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Public Health Nurse - Nursing / WIC

Posted: 06/09/2022

Summary:  With minimal direction, provides professional and technical guidance in the care and treatment of patients within the county and performs public health duties within the health department.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Read and interpret patient information, making treatment decisions when appropriate.
  2. Assess health, social and educational needs and formulate plans to meet those needs.
  3. Establish and grow working relationships with a variety of community, governmental, subcontract agencies, and professional individuals and groups. Research ways to improve healthcare processes and improve patient outcome.
  4. Provide information and advocacy on local health programs and services that are available to improve access to care.
  5. Provide educational instruction pertaining to health, social, nutrition and parenting issues to WIC clientele and other clients.
  6. Develop an Individual Care Plan for the WIC client and family. Perform WIC medical assessment (height/weight, blood pressure, hemoglobin, physical exam, developmental screening, blood lead, and immunizations) as needed.
  7. Refer clients to appropriate providers within the community for services identified in the Individual Care Plan and coordinate services to determine whether clients have accessed services.  Provide periodic reassessment of client needs.
  8. Complete paperwork required by the State and programs on a timely basis.
  9. Assist in training programs and activities designed to improve the knowledge and performance of health care providers, social service agencies and others involved in working with the clients. Teach clients skills to become more independent and to access social service agencies and health needs.
  10. Provide immunizations to adults and children. Review history and determine what immunizations are needed. Calculate return dates and give advice regarding possible adverse reactions.
  11. Provide TB skin testing as needed.  Assist with TB reporting and education as needed.
  12. Obtain fingerstick or venous specimens and process urine specimens.
  13. Conduct oral assessment, provide guidance related to oral/dental health and apply fluoride varnish to children under age 3.
  14. Assist with STD testing, treatment, and morbidity reporting as needed. And assist with Communicable Disease reporting as needed.
  15. Assist with blood lead reporting as needed. Updates PMD’s as necessary.
  16. Participate in agency’s emergency response activities for both exercises and actual events
  17. Incorporate ethical standards of practice into all interactions, including the use of data and information
  18. Adhere to HIPAA privacy regulations and OSHA safety standards pertaining to exposure to toxic substances or other hazards.
  19. Interact effectively and professionally with all persons regardless of age, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, lifestyle and physical ability. And the respect cultural, language and religious practices of others.
  20.    Assume responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing continuing education, participating in professional committees and work groups and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued.
  21. Assist with other duties as assigned, including on-call coverage.
            Education and Experience -  Registered Nurse with current Illinois license with two years’ experience in community health or maternal/child health nursing, nutrition assessment and education OR a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a recognized or accredited program and one year of experience in community health or maternal/child health nursing with nutrition assessment and education. 
Technical Requirements
  •  Requires competency in computer skills. Experience in data entry, word processing, and basic spreadsheet use is preferred.     
  • Requires travel by automobile. Valid driver’s license, proof of minimum insurance and vehicle required.
  Physical Requirements – Must be able to move or carry up to 25 lbs.
Skills and Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of the psychological and sociological concepts governing individual and group behavior.
  •  Must have initiative, strong organization skills and ability to work independently while managing multiple
      tasks.  And attention to detail.
  • The ability to present and conduct self in a professional manner; have a commitment to confidentiality; and work as part of a team.
  • The ability to present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, with linguistic and cultural competency.
  • The ability to identify process deficiencies and recommend means for improvement.
Work Environment: 
  • Frequent interruptions and distraction with multiple concurrent tasks,
  • Exposure to blood/body fluids, infectious agents and airborne pathogens,
  • Exposure to needles/syringes and waste handling,
  • Position may require evening or weekend work for special program events.
Specialized Training Requirements (post-hire):
  • Incident Command IS 100 and IS 700, minimally
  • CMS Medicare/Medicaid Provider
  • Mandated Reporter
  • DHS Civil Rights
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Any other trainings required under employment law
The above description is intended to designate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Jackson County Health Department reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. Physical demands and work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those that will be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.