Opening: April 9, 2018
Closing: Open Until Filled
Wind River Family & Community Health Care is seeking applicants for the position of Public Health Nurse (PHN). Wind River Family & Community Health Care provides ambulatory health care for the service population of the Wind River Reservation. The PHN serves as a member of the care team at Wind River Family & Community Health Care Center, located in Arapahoe, Riverton, and Ethete Wyoming.
The candidate will oversee quality comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families, communities, and schools supported by evidence-based practice. The PHN will be responsible to lead mobilization efforts by developing and coordinating services with a multidisciplinary care team. The goals of these services are to positively impact high-risk groups, and to monitor and contain communicable disease outbreaks. The role of the PHN includes home visits in the areas of Maternal Child Health, patient care across the lifespan, and community outreach events.
A valid, current, full and unrestricted professional Nursing License is required.
A Bachelors of Science degree from an accredited school of nursing, and a minimum of 3 years experience working in a community health setting.
Current, unrestricted driver’s license required, proof of automotive insurability, and clean driving record for the past 5 years.
Background check required.
Assists with direct patient care and related tasks; provides nursing services and education to patients in both group and community settings.
Independently makes home visits, elicits or explains medical information, provides basic care and education to patients with a wide variety of conditions, illnesses or injuries.
Responsible for obtaining and recording patient information as assigned by PHN policies.
Coordinates and leads multidisciplinary care team in the planning and implementation of care for high-risk groups.
Provides and coordinates client care and education in the home setting, in a self-directed fashion.
Coordinates a comprehensive plan of care for patients based upon community health needs and resources.
Identifies and prioritizes care to clients with high risk conditions and refers to appropriate resources.
Duties vary based on work environment, with a focus on disease prevention and safety.
Collaborates with immunization/disease prevention program for children and adults.
Coordinates needs assessment surveys, identifies community resources, gathers and compiles community data and prioritizes health needs.
Participates in quality assurance activities, including evaluation of PHN activities and improving quality patient care outcomes.
An in-depth knowledge of public health principles, including population-based services, evidence-based practice, prevention and community assessment.
Participates in planning for health promotion/disease prevention activities, including but not limited to health fairs, outreach activities, public speaking, immunization clinics, and other activities.
Documents observations, nursing interventions, therapeutic measures administered, and other data relevant to the patient's care in the medical chart/electronic health record in a timely fashion.
Acts as the liaison between the provider and the patient.
Required to maintain BLS and other skills necessary for competence (e.g., ACLS, PALS, etc.).
Safely operates specialized equipment.
Follows procedures for reporting equipment management problems, failures or user errors.
Maintains and demonstrates knowledge of and adheres to clinic and departmental safety regulations.
Performs responsibilities for infection control, hazardous materials, safety, security, and emergency preparedness.
Demonstrates effective communication methods and skills, following appropriate lines of authority (chains of command).
Communicates with patients, families and team members to ensure the occurrence of effective therapeutic interventions, and to ensure safe patient care.
Knowledge of and ability to apply professional nursing principles, practices, procedures, and techniques to outpatients with a wide variety of conditions from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Knowledge of medical history taking techniques, physical assessment, and normal body function; disease processes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of acute minor illnesses; pathophysiology of inflammation, infection, allergic reactions, and such diseases as respiratory, gastrointestinal, dermatological, urological, and musculoskeletal conditions, normal and abnormal vital signs, and normal and abnormal neurological signs and symptoms; signs and symptoms indicative of emergent or life threatening nature.
Knowledge and ability necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served.
The PHN demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
Ability to identify and categorize each patient's age-specific grouping of needs.
Knowledge of normal ranges of laboratory values.
Knowledge of pharmaceuticals, their desired effects, side effects, and complications of their use, and steps to counteract adverse effects in order to properly administer and monitor patients using medications.
Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms and to react swiftly in emergency situations.
Knowledge of the psychosocial effects on patients within the outpatient setting who have multifaceted problems; of communication techniques to establish rapport and facilitate cooperation and patient compliance in patient education.
Other duties as assigned.
The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality and high ethical standards in performing the position. The incumbent needs to be respectful, possess cultural awareness and sensitivity, be flexible, and demonstrate sound work ethics. Native preference applies.
Please fill out an online application at either www.northernarapaho.com, or www.windrivercares.com, or obtain and complete an application at the Northern Arapaho Tribal Complex, HR office in Ethete, Wyoming, or the WRFCHC HR office at 511 N. 12th E. Riverton, Wyoming. Applications may be turned in at either location.