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Public Health Nurse Ii

Roxboro, NC (Person County)

Posted 11/09/2020

NCAPHA IS ACTIVELY RECRUITING FOR A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE II TO BE PLACED AT THE PERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPT.

 

POSITION:         Public Health Nurse II

SALARY:            $26.62/hour

ASSIGNMENT:   PART-TIME THROUGH FEB. 2021

 

A.  Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

 

The primary purpose of the Person County Health Department (PCHD) is to provide or assure public health services that allow for the promotion of optimal health and well being of the citizens of Person County.  The focus of service is health promotion and disease prevention for all.  

B.   Primary Purpose of Position:

     The PHN II participates as a member of the healthcare team by providing direct patient care to clients during offsite immunization and/or testing events.

    The PHN II is expected to:

 

1)    Provide primary direct client care during assigned events.

2)    Administer vaccines to appropriate clients following PCHD policy, procedures, and standing.

3)    Provide education to clients being served

C.  Work Schedule:

This is a part time temporary position through February 2021.  This position will serve on an as needed basis as immunization nurse and/or when testing events are scheduled.

Occasional weekend and/or evening hours.

II.

A.   Description of Responsibilities and Duties: 

    Off-Site Nurse

Operations are usually driven by guidance within agency strategic plan and contract addenda.  Work activities are based on the agency needs for immunization and/or testing events through February 2021.

Provide vaccines to clients during clinic hours and during off site clinics and as needed by the agency.

Provide COVID testing to clients during clinic hours and during off site clinics and as needed by the agency.

Works with a variety of electronic data systems, automated office systems, and manually with office equipment per product manufacturer. 

Preparation, organization and maintenance of program required documents in electronic format.

Maintains electronic calendar for appointments, training and shared communication.

Operations will require work within outreach settings such as schools, long term care facilities, and community clinic settings providing services independently with remote supervision.

Nurse will sometimes have to make short-range plans and changes to meet client and agency needs.

Work within the scope of practice of a registered nurse, follow regulatory compliance, and employer/agency policy.

Confirm the validity and existence of a standing order prior to performing any intervention that requires one by law.

Provides anticipatory guidance, teaching, and counseling to patients regarding are and services provided.

Maintain awareness to trends and concerns pertinent to community served.

Provide focused support to care through client-centered approach without discrimination.

Ensures consent to care is present for each client and privacy laws are adhered.

Accurately and promptly documents on the patient electronic/paper record and required logs.

Properly packages specimens to be transported/sent to the appropriate lab facility.

Assures that all required documentation/paperwork for the client has been accurately completed, in approved timeframes, and appropriately shared.

In cooperation with program coordinators or in the absence of program coordinators tracks inventory of medications and ensures proper inventory control. 

Follow all applicable agency, county, state and federal policy/procedures and protocols to provide safe, competent care to Person County Health Department clients. 

Meets Agreement Addenda (AA) required components.

Performs tasks safely and accurately and communicates needs.

Works in collaboration with Health Educator and other Public Health Nurses.

Other duties as assigned by PHN Supervisor II and/or Health Director.

Work is reviewed periodically for adherence to established public health nursing standards by a nurse supervisor through review of written reports and oral conferences, shadowing, and program coordinator input.

     B.  Other Position Characteristics:

1.  Accuracy Required in Work:

Accurate assessments/evaluations and professional judgement is needed to develop an appropriate service plan.

Use of product and equipment must be according to manufacturer.  Accurate written documentation and reporting. 

 Must practice defensive driving when in company vehicle and/or on company time.   

  2.  Consequence of Error:

Consequence of error in work performance affects the life and health status of clients, and the loss of public confidence in the agency as a resource for safe, appropriate health education, and treatment.  Loss of credibility with community agencies may result as well.

3.  Instructions Provided to Employee:

Thorough orientation to agency and designated programs, updates, and new guideline information in written and verbal formats, local territory and state program guidelines.  Orientation program will be provided by PHN, agency manuals, and recommendations from Regional/State Program consultant.  Program manuals will be used as a guide for providing services.

        Hands on learning environments provided by public health nurses.

  4.  Guides, Regulations, Policies and References Used by Employee:

Reference sources and technical advice from appropriate procedure manuals, Public Health Laws Rules and Regulations, policy and procedures of the Person County Health Department, on the job training and instruction from program consultants and agency nurses/coordinators.

Health Department policies, Clinic program policy and procedure books, in-service training, and OSHA and CLIA guidelines 

5.  Supervision Received by Employee:

The Public Health Nurse II/Clinic Nurse reportsdirectly to Public Health Nurse Supervisor II or her designee such as Clinic Lead, RN.  May receive supervision and guidance from other designated program coordinators and Health Director.   

6.  Variety and Purpose of Personal Contacts:

Maintain confidentiality with Health Department staff, other agencies and clients.  Telephone contacts as well as face-to-face verbal and written interaction are required.  

Encourage independence and accountability for action/inaction in individuals including self. 

7.  Physical Effort:

Walking, standing, lifting equipment/supplies, assisting clients, sitting, ability to carry materials, handling office and clinical supplies.  Stooping, occasionally fast paced walking or running may be required.  Rearranging materials or moving equipment locations.  Critical thinking required for problem identification, trending and problem resolution. Driving a vehicle and working in adverse climate conditions are at times necessary.

8.  Work Environment and Conditions:

These may be mildly disagreeable if working in poor home environments or with difficult clients. Visits to other provider settings, meeting sites, and facilities are required to meet program necessity. 

Employees will have periodic exposure to hazards in the field (driving, rural or close proximity settings, inclement weather, clients) and to a lesser degree in clinic settings. They might be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, or angry or disruptive patients.

The health department is a heated and air-conditioned building, with cubicles, conference rooms, exam/interview rooms, running water, indoor plumbing, safety signage, alternate pathways, multiple marked exits, fire extinguishers, and an intercom system.  Safety communication/inspection assures OSHA guidelines for safety in a physical setting and provides educational updates.

 

9.  Machines, Tools, Instruments, Equipment, and Materials Used:

Computer, telephone, calculator, fax, copy machine, postage machine, shredder.

 

10. Visual Attention, Mental Concentration, and Manipulative Skills:

                  

Reading instructions

Documentation in medical records.

Reports/Time Sheets/Travel Sheets/Time Studies.

Record/Audit Review

Data Entry into appropriate computer reporting system.

              Operating equipment.

Visual observation.

Communication skills.

Defensive driving.

11. Safety for Self and Others:

Follow all OSHA, CLIA, program and County/agency safety guidelines including client confidentiality and privacy within the facility as well as beyond the facility walls; during work and non-working hours. 

Ensures that established guidelines for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen, PPE, Infection Control, Hazard Communication and Respiratory Protection Program Standards are followed.  Home environments or other outside facilities may have odors, noise, overcrowding.  The employee practices the safe use of agency vehicles as well.                 

                     

12. Dynamics of Work:

A positive attitude, efficient use of time, and prioritization of tasks, duties and responsibilities are required to manage the demands from clients, community partners, administration, and reporting/documenting of data.  Regular self-assessment with a constant drive for improvement, ability to accept and embrace change, willingness to learn and advocate for individuals and groups for equal access to health care are needed to manage job stressors such as regulatory compliance, environmental and/or political changes and time requirements.  Acknowledges questions professionally in a manner to support processes and willingly provides the evidence and assurance for agency compliance regulations to designated authority. 

III.

A.  Knowledge, Abilities, & Skills:

    

·       Significant knowledge of nursing principles, theories, assessment, techniques, and practices as well as how to apply them to specific tasks, goals, interventions, plans, and problems.

·       Significant knowledge of medical, clinical, and legal terminology

·       Significant knowledge of human anatomy and physiology

·       Knowledge of public health and associated laws

·       Significant knowledge of clinical sanitation and personal hygiene

·       Significant knowledge of importance of and the ability to maintain effective appropriate working relationships with all parties/partners/ and program stakeholders.

·       Significant knowledge of and ability to use correct grammar, vocabulary, spelling and office terminology to compose and/or proofread correspondence, reports and other materials.

·       Significant knowledge of clinical assessment tools and communication techniques  

·       Ability to plan and execute work effectively, in a timely manner, and to completion

·       Ability to utilize various electronic data systems and maintain confidentiality according to privacy laws

·       Ability to evaluate records for accurate and appropriate documentation of treatment and care

·       Ability to learn and independently apply laws and departmental rules and regulations covering programs and services.

·       Ability to review and process information to determine conclusions, actions or compliance with applicable laws, rules or regulations.

·       Ability to exercise good judgement and discretion

·       Ability to independently work with people with courtesy and tact in performing public contact duties that may be sensitive in nature.

·       Ability to utilize strong functional coping skills to mitigate stress.

·       Communication Skills

o   Conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message

·       Applied Learning Skills

o   Assimilating and applying new job-related information promptly

·       Decision Making Skills

o   Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to conclude; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences

o   Delegation of tasks/responsibilities to licensed and unlicensed staff

o   Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization

·       Planning and Organizing Skills

o   Establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently  

B.  Training:

1.   Required Minimum Training: 

·       Graduation from a four-year college or university with a B.S. in Nursing which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation and one year of Public Health Nursing experience; or

·       Master’s in Public Health and graduation from a school of professional nursing and one year of professional nursing experience; or

·       Graduation from a school of professional nursing and two years of professional nursing experience including one year of Public Health Nursing experience; or

·       An equivalent combination of training and experience. 

            2.   Additional Training / Experience:

·       N/A

C.  License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: 

·       Must hold a current and valid license as a Registered Nurse in the state of North Carolina or hold a multistate/dual licensure without restriction within the state of residence that allows for physical care as a     Registered Nurse within North Carolina.

·       Must possess a valid Driver’s License in the state of residence.

·       Must have a valid CPR course completion certificate/card that requires return demonstration of skills assessed by the instructor (preference to American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider

 

QUALIFIED CANDIDATES ONLY APPLY AT:  WWW.NCAPHA.ORG

(Candidates need to reference this position on their application)