PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE-COORDINATOR                                                                       2044



Under general supervision, an employee in this class is responsible for establishing liaison between nursing services in hospital and community facilities or for coordinating special nursing programs. This position differs from those in the Public Health Nurse II class in that this position does not require supervisory responsibilities. Work is performed under the direction of a higher level Public Health Nurse who reviews work through periodic reports and conferences. Does related work as required.



                Interprets Health Department activities to the hospitals and related health facilities; coordinates hospital and home care to promote continuity of nursing care;

                Evaluates patient care plans with physicians, hospital nurses and public health nurses to determine types of continuing nursing care needed;

                Participates in conferences and in-service education programs to promote understanding of community services and continuity of patient care;

                Consults with medical staff regarding referral plans for individual patients;

                Coordinates activities with the public health agencies to promote continuation of patients' progress reports and records and to make information available for future evaluations;

                Makes recommendations to nursing administration for the development of services and promotion of continuity of care in the program areas to which they are assigned;

                Secures treatment plans from attending physicians;

                Confers with supervisory, teaching and administrative personnel regarding needs, problems and progress of the program;

                Serves on a variety of committees concerned with utilization of services and quality of care;

                May work in the field in settings away from the office. 



Thorough knowledge of public health nursing principles and practices; thorough knowledge of the types of care and treatment available to patients in the hospital, institution or community; thorough knowledge of the programs and facilities sponsored by the Health Department and other local community health services in the County; thorough knowledge of the assigned program; good knowledge of current developments, literature and sources of information in the field of public health nursing; skill in the application of professional nursing techniques and practices; ability to interpret Department of Health Services policy to hospitals, health facilities, and community agencies in order to coordinate home care programs; ability to conduct conferences and develop in-service education programs for hospital and agency personnel to develop understanding of programs and services; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel from hospitals and other agencies and individuals associated with health care at home; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



                OPEN COMPETITIVE

                Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by New York State with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, and two (2) years of nursing experience.



                One (1) year of permanent competitive status as a Public Health Nurse I.



                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.

                Candidate must complete 15 hours of continuing education in public health and management related topics approved by the New York State Department of Health within the first year of employment.

                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.