Health Department

Public Health Nurse - PRN Job Description

Under the direction/guidance of the Public Health Administrator, performs professional nursing services and treatments for clients and assists in WIC, FCM, MCH, Immunizations, lab draws, Communicable Disease and/or TB programs within agency as assigned. The Public Health Nurse gives guidance, instruction and support to clients, their families, and population groups. Nursing activities include but are not limited to; systematic analysis of data, care plan development, health education and advocacy, coalition building, and collaborating with community partners to promote the health of the population.
This position is being hired PRN or on an as needed basis. The department does not guarantee hours or a duration of employment. This position is a grant funded position and terminates at the end of grant funding.


1. Prepares and maintains client records; reports on client's personal/environmental conditions; prepares reports and submits information and data in a timely and accurate fashion.

2. Provides professional nursing services in conformance with state guidelines, established standards, recognized nursing techniques and procedures.

3. Teaches client/families nursing care and treatment as appropriate; teaches public health practices to client, family and community.

4. Prepares client for and provides treatment, referral and follow-up as appropriate.

5. Provides comprehensive assessment in client's homes to assess for physical & mental condition, environmental safety, developmental milestones, treatment protocols, needed follow-up, and to assess need for further community or medical services.

6. Provides TB testing, history-taking, reviews treatment protocol, consults with respiratory or infectious disease physicians to determine treatment, and provide client updates, assures that appropriate lab work, X-rays, MD visits, medications, are completed, teaches TB symptoms, treatments, screening criteria, maintains network with state, regional and community resources for TB treatment and follow-up, follows State and Federal TB mandates and protocols, all as directed and needed.

7. Within WIC/ FCM program, provides nutritional case management services, enrolling and maintaining clients in nutrition, case management and/or nursing services, assumes a primary role in case assignment and outreach for WIC/FCM clients, following rules and regulations as outlined by State and Federal program guidelines, assists in presenting educational materials with individuals or groups, and developing educational materials as needed.

8. Within CD program, assists in routine clinical vis its, completes required paperwork, and provides support, education specific to prevention activities as appropriate.

9. Refers clients to other health department services and community resources as needed. Coordinates and assists in a smooth transition between services. Confers with parents, physicians, dentists, schools and other groups to gather and receive pertinent client/family information.

10. Participates in staff meetings, in-services and educational programming. Provides educational programming to groups, organizations, assists in health fairs and screening clinics, as needed.

11. Assumes a primary role in case management, outreach, education and counseling for any client receiving services from a health dept. program, with a focus on either high risk, chronic disease, immunizations, nutrition, FCM, CD, TB or other nursing programs. Focus depends on client and department needs.

12. Participates in development and implementation of emergency preparedness activities, including bioterrorist events.

13. Performs other duties as required or assigned.


1. Working knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice with an ability to apply basic principles of public health nursing practice.

2. Ability to keep records, charts, and make clear and concise reports on observations in a timely manner.

3. Ability to apply general nursing techniques and practices, with some understanding of population-based care.

4. Ability to apply laws and regulations pertinent to public health nursing and nutritional services, as well as follow eligibility requirements for all health department grants and services.

5. Ability to work with diverse community groups, coordinating their activities and providing public health education and information.

6. Ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with other staff, agencies and the general public.


1. Certification of graduation from a school of nursing approved by the Department of Professional Regulation, and

2. An Illinois license as a Registered Nurse (preferred), and:

3. Four years' of full-time nursing experience, with two years being in a public health department, or a community agency which provides outreach services. OR

4. A Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited university with one year's experience in nursing (preferred).


• Current Illinois driver's license.
• Personal vehicle for use in carrying out required duties.
• Auto liability insurance mandatory.
• Ability to travel to and from clients' homes.
• Must be able to hear and speak on a telephone.
• Must be able to produce, read and review written documents.
• The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, less regularly, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Interested parties should email resumes and letters of interest to or by mail to the attention of Amy Bardell at:

Ogle County Health Department
907 Pines Rd
Oregon, IL 61061

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