Work Unit: Health Department
Supervisor: Public Health Director
Pay Grade: 15 Wage: $25.59 – 31.60/Hour
Title: Public Health Nurse/Prevention Specialist
This is a multifaceted job with daily fluctuations based on the needs of the community. It requires strong RN nursing skills and knowledge as well as the ability to quickly change roles. This position will facilitate programs that include home visiting, immunization clinics, chronic disease prevention activities, community collaboration and outreach, community educational offerings and innovative approaches to reach at-risk populations to improve public health in Park County. The position requires the highest level of confidentiality.
All duties below are essential functions unless otherwise indicated. Duties of the position are not all inclusive and subject to change
B. CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION
C. MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
Performs other duties as assigned by Health Director. This job may include special projects and a variety of other functions as needed.
This work requires utilization of strong RN skills and knowledge. Nursing knowledge including infant and maternal assessment, chronic diseases, immunization purpose and schedules and emergency preparedness protocols. It is important to be familiar with or have the ability to learn local and State resources related to public health. Strong communication skills, ability to speak publicly, innovation, and efficiency are needed. Ability to work effectively with other professionals. Must be very familiar with or learn medical and legal (HIPAA) guidelines. Ability to work independently while understanding the importance and value of collaboration is a must. Experience being an active member of your health community is valuable. A motivated and well-organized individual is desired in this multi-faceted job. The ideal candidate is able to work with people of varying backgrounds and is able to set aside judgements and meet people ‘where they are at.’
Must be able to operate a computer, have skills in word processing, data entry and specialized programs as necessary. Must be able to operate fax, copier and cell phone. Defensive driving in all road conditions.
Skills and Abilities:
Education and Experience:
Must have a degree in Nursing. Must be a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. Experience working as a nurse with 2-4 years is preferred. Experience working with the general public and people of varying backgrounds is needed. Experience with medical billing will be helpful. Experience working in the public health is preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Montana State Board of Nursing License - Active
Current Montana Driver’s License
FEMA IS-700, ICS-100 online courses within 6 months of employment and ICS-200, ICS-300 course within one year of employment as mandated by the State.
These services are part of the comprehensive efforts to improve child and public health status in Park County, as provided for DPHHS Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, DPHHS Immunization grant, DPHHS Chronic Disease Prevention grant, and state and non-profit initiatives. Perform duties within R.N. license scope of practice.
The position requires handling non-public confidential information. The person in the position acknowledges the confidential nature of non-public information regarding students, immunization clients and school personnel. Consistent with applicable policy and guidelines, this position will respect and safeguard the privacy of students, immunization clients and school personnel and the confidential nature of information in accordance with Montana state law, without limiting the general nature of this commitment. The person in the position hereby acknowledges that the person understands that in this context, confidential information is considered all non-public information that can be personally associated with an individual.
If in the course of executing job responsibilities, the person in the position accidentally accesses information that others might consider inappropriate for this position to access, the person in the position will notify the person’s supervisors of the date and time of the access. If a question arises at a later time, it will be understood that the access was accidental. The person in the position will not disseminate any such information.
By signing this Position Description, the undersigned hereby acknowledges reading and understanding this section regarding confidentiality and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions set forth herein. Violation of confidentiality may warrant disciplinary action, up to and including, suspension, demotion or termination of employment
This position plans and carries out most assignments independently, and uses judgment and initiative to solve problems. Work objectives and priorities are defined by the Health Department Director.
This position has contacts with the general public, families, county personnel, elected officials, department heads, medical providers, and school personnel in order to be responsive to questions and inquiries regarding chronic diseases, immunizations, general health related questions and home visiting.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to palpate or feel. The employee is required to frequently reach with hands and arms. On a regular basis, the employee is required to talk or hear. Requires occasional physical exertion. Requires walking or climbing over rough uneven surfaces.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Requires exposure to laboratory chemicals, toxic, and hazardous materials. Requires occasional use of protective clothing and equipment. Requires travel to remote sites and exposure to extreme weather conditions. Requires periodic travel outside of county and/or state for educational conferences, professional meetings, and public hearings.
The position requires the following special vision requirements: close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), and the ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.