Public Health Nurse (BSN)
Company: Siouxland District Health
Location: Sioux City
Posted on: April 17, 2019
Public Health Nurse (BSN)
Entry Salary: $49,358/year + benefits.
Public Health Nurses provide 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 to achieve desirable outcomes for families and communities.
Public Health Nursing interventions occur at individual, family,
community and system levels depending upon the responsibilities of
the position and the issues involved.
- Perform comprehensive individual and family assessments: health
history; physical; growth monitoring; developmental; psychosocial;
basic needs including food, housing, income, resources and
supports; and access to health care.
- Develop, implement and evaluate individualized plans of care
based on assessment of client/family needs.
- Use established medical record forms, databases and
- Provide care coordination, referral and follow-up to
individuals and families who are members of a vulnerable population
and/or high-risk groups. Evaluate outcomes, effectiveness of plan
and make changes as necessary.
- Advocate on behalf of vulnerable individuals and populations by
assessing and evaluating health care services to ensure that
individuals are informed of available health department and
community programs and services and are assisted in accessing those
- Provide education, counseling and anticipatory guidance to
individuals, families and community groups that are adapted to
their age, developmental status, disability, unique needs,
lifestyle, cultural and socio-economic situation which promote
health and prevent disease.
- Read and interpret lab reports and perform a variety of related
procedures in a clinic, home and community setting.
- Serve on internal and external committees providing information
about public health services and participate in the assessment of
community needs to establish or revise public health programs,
policies and procedures.
- Recognize and report potential legal or physical
- Collect data, complete required programmatic documentation and
develop reports following program/funder/agency requirements in a
- Educate clients and families on their rights as related to
privacy of medical information.
- Assist with reviewing, updating and researching policies and
- Provide reproductive health education to include family
planning options, community reproductive health services, birth
control options, including emergency contraception
- Administer vaccinations, TB tests and medications and follow
medication/vaccine administration rights and protocols. (Right
client, Right Medication/Vaccine, Right Route, Right Time and Right
- Educate clients on potential side effects and monitor for
- Monitor vaccine storage and handling to assure maintenance of
vaccine cold chain storage process following established procedures
- Investigate and monitor reports of communicable diseases.
Coordinate efforts with physicians, school personnel and others
regarding spread and treatment of diseases.
- Provide health care services, education and information to
clients in compliance with related public health laws.
- Use public health surveillance/disease investigation methods in
community outreach, screening and case finding of communicable and
- Assume responsibility for own professional practice, growth and
development by participating in continuing educational
opportunities, pursuing additional education, attending
conferences, participation in professional organizations,
workgroups or agency committees.
- Contribute to a work environment that fosters ongoing
educational experiences regarding public health practice for
colleagues, other health-related students, healthcare professionals
and members of the community.
- Adhere to applicable Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) standards, such as those concerning
bloodborne pathogens, airborne pathogens, communicable diseases or
exposure to other hazards during routine assignments or during
public health emergencies.
Education, Experience and Special Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited school of
nursing, including coursework in public health/community health
- Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of
- Minimum of two years of experience in general nursing is
required. Experience in maternal/child health, public health,
office/clinic setting and/or home health is encouraged.
- Mandatory Child and Adult Abuse Reporter Certificate or be
willing to obtain.
- CPR Certification required or be willing to attend
- Must have valid driver's license, reliable transportation and
ability to obtain car insurance at agency-specified liability
Knowledge, Abilities, Skills and Personal Characteristics:
- Knowledge of applicable state professional nursing practice act
and other state/federal laws or regulations related to the practice
of public health nursing.
- Knowledge of health care technology, equipment, supplies and
materials needed for service provision.
- Ability to apply nursing process to clients, families and the
community in a public health setting.
- Ability to independently draw blood samples and administer
- Ability to provide services in unstable and challenging family
settings and high risk neighborhoods.
- Ability to demonstrate and apply critical thinking processes
(identifying a problem, determine the best solution and choose the
most effective method of reaching that solution).
- Knowledge of community resources and basic information in
health and human services.
- Knowledge of current professional practice and research
- Knowledge of the core functions and essential services of
public health as they relate to current public health nursing
principles and processes.
- Knowledge of human systems (wellness, illness, growth and
development, basic nutrition, human behavior, psychosocial
development, family and community systems).
- Knowledge of prescribed treatments and medical interventions;
ability to effectively monitor and document the treatment progress
and response; ability to refer to appropriate providers as
- Knowledge of chart documentation requirements, medical record
forms, state/federal laws that govern release of health care
information and patient consent for services.
- Knowledge of population-based health status indicators,
determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health
promotion and disease prevention and factors influencing the use of
- Knowledge of relevant OSHA standards.
- Knowledge of health care systems structure and function;
ability to make appropriate client referrals based upon patient
need, program guidelines and community resources.
- Knowledge of current epidemiological data analysis and
surveillance methods used in the management of communicable and
- Knowledge of Iowa State law relating to professional nursing
practice and the American Nurses Association Scope of Practice for
Public Health Nursing.
- Knowledge of current recommendations of the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for vaccination of infants,
children and adults.
- Ability to be open to reflective practice. (Awareness for
introspection, communicates awareness of self in relation to others
and recognizes value to supervision.)
- Ability to assist with required data collection, monitoring for
completion and accuracy, data analysis and reporting by funder,
including programmatic reports.
Candidate for hire must pass background checks, physical exam, and
drug test prior to employment. A copy of current R.N. License, copy
of transcripts or diploma, a completed County application form and
a resume are required.
ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION
OTHERWISE THE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE FORWARDED.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:
4:30 p.m., Wednesday April 17, 2019 Or Until Position Filled
Woodbury County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will consider
reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with
disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to
discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.
Keywords: Siouxland District Health, Sioux City , Public Health Nurse (BSN), Healthcare , Sioux City, Iowa
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