Public Health Nurse Job Description

Public Health Nurse Job Description

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Public health nurse provides assessment and care of Medical/Surgical, Oncologic, Chronically ill, terminally ill & Palliative Care patients.

Public Health Nurse Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Maintaining initial and ongoing assessment of patients nursing care needs
Participating with the hospice IDG in documenting and updating the hospice interdisciplinary plan of care
Maintaining patient's medical records of nursing observations, and performance of physician's orders
Performing and/or managing prescribed physician orders concerning therapies and medications with an understanding of the cause and effect
Eliciting patient and family participation in the plan of care
Identifying specific patient and family learning needs and formulating / evaluating a teaching plan
Implementing the care plan by ongoing assessment, planning, coordination, counseling, teaching and supervision
Providing nursing care in accordance with Agency policies, practices, procedures and Standards of Nursing Practice, which may require standing, stooping, sitting, crouching, bending and stretching to deliver patient care
Observing and reporting problems associated with patient care and assists in development of policies and procedures to address those problems
Monitoring the effect of the care plans on the patient/family health status and informing the Physician and other team members of changes in the patients needs

Public Health Nurse Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Public Health Nurse

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, CPR, AED, NCAST, PHN, WIC

Education for Public Health Nurse

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the public health nurse job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Nursing, Education, Public Health, Health, Management, Associates, Community Health, Science, Medical, Graduate

Skills for Public Health Nurse

Desired skills for public health nurse include:

Care for the chronically ill and frail elderly
Concise
Hospice and palliative care for the terminally ill patient
Managed care industry
Medicare regulations/requirements
Yet thorough clinical documentation of patient assessments and care
Public health nursing
Case management
Principles and practices of public health
Equivalent combination of education

Desired experience for public health nurse includes:

Participate in community assessments in order to plan and implement public health programs
Must be between 21 and 42 years of age
Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license
Receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus
Nurse Loan Repayment Program
Low-cost life and dental insurance

Public Health Nurse Examples

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Public Health Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a public health nurse. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for public health nurse
  • Attend required trainings/meetings
  • PHN certification required
  • Adult health experience required
  • Pediatric health experience preferred
  • Must be self-directed and able to function independently
  • Must have current MN driver's license
  • Assess the physical, social and psychological needs and living conditions of the patient through professional knowledge and skills of observation, interviewing and physical examination
  • Travel to patients’ homes and/or other facilities with varying environments using approved transportation options to deliver direct care to the patient
  • Establish, implement, and revise a plan of care with input from appropriate multidisciplinary health team members
  • Implement the care plan by ongoing assessment, planning, coordination, counseling, teaching and supervision
Qualifications for public health nurse
  • Knowledge in health services databases, ability to query and analyze information, and excellent computer skills to include Microsoft Office
  • Experience writing and overseeing multiple program grants, contracts, and budgets
  • Master’s degree in public health, nursing, or related field preferred
  • Master’s in Nursing and certification in specialty area are preferred
  • Microsoft Office Excel experience preferred
  • 1+ year of clinical nursing experience including at least 6 months of Hospice, ICU or Emergency Department experience
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Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of public health nurse. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for public health nurse
  • Act as the Coordinator of Care for the Multidisciplinary team by providing care to patients collaborating / making / confirming referrals to other disciplines /community agencies and ordering supplies / services
  • Document content and process of all services provided in accordance with government regulations / requirements, policies, practices, and procedures
  • Monitor the effect of the care plan on the patient / family health status and informs physician and other team members of changes in the client's needs
  • Consult with and educate the client and family regarding the disease process, self-care techniques and prevention strategies
  • Leads nursing practice using the tenets of the Professional Practice Model of Relationship Centered Care and the Care Delivery Model of Modified Primary Nursing for the promotion of the patient experience
  • Demonstrates proficiency in all aspects of Purposeful Hourly Rounding (PHR) and role models expected behaviors
  • Ensures the integration of PHR into clinical activities to enhance Relationship Centered Care
  • Assesses staff competency in PHR and provides consistent meaningful feedback with more focused feedback as needed
  • Conducts rounding of all patients on a daily basis (Monday-Friday.)
  • Communicates quantitative and qualitative information regarding the patient experience and staff engagement to the staff and the Interdisciplinary Patient Care Team that leads to the development and implementation of an action plan
Qualifications for public health nurse
  • Ability to develop goals and objectives program policies and protocols, initiate quality improvement measures and to evaluate effectiveness of programs
  • Medical-Surgical, Palliative Care, Oncology or Long-term Care experience
  • A graduate of an accredited school with a BSN
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) with the ability to converse fluently in both languages
  • 2+ years of experience in a Hospice, Long-term Care, and/or Medical-Surgical setting
  • Pain Management and/or Oncology background
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Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a public health nurse. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for public health nurse
  • Follows up on all patient concerns in a timely manner and provides service recovery as needed
  • Delivers patient care by incorporating the tenets of the professional practice model of Relationship Centered Care and through the application of the nursing process based upon theory, research, evidence-based practice, and approved organizational nursing standards
  • Collaborates with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the plan of care
  • Educates patients and caregivers while anticipating needs and readiness to learn, about their plan of care, transition of care, promotion of health, and prevention of disease
  • Plans, schedules and conducts training programs and intervention for asthma program
  • Develops methods to assess training needs of staff employed in local coalitions, local health departments and other professional organizations
  • Assists supervisor in developing education and conference materials and makes presentations on asthma issues on asthma issues
  • Schedules trainers to conduct sessions as needed
  • Designs, develops and submits specialized consultation tools, guides, manuals and audiovisuals directed to assist local public health professionals in addressing the burden of asthma in Ohio
  • Drafts/prepares (using PC) written policies and guidance documents on personnel standards for use by asthma program staff and internal and external partners
Qualifications for public health nurse
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory and management experience
  • Highly skilled in effective and efficient written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition /public health /social science or relevant Bachelor’s degree to nutrition with 4 years experiences
  • Recent experience in Community Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) will be an asset
  • Knowledge of and recent experience with the products and treatment protocols being used in CMAM programs
  • Huddles with staff at the start of each shift, identifying high-risk patients who require special attention
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Public Health Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a public health nurse. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for public health nurse
  • Meet in community settings with groups of people to discuss health related issues, provide health education and counseling
  • Perform patient assessment and follow-up assessments
  • Connect participants with resources within the community
  • Gain research experience, including using a globally recognized data capture platform
  • Work with an enthusiastic, committed team
  • Travel to patients’ homes and/or other facilities with varying environments
  • Acs as the Coordinator of Care for the Multidisciplinary team by providing care to patients collaborating / making / confirming referrals to other disciplines /community agencies and ordering supplies / services
  • Document content and process of all services provided in accordance with government regulations/requirements, Agency policies, practices, and procedures
  • Assist patients with activities of daily living, which may require positioning, moving, transferring and lifting patients of varying weights and physical conditions
  • Supervises a team of public health nurses, other professionals and paraprofessionals including but not limited to approving time off, monitoring attendance, ensuring program compliance, providing training and coaching to team members, assess and evaluate work performance of personnel, implement nursing standards and programs
Qualifications for public health nurse
  • Initiates service recovery for patients and family members who have concerns and escalates to Associate Director of Nursing/designee and Patient Relations as needed
  • Interprets and communicates patient experience scores and benchmarks and keeps staff informed of progress and areas of opportunity
  • Considers the patient’s values, preferences, cultural diversity, expressed needs and knowledge in all aspects of care
  • Must have relevant clinical experience in area of nursing practice assigned
  • Evidence of ability to maintain and promote interpersonal relationships, communicate appropriately to others, and work effectively and efficiently to solve problems
  • Manual dexterity to perform a variety of clinical procedures relevant to practice area
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Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a public health nurse. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for public health nurse
  • Assesses health status of clients and assigns them to nursing staff based on complexity of health needs
  • Provides medical consultation to community providers as it relates to patient care/prevention
  • Organizes and conducts interdisciplinary case conferences with clients, their families and health and social service providers within the community
  • Reviews and evaluates nursing programs for quality assurance and sets criteria for providing client services
  • Maintains quality control of clients’ case files
  • Oversees the coordination of client services with departmental and community health and social service agencies
  • Reviews nursing care plans ensuring they are completed and that recommended care is appropriate for problems identified
  • Works with community health and social services providers to plan, develop and implement standards for client care and to ensure clients have access to needed services
  • Supervises the orientation of new staff and students on departmental policies and nursing practices including coaching and check-ins
  • Identifies staff development needs and coordinates in-service training programs
Qualifications for public health nurse
  • This recruitment may fill multiple positions.**
  • Ability to use data entry, retrieval systems and the electronic medical record documentation system in a proficient manner
  • Masters in nursing or health related field preferred
  • 3-5 years nursing clinical care with Charge Nurse/Supervisory experience preferred
  • Role models the tenets of Mount Sinai Relationship Centered Care (MSHRCC) through facilitation of the following actions including, but not limited to, Admission Welcome, Bedside shift Report, HELP, AM/PM Care, 5 Minute Sit Down, Purposeful Hourly Rounding, Medication Review, Discharge Wrap Up, and MD/RN Unit Collaboration
  • Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family

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