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Nursing Opportunities in Public Health


employment imageDo you enoy working in a large metropolitan area, or a small rural setting? Do you long to spend weekends and holidays with your famly and work regular daytime hours rather than frequently changing shifts? Are you a team player who functions best with close supervision, or do you thrive in autonomous situations where you are allowed to make independent decisions? do you prefer to work closely with patients and their families, or do you envision making and impact on a larger scale by addressing the health needs of an entire community? Is teaching an area in which you excel, or are you the quiet, hard-working type that serves best in a "behind the scene" capacity?

Does it excite you to be on the cutting edge of what is occurring in the arena of communicable disease on a local, national, or even international level? Would you feel an increased level of security for yourself, your family, and your nieghbors if you were better trained concerning emergency preparedness in the event of a natrual or terrorist disaster? Do you crave variety in the type of nursing care you provide each day? If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for a career in Public Heath Nursing. more about public heath nurse positions or Read a Public Health Nurse Testimony!


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Position Descriptions

Nursing Assistant | Nursing Assistant Sr. | LPN | PHN | PHN Senior | PHN Sr. | PHN Supervisor |
Nurse Manager
| Nurse Manager Sr. | PHN Consultant | PHN Coordinator | PH Outreach Worker |
PH Outreach Worker Assistant

Nursing Assistant - Follows well defined procedures to facilitate clinic services and assists clinicians during examinations. Prompts patient to answer health questions and complete forms; reinforces basic information about hygiene, birth control, nutrition, etc.; prepares room for examination; provides technical assistance during examination, anticipating instrument needs; performs patient measurements, tests and screening such as blood pressure, hearing, vision, urinalysis, pregnancy, TB, iron, glucose, lead, etc.; performs routine adult venipuncture and routine adult and pediatric capillary sticks; cleans, sets up & restocks exam rooms; sterilizes instruments; inventories and orders supplies; maintains logs, files and records; collects clinical data; compiles statistics. (008)

Nursing Assistant Sr.- Following detailed procedures, applies specialized Nursing Assistant training when serving high risk patients with TB, AIDS or other communicable diseases in their homes. Delivers medications, explains sequence and dosages specified by prescriptions, interviews’ patients about side effects. Collects sputum and other lab specimens; assesses patient for changes in condition or other problems; performs range of motion, ambulation and transfer exercises and assist with prosthesis. Assists patients’ with personal care. (018)

LPN - Following specific protocol, provides direct patient care in clinics and patient homes. Characteristic duties: administers oral, IM, subcutaneous medications and immunizations, if a medications course has been completed and performed under supervision of a RN or Physician. Conducts patient assessment, interviews patients for medical histories, counsels patients, teaches, instructs, obtains lab specimens and performs routine laboratory work, takes vital signs, refers abnormal findings to physician, prepares patients for physical examinations and assists physician during examination. Requires licensure as Practical Nurse by state code. (405)

PHN - Independently provides professional nursing care to patients in clinics, homes and schools. Performs nursing assessments, may perform lab tests, take measurements, develop and implement care plans, including the administration of medication and case management. May supervise support staff.
Requires licensure as an RN by state code. (422)

PHN Senior - Provides non-supervisory leadership and serves as a nursing program expert in one or more nursing services/programs district wide. Develops program goals, objectives, policies and procedures, reports program performance to funding sources and agency staff, serves as primary contact for staff and external inquirers about the program/service, monitors service delivery for compliance to applicable policies and procedures, and promotes the program to increase utilization and public awareness. Performs nursing assessments, may perform lab tests, take measurements, develop and implement care plans, including the administration of medication and case management. May supervise support staff.
Requires licensure as an RN by state code. (432)

PHN Sr. - Serves as charge nurse for all nursing programs in a health department within a district by scheduling coverage, and providing technical and administrative guidance to nursing staff. Also performs direct nursing service by independently providing professional nursing care to patients in clinics, homes and schools. Performs nursing assessments, may perform lab tests, take measurements, develop and implement care plans, including the administration of medication and case management. May supervise support staff.
Requires licensure as an RN by state code. (433)

PHN Supervisor - Exercises line supervision over multiple registered nurses by training, scheduling, formally evaluating performance and issuing discipline. Also performs direct nursing service by independently providing professional nursing care to patients in clinics, homes and schools. Performs nursing assessments, may perform lab tests, take measurements, develop and implement care plans, including the administration of medication and case management.
Requires licensure as an RN by state code. (439)

Nurse Manager - Manages a district nursing program or, in larger districts, manages part of the comprehensive nursing program typically through formal supervision of Nurse Supervisors. Characteristic responsibilities include: developing and monitoring the budget, recruiting staff, procuring and administering grants, community needs assessment, resource allocation, quality assurance of service delivery, and serving as district management team member. Occasionally performs direct nursing service by providing professional nursing care to patients in clinics, homes and schools, performs nursing assessments lab tests, takes measurements, and develops and implements care plans, including the administration of medication and case management.
Requires licensure as a RN by state code. (446)

Nurse Manager Sr. - Manages a comprehensive district nursing program, typically through supervision of Registered Nurse Managers I. Responsibilities include: developing external funding sources; managing FTEs, and budget; developing private and public partnerships; and developing and implementing long term staff development plans. Recruits staff, procures and administers grants, conducts community needs assessment, allocates resources, monitors quality assurance of service delivery, and serves as district management team member.
Requires licensure as a RN by state code. (455)

PHN Consultant - Serves as a specialty nursing program consultant agency-wide. Characteristic duties include: developing and conducting in-service training and interpreting program policies and procedures to others. Serves as a program expert and mentor to others. Monitors client outcomes to assess effectiveness of policies, procedures, treatment methods etc. and to identify/implement improvements.
Requires licensure as an RN by state code. (457)

PHN Coordinator - Serves as a program and technical authority while supervising field nursing staff in a comprehensive nursing program with agency-wide scope. Characteristic duties include: development of goals, objectives and standards of nursing; budget management; assessment of program performance and resource allocation. Typical contacts are with physicians, field practitioners and nurses.
Requires licensure as an RN by state code. (462)

PH Outreach Worker - Facilitates service delivery to clients in a health district or other direct service work unit by interpreting language to staff and clients. Duties typically associated with overall service delivery are well defined include: securing patient history; providing basic health education; explaining various routine assessments, diagnostic and treatment processes; and identifying other social or financial service providers to contact for assistance. May provide transportation for clients or provide general administrative tasks such as keyboarding, filing, reception. Higher level approval is required on non-routine actions or situations. (006)

PH Outreach Worker Assistant - Promotes breast-feeding by meeting with patients, families and the public. Demonstrates and gives instructions in the proper ways of holding a child during feeding, explaining changes in bodily functions, the importance of a healthy diet and personal hygiene. Answers specific patient questions about breastfeeding and its benefits. All conversations with clients are documented in the patient's file. Work is typically performed in support of a health district and immediate supervision from a health care professional is provided to assure accurate information is disseminated. (005)


Last Updated: 02-21-2012

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