PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE III
COUNT OF SANTA CRUZ
Under direction, to serve as a lead and assist a Public Health Program Manager or to direct, evaluate and supervise agency-wide specialized programs; to provide a wide variety of complex nursing services in homes, clinics and other community sites; to coordinate general medical clinic activities; and to do other work as required.
Positions in this class serve as a lead to assist a Public Health Program Manager supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff. Additionally, duties include scheduling and reviewing work of subordinate staff, or planning, directing and evaluating specialized public health programs with subordinate staffs such as communicable disease.
This class is distinguished from the class of Public Health Program Manager in that the latter class is responsible for planning, organizing and directing a major division of Public Health Nursing services. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Public Health Nurse II in that the latter class performs a variety of nursing services in homes, clinics and community settings.
Plans, assigns, schedules, the day-to-day activities in a division of public health nursing; provides on-the-job training, information and instruction to subordinates; reviews and evaluates work completed by subordinate staff; coordinates activities with other services, outside agencies and the community; provides consultation for difficult and complex cases; evaluates and disciplines staff; keeps the program manager informed of difficult or unusual problems; may prepare and monitor grant funded or contract programs and services; assists in developing, coordinating and delivering in-service training programs; serves as an internal consultant or resource person; represents the agency at inter-disciplinary and inter-agency meetings; may assume responsibility for division operations in the absence of the Public Health Program Manager; reviews charts to assure completeness, assess need for referral and education and for quality control; provides a wide variety of public health nursing services in homes, clinics and other community sites; serves as a case manager for medically high risk clients; coordinates specialized clinic activities; provides preventative nursing services; may plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate programs for special populations; in the general medical clinic, prioritizes and manages cases, makes complex referrals, provides health education and counseling for difficult and complex cases, and administers medications and treatments; in the Communicable Diseases Program, manages the day-to-day activities of the program, advises patients, parents, day care providers, schools and others on communicable diseases, and determines the requirement for further public health action, develops policies and procedures for communicable disease investigation and follow-up; assists in grant or demonstration project preparation, implementation and evaluation; assists in the preparation and/or prepares procedure manuals, forms, instructional materials, surveys and questionnaires; attends meetings, in-service training, and conferences; assists in developing and maintaining automated and manual record keeping systems; may testify in court and serve as an expert witness; inputs, accesses and analyzes data using a computer; prepares statistical and other reports, charts, records and other required documentation.
Training and Experience: Any combination of training or experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities is: