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*COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE 4
Pay Range GC23

INTRODUCTION

This classification is fourth within a four-level series and assumes responsibility for management and coordination of a major program section of the community health division. The program manager will develop, manage and coordinate operations between programs; supervise professional and support staff. The community health nurse assesses primary needs of program users and community, then develops, directs, coordinates and evaluates plans and programs; establish and interpret policy, procedure and protocol; develop and monitor program budget.

This classification is distinguished by the program manager role, independence of action, establishment of program policy, supervision of unit staff and assumes responsibility in the absence of the division director.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed duties.)

1. Manage a major program unit of the division, coordinate with other division programs, plan and evaluate procedures and programs, develop goals and objectives for service and evaluation of the program, prepare and monitor unit budgets and grants. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Supervise professional and support staff and clinic operations; offer technical assistance as needed. Ensure program is in compliance with federal and state regulations. Assume accountability for work performed within the unit. Is involved in selection, training, and evaluation of staff. Interpret policy and procedure.

3. Establish and maintain program statistical recordkeeping for monthly, quarterly, and annual reports; research and present reports.

4. Assist in other program areas and provide direct client care as needed; maintain caseload of special clients.

5. Represent community health services to community groups and media. Provide educational information and promote immunizations, wellness, health and prevention of diseases to individuals, families, agencies, community groups and professionals.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED OF THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of nursing theories, principles, practices, and procedures to provide and evaluate clinic program services; thorough knowledge of rules and regulations that govern nurse practitioner functions; considerable knowledge of management of community health clinic programs to analyze situation, determine course of action, implement the action, and evaluate results; considerable knowledge of personnel and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate unit programs. Skill in: Report writing, grant, and budget administration; interviewing and counseling techniques. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; supervise support staff and program operations; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, clients and families, other agencies, federal and state agencies, health officer, physicians, schools, advisory boards, committees, vendors, contractors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in nursing with coursework emphasis in public health and four years progressively responsible work experience in a public health setting which includes two years of management or supervisory experience OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. Current Oregon Registered Nurse License and at time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

This classification is management in nature. Work is performed with guidance from community health services division director. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established department policies and procedures, federal and state statutes, rules and regulations; protocols, medical reference materials, Oregon Nurse Practice Act. Employee uses considerable judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in a variety of office, clinic and home settings; may involve bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 60 pounds, reaching, standing, stooping and walking. Employees share common exposure to communicable disease. A considerable amount of driving is required.

 
   
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