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City of Springfield Community Health Nurse in Springfield, Massachusetts

Position Purpose/Summary Responsible for the application of professional skills and knowledge in the performances of a wide variety of public health nursing duties in connection with communicable disease control, mass immunizations, and related programs. Work is performed under supervision in accordance with accepted procedures and practices in the field with review through reports and conferences. No supervision is exercised over other employees. Essential Functions Detects health problems through inspection, observations, interviews and analysis of records. Interpret public health policies, programs, services and regulations. Attends in-service training institutes and conferences. Assists physicians in child health conference examinations and immunizations. Assists in mass immunization programs and in continuing programs for the control of communicable diseases through isolation, quarantine, and immunization. Obtains case histories, administers tests and prescribed medications, visits homes and sanatoria, instructs family in isolation techniques, confers with social agencies and otherwise assists in tuberculosis control program. Investigates cases of epidemic or reportable diseases, obtains cultures and specimens, arranges for medical and social referrals. Keeps and prepares reports from a variety of clinic, immunization, and related records and charts. Performs related work as required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of modern public health nursing. Working knowledge of general nursing, medicine, and nutrition. Working knowledge of hygiene and health care and child growth and development. Working knowledge of applicable state and local public health laws and regulations. Working knowledge of community health care facilities and resources providing medical and related social services. Ability to recognize physical defects and symptoms of disease for referral to physicians. Ability to impart health educational promotions in clinical or other settings. Ability to interpret medical findings and public health laws and regulations to the general public. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community residents, physicians, community agencies, supervisors and the general public. Ability to maintain pertinent medical records and charts, and prepare reports and statistical health information for evaluation. Skill in applying professional nursing techniques. Education and Experience RN degree. Two years of experience as a public health nurse in a recognized agency.

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