The Public Health Nurse I/II provides comprehensive, skilled, and specialized nursing care under a physician's order. Employees in this job have no formal supervisory role, however, may train, guide, or lead employees in the designated work unit. Employees must meet the minimum requirements, conditions of employment, and be able to perform successfully all essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations. The primary assignments will include Case Investigations, Contact Tracing, Vaccinations and Testing.
This position will be utilized for holidays/weekends and during the week the fill gaps in staffing for COVID-19 response.
EDUCATION, FORMAL TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE
For Public Health Nurse I
- Associate's Degree in Nursing
- One to two years of related nursing experience
For Public Health Nurse II
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program
- Two to four years of related nursing experience
- Possession and maintenance of a current license to practice as a registered nurse in Michigan
- Current CPR certification
- Other certifications may be required depending on assignment
- Requires a valid driver's license and personal vehicle insurance and must maintain eligibility to drive as per the County's Vehicle policy.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (minimum qualification - legal or contractual pre-employment obligations and/or requirements, such as drug testing, background check, etc.)
A background check may be required initially and periodically for an individual hired, transferred, reclassified, promoted, or currently working in this job. Appointment to or continued employment in this job is contingent upon a satisfactory background check which may include, but is not limited to: confirmation of a persons' identity; review of criminal conviction records; verification of educational degree, license, or certificate required for the position; review of Department of Motor Vehicles records; Department of Justice fingerprint scan; and/or drug and alcohol testing as required and allowable by law. A satisfactory background check is defined as the absence of a criminal history record which bears a demonstrable relationship to the applicant's or employee's suitability to perform the required duties and responsibilities of the position.
At pre-employment, public health nurses are required to submit for an immunity assessment to assure immunity for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, hepatitis B. During the immunity assessment pre-hire candidates will be offered the Hepatitis B vaccination series if not previously received, the seasonal influenza vaccination if not previously received, and a TB test if the last one received was over 6 months previously. Annually, all public health nurses are required to receive the seasonal flu vaccination.
Work involves evaluating the relevance and importance of theories, concepts, and principles to develop different approaches or tactical plans to fit specific circumstances where guidelines may not exist, but are flexible and open to considerable interpretation. Independent judgment, personal discretion, and resourcefulness are needed to interpret and apply guidelines. Errors at this level could lead to the loss of life or major harm or life impairment.
Compared to the Public Health Nurse I classification, employees act as lead over less experienced nursing staff. Work is more complex requiring more experience and knowledge obtained through receipt of an advanced degree.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS, WORK ENVIRONMENT, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
- May be required to climb or balance; reach with hands and arms; sit; stand; stoop, kneel, twist, or crouch; talk and hear; smell; use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
- Position occasionally works in an outdoor environment with exposure to weather-related heat and cold, rain, wind, and related elements.
- May be exposed to infectious diseases, criminal suspects or prison inmates.
- May occasionally be required to lift/move up to 50 pounds.
ORGANIZATIONAL KEY COMPETENCIES
All Grand Traverse County Health Department employees are expected to provide professional preventative health services in a compassionate, efficient, progressive, comprehensive, and holistic manner. Additionally, all Grand Traverse County employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the following values:
- Serve with Integrity
- Be Innovative
- Be Accountable
- Engage the Team
- Provide Service
- Be Transparent
COMPETENCIES Position Specific Key Competencies for Public Health Professionals, also known as Core Competencies, are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services:
- Describes factors affecting the health of the community
- Explains how community health assessments use information about health status, factors influencing health, assets, and resources
- Selects, uses, and interprets valid, reliable, and comparable quantitative and qualitative data
- Identifies gaps in data
- Describes and uses assets and resources for improving the health of the community
- Describes how evidence (e.g., data, findings reported in peer-reviewed literature, evidenced based practices) is used in decision making
- Make evidence-based decisions using data and best practice strategies to promote community health
- Apply ethical principles on the use of data and information
- Advocate for the use of evidence using public health science skills
- Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
- Contributes to community health improvement planning
- Contributes to implementation of organizational strategic plan
- Contributes to the development of program goals and objectives
- Identifies and describes implications of current trends and policies affecting the health of the community, with a focus on marginalized/disadvantaged population groups
- Implements policies, programs and services with an understanding of relevance to public health law
- Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services
- Explains the importance of and gathers information for evaluations to improve policies, programs, and services
- Applies strategies for and participates in continuous quality improvement
- Describes how public health informatics is used to develop, support, and improve policies, programs and services
Cultural Competency Skills
- Identifies the literacy of populations served (e.g., ability to obtain, interpret, and use health and other information; social media literacy)
- Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency
- Solicits input from individuals and organizations for improving the health of a community
- Suggests approaches for disseminating public health data and information
- Conveys data and information to professionals and the public using a variety of approaches
- Communicates information to influence behavior and improve health
- Describes the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
- Describes the concept of diversity as it applies to individuals, populations, and the community served
- Describes the ways diversity may influence policies, programs, services, and the health of the community
- Recognizes and addresses the diversity in individuals and populations when developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of the community
- Describes the effects of policies, programs, and services on different populations in the community
Public Health Sciences Skills
- Describes the programs and services provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve the health of a community
- Recognizes, suggests, and supports relationships that affect and are needed to support health in the community
- Provides input for developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
- Uses assets and resources to improve health in a community
- Informs the public about policies, programs, and resources that improve health in a community
- Describes the importance of and may collaborate in community-based participatory research
Financial Planning and Management Skills
- Describes the scientific foundation of and prominent events in public health
- Retrieves evidence-based data and practices from multiple sources to support decision making
- Recognizes limitations of evidence (e.g., validity, reliability, sample size, bias, generalizability)
- Describes evidence used in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
- Describes public health funding mechanisms and governmental agencies with authority to impact the health of a community
- Adheres to organizational policies and procedures
- Describes how teams achieve program performance standards and measures
- Motivates colleagues for the purpose of achieving program and organization goals
- Use evaluation results to improve program and organizational performance
- Incorporates ethical standards of practice into all interactions
- Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations working together or individually to impact the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
- Contributes in developing a vision for a healthy community (e.g. emphasis on prevention, health equity for all, excellence, and innovation)
- Advocates for the role of public health in population health
- Participates in professional development opportunities
- Describes ways to improve individual and program performance