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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Public Health Nurse - Clinic
Salary: $55598.00 Annually

Job Description:



Job Title:               PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE-CLINIC


Department:          Health Department     Division:    Nursing     

Reports To:           Nursing Supervisor

Pay Grade:            S                                      Status:  Full Time        

FLSA Status:         Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY:  The staff nurse performs direct nursing services for patients in General Clinic and satellite clinics with duties to include immunizations, family planning, STD, child health assessments and adult health. Additional assignments may apply, including communicable disease and TB control.



  • Perform a variety of nursing duties Providing confidential, medically sound, timely and respectful care and assistance to all patients
  • Provides health education/counseling either one on one and in a group on communicable diseases, foreign travel, immunizations, reproductive health, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis testing and control, community resources, etc.
  •  Documents assessments, referrals and follow-ups within 48 hours in paper and or electronic medical record.
  •  Participates in emergency response health department efforts and provides support for Preparedness Coordinator response activities.
  • Evaluates immunization status and completes proper administration of childhood and adult vaccinations per protocol and American Academy of Immunization Practice.
  • Conducts child physical assessments, hemoglobin, lead screening, hearing, vision, fluoride varnish and developmental screening as trained and assigned
  • Administers travel immunizations per protocol and Center for Disease Control Guidelines.
  • Obtain laboratory specimens for screening and diagnostic purposes.
  • Distribute and administer approved contraceptive methods within standing orders guidelines and in consultation with APRN.
  •  Counsels clients on STD and HIV transmission and testing procedures.  treats STD clients per Standing Orders and CDC guidance.
  • Keeps current and accurate lab records reviewing daily lab work, signing daily lab sheets and keeping lab logs in an orderly manner ensuring lab controls are completed as per protocol as assigned.
  • Collects program data for using in Health Promotion and Prevention Planning for the community.


Communicable Disease Nurse:

  • Conducts communicable disease investigation and provides follow-up recommendations to individuals, physicians, and family members regarding the spread and control of diseases using state reporting requirements as assigned.
  • Enters all Communicable Disease information in the Kansas Disease Reporting system within the timeframes set by the state as assigned
  • Maintains and updates Communicable Disease Protocols provided by Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Develops local protocol to enhance disease investigation process and control spread of disease along with the Preparedness Coordinator
  • Identify clients needing Tuberculosis medication, arrange for medications, monitor and manage medications in collaboration with the state and local medical consultant
    • Required to be on-call 24/7 for response to disease notification
    • Organizes and is Responsible for Vaccine for Children’s Program requirements along with maintaining current knowledge of vaccine schedules, recommendations, Inventory and orders assuring the agency complies with state Guidelines as assigned.



  •  Assists with ordering and managing inventories as requested by supervisor
  • Coordinates and implements community/off-site flu clinics as requested by supervisor
  • 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 preferred.


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.


Conforms to HIPAA privacy regulations specific to position held. The public health nurse creates and records PHI. Has authority 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: WIC, Family Connections.


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.

Must be fluent in English. Bilingual English/Spanish helpful.

Public Health facility is a smoke free 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: RL2018-42

Open Date: 11/8/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: