PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE
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
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.
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
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
Implements actions to curtail the spread of communicable diseases
by instructing high-risk individuals or groups in the proper control
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,
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.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's
degree in Nursing or Public Health.
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
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
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
Ability to select proper nursing procedures and techniques of
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
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
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:
|Bilingual In Spanish And English
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.