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 PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

Benefits of Working for the City of Milwaukee

Public Health Nurses may be eligible to participate in the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program. Other benefits include Defined Benefit Pension Plan, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Health and Dental Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Tuition Benefits, 10 days Paid Vacation after one year, seven Paid Personal Days, 11 Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves and predictable work schedule.

Note: Most Public Health Nurses work year-round during normal business hours. However, Alternative Work Schedules are also available.


PURPOSE:

Public Health Nurses assigned to the Maternal and Child Health Division in the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) engage in a variety of population-based and individual nursing activities in homes, schools, clinics and community settings designed to assure that health care is accessible and available to residents. While the majority of the positions are dedicated to maternal and child health care outcomes, additional employment opportunities in more specialized nursing assignments may also be available. These include Empowering Families of Milwaukee, Nurse Family Partnership, Communicable and Infectious Disease, Home Environmental Health, Immunization, and Women’s HIV Program.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Home Visiting / Case Management:

  • Provide Public Health Nursing case management of the maternal and child population and referrals received from hospitals, HMOs, social agencies, and others;
  • Complete developmental screening and assessments of client’s physical, social, psychological, and environmental health status;
  • Provide counseling for primary, secondary and tertiary health problems;
  • Refer client/family to appropriate community resources;
  • Investigate cases of reported or suspected communicable disease;
  • Teach preventive and/or control measures to contacts of a communicable disease;
  • Collaborate with private care providers, allied professionals, and other MHD personnel regarding needs of cases under nursing case management;
  • Develop and implement a case management plan for resolution of assessed client/family needs;
  • Document nursing case management according to the ANA Standards of Clinical Practice, following MHD policy;
  • Provide case management consultation and direction to other team members;
  • Assess community needs for input into MHD programs.

Clinic Service:

  • Complete history and physical assessment of clients as needed;
  • Counsel clients as appropriate, related to services provided;
  • Provide appropriate screening tests as indicated;
  • Identify needs and initiate written referrals to private care providers, social service agencies, Public Health Nurses, and other agencies;
  • Administer immunizations based on MHD policy to specified populations.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the orientation training of other Public Health staff;
  • Conduct health education classes to groups;
  • Participate in the coordination and/or administration of services in health centers or special programs;
  • Function as a member of the multidisciplinary Public Health team through participation on Department and/or Division committees, by representing the MHD in professional organizations supporting the Department’s goals, outcomes and strategies;
  • Assume Team Leader role as determined by the supervisor;
  • Assist in the mentoring of other professionals demonstrating Public Health nursing skills emphasizing the role of public health in the community;
  • Respond to Public Health emergencies as assigned;
  • Oversee activities of paraprofessional personnel to insure quality customer service and accurate, safe screening techniques;
  • Participate in case management service delivery including documentation and billing; and
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in
accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program. (Note: Students in their final year in school may participate in the selection process but may not be hired until the degree has been completed.)
    • NOTE: Applications will not be considered unless transcripts are received.
    • Copies of transcripts should be submitted with application -OR- sent to the City of Milwaukee, Department of Employee Relations, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3554 –OR– click here to send via e-mail (Student copies are acceptable.)
  2. Current permit or license to practice professional nursing in Wisconsin OR eligibility to receive such permit or license. License must be maintained throughout employment.
  3. Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  4. Valid Wisconsin driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment
  5. Properly insured personal vehicle for use on the job is required. Mileage reimbursement is provided.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

  1. Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, the public, various City of Milwaukee officials, and other agencies.
  2. Ability to provide services in a culturally sensitive manner and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  3. Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple and changing priorities.
  4. Effective interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  5. Excellent problem solving skills and ability to exercise independent judgment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

The ability to fluently read, write, and speak Spanish, Hmong or Russian, is highly desirable.


THE CURRENT SALARY RANGE (2DN) IS:

$41,458 to $58,037 annually with excellent benefits. Recruitment rate is $46,019.


THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: training and experience evaluation; written, oral or performance tests; or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to the oral examination. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be accepted and interviews held during 2014 as often as required to meet the needs of the City. Employment may be possible immediately following the examination if positions are vacant at that time. The names of successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list in a rank determined by the final grade without reference to the date of the examination. The eligible list may be abolished every four months. Candidates may take an examination for this position only once every six months.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

  1. You must meet the Minimum Requirements listed above.
  2. Complete the application online OR submit a hard copy. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT BOTH. A resume does not substitute for the required application; however, you may attach one if you wish.

 THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER THAT VALUES AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY.