Public Health Nurse II
Posted on Feb 2, 2019 by City Of Alexandria Virginia
Public Health Nurse II
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Public Health Nurse II position.
The Public Health Nurse supports and empowers older adults and caregivers to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health in the community through home visits and care coordination with service providers. Services provided by the nurse are designed specifically to prevent unnecessary emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and premature placement in long-term care residences. The employee will join a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals including Family Service Specialists/social workers, mental health therapists, and other aging specialists. The incumbent will be responsible for providing direct nursing care and case management for an assigned caseload, to include work on state mandated pre-screenings. Home visits constitute approximately 80% of working hours and entail providing initial and comprehensive assessment of clients' medical and psychosocial needs.
What You Should Bring
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing, of measures and techniques used in the prevention of communicable diseases, and of the scope and general purpose of the program of health education and administration; good knowledge of medical/surgical, pediatric, obstetric, communicable disease, and geriatric nursing; good knowledge of medication actions, expected results, contraindications, dosage administration, and side effects; good knowledge of the nutritional needs of the population served by public health programs; good knowledge of human growth and development stages; good knowledge of the functions of related health and social agencies; good knowledge of the sociological and economic aspects of community life and their effects on public health; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and with professional and lay staff; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to interpret and explain the value of public health nursing services and to obtain individual and collective public cooperation.
- Conducts comprehensive clinical assessments in the homes of Adult Protective Services, Adult Services and/or Older Adult Mental Health clients with severely compromised health status, providing initial and comprehensive assessment of clients' medical and psychosocial needs;
- Provides ongoing medical monitoring and education of clients and their caregivers, including monitoring of multiple medications received by many clients and follows-up as needed;
- Sets up weekly medications for those clients who can self-administer after the medications have been set up as well as administers medications as needed;
- Formulates care plans, documents observations, care provided and effects of care on patient in accordance with established recording requirements;
- Provides the medical screenings for homebound clients that are required to facilitate placements in nursing homes or assisted living, (i.e. TB screenings) or help with specific protocols;
- Consults with physicians, other health care providers and community agencies to explore resources for care and ensure continuity of service;
- Serves as a resource to colleagues in the Division to provide guidance, advice, and to assist with setting up safe health education and compliance strategies with treatment recommendations for clients and their families;
- Provides information and referral services via phone, e-mail or in person about services available to older adults and adults with disabilities one day per week;
- Prepares a variety of required/requested reports;
- Performs other related work as assigned.
About the Department
The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.