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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Public Health Nurse - Maternal and Infant program (M & I)
Salary: $55162.00 Annually

Job Description:



Department:  Health Department     Division:    Nursing

 Reports To:  Nursing Supervisor

 Pay Grade:   S    Status:  Full Time  

FLSA Status:  Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY:  Full-time position to perform direct nursing services and family support services for pregnant, maternal, infant, and toddler patients through M&I and/or through home visiting. Requires curriculum training for home visitation.


Provides family-centered and strength-based interventions directed at establishing a trusting relationship by assists parents in improving their skills to optimize the home environment, the family support system, the family’s ability to problem solve.

 Establishes and maintains personal/ programmatic boundaries, while providing supportive services and works with culturally diverse communities and families in a culturally sensitive manner.

 Assists the family in establishing goals and a plan for accomplishment of their program goals and refers for contact/appointments at other supportive agencies.

Assesses the normal growth and development of the target child and evaluates immunization status, and refers proper administration of childhood and adult vaccinations.

Maintains current knowledgeable of normal child growth/ development and parent-child relationships

Demonstrates belief in and is comfortable advocating for nurturing, nonviolent discipline of children

Provides health education. Counsels clients on Birth Control, STD and HIV transmission, and postpartum depression

Sees M&I clients at the health dept. (and home if needed) as well as makes newborn home visits.

Participates in emergency response health department efforts as needed

Conforms to HIPAA privacy regulations specific to position held. The public health nurse creates and records PHI. Has authority to use the following categories of PHI for treatment purposes: demographics, scheduling, treatment or procedures, reports and medical notes. Disclosures are only allowed as necessary for treatment to providers and/or Business Associates or as required by law. Does not have authority to access PHI for payment or health care (non-treatment) operations. May need to interact with  the following departments for allowable access to PHI: all


Assists with quarterly and annual reports
Reviews materials for program use at least annually
Will keep current CPR certification
Participates with off-site clinic as needed
Participates in staff meetings and nursing meetings
Other duties as assigned


Education:  Graduate of accredited education program with an associate, diploma or Licensed Bachelor’s in nursing.

License(s)/Certification(s): Currently a registered nurse in the State of Kansas.  Valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Experience:   One or more years experience in Public Health nursing is required.  One or more years experience in Public Health nursing and home visiting with pregnant women and young families. Breastfeeding expertise and Certified Breastfeeding Educator.

Skills: Demonstrates excellent written communication skills – detailed, succinct, organized written work. Must have ability to understand complex oral and written instruction, ability to speak and write effectively, and ability to give clear, concise instruction orally and in writing, including written reports to local, state and federal offices. Establish and maintain an image of the Health Department to the community that represents service, vitality, and professionalism. 

Supervisory Controls:  The employee and the Nursing Supervisor work together to set the overall objectives for this position.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Guidelines: The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems.  Contributes to an environment that promotes positive interactions and problem solving.

Complexity: The work requires self motivated advanced planning and intelligent, rapid emergency decisions. The work also requires many daily decisions concerning such things as planning of the work, or refining the methods and techniques to be used to fulfill work requirements. Meeting and dealing with many individuals of varying interests and levels of responsibility. Dependable in carrying out responsibilities.

Scope and Effect of Work: The work involves establishing criteria; formulating projects; assessing program effectiveness; or investigating or analyzing a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions during and after critical situations.

Personal Contacts: The personal contacts are with individuals or groups from inside and outside the County in a moderately unstructured setting (e.g., the contacts are not established on a routine basis); the purpose and extent of each contact is different and the role and authority of each party is identified and developed during the course of the contact.

Purpose of Contacts:  The purpose is to plan, coordinate, advise and educate on work efforts or to resolve operating problems by influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear from both ears; smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually normal.

Use of personal vehicle may be required.

Bilingual English/Spanish helpful.

The Health Department as a public health facility requires a tobacco-free work environment.

Approved:                               Date:_____________________   

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.



Vacancy Number: RL2017-17

Open Date: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: