The Public Health Nurse performs professional nursing and administrative work to provide and organize various public health programs and services; other related work, as required.
Responsible for assessing the public health needs of the community, addressing issues of concern and planning interventions; participates in the department budget process.
Investigates, reports, and takes follow-up actions regarding communicable and infectious diseases; responds to cases of rabies exposure; responds to emerging pathogen issues, such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Plans and implements immunization clinics, influenza and pneumonia clinics, hepatitis B vaccinations and blood pressure clinics; maintains and updates all records associated with immunizations; may conduct tuberculosis testing, direct observed therapy and report results.
Investigates and reports cases of elder abuse or self-neglect and cases of child abuse or neglect in collaboration with appropriate agencies and conducts follow-up activities. Conducts home visits relative to sanitary code violations and conducts follow-up.
Oversees residents in need in collaboration with the Human Services / Council on Aging to address emergency elder needs in the absence of the COA nurse. In addition, works with the Human Services Department on homeless calls.
Coordinates with the Department of Mental Health and the community crisis teams on mental health issues.
Responsible for inspecting and licensing recreational camps for children, tanning establishments, body piercing establishments, and body art establishments.
Provides information pertaining to public health to health professionals and the public.
Works with Executive Director / Assistant Executive Director, or other Staff members regarding Public Health Emergency Preparedness plans, drills, and exercises and may attend meetings.
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