Public Health Nurse IV
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The Houston Health Department is actively searching for a skilled individual who is self-motivated and willing to provide essential services as a Public Health Nurse IV which includes the following:
Division: COVID-19 Response
Workdays & Hours: Monday - Friday 40 Hours* Nights and weekends as needed
CORE JOB DUTIES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE IV
- Leads the perinatal hepatitis B program and works with the Senior Public Health Investigators to monitor surveillance systems and other data sources to ensure all HBsAg-Positive pregnant women are identified within the Houston Electronic Disease Surveillance System-MAVEN
- Conducts educational trainings with hospital staff on how to properly report HBsAg-Positive pregnant women to the health authority
- Works with birthing hospitals to develop and strengthen policies and procedures on perinatal hepatitis b prevention and oversees HBV case management to ensure HBV-exposed infants complete the Hepatitis B vaccine series with all valid doses and post-vaccination serologic testing has been performed
- VEARS Coordinator to report all VAERS cases within seven (7) days of receipt
- Shares responsibility with other nursing staff members in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of the various public health nursing programs
- Educates the community regarding public health services; may instruct specialized preventive health courses
- Develops and conducts lectures and demonstrations on new techniques for nurses in public or private clinics
- Participates in the orientation, training and guidance of new employees and nursing students
- Coordinates public health services and training with other City agencies and services
- Reviews, evaluates and develops public health care/nursing services for utilization within health center or community settings
- Provides community liaison and referral services; disseminates public health information for outreach projects
- Assists with developing clinical and administrative procedures and policies. May handle special projects as directed
- Conducts and participates in Quality Assurance initiatives and auditing processes
- Performs assessments, exams and specimen collection; administers/distributes medications to clients per established protocols; and consults with advanced licensed medical professionals to determine most appropriate plan of care
- Verifies, reviews, and enters patient medical history and records on patients' diseases, operations, immunizations, assessment, treatment and other pertinent information in the electronic health record and databases
- Drive from site to site with personal or city vehicle and must have a valid driver license to be in compliance with AP 2-2
ADDITIONAL JOB DUTIES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE IV FOR COVID-19 COMMUNITY VACCINE OUTREACH
- Serves as a lead on a community-based vaccine strike team
- Administers COVID-19 vaccines
- Conducts registration at COVID-19 vaccines sites
- May be assigned to transport vaccines
- Other duties as assigned
- May be reassigned to other clinical services as needed
The position occasionally requires stooping or bending. Occasional very light lifting, such as three or four reams of papers or books (up to 20 pounds or an equivalent weight) may be required. There are occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less-than-optimal temperature and air conditions. The position may involve dealing with modestly unpleasant situations, as with occasional exposure to office chemicals and/or extensive use of a video display terminal.
Requires graduation from an accredited school of nursing. A Bachelor of Science degree in nursing is preferred.
Four (4) years of nursing practice or experience as a medical professional in a clinic or hospital setting are required.
A Master of Science degree in Nursing, a license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas, in addition to (1) one year of nursing experience may be substituted for the experience requirement.
Must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the State of Texas. CPR certification is required. RN License and CPR certification must be maintained and current for continued employment.
Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with COVID-19 related activities.
**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**
- Must be willing to work outside normal business hours including nights and weekends
- Must be willing to drive to various locations throughout Harris County
SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED
SAFETY IMPACT POSITION: Yes
This position is subject to random drug testing and if candidate is promoted into this position, he/she must pass an assigned drug test.
*** SALARY INFORMATION GRANT FUND POSITION
Grants & Special fund positions are dependent upon continued available funds. If funding is no longer available, employee may be laid off or transferred. Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.
Pay Grade 22
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All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.
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