Guilford County Schools
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Nurse Specialist I - High Point #5684
at Guilford County Schools
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The Nurse Specialist provides intermediate level professional nursing work in providing primary, preventive and rehabilitative care to individuals in a public health clinical or community setting. Work is performed under the direction of a Nurse Services Supervisor.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The Nurse Specialist I independently assesses patient needs for nursing care or medical intervention. Work is performed in a clinical setting, in homes, schools, day care centers and business and industry. Employee assesses needs, develops basic nursing care plans and patient goals, explains physician findings and ascertains that instructions are being followed. Employees must differentiate levels of patient criticality to identify crisis situations requiring physician or agency intervention. Nurse may be assigned as a lead worker from time to time.
- Examples of Duties
Primary purpose of this position is to utilize skills of a registered nurse in promoting wellness through clinical care in a fast-paced merged clinical setting (Maternity, Family Planning, STD, Primary Care, and Immunizations. Assess medical, social and psychological history and make appropriate referrals to providers, social worker, nutritionist, or substance counseling as indicated Interpret providers' physical findings and prescribed treatment or medication. Follow standing doctor's orders for patients serviced in Clinic Services. This position will share clinic time in immunization clinic to administer immunizations to adults, children and international travelers, the goal being to eliminate vaccine preventable communicable diseases. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Typical Qualifications
Minimum QualificationsPrefer someone experienced in Women's Health and skilled in immunizing all ages.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree (BSN), which includes 0-6 months of professional nursing experience in a public health setting or related environment; OR an Associate's degree (ADN) with two years experience in a public health setting or related environment. Additional training in specialty area may be required.
Necessary Special Qualifications
Possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and such other qualifications which may be prescribed by the State Department of Health.
Documentation of immunity to: measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox, per CDC recommendations. Screening/proof of Hepatitis B immunity, as recommended by the CDC.
- Supplemental Information
Physical Demands And Work Condition
Sits, walks and stands during a workday.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life support functions of walking, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
Must be able to lift patients (children) and objects up to 30 pounds as required for some positions.
Must have the visual acuity to record observations and physical assessments of clients, to read and interpret test results, administer immunizations/prescription dosages, and record medical findings.
Nurse may occasionally be in contact with difficult patients.
Nurses may be exposed to infection from disease-bearing patients, and specimens.
Employees will have periodic exposure to hazards in the field (driving, rural or inner-city settings, inclement weather, clients).
Work conditions may be mildly disagreeable if working in poor home environments or with difficult patients.
This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job description with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. These documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal defensible personnel decisions.