PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE I 2020
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general supervision, an employee in this class performs public health nursing services for individuals and families in home, schools, clinics, institutions or other assigned areas. The incumbent is responsible for assessing the health and nursing care needs of patients and families and providing nursing care as needed. Work is performed in accordance with public health nursing practices, administrative policies, and directives of professional supervisors. Depending upon assignment, the incumbent may be responsible for training and supervising registered professional nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other staff involved in the care of patients within an assigned bureau or program. Work is reviewed by technical supervisors through conferences, visits with nurses, and by evaluation of reports. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Instructs patients in proper dietary habits, special exercise, personal hygiene, infant care, disease prevention, bedside care and similar relevant health practices;
Conducts disease investigations, including clinical and administrative work;
Makes home visits to residents for public health or other healthcare purposes (e.g. screening, assessment, individual education, or administration of medications);
Participates in community-wide emergency public health preparedness activities and public health responses to emergency events;
Participates in community public health education and disease control programs; participates in countywide surveys on health programs;
Responds to calls from residents and takes action to assist them in obtaining appropriate health care;
Contacts outside departments or agencies for assistance in public health programs;
Visits migrant and summer rehabilitative camps to promote and instruct in public health principles and practices;
Participates in staff meetings and regional conferences to aid in the professional growth and development of public health programs;
Performs necessary office procedures for assigned cases, including research, records maintenance and report preparation and submission;
May work in the field in settings away from the office.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing; good knowledge of the epidemiological approach to the prevention and control of disease; good knowledge of the administrative organization of public health procedures and social services within a community; good knowledge and understanding of the physical behavior of individuals throughout a normal life span; skill in the application of nursing techniques; ability to instruct patients and personnel in public health practices and procedures; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients from various educations, economic and cultural backgrounds; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates must possess a Professional Registered Nurse's License issued by the New York State Education Department.
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.
Candidates must meet federal and New York State employee health requirements, including but not limited to immunizations, for the programs in which they are assigned.