Public Health Nurse

Sheboygan County
Job Description
Department: Health & Human Services
Salary Range: $24.69/hr. to $38.63/hr.
Status: Full-time
The Public Health Nurse provides public health nursing services to individuals, families, and population groups. Nursing actions are directed toward the goals of prevention, assessment, risk reduction, and health status improvement for individuals, families and communities. Nursing activities include, but are not limited to, systematic analysis of health data, care plan development, health education and advocacy, coalition building, and collaborating with community partners to promote the health of a population. Public Health Nurses often collaborate and consult within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams in order to achieve desirable outcomes.
  • Under general supervision and/or as part of various workgroups and teams, the Public Health Nurse performs the following essential functions within the framework of the core functions and essential services of public health:
Public Health Sciences
  • Performs comprehensive individual and family assessments which include health history, physical assessment, growth monitoring, developmental assessment, psycho-social assessment, assessment of family functioning, assessment for substance abuse or domestic violence issues, and assessment of basic needs including food, housing, income, resources and supports, and access to health care.
  • Provides care coordination, referral and follow-up to individuals and families who are members of a vulnerable population and/or high-risk groups. Evaluates outcomes, effectiveness of plans, and makes changes as necessary.
  • Collaborates in development and delivery of programs and activities for individuals, families and population groups that promote health and prevent disease, in settings including, but not limited to all designated homes, community organizations and businesses, schools, and the community in general.
  • Participates in response teams to prevent, minimize, and contain adverse health events and conditions resulting from communicable diseases; food, water, and vector-borne outbreaks; chronic diseases, environmental hazards, injuries, and health disparities.
Community Dimensions of Practice
  • Collaborates in Sheboygan County Division of Public Health's community health assessment and health improvement planning and intervention activities, acting as a liaison with other community agencies and professionals in efforts to address community health priorities.
Analysis and Assessment 
  • Participates in the analysis of data to identify trends, health problems, environmental health hazards, and social and economic conditions that adversely affect the public’s health.
Leadership and Systems Thinking
  • Demonstrates knowledge of applicable state professional practice guidelines for registered professional nurses, the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice for Public Health Nursing and any other Federal and State laws and regulations applicable to practice as a public health nursing professional.
  • Responsible for using quality improvement (QI) and performance management (PM) processes and/or techniques to improve the effectiveness of the respective public health program. This includes, but is not limited to: creating, implementing, and evaluating performance standards and identifying, implementing, and assessing program quality improvement processes.
Policy Development and Program Planning
  • Collaborates in the development of evidence-based public health nursing practices and programs with universities, other nursing agencies, businesses, trade associations, other staff and the public.
Communication and Cultural Competency
  • Delivers targeted, culturally-appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand local environmental public health policies, regulations and code, utilizing appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
Financial Planning and Management
  • Contributes to the development and preparation of proposals for funding from external resources for health promotion and disease prevention initiatives and programs.
  • Performs public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with job classification and training provided, in response to threats to the public’s health.
  • Performs other duties as assigned consistent with job classification.
Education, Licensure, Certifications, Experience
  • A public health nurse, in addition to being licensed as a registered nurse under ch. 441, Stats., shall have one of the following:
    • A bachelor's degree from a nursing program approved by the board of nursing under s. 441.01 (3), Stats., and ch. N 1, or accredited by the national professional nursing education accrediting organization.  The program shall include preparation in public health nursing or community health nursing.
    • A master's degree from a nursing program accredited by the national professional nursing education accrediting organization. The program shall include preparation in public health nursing or community health nursing. 
  • Two (2) years of public health nursing experience preferred.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200 certification within four (4) months of employment.
  • CPR certification within four (4) months of employment.
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license, current certificate of vehicle insurance, and access to reliable transportation to all assigned work locations.
Due to the need for all Division of Public Health personnel to respond to public health emergencies, the employee must be assessed for his/her ability to meet the physical demands of performing the following activities:
  • Must be able to be fitted and wear appropriate respiratory protection.
  • Engage in the following movements: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling and writing and repetitive motions.
  • Exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Hearing ability sufficient enough to communicate with others effectively in person and over the phone.
  • Visual ability must be sufficient enough to read typewritten documents, computer screen and drive a car.
If unable to demonstrate these abilities based upon a standardized, objective assessment performed by external occupational health professionals, all reasonable accommodations will be made, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and any other applicable Federal and Wisconsin law.
Reports to: Program Supervisor
Directs Work of: None
Blood borne Pathogen Risk Code: High
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
508 New York Avenue
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