PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE, SENIOR
Under direction, to plan and direct the work of a special program such as the Immunization Program, the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program, or California Children’s Services; to provide lead direction and work coordination for other professional nursing and support staff; to plan and conduct a variety of public health nursing clinics and services; to provide nursing services, health education, and health consulting services, including the prevention and control of diseases and the promotion of health awareness; develop and administer program budget and to do related work as required.
This is the advanced journey level and lead worker class in the Public Health Nurse class series. Incumbents are responsible for planning and directing a specific public health program such as the California Children’s Services, Maternal and Child Health or Targeted Case Management as well as provide lead direction and coordination for other professional nursing staff. Incumbents also perform a wide scope of public health nursing duties. This class is distinguished from the Public Health Nurse II by the assignment of a higher level of public health program direction responsibilities and the exercise of lead responsibilities for other professional nursing staff.
CLASSIFICATIONS SUPERVISED (Subject to change based on allocated positions and/or assignment)
Public Health Nurse I, II, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES (The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)
Plan, organize and direct a special public health program such as the Immunization Program, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program, or California Children’s Services, or the Preventative Health for the Aging Program, identifying and interacting with local care providers; assists with planning, scheduling, assigning, evaluating and directing the programs and the work of professional nursing staff and other public health staff; develops plans and directs resources to achieve program goals and objectives; assists with determining funding needed for program services; develops and monitors program budgets and County-wide program plans; assists with the preparation of program and service policies and procedures; plans, organizes and provides public health nursing services, health instruction, counseling, and guidance for individuals, families, and groups regarding disease control, health awareness, health maintenance, and rehabilitation in a clinic setting; provides referrals; teaches and demonstrates health practices to individuals and groups; works with the families to alleviate health problems and promote good health habits; refers and coordinates the care of individuals and families with other public and private agencies; identifies special health needs for assigned cases, recommending and implementing services to meet those needs; assists individuals and families with implementing physician recommendations; may plan, direct, and perform epidemiological investigations in homes, schools, the community, and public health clinics; prepares appropriate records and case documentation, arranging follow-up services based on findings; confers with physicians, nursing staff, and other staff regarding public health programs, patient reports, evaluations, medical tests, and related items; may consult with multidisciplinary teams for the purpose of creating a plan of service for “at risk” families; prepares reports and maintains records; compiles statistical information for appraisal and planning purposes; communicable disease contact follow-up.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Sit and stand for extended periods; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 50 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of medical and office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed in clinic, office, community and home environments; exposure to communicable diseases and blood borne pathogens; continuous contact with other staff and the public. Incumbents are expected to follow universal precautions. Incumbents may be required to drive in remote areas of the County in all weather conditions.
Program planning, evaluation and development principles.
Principles, methods, practices, and current trends of general and public health nursing and preventive medicine.
Community aspects of public nursing including community resources and demography.
Federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing communicable disease, public health, and disabling conditions.
Environmental, sociological, and psychological problems related to public health nursing programs.
Child growth and development.
Unique psycho/social and cultural issues encountered in a rural health program.
Causes, means of transmission, and methods of control of communicable disease.
Principles and techniques of effective employee supervision, training, evaluation, and development.
Budget development and expenditure tracking.
Cell phone usage
Plan, organize, and carry out public health nursing activities and services for an assigned service area or program.
Develop and maintain public relations with clients, staff, community groups, and other government organizations.
Analyze and evaluate health problems and take appropriate action.
Provide direction, supervision, training, and timely work evaluations for assigned staff.
Provide instruction in the prevention and control of diseases.
Develop and maintain health records and prepare clear and concise reports.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Deal tactfully and courteously with the public, community organizations, and other staff when explaining public health issues and providing public health services.
Develop and manage program budget.
Effectively represent Public Health in contacts with the public, community organizations, and other government agencies.
Keep client information confidential.
Use a cell phone at off-site locations
Regularly work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.
Constantly demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers/clients.
Training and Experience:
Completion of sufficient education and experience to meet State of California Public Health Nurse certification requirements.
Completion of a four (4) year college curriculum leading to a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Nursing or Masters of Science in Nursing and a certificate as a State of California Public Health Nurse.
One (1) year of public health nursing experience comparable to that of a Public Health Nurse II with the County of Lake.
Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse in California OR possession of an active Registered Nurse license in another State and ability to obtain an active California Registered Nurse license before beginning employment. Such employment must begin no later than 60 days after the employment offer unless extended by the department head due to timeframes with the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Possession of a Certificate as a Public Health Nurse issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.
Must be eligible for State Skilled Professional Medical Personnel (SPMP) classification as defined by 42 CFR PART 432.
The contents of this class specification shall not be construed to constitute any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract of employment. The County of Lake assumes no responsibility beyond the general accuracy of the document, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The contents of this specification may be modified or revoked without notice. Terms and conditions of employment are determined through a “meet and confer” process and are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect.