Community Health Nurse

Summary: The Community Health Nurse provides quality primary health care service to special populations. The individual is a registered professional nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level as a community health nurse generalist, who synthesizes nursing and public health practice to promote and preserve the health of individuals, families and groups to improve the health of the community. Within the nursing process framework, the Community health Nurse performs comprehensive assessment and validation of the reactions and responses of individuals, families or groups to actual and potential problems and provides intervention, evaluation and/or referral to meet identified client needs. Through collaboration with health professionals and other team members, the Community Health nurse works to implement client care plans and to manage and coordinate continuity of care. The community health nurse participates in activities focused on health promotion, disease prevention, care of acute and chronic illness and restoration of health. The community health nurse is accountable for the outcome of their practice. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs a comprehensive and accurate assessment of: individuals – by completing the health history, lifestyle risk assessment, physical assessments and appropriate growth and development assessments and by identifying social and cultural factors that influence health; families - by assessing family specific risk factors, related problems and completing the family risk assessment when appropriate; groups - by utilizing and/or collecting group data such as vital statistics, demographics, socioeconomic, cultural and environmental characteristics and appropriate community members
  • Determines relevant diagnoses based on health needs of: individuals - by analyzing appropriate health assessments; families – by analyzing family health assessments and groups – by analyzing group and special population data
  • Develops plans at each level of prevention (primary secondary and tertiary) that specify nursing actions for: individuals – by providing direct care to meet physical and psychosocial needs; families – by prioritizing problems and establishing mutually agreed upon goals specific to the stage of family development; groups – by using program planning and group concepts to meet the health needs of the group
  • Guided by the plan, intervenes to promote health, prevent illness and restore health for: individuals – by implementing nursing plans independently and prescription treatments and standing orders under the direction of physicians and mid level providers and by facilitating and monitoring client referrals and linkages to other internal and external social services and health care services as appropriate; families – by implementing interventions with the participation of the family members; groups – by implementing programs based on assessed needs of groups and by developing health education presentations and participating in the training of groups of clients and other community providers
  • Evaluates responses to interventions in order to determine progress toward goal achievement and to revise the database, diagnosis and plan for: individuals – by evaluating individual client interventions; families – by evaluating family interventions; groups – by evaluating groups interventions
  • Applies theoretical concepts as a basis for decisions in practice from the disciplines of: nursing - including community health theory related to individuals and social, behavioral and the physical sciences; transcultural nursing theory - community and public health related to families; community and public health theory related to groups
  • Collaborates with other multidisciplinary professionals and community agencies to provide high quality health care
  • Coordinates clinic and health care outreach services in conjunction with other team members to meet clients primary health care needs and ensure continuity of care
  • Plans, implements and coordinates new community health programs with appropriate supervision from the appropriate program director to meet the needs of special populations
  • Participates in quality assurance activities through protocol development, collaborative and peer review by: assisting in protocol development and identifying indicators of quality care; developing protocols and identifying appropriate criteria for the evaluation of care; evaluating standards of care based on the quality assurance process, developing protocols and procedures that guide the delivery of care
  • Assumes responsibility for professional development and contributes to the professional growth of others
  • Develops in depth knowledge of daily program operations, policies and procedures
  • Acts as a preceptor in the orientation of new health care personnel, interns and volunteers.
  • Serves as a consultant to other health care providers and agencies, sharing specialized knowledge when appropriate
  • Documents comprehensive, accurate and continual data on client records and program reports
  • Advocates for special populations through education to the public and consultation with clients, consumers and health care professionals
  • Practices within the legal and ethical guidelines established by the Nurse Practice Act, the Code of Nurses, the Social Policy Statement and the Standards of Practice for the Community Health Nurse.
  • Adheres to professional standards as outlined by the governmental bodies, American Nurses Associations (ANA), Nurses Association of College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (NAACOG), the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), private funding sources, Agency plans/policies and unit guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Active Illinois Registered Nurse licensure.
  • Other Qualifications: Two to three years of documented community health experience with a focus on individuals and families utilizing appropriate theoretical concepts may be required. Certification as a Community Health Nurse or other appropriate certification such as Certified Transcultural nurse maybe required. Documented experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation of community health programs for special groups maybe required. Documented experience in evaluating standards of care based on the quality assurance process maybe required. CPR certification required

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.

  • Frequently required to sit, stand and walk

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.


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