Public Health Nurse 2

Seneca County General Health District


Position Title:

Public Health Nurse 2

Agency Unit:


Employment Status:


Reports to:

Director of Nursing

Pay Grade:

6 – $22.19-$29.85 per hour

FLSA Status:


Position Summary:

The Public Health Nurse 2 performs skilled nursing activities in a general health district to promote and maintain the health of the citizens of the district. Under direction from higher level public health nurse, Health Commissioner, or Director of Nursing, assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates nursing care in a variety of settings, including: homes, clinics, schools, industries, and community based programs. The Public Health Nurse 2 systematically collects and analyzes data about the community, family, and individuals. The Public Health Nurse 2 functions as a lead worker and represents the district in community and school health programs.


Essential Duties:

·        Independently provides skilled nursing services to individuals and to the community;

·        Assesses clients through evaluation of medical histories;

·        Utilizes objective and subjective health data to determine special health care needs;

·        Conducts routine screening tests;

·        Assists physicians in conducting physical examinations and/or independently conducts physical examinations;

·        Consults with clients to instruct and educate in variety of health matters (i.e. preventative health care, referral services, effects of medications);

·        Administers emergency treatment, as needed;

·        Prepares and maintains client and/or clinic records;

·        Maintains clinic equipment and facilitates ordering of needed medical supplies and repairs;

·        Independently coordinates and conducts health screenings in schools;

·        Prepares and presents health education programs in schools and/or community organizations;

·        Represents agency to community organizations through attendance at meetings or boards and/or presentations before groups;

·        Visits homes to provide care appropriate to client’s age, gender, cultural background, values, and health beliefs;

·        Manages a caseload of families with multiple problems and establishes priorities for service;

·        Carries out case finding and locates individuals, families, groups, and communities at risk;

·        Formulates community nursing diagnoses;

·        Promotes and maintains optimum levels of health for individuals;

·        Assists in disease investigations and program assessments;

·        Uses assessment, interviewing, and communication techniques which assure consumer rights, informed consent, and confidentiality;

·        Refers clients with special needs to appropriate medical or social resource;

·        Assists with orientation of new staff, precepts clinical experience of health care students from educational facilities, as needed;

·        Participates in professional development and continuing education programs;

·        Participates in peer and client chart reviews;

·        Demonstrates professional responsibility by active participation in appropriate professional organizations;

·        Uses nursing process and outcome measures to monitor the effectiveness of client care;

·        Demonstrates change in own practice based on self-evaluation, client and professional development.


Other Duties & Responsibilities

·        Maintains confidentiality, as required;

·        Demonstrates human relation skills in order to provide good customer service and work closely with the clients of the Health District;

·        Willing to work independently;

·        Operate clinical equipment;

·        May be required to travel daily to and from multiple work sites and occasional overnight travel;

·        Complete required survey materials;

·        Update and maintain provider lists and insurance changes;

·        Prepare reports and summaries, as required;

·        Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

















Qualified employees shall possess the following:

·        A Registered Nursing license from the Ohio Board of Nursing;

·        Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited school of professional nursing with focus in community or public health nursing and health education is preferred;

·        Knowledge of and understanding of nursing techniques and methodologies in detection, prevention, and treatment of disease and disability, human relations, counseling, interviewing, public health education, and public relations;

·        Understanding of office equipment, including computers, with a knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint;

·        Ability to use necessary and required medical equipment in clinic and clients’ home settings, communicate with and educate clients in health matters, consumer rights, informed consent, and confidentiality, speak before community groups regarding health care needs, document community health activities accurately, and organize responsibilities efficiently;

·        Valid driver’s license;

·        Current auto insurance;

·        Ability to operate a motor vehicle, on occasion;

·        Maintains information in strict confidentiality.

Key Competencies:

Qualified employees shall possess the following core competencies:

·        Accreditation: Actively assists in the development of policies and procedures of the organization in order to achieve accredited status of the organization.

·        Active Learning: Understands the implications of new information for both current and future problems in public health and decision-making in responding to public health matters.

·        Analytical Skills: Defines public health problems and variables giving rise to those public health problems; applies ethical principles to the collection maintenance, use and dissemination of data and information; identifies public health problems and develops, evaluates, and implements solutions to matters pertaining to those public health problems.

·        Assessment Skills: Ability to determine the appropriate uses of quantitative and qualitative date relevant to public health problems; applies appropriate data collective processes, information technologies, and computer storage strategies; recognizes how data and variables illuminate the ethical, political, scientific, economic, and overall public health issues; recognizes when something is wrong, or likely to go wrong.

·        Attitudes: Respects and listens to others in an unbiased professional manner to promote the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives.

·        Communication Skills: Ability to communicate clearly and convey information to others effectively. Maintains appropriate professional relationships with directors, managers, supervisors, and employees.

·        Community Dimensions of Practice Skills: Demonstrates leadership in establishing and maintaining relationships with community, stakeholders, and public leaders for the purpose of promoting the health of the population.

·        Confidentiality: Maintain the confidentiality of client and agency records.

·        Coordination: Adjusting actions and responses in relation to the action/ inaction of others; organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks.

·        Cultural Competency Skills: Interacts sensitively, effectively, and professionally with others from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds.

·        Deductive Reasoning: Applies general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense and provide effective, appropriate responses.

·        Decision-making and Problem-solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to choose best solution to a problem.

·        Financial Planning and Management Skills: Ability to develop present and manage budgets and programs.

·        Inductive Reasoning: Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.

·        Instructing/Educating: Teaches others in a method that accommodates and recognizes alternate learning styles.

·        Interpersonal Skills: Develops and fosters cooperative working relationships with others.

·        Judgment: Chooses necessary actions based upon appropriate considerations.

·        Leadership: Helps develop key values and visions; creates a culture of ethical standards within the organization; identifies issues and problems that may impact the delivery of services; promotes team and organizational learning.

·        Listening Skills: Ability to provide full attention and listening to what other people are communicating; makes an effort to understand the viewpoints of others; asks questions as appropriate and in an appropriate manner.

·        Performance Management: Implements mechanisms for evaluating the performance of employees and programs for continued effectiveness and quality; evaluates results to improve the performance of employees and programs; integrates data and information to improve organizational processes and performance.

·        Policy Development: Collects, summarizes, and interprets information relevant to an issue in stating policy options and writing clear and concise policy statements; determines appropriate course of action in light of feasibility, public health laws, regulations and policies related to the specific programs.

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (or like programs): Ability to use Microsoft Office, and like, programs.

·        Program Planning Skills: Assesses health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of policies and programs. Develops plans to implement policies, programs of processes to meet certain goals and objectives. Establishes methods to monitor and evaluate programs for effectiveness and quality.

·        Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Assists agency and community in preparing for, withstanding, and recovering from public health emergencies; engages and coordinates with other agencies and organizations to support the development of public health emergency response systems; promotes awareness of emergency response resources; assists in identifying populations and groups that may be at greater risk for a public health emergency.

·        Public Health Science Skills: Applies basic public health sciences in order to define, assess, and understand the health status of populations for general health promotion and disease prevention.

·        Quality Improvement: Implements organizational and system-wide strategies for continuous improvement of the organization; evaluates cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility of programming in decision-making and prioritization; considers alternate program and systems thinking in public health.

·        Thinking Skills: Uses logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


Public Health Core Competencies:

·        Analytical/Assessment Skills: 1A1, 1A2, 1A3, 1A4, 1A5, 1A6, 1A7, 1A8, 1A9, 1A10, 1A11, 1A12, 1A13, 1A14

·        Policy Development Program Planning Skills: 2A1, 2A2, 2A3, 2A4, 2A5, 2A6, 2A7, 2A8, 2A9, 2A10, 2A11, 2A12

·        Communication Skills: 3A1, 3A2, 3A3, 3A4, 3A5, 3A6, 3A7, 3A8

·        Cultural Competency Skills: 4A1, 4A2, 4A3, 4A4, 4A5, 4A6, 4A7

·        Community Dimensions of Practice Skills: 5A1, 5A2, 5A3, 5A4, 5A5, 5A6, 5A7, 5A8, 5A9, 5A10

·        Public Health Science Skills: 6A1, 6A2, 6A3, 6A4, 6A5, 6A6, 6A7, 6A8, 6A9

·        Financial Planning and Management Skills: 7A1, 7A2, 7A3, 7A4, 7A5, 7A6, 7A7, 7A8, 7A9, 7A10, 7A11, 7A12, 7A13, 7A14

·        Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills: 8A1, 8A2, 8A3, 8A4, 8A5, 8A6, 8A7, 8A8, 8A9


Work Environment:

The Public Health Nurse II requires an employee to:

·        Travel to off-site locations;

·        Work a general schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., although a flexible schedule may be required, including evening, weekends, and holidays;

·        Respond to emergency calls;

·        Come into contact with secondhand smoke, communicable diseases, blood, bodily fluids, allergens, dusts, cleaning supplies, insects, and animals;

·        Lift, climb, bend, twist, kneel, squat, push, roll, and support up to 55 pounds;

·        Sit, stand, stoop, and/or walk;

·        Grasp with manual dexterity;

·        Manipulate a keyboard and other technology;

·        Ability to operate a motor vehicle.













The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel assigned to this position.


This position description has been reviewed with me.

















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