To perform public/community health nursing services in clinics, homes and in the community; and to provide community and client centered counseling, education and information concerning illnesses
Community Health Nurse I – This is the orientation class in the Community Health Nurse series. Employees in this class must receive appropriate orientation and exposure to the District’s public health policies, procedures and protocols. Employees will be promoted to Community Health Nurse II after completing a probationary period and meeting the standards for the CHN II. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have limited community, public health experience.
Community Health Nurse II – This is the full journey level class within the Community Health Nurse series. Employees within this class have a minimum of two years of community or public health experience and are fully aware of the District’s operating procedures and policies and receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the I level, or when filled from the outside, have prior experience.
Community Health Nurse II-Case Manager – This is a special assignment class within the Community Health Nurse series. The practice of community health field nursing shares many similarities with the practice of case management. Therefore, a Community Health Nurse II who is currently working in the field as a Community Health Nurse and who is accredited as a Nurse Case Manager by passing the National Nurse Case Manager examination may be advanced to the Case Manager position but only while working in a field position. If the Case Manager leaves the field position, the employee will return to the Community Health Nurse II classification and salary.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES –This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge andskills.
All Community Health Nurses and Case Managers are responsible for the following duties:
May provide health related counseling on the prevention of communicable diseases; coordinate health programs with outside organizations and agencies; introduce general health related information and instruction to individuals, families and community groups
May administer a variety of pre-examination tests including skin tests, blood tests, and other tests used in determining communicable disease; provide information and education to patients before and after tests as necessary
May provide health related information on the prevention of communicable diseases; coordinate health programs with outside organizations and agencies; provide general health related information and instruction to individuals, families, and community groups
Assess and evaluate patient’s response to treatment and medication
Advise patients on available and appropriate medical and social services available
Keep accurate patient records; maintain confidentiality at all times
Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the areas of disease prevention and treatment, chronic diseases
Compile and submit necessary medical/statistical reports and data in a timely fashion
Apply basic time management and patient care coordination skills to effectively provide nursing and health care services
Participate in quality improvement activities
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
Nurses assigned to a Clinic have the following responsibilities:
May provide a variety of nursing services in varied Southern Nevada Health District Clinic areas by the use of the nursing process
Nurses assigned to Community Health and Case Managers have the following responsibilities:
Act as a resource and provide leadership to community groups and co-workers
Assist in research and investigation of communicable diseases when requested
Make home visits
May assess, plan, and implement care, evaluate patient’s response to plan, make changes in plan as appropriate
Community Health Nurse I
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nursing, or equivalent registered nurse experience. (The District will accept two years of registered nursing experience in lieu of a Bachelors degree.)
One year of general registered nursing experience preferably within the last five years. The one year requirement may be waived when a Bachelor of Science in Nursing has been obtained within the last two years with coursework in Community Health Nursing; and a community health internship has been completed within the last two years.
Community Health Nurse II
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nursing or equivalent registered nursing experience.
Two years registered nursing experience including one year of community health nursing experience, preferably within the last five years
Community Health Nursing is defined as a nursing assignment in a community based program such as those in school nursing, jails/prisons, industrial settings, home visits, case management, or community outreach programs associated with hospitals. Private physicians’ offices and hospital settings are not considered a part of community health unless there is an outreach aspect which the candidate has been assigned to for a minimum of one year.
Must perform District services with individuals having disease conditions
Assisting in the lifting of patients and equipment
Standing, walking, or stooping for extended periods of time
May be exposed to a variety of work environments including urban and rural communities
License or Certificate
Possession of an appropriate, valid State Registered Nurse license
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid CPR certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver’s license
The Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas Nevada is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The health district serves more than 1.7 million residents, which is 70 percent of Nevada’s total population. Also, the district is responsible for safeguarding the public health of more than 37 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.