Definition: Under general direction, to perform a full range of duties including planning, implementing and delivering community health nursing such as assessment, care delivery and counseling; to maintain records, manage program finances, maintain supplies and perform other administrative tasks as necessary; to perform related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the highest level in the Community Health Nurse series. This level is distinguished from lower levels by the scope of independence, complexity, discretion and responsibility required for the populations it works with, including cross training in Public Health programs. Employees carry out activities independently except as new or unusual circumstances require. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series. Employees may act as a lead worker and provide guidance, direction, training and guidance lower level professional staff including monitoring nursing functions, progress and outcomes per the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Position requires extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of professional nursing and medical ethics; available medical and community health resources; medications and their side effects; medical record-keeping practices; safety procedures and protocol in medical treatment and the safe utilization of medical instruments and equipment; modern office procedures and practices. Position requires ability to interpret and apply state and local laws, policies and procedures related to community health and medical care; grasp readily the principles of public health program delivery; organize tasks and manage time effectively; work independently and as a team member; exercise initiative and good judgment in dealing with people from various backgrounds; understand and carry out precise, detailed instructions of a technical and professional nature; understand and use mathematics to compute totals and analyze statistics; operate office equipment including a computer and basic medical equipment; understand and carry out oral and written directions; read and understand medical reference manuals, equipment manuals, laws, laboratory reports, test reports, etc; maintain medical records with confidentiality; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, and to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients; perform duties professionally despite frequent interruptions; respond
Minimum Requirements (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following requirements, physical demands and/or working conditions)
Education and Experience
License or Certificate:
Must be currently licensed by the state of Oregon as a registered nurse. Must have a valid Oregon driver's license with an acceptable driving record. and CPR certification. Specialty certifications may be required for some positions.
Physical Demands (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions)
Requires the ability to coordinate hands and feet in performing simple movements, such as bending, reaching and grasping; to exert physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another and standing for extended periods of time. May require sufficient strength and coordination for lifting, pushing, pulling and/or carrying the weight of equipment and people. Requires ability to operate medical instruments and machinery in which manipulative skills and hand-eye coordination are important ingredients of safe and/or productive operation. Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Tasks involve color, sound, odor, depth, texture and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability. Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions, but worker may frequently be exposed to illness and disease.
Requires the ability to coordinate hands and feet in performing simple movements, such as bending, reaching and grasping; to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another. Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination to perform skilled movements, such as giving injections, taking blood samples, adjusting microscopes, etc., as well as semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as typing, filing and data entry and use of other office equipment or supplies. Tasks require occasional exposure to strong odors, strong chemicals, and communicable illnesses. Sensory requirements include color, sound, odor, texture and visual perception and discrimination as well as oral communications ability. Work is generally performed in an office environment but may include other locations, including patient's homes. May include exposure to disruptive people.
This classification description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, knowledge, skills, abilities, or requirements, as any one position in this classification may be assigned some or all of these duties, in addition to other duties not explicitly listed here. The various duties, responsibilities and/or assignments of this position may be unevenly balanced and change from time to time based upon matters such as, but not limited to, variations in the shift, work demands, seasons, service levels and management's decisions on how to best allocate department resources. Any shift, emphasis or rebalancing of these assigned duties, responsibilities and/or assignments does not constitute a change in the job classification.