Public Health Nurse Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,493.17 - $109,155.49 Annually
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Location: Pennino Building in Fairfax, Virginia. Provides oversight of health and mental health services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pregnant women and their families for the Office for Children Head Start/Early Head Start program. Monitors, tracks, and analyzes health, mental health and health and safety data to assess trends that impact children and families. Responsible for monitoring health and safety issues at program locations. Enters health data into the program's ChildPlus database system for the Family Child Care option. Utilizes data to affect positive change and facilitate continuous improvement in the organization. Identifies and arranges health and mental health training and technical assistance to staff, as needed. Interprets medical findings and recommends appropriate consultations. Provides input into grant and community assessment development. Responsible for managing special projects, contracts, and student field placements as applicable.

Illustrative Duties

  • Functions as a liaison between specialty area and field;
  • Manages a case load, develops case plans, serves as case manager;
  • Participates in the assessment and identification of the need to expand services to address emerging issues or service gaps in the County's community health service delivery system, making recommendations for improvements or changes;
  • Delivers community health education programs to update public knowledge and promote service utilization;
  • Responds to complex questions from clients, the public, and other health care providers;
  • Coordinates County health services with other county and state public health agencies and social services;
  • Demonstrates procedures to others according to established policies, and protocols and guidelines;
  • Provides site/subject matter expertise i.e. reliable accurate knowledge policies and procedures as defined in area of specialization (HIV, Epidemiology, etc);
  • Participates in establishment of priorities for projects and develops protocols within specialty area in conjunction with appropriate staff;
  • Develops and teaches programs for new and existing staff orientation in collaboration with Nurse Education-Research Coordinator;
  • Coordinates the review of the quality and efficiency of health care plans for individual clients and/or groups in conjunction with appropriate staff;
  • Assesses community learning needs for general and specific public health education programs;
  • Evaluates the success of public health education programs in achieving desired objectives;
  • Sets priorities at team level in conjunction with PHN IV;
  • Directly supervises professionals/ paraprofessionals, students & volunteers;
  • Has responsibility for orientation and training of immediate staff and others upon request;
  • Develops team based action plans to resolve issues;
  • Provides consultative feedback within specialty program; (e.g. Communicable Diseases) Participates in specific projects;
  • Assists staff on patient health care plan and the existence and applicability of County and community resources in meeting health care needs;
  • Assists in establishing protocols for evaluating the effectiveness and utilization of the County's health care service delivery system, as requested;
  • Evaluates services, maintains statistics, identifies trends, and provides written recommendations;
  • Assesses and identifies solutions to address emerging issues or service gaps, making recommendations for improvements or changes for assigned specialty area or team within specialty program;
  • Evaluates the quality and efficiency of health care plans for individual clients and/or the team;
  • Identifies professional development needs;
  • Participates in the development of budget for specialty programs;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of public health nursing theories, principles, practices, methods, processes, and procedures required to provide quality patient care;
  • Knowledge of human growth and development, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, preventive medicine, epidemiology, and nutrition;
  • Knowledge of current practices; literature, and trends in public health nursing to include environmental, economic, psychological, social (e.g., family and group dynamics), cultural and linguistic issues or barriers impacting assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of nursing services to the community;
  • Knowledge of documentation, nursing diagnosis, and quality assurance;
  • Ability to perform technical and advanced nursing procedures (e.g., injections, venipuncture, blood pressure screening, STD check, tube feeding, nebulizations), and using medical equipment in delivering specialized services to the clients as appropriate within assigned area or specialty program;
  • Knowledge of medical and legal policies, guidelines, principles, practices, and standards governing public health nursing as well as nursing specialization;
  • Extensive knowledge of available community resources for referral and follow-up;
  • Ability to manage human and/or facility emergencies and perform emergency treatments related to life-threatening conditions;
  • Ability to interpret and apply the professional standards of nursing practice, County health department policies and procedures and applicable federal, state, and County laws and regulations;
  • Ability to build, maintain, and promote effective partnerships (e.g., health care providers) that support planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of health care services;
  • Ability to relate well to clients from varied backgrounds and different situations;
  • Ability to manage or diffuse situations involving clients or county staff that may appear difficult, hostile, or distressed;
  • Ability to identify problems and make sound, well-informed, and objective decisions or judgments relating to client health care;
  • Ability to assess the quality, appropriateness, implications, and impact of decisions or judgments made by others and identify courses of corrective action, where appropriate;
  • Ability to provide health training to clients and families with complex, multiple health needs, using knowledge of adult learning concepts;
  • Ability to use technology to retrieve and analyze data, and communicate or share public health information in the appropriate format with stakeholders, other relevant parties, and the community;
  • Ability to implement public health nursing programs;
  • Ability to identify and advocate the need for changes in the County's public health care delivery system;
  • Ability to assign and supervise the work of professionals, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and/or students;
  • Ability to develop, plan, and coordinate services with other disciplines and health care providers;
  • Ability to develop budget for the specialty program (e.g., TB).

Employment Standards

Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with a bachelor's degree in Nursing; plus three years of post-licensure experience as a nurse in an equivalent health care setting whose focus was primarily prevention services and community education, including two years in a public health/community health setting; plus at least one year experience in a public health/community health specialty area or supervisory responsibilities.

  • Possession of current license or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Selected positions or area(s) may require additional certifications (e.g., CPR, STD) to practice specialized Nursing skills;
  • Selected positions or area(s) of assignment may require the incumbent to possess a valid Motor Vehicle Driver's License.
  • Some positions within this classification will require additional certifications and licenses, as defined by the position description and posted in job announcements.

  • A bachelor's or higher degree in public health;
  • Experience working with Head Start;
  • Experience working with children living in low-income and/or high-risk families.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background investigation, a Child Protective Services (CPS) check and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer. Candidate will be required to complete a Tuberculosis test prior to appointment.

Work is generally sedentary. Must have sufficient mobility to travel to grantee and delegate agency sites. However, incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 30 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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