Specializes in providing primary health care in one of the following areas: pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, adult, or family planning. May coordinate a program of preventive health services in an assigned specialty area, providing direct health care to program clients and supervising the activities of program staff.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from professional-level supervisor or manager.
- May exercise indirect supervision over paraprofessional, clerical staff, and professional staff.
- Identify health care needs through physical assessment of patients and through an evaluation of medical and social history while providing a variety of skilled health and nursing services for patients.
- Provide women's health services that include servicing sexually transmitted infections.
- Act as a resource or expert in program area, providing technical guidance to less experienced Public Health staff.
- Instruct patients and family members on health care and program procedures; refer patients to other professional or community resources as appropriate.
- Prepare patient care plans and charts, schedule follow-up visits to observe patient progress and condition, and perform laboratory work as appropriate.
- Maintain and update a variety of records, files, and reports pertaining to assigned program; participate in quality assurance activities such as chart auditing by making corrections and double-checking process other health care professionals have followed.
- Assist in the development of program goals and objectives through staff meetings.
- May provide lead accountability for other employees within work unit, which may include scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, instructing/training in work methods, and providing input into hiring and performance evaluation processes.
- Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings; and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information.
- Adhere to minimum medical guidelines as determined by funding sources.
- May prepare and conduct promotional materials and presentations to improve community awareness of services provided.
- May participate in emergency preparedness and response activities.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles, practices, philosophies, and objectives as related to medical/nursing services in various specialty health programs.
- Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to various health programs.
- Department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Medical diagnosis and symptoms and proper nursing measures in implementing appropriate care.
- Medical terminology and its application to assigned responsibilities.
- Needs of clients in the appropriate specialty area.
- Medications, dosages, schedules, and potential side effects.
- Current trends and developments in assigned program areas.
- Coordinate and provide direct patient physical exams and provide health care as defined in protocol.
- Coordinate services of a health care program as needed.
- Perform duties independently without close supervision.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
- Follow written and verbal instructions.
- Prepare and maintain clear and concise charts and records.
- Design and implement new or revised program areas or approaches to health care services.
- Provide skilled specialty nursing and health care services.
- Maintain an appropriate level of current knowledge and understanding regarding assigned nursing and program responsibilities.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- One year of experience in a directly related field, or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from school accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission), plus advanced nurse's training in the form of a Master's Degree in Nursing from a school accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC, or a specialty certificate program.
- Requires completion of a certified nurse practitioner program (RNP).
- Licensed to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the State of Colorado.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Possession of Board certification in the appropriate nurse practitioner specialty area.
- Maintain continuing education hours annually, or as required by the Department, and obtain certificates/training necessary for specific programs.