Public Health Nurse II - Clinical (Part time, Temporary)

Prineville, OR

Department:           Health Department

Reports To:             Public Health Director

Classification:         Non-Exempt

Salary Grade:          $25.63 - $28.86 Hourly

Summary

Under the supervision of the Clinical Services Supervisor, the Public Health Nurse II performs a variety of duties in public health nursing programs including family planning, immunization, HIV counseling and testing, STD infection exams, and communicable disease follow-up. The nurse performs tests and health screening of patients, administers medication, and provides counseling and education on health issues.

Essential Job Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Clinical Services

  • Perform skilled nursing assessment services and client education in a clinical setting, including but not limited to:
    • Family Planning services, options counseling, contraceptive counseling, medical/family assessment
    • Immunization services
    • HIV counseling and testing
    • Communicable disease follow-up as needed
    • Basic lab tests and blood draws, point of care testing
    • STI testing/treatment
  • Assess client medical needs by performing limited examinations, reviewing and discussing medical histories, evaluating existing treatments, administering treatments based on department protocols or provider orders in electronic medical record (EMR), and monitoring results
  • Promote health and prevention of disease in clinic and community settings
  • Refer clients to appropriate health and social agencies or practitioners
  • Maintain required documentation and statistical data, and compile required reports as needed
  • Develop and maintain effective, harmonious, and positive work relationships with others
  • Maintain regular and predictable work attendance
  • Attend health related workshops as arranged and complete required education and certifications
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Participate in County emergency response functions, as assigned

Medication

  • Describe and demonstrate proper dispensing of pharmaceuticals
  • Administer medications in a safe manner using universal precautions and sharps safety according to standing orders and procedures
  • Describe procedures accurately for clinic-related emergencies

Documentation

  • Complete all forms, consents, records, and other documentation as required by Crook County and Oregon Health Authority
  • Competently use electronic medical record documentation processes
  • Understand terms and concepts involved in determining payer source for family planning services with local, state, and federal programs or private insurance

Laboratory

  • Demonstrate proper specimen handling, processing, testing, charting, and disposal
  • Demonstrate proper use of lab equipment, calibrating and documenting controls, using testing mediums and processes

General

  • Assist in the clinical area performing RN functions as needed during walk-in clinics as assigned. This may include immunizations.
  • Assist with emergency response as needed
  • Complete training in ICS 100, 200, 700, 800
  • Basic core functions for emergency response
  • May be asked to work late and/or weekend hours

Competencies

  • Equipment used – personal computer and related software, telephone, printer, copier, facsimile. Use of computers for word processing, data analysis, and email correspondence.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of nursing and public health nursing including health maintenance and disease prevention; the effects of physical, social, and emotional factors on health; principles and techniques of teaching, counseling, interviewing, and history taking; resources available through other health and welfare agencies; integration and linkages between community agencies.
  • Knowledge of prenatal care and child development
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and plan, organize, and administer safe and effective public health nursing care; work effectively with individuals and families to assist them in the satisfactory solution of health programs; recognize and respect the impact of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic difference on healthcare practices; act as a liaison with other agencies to coordinate care of clients; maintain effective working relationships; maintain complete and accurate records and reports; evaluate situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms
  • Ability and skill in working with the public
  • Ability and skill to contribute to a positive work environment through the Crook County Health Department vision, mission, and guiding principles
  • Knowledge of Public Health rules
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary in a public health emergency and travel when required
  • Ability to learn and explain established policies and procedures using judgment and diplomacy
  • Trained in Incident Command functions

Performance Indicators

  • Timely submission of reporting requirements for each assigned program area, including Operational Plan outcomes recorded in VMSG database
  • Timely compliance with State and Federal reporting guidelines
  • Utilization of Basecamp project management software to support department-wide initiatives including website and social media communications

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This is largely a clinical role, with some sedentary work; however, some filing, lifting and carrying may be required. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and off-site for clinics. 

Physical Demands

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; lift; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, twist, and bend. Ability to perform CPR if needed.  

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a temporary 24 hour per week position. Days and hours of work will be determined based on clinic needs and may vary in a public health emergency.

Travel

There is occasional travel for conferences and regional meetings.

Required Education and Experience

  • Completed Registered Nurse program with current RN license
  • Experience working with populations of all ages, including pediatric patients
  • Experience in Public Health or combination of experience and training in healthcare setting with utilizing protocols, critical thinking, and autonomy within the scope of nursing practice as determined by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing
  • 2+ years experience in Public Health or combination of experience and training in healthcare setting with utilizing protocols, critical thinking, and autonomy within the scope of nursing practices as determined by the OSBN
  • Bilingual

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check
  • Able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (not required for all positions)

Safety Sensitive Requirements

  • This position is considered to be a safety sensitive position subject to drug screen(s) and adherence to all vaccine/immunity requirements for the healthcare setting.

AAP/EEO Statement

  • This position is ‘at-will’, and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer