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Lead Public Health Nurse

Posted: 07/10/2024

Olmsted County has earned the 2023 and 2024 Best Places to Work - Southeast Minnesota designation.

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing and one (1) year of experience as a Public Health Nurse or Registered Nurse.

Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver's license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years. 

Required Special Qualifications:

  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota is required upon employment.
  • Certification as a Public Health Nurse in the State of Minnesota is required within six (6) months of employment.

Nature of Work

Under general public health nursing supervision, helps lead work responsibilities within a team of public health nurses, including providing reflective supervision. Provides public health nursing services in the areas of adult and family health, disease prevention and control, family home visiting, health promotion and emergency preparedness to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and populations in need within the county.

Examples of Work

  • Provides public health family home visiting services to pregnant and parenting families
  • Provides routine, home visiting model-specific, reflective practice supervision with public health nurses as assigned
  • Assists with quality improvement projects and helps lead departmental projects and reports as assigned
  • Facilitates groups/meetings and provides outreach to community stakeholders
  • Advocates for the needs of families served
  • Maintains CPR certification with the ability to perform CPR when necessary. Obtains and maintains other necessary certifications as needed
  • Supports the department during disease outbreaks and emergency situations that may require non-standard work hours including evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Performs related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of public health nursing theory, principles, programs and practice
  • Knowledge of and ability to use counseling and education methods and concepts that promote health and safety
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others
  • Skill in providing skilled nursing care to clients (i.e. immunization administration, blood pressure reading)
  • Skill in performing routine, home visiting model-specific, reflective practice supervision, as assigned
  • Skill in the use of computers and technology
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication
  • Skill in exercising independent judgment within practice standards
  • Skill in providing consultation to influence an identified plan, enhance the abilities of others, and effect change
  • Skill in providing ethical nursing practices
  • Skill in integrating evidence and research findings into practice
  • Skill in utilizing appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing and public health services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible
  • Skill in practicing in an environmentally safe, fair, and just manner
  • Skill in advocating for the protection of the health, safety, and rights of the population
  • Ability to apply the principles of public health to communities, families and individuals
  • Ability to assess individual, family, and community needs and to develop, carry out, and evaluate nursing care plans
  • Ability to apply state, federal, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and reimbursement mechanisms pertaining to public health services
  • Ability to coordinate care delivery
  • Ability to demonstrate and promote new initiatives and decisions
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession
  • Ability to integrate the principles of health equity and social determinants of health into planning and practice
  • Ability to carry out the core functions of public health, i.e. Assessment, policy development and assurance
  • Ability to adapt to changing practice in the field of public health nursing

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

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