PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE PEDIATRICS
Under direction, provides public health nursing services in schools,
clinics, homes or health centers for infants, children and adolescents;
provides health counseling 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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Evaluates and assesses the physical and emotional health of infants,
children and/or adolescents by compiling and interpreting necessary
information and data.
Measure patients' temperature, blood pressure, pulse, height, and
weight to record the patients' vital signs and growth process.
Administers hearing and vision test to screen possible hearing and
vision problems and refers these to a physician.
Administers medication in schools, clinics, homes or health centers
as prescribed by a 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,
Develops health care plans as part of a team of health care
Conducts investigations of suspected disease outbreaks
Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with
those interested or involved in the work of the program.
Interviews patients and/or families and gathers information to
evaluate health needs.
Meets with groups and agencies engaged in public health activities.
Assists in community planning for securing continuity of care in
hospitals, clinics, schools and homes and participates in the
operation of the public health clinics.
Instructs community groups or individuals in home health care
procedures and provides advice and guidance on health measures.
Evaluates effectiveness of care plans.
Implements actions to curtail the spread of communicable diseases
by instructing high-risk individuals or groups in the proper control
Keeps current with new or changing trends in public health nursing
and in the field of children's health.
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 services to the population or,
that contracts such services to local health departments.
Applicants must possess a current and valid registration as a
Professional Nurse (RN) 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 infants,
children and adolescents.
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 conduct home visits and gather information.
Ability to take temperature and blood pressure readings, and
administer tests and medications.
Ability to provide health counseling to patients and families.
Ability to develop health care plans in conjunction with other
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 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:
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.