Public Health Nurse Job Description

A public health nurse is a healthcare provider who specializes in providing preventive health advice and health care services to communities.

Public health nurses may be employed by a city or county government health department.

Some public health nurses work in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.

Other public health nurses work in public health agencies, or with colleges or universities.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Public Health Nurse who can help us to improve the health of our community.

Public Health Nurse Duties:

  • Prepare and provide medical diagnoses and treatments
  • Schedule appointments and examinations
  • Conduct and transcribe medical examinations
  • Gather information related to patient problems
  • Advise patients of changes in illness, treatment, or self-care
  • Assess patients to identify possible problems
  • Monitor patient progress, and advise physicians of changes in health status
  • Provide education regarding health-related issues
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care plans, and develop goals for those plans
  • Promote the physical and emotional well-being of patients
  • Assist patients with adherence and addressing barriers to treatment
  • Prescribe medications, treatments, and therapies
  • Coordinate patient care with physicians and other healthcare providers
  • Lead, coordinate, and supervise the work of healthcare team members
  • Communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding evaluation, treatment, and care plans
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Public Health Nurse Responsibilities:

  • Investigate, assess, and provide care to address specific health needs of patients
  • Provide health care education to patients, families, and caregivers
  • Investigate, evaluate, and develop treatment plans for acute and chronic illness
  • Lead and manage a team of registered nurses including scheduling, hiring, and training
  • Coordinate with hospitals and healthcare providers to optimize patient care
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with coworkers
  • Conduct various administrative tasks including reviewing medical records and entering data
  • Manage inventory and finances by validating receipts and expense reports; verifying invoices against purchase orders and material orders; and reviewing cost reports
  • Develop and maintain a professional knowledge of current issues, regulations, and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • 3+ years experience in public health nursing (certificate in public health nursing preferred)
  • Knowledge of public health nursing concepts and practices; knowledge of and ability to apply health laws and guidelines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with a constant eye on quality

At Company Name, we celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive team. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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