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Job Specification

 PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

 DEFINITION:

 Under direction, teaches, counsels, conducts epidemiological
 investigations, and provides public health nursing services in homes,
 clinics, and schools to individuals and families in the community for
 a public health agency; uses knowledge from nursing, social and public
 health sciences to promote and protect the health of populations
 through the performance of core public health functions and the
 delivery of essential public health services; does related work as
 required.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
 all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
 performed on the job may not be listed.

 NOTE:  Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

 07186- Bilingual in Spanish and English.
 SPECIAL SKILL		
 Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
 in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. 

 EXAMPLES OF WORK:

 Responds to health questions by individuals and/or families during
 home visits, in clinics or schools or, while giving health demonstrations 
 and lectures to community groups to educate the public on preventive 
 health measures.

 Visits homes of individuals and/or families in the community and
 gathers initial background information used to assess their health
 needs and problems to develop a health care plan.

 Interviews patients and/or families to evaluate health needs or
 environmental hazards in the homes.

 Evaluates effectiveness of a family care plan and nursing services
 provided.

 Implements actions to curtail the spread of communicable diseases 
 by instructing high-risk individuals or groups in the proper control
 measures.

 Develops health care plans for resolving complex and/or multifaceted
 problems as part of a team of health care professionals.

 Conducts investigations of suspected disease outbreaks; visits
 suspected areas and interviews persons who have contracted the 
 disease to compile information on symptoms and environmental factors.

 Measures patients' temperature, blood pressure, pulse, height, and
 weight to record the patients' vital signs and growth process.

 Administers hearing and vision tests to screen possible hearing and
 vision problems and refers these problems to the physician.

 Administers medication in homes and/or clinics as prescribed by the
 physician to implement and maintain the health care treatment plan.

 Observes patients' reactions to prescribed medication to manage the
 stable phase of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension,
 and/or tuberculosis.

 Maintains medical records and files.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and computerized information systems 
 used by the agency, office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

 EDUCATION:

 Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's 
 degree in Nursing or Public Health.

 EXPERIENCE:

 One (1) year of experience in a public health field or, nursing
 experience gained while working under the close supervision of a
 licensed public health nurse.

 NOTE:  Nursing experience in a public health field may include
 experience with volunteer work, community service, or employment with
 a Visiting Nurse Association, hospital or other community-based public
 health partner agency, organization or health department that provides
 direct public health services to the population or, that contracts
 such services to local health departments.

 NOTE:  Appointees are required to complete a course in
 population-based public health nursing within one (1) year of
 appointment.

 LICENSE:

 Applicants must possess a current and valid registration as a
 Professional Nurse in the State of New Jersey

 Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
 in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than 
 employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties 
 of the position.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing.

 Knowledge of pharmaceuticals, side effects, and possible 
 complications of use.

 Knowledge of health counseling methods.

 Knowledge of standard nursing procedures.

 Knowledge of interview techniques, and the methods used to 
 gather data.

 Knowledge of community resources likely to be needed by the 
 client population served.

 Knowledge of first aid procedures.

 Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms in patients.

 Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
 with those interested or involved in the work of the program.

 Ability to evaluate health needs and environmental hazards.

 Ability to provide health counseling to patients and families.

 Ability to conduct home visits and gather information.

 Ability to take temperature and blood pressure readings, and
 administer tests and medications.

 Ability to develop health care plans in conjunction with other
 professionals.

 Ability to select proper nursing procedures and techniques of 
 patient care.

 Ability to maintain medical records and files.

 Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
 related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English
 sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
 Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
 communication.
 
 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as 
 they can perform the essential functions of the job with or without 
 reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
 made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such 
 persons may not be eligible.


This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Job
Spec
Code
VariantState,
Local or
Common
Class of
Service
Work
Week
State
Class
Code
Local
Class
Code
Salary
Range
Note
02912LC N/A01-
07186Bilingual In Spanish And EnglishLC N/A01-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

8/19/2016