Elders Public Health Nurse
Company: Nisqually Indian Tribe
Posted on: June 10, 2021
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
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborate with the Health Director, Elders Programs Manager,
other program staff to develop and implement public health services
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Participate in grant management and coordinate and prepare
reports as assigned; provide data, and information as
- 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, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge, skill, and ability necessary to provide care to
elderly patients including foot exams and care, wound care, and
- 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)
- Knowledge of standard office equipment including computer.
- Knowledge of standard clinical medical equipment including
glucose monitoring devices as well as technology developments in
- Ability to follow facility policies and attend in services as
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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