to Clinic Co-Lead for labs to ensure all patient, scheduling, and referral issue follow-up is completed promptly.
 
Provides coverage in the Triage, Family Planning clinics as assigned.
 
 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation and two (2) years of Public Health nursing experience; Master's in Public Health and graduation from a school of professional nursing and two (2) years of professional nursing experience; or Graduation from a school of professional nursing and three (3) years of professional nursing experience including two (2) years of Public Health nursing experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
 
Licenses or Certifications:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
 
Must have a valid Driver’s License and be able to maintain a safe driving history as defined by the Union County Vehicle Use Policy.
 
Basic Life Support - CPR 
 
Special Requirements: 
Individuals employed in a local Health Department without a BSN Degree which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation or a Master's in Public Health, will be required to successfully complete the "Introduction to Public Health Nursing" course within one year of employment as a condition of continued employment in accordance with Health Services Commission Rule.
 
Completion of didactic and on the job supervision phase of expanded role specialty to program which assigned, as applicable.

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Requires a B.S. in Nursing which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation and two (2) years of Public Health nursing experience.
 
Licenses or Certifications:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
 
Must have a valid Driver’s License and be able to maintain a safe driving history as defined by the Union County Vehicle Use Policy.
 
Basic Life Support - CPR 
 
Special Requirements: 
Individuals employed in a local Health Department without a BSN Degree which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation or a Master's in Public Health, will be required to successfully complete the "Introduction to Public Health Nursing" course within one year of employment as a condition of continued employment in accordance with Health Services Commission Rule.
 
Completion of didactic and on the job supervision phase of expanded role specialty to program which assigned, as applicable

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Qualified applicants should complete an NC Alliance Application at http://www.ncapha.org/employment_center. (Please indicate this position on the application)