Public Health Program Nurse

Grade 24

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Summary of Job Description

As a Public Health Program Nurse, you would:

Provide in-service training, guidelines, consultation, professional and clinical direction for schools, local health department personnel, health care providers, and other stakeholders within the public health system that are participating in programs administered by DOH.

Review public health programs and program implementation through site visits; provide feedback and technical guidance to program directors and staff regarding program effectiveness and impact.

Respond to identified public health issues by presenting information to appropriate groups and facilitating communication with the community and other stakeholders.

Establish and coordinate resources for program standards, guidelines, or protocols for appropriate plans of care based on assessment of various population groups.

Interpret and apply New York Public Health Law, New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations, and other State and federal guidelines.

Facilitate program activities and identify the service or interventions to be evaluated.

Develop and implement quality assurance, monitoring, best practices, and performance improvement measures, and implement systems to collect, record, and maintain accessible data regarding the health status of target populations.

Determine the need for expansion and coordination of surveillance systems for the early detection, tracking, and evaluation of, and response to, various public health issues.

Assist with developing Request for Applications/Request for Proposals for contracting program services.

Oversee contract management activities, which may include conducting on-site reviews to ensure compliance with contractual requirements.

Participate in the evaluation of the efficiency and impact of public health programs, including data collection, review of findings, analysis, and interpretation.

Apply public health principles to design and establish health programs and activities based upon assessments of at-risk populations. Develop standards for program operation and conduct ongoing needs assessments that will assist in targeting specific program services.

Analyze, use, and apply health surveillance, demographic, environmental data, and health surveys and assessments to identify issues and possible approaches to target preventive health activities.

Respond to episodic health-related situations impacting a community.

Identify, assess, classify, and evaluate the dynamics of the health and social delivery systems to maximize effectiveness of interventions. Assess pattern of service delivery and content of services against needs.

Review current literature for evidence-based or evidence-informed practice and strategies to address population health issues.

Develop and direct plans, approaches, or measures to achieve goals derived from the community health assessment.

Engage stakeholders in evaluating progress toward goal achievement.

Establish mechanisms and partnerships needed for effective development and implementation of prevention measures and health promotion programs.

Identify learning needs of at-risk populations, health professionals, providers, and others, and plan and implement teaching methods appropriate to those needs.

Conduct communicable disease surveillance activities and work as part of a team to investigate, control, and prevent the spread of infectious diseases in communities and health care settings including:

Provide medically accurate guidance, information, technical assistance, and education to the public, local health departments, health care providers, hospitals, and other partners within the public health system on a variety of communicable disease prevention, control, and response issues.

Maintain and update technical guidance documents, policies, manuals, and procedures in accordance with current laws, regulations, guidelines, standards, and best practices.

Provide outreach to healthcare and community partners to improve child, adolescent, and adult immunization rates.

Provide case management and medical countermeasures as needed in response to outbreaks and clinical communicable disease cases.

Facilitate individual, family, provider, and group participation in health promotion and improvement activities.

Assess local health department strategies to address public health priorities, provide technical assistance to improve strategies based on population need and new or emerging evidence, and assess implementation.

Represent DOH and its programs to local groups, schools, counties, other local entities, and statewide and national meetings by making presentations on public health program strategies.

Develop, test, and distribute public health educational and informational materials through various media such as pamphlets, posters, campaigns, and websites.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of the exam, candidates must have: a bachelorís of science or higher degree in nursing; AND a current New York State license and registration as a professional registered nurse; AND six years of post-licensure nursing experience including at least two years of experience in a public health program* designing or overseeing the implementation of a public health outreach and health promotion program or conducting disease surveillance and/or control programs.

*For the purpose of this examination, a public health program is a program that focuses primarily on the prevention of disease through outreach and public health education or health promotion, including population-based plans of care, not just plans of care for individual patients, or the study of the prevalence or causes of disease through population-based studies.

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How to Apply

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Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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