Safeguards the publicís health by providing a variety of nursing services to the community, including to at-risk or high-risk populations or populations with limited access to care; investigate cases of infectious diseases and provide patient counseling on prevention methods; collect patient specimens; conduct audits and education for Vaccines for Children providers to ensure facilities are meeting program requirements; provide immunizations according to recommended schedules; perform patient examinations and assessments for tuberculosis and sexually-transmitted diseases; coordinate and assist with community-based screenings and site visits to evaluate risk status and test high-risk individuals; audit records and assure all details of reporting are complete; document work in a thorough and timely manner; develop treatment plans and monitor care; participate in outbreak investigations and surveillance activities; conduct health education instruction and/or classes; participate in emergency response trainings, activities, and exercises; perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelorís degree from a state approved school of nursing preferred; or Bachelorís degree in another discipline and a Masterís degree from a state approved school of nursing preferred. Diploma or Associates Degree in nursing combined with a documented ability to competently perform all functions of this classification may be considered.
All public health nurses are required to complete a department approved Certificate in Public Health as a condition of continued employment.
Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.
Licensed or eligible for RN licensure by the State of Tennessee.
Knowledge of childhood immunization schedule is required.
Valid class ďDĒ driverís license, use of personal vehicle, and maintenance of valid personal vehicle insurance as required by Tennessee Law.
Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.
Must demonstrate the following competences: organize, prioritize and schedule tasks; perform tasks efficiently; work independently to accomplish tasks and achieve goals; listen effectively and communicate productively with peers and the public; address complaints and resolve conflicts; work on multiple tasks simultaneously; give appropriate attention to detail and produce accurate work products; use analytic thinking to collect, analyze, and interpret data from multiple sources; identify problems and seek creative solutions; and collaborate productively with co-workers, external partners, and the public.