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Elders Public Health Nurse

Company: Nisqually Indian Tribe
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

NATURE OF WORK: This position is responsible for providing professional nursing health care for elders in the Nisqually community. The Elders Public Health Nurse (PHN) provides individual and group education, medical case management, and works cooperatively with staff for disease control and prevention efforts.


  • Collaborate with the Health Director, Elders Programs Manager, other program staff to develop and implement public health services for elders.
  • Collaborate with the physician to provide care under orders and with other health professionals to ensure that standards of care for patients are met.
  • Provide nursing care for eligible patients, including making home, hospital, and Healing House visits, with consideration of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health and chronic disease implications.
  • Provide medical case management, health services, and education to patients in collaboration with medical providers.
  • Assist with developing a team approach for care among Nisqually Health and related tribal departments.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary case coordination meetings.
  • Coordinate and assist in standardizing patient education materials that incorporate appropriate lifestyle and cultural considerations for individual and group education working closely with clinical director and other health care team members.
  • Work cooperatively with staff in the multiple prevention programs and plan and coordinate activities to educate patients, families, and the community about chronic disease and associated risk factors.
  • Supervise and oversee assigned staff to ensure excellent quality of care provided in the medical clinic; ensure clinical competencies as well as the adherence to personnel policies.
  • Prepare and administer employee evaluations on a yearly basis as described in the Employee Manual.
  • Provide documentation in the medical chart (paper or electronic) of care provided in compliance with standards and supervise the medical assistants in this area.
  • Provide accurate and timely documentation of all patient visits and encounters utilizing Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) forms or Electronic Health Record (EHR) for documentation.
  • Participate in grant management and coordinate and prepare reports as assigned; provide data, and information as required.
  • Remain knowledgeable of current trends in care, management, medications, teaching techniques, and important aspects of health care; remain knowledgeable about community referral resources and refer patients as appropriate.
  • Participate in activities such as program evaluation, monthly community dinners, and other related activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge, skill, and ability necessary to provide care to elderly patients including foot exams and care, wound care, and phlebotomy.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and principles.
  • Knowledge of proper control of blood borne pathogens and disposal of sharps.
  • Knowledge of Indian customs, traditions, and culture.
  • Knowledge of current nursing practices and procedures especially regarding chronic diseases.
  • Knowledge of Nisqually Tribe personnel policies, Elders Programs policies, and Health Clinic policies.
  • Knowledge of community health referral services.
  • Knowledgeable of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) content.
  • Knowledge of standard office equipment including computer.
  • Knowledge of standard clinical medical equipment including glucose monitoring devices as well as technology developments in this area.
  • Ability to follow facility policies and attend in services as appropriate.
  • Ability to employ appropriate behavior and skills when delivering services in the home or community.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs and to safely and effectively transfer patients as needed
  • Ability to travel to deliver services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from various educational levels and backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong nursing assessment skills and well developed communication skills in person and on the phone.
  • Ability to convey technical information to patients in terms they can understand and apply.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong organizational skills.


  • Associate's Degree or higher in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Current valid Registered Nurse (RN) license to practice nursing in the State of Washington.
  • Five (5) years experience in nursing practice in a primary care setting.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable under the Tribe's insurance policy.
  • Must maintain current CPR certification.
  • Must be able to work irregular hours as needed.

Keywords: Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia , Elders Public Health Nurse, Other , Olympia, Washington

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