Public Health Nurse

Printer-friendly version
Program: 
Wind River Family and Community Healthcare
Wage/Salary: 
Negotiable
Opening: 
April 9, 2018
Closing: 
Open Until Filled

Hours: Monday-Friday, 0800-1645, with some minor variables.
Summary: Wind River Family & Community Health Care is seeking applicants for the position of Public Health Nurse, (PHN). Wind River Family & Community Health Care provides ambulatory health care for the service population of the Wind River Reservation. The PHN serves as a member of the medical team in the outpatient clinic/treatment room area at the Wind River Family & Community Health Care Center, located in Arapahoe, Riverton and Ethete Wyoming.

The candidate will provide quality comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families, communities and schools supported by evidence based practice. The PHN will be responsible to lead mobilization efforts by developing and coordinating services with a multidisciplinary care team to positively impact services to high risk groups, to contain communicable disease outbreaks including: food borne illnesses, immunization preventable illnesses, TB and sexually transmitted disease The role of the PHN incluses home visits in the areas of Maternal Child Health, prenatal to geriatric nursing, chronic patients with varying health conditions, and school health to provide immunization updates.

Qualifications: A valid, current, full and unrestricted Professional Nursing License is required. A Bachelors of Science degree from and accredited School of Nursing, and a minimum of 5 years experience working in a progressively more responsible nursing position.

Essential Functions: Assists with direct patient care and related tasks;provides nursing services and education to patients one to one, group, or in a community setting. Independently makes home visits, elicits or explains medical information, provides basic care and education to patients with a wide variety of conditions, illnesses or injuries.Responsible for obtaining and recording patient information as assigned by PHN policies.
Coordinates and participates in the planning and coordination of healthcare delivery through collaboration with various sources.
Coordinates and leads multi-disciplinary care team in the planning and implementation of care for high risk groups
provides and coordinates client care in the home setting for newborns, infants and children, high risk conditions including those of teens and the elderly; coordinates a a comprehensive plan of care for adults and the elderly based upon community health needs and resources. Identifies and prioritizes care to clients with high risk conditions and refers to appropriate resources.
Coordinates an immunization/disease preventable control program for children and adults.
Coordinates needs assessment survey, identifies community resources, gathers and compiles community dara and prioritizes health needs. Participates in quality assurance activities, including evaluation of PHN activities and improving quality patient care outcomes. An in depth knowledge of public health principles, including population based services, evidence based practice, prevention and community assessment.
Participate and plans in health promotion/disease prevention activities, including but not limited to health faits, outreach activities, public speaking flue and immunization clinics and other activities.
The candidate must possess medical knowledge and skills for completing relative patient care assignments. Works closely with other members of the nursing team for further development of clinical nursing skills and professional judgment.
Records observations, nursing interventions, therapeutic measures administered, and other data relevant to the patient's care in the medical chart/electronic health record. Acts as the liaison between the provider and the patient.
Required to maintain BLS and other skills necessary for competence (e.g., ACLS, TNCC, PALS, etc.).
Safely operates specialized equipment. Follows procedures for reporting equipment management problems, failures or user errors. Maintains and demonstrates knowledge of and adheres to clinic and departmental safety regulations. Performs responsibilities for infection control, hazardous materials, safety, security, and emergency preparedness.
Demonstrates effective, communication methods and skills, following appropriate lines of authority (chain of command). Communicates with patients, families and team members to ensure the occurrence of effective therapeutic interventions, and to ensure safe patient care.
Knowledge Required:Knowledge of and ability to apply professional nursing principles, practices, procedures, and techniques to outpatients with a wide variety of conditions from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Knowledge of medical history taking techniques, physical assessment, and normal body function; disease processes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of acute minor illnesses; pathophysiology of inflammation, infection, allergic reactions, and such diseases as respiratory, gastrointestinal, dermatological, urological, and musculoskeletal conditions, normal and abnormal vital signs, and normal and abnormal neurological signs and symptoms; signs and symptoms indicative of emergent or life threatening nature.
Knowledge and ability necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served. Incumbent demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span. Ability to identify and categorize each patient's age-specific grouping of needs, i.e., infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.
Knowledge of normal ranges of laboratory values and beginning skills in assessment of abnormal radiological findings.
Knowledge of pharmaceuticals, their desired effects, side effects, and complications of their use, and steps to counteract adverse effects in order to properly administer and monitor patients using medications.
Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms and to react swiftly in emergency situations.
Knowledge and skill sufficient to provide CPR. Knowledge and skill to apply ACLS and PALS.
Skill in operating specialized medical equipment such as cardiac monitor, resuscitation devices, etc.
Knowledge of the psychosocial effects on patients within the outpatient setting who have multifaceted problems; of communication techniques to establish rapport and facilitate cooperation and patient compliance in patient education.
Knowledge of communication techniques and ability to teach and instruct patients, family, and/ or significant others in proper health care of patients.
Skill to develop or participate in a nursing plan to meet the needs of assigned patients.

Personal Attributes:
The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality and high ethical standards in performing the position. The incumbent needs to be respectful, possess cultural awareness and sensitivity, be flexible, and demonstrate sound work ethics. Native preference applies.