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Public Health Nurse I or II (DOQ)

at Mesa County

Pay: $51103.56 to $66230.40/year
$4,258.63 - $5,519.20 Monthly
Posted: 6/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2483915
Keywords: nursing

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Mesa County Public Health serves a population of approximately 150,000 people through providing programs, services, and enforcement activities related to population health, client services, and compliance.  Strategies to address these areas are implemented in accordance with our vision, mission, and values as follows:
  • Our Vision:  A public health system working through collaborative efforts to anticipate and respond to conditions that impact the health of Mesa County residents and visitors.
  • Our Mission:  Maintain and improve health through assessment of community health status, policy development to support effective programs, and assurance of high quality, effective education and service.
  • Our Values: Wellness, empowerment, excellence, and community.

 Essential Duties:
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required.
  • Maintain client confidentiality.
  • Maintains responsibility for select program areas.
  • Works collaboratively with coworkers, other departments, and leadership to maximize program objectives, client care, and services.
  • Actively participates in community coalitions, advisory boards, and councils as assigned.
  • Participates in student educational programs by orientating student to program area, selection of client cases for demonstration/teaching of nursing skill set, mentoring student, and providing consultation to instructors and students.
Healthcare Program for Children and Youth with Special Needs
  • Provide Care Coordination of health services for children birth through 21 years old who have complicated health issues through the HCP model (Health Care Program for Children and Youth with Special Needs.)
  • Assist families in establishing and understanding the importance of a medical home for their child or any child in their custody.
  • Provide developmental and health evaluations of children and make recommendations as appropriate for community resources.
  • Provide education for parents, children, caseworkers, and community support members on health issues.  Provide teaching on how to provide specialized care for children with chronic and/or complex health issues.
  • Engage families and youth to identify barriers to care.  Work with families to create action plans with the goal of improving health outcomes and increase the families' comfort and confidence in addressing health care needs.
  • Engage regularly with local and regional providers, HCP Coordinators in other counties, and state-level clinic coordinators. 
Child Welfare Nursing Liaison
  • Provide health-related support services to families and children served by the Family and Children Services division of the Mesa County Department of Human Services.
  • Provide consultation support to DHS caseworkers, including providing health information related to medical terminology, diagnoses, treatment, medications, child growth and development, and community resources.
  • Complete nursing assessments of children and parent-child interactions during home visits. 
  • Support caseworkers by temporarily following families, as needed, to monitor a child's health status or to provide the family with pertinent health education and counseling. 
  • Assist caseworkers by helping to expedite medical referrals and by obtaining, reviewing, and summarizing medical records. 
  • Support Child Welfare team in preparations with court hearings and appearances as needed.

 Minimum Requirements:
Education and Experience: 
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN)
  • At least three years of experience
  • Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Colorado.
  • A valid Colorado driver's license with a responsible driving record.

 Supplemental Information:

  • This position requires standing, stooping, sitting, bending, twisting, and lifting up to 20lbs. 
  • Work is most often confined to a standard office environment, with some positions requiring outside activities, traveling in a car, and working in community-based settings including client homes. 
  • Ability to deal with stress.
  • May be exposed to communicable diseases, infections, blood, and bodily fluids.
  • Occasional exposure of work time to hazardous situations which involve physically violent persons, interviewing mentally or emotionally disturbed persons or bodily injury from biohazards, infections, or blood-borne pathogens.