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Director of Nursing & WIC

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Jackson County Health Dept
Physical Address
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Job Description

Summary: With minimal external supervision, directs public health nursing activities and programs including Communicable Disease Surveillance, Immunizations, Sexual Health and WIC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Recruit, hire, train and supervise the Nursing/WIC staff. Plan, assign, and evaluate the team’s work activities.
2. Develop revise and implement policies, methods and procedures for the Nursing/ WIC programs.
3. Oversees all grants including writing/preparing grant applications, monitoring work, data collection and analysis, and providing timely reports on program activities related to division programming.
4. Conduct Division and program staff meetings as needed. Prepares and submits monthly, quarterly and annual division reports as needed.
5. Function as a resource person to supervisors, community leaders, the general public, and volunteers to interpret and further the public health mission through the area served.
6. Assist in the planning and delivery of training programs and activities designed to improve the knowledge and health of the community.
7. Assess and deliver training to others that effectively enhances their knowledge and skills for supervising staff.
8. Identify process deficiencies and recommend means for improvement.
9. Identify and analyze barriers that affect program continuity, monitoring trends, developing and implementing strategies for continuous improvement.
10. Assess availability of services within the community and determine if the division is capable of filling those gaps.
11. Keep abreast of innovative practices, current trends, and regulatory changes in Nursing.
12. Coordinate quality assurance for all programs within the division by reviewing activities with supervisory personnel to coordinate and standardize field activities.
13. Develop and monitor budgets for all programs with assistance of business manager and administrator, initiates decisions regarding program expenditures.
14. Engage with the JCHD management team to assist in setting agency policies, priorities, procedures and goals. Work closely with other division directors on shared programming and projects.
15. Implement the incident command structure as needed and assists in the agency’s emergency response for both exercises and actual responses in cooperation with appropriate agencies.
16. Responsible for secure record keeping and adherence to established policies and procedures.
17. Acts as agency spokesperson to media as assigned.
18. Develop and implement policies, methods and procedures for the public health nursing and family services
19. Provide clinical services as needed.
20. Meet with Medical Director to update standing orders.
21. Incorporate ethical standards of practice into all interactions, including the use of data and information
22. Handle conflict and confrontation in a firm, professional manner
23. Adhere to HIPAA privacy regulations and OSHA safety standards pertaining to exposure to blood borne pathogens or other hazards.
24. Interact with diverse populations effectively and professionally, regardless of age, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, lifestyle and physical ability. And respect the cultural, language and religious practices of others.
25. Assume responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing continuing education, participating in professional committees and work groups and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued.
26. Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience -
Requires a bachelor of science degree in nursing from a college program which includes practicum experience
in public health nursing, and three years’ experience in a general family-centered nursing program in a community health agency and three years’ supervisory experience OR a master’s degree with preparation in administration, epidemiology, research and clinical nursing and one year experience in a general family centered program in a community health agency, and minimum one year supervisory experience.

Technical –

• Requires proficiency in basic computer skills, including e-mail and internet. Prefer knowledge and skills in the areas of word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (Excel) and database management (Microsoft Access). Good knowledge of portable document formats a plus.
• Familiarity with the medical – legal aspects of public health nursing.
• Requires travel by automobile on a regular basis. Valid driver’s license, proof of minimum insurance and vehicle required.

Physical – Must be able to move or carry up to 25 lbs.

Skills and Characteristics:

o Comprehend and implement program planning and the budgeting process, including analyzing financial need, preparing a budget and funding proposals and monitoring of expenditures.
o Strong organization skills and close attention to detail. Must be able to manage multiple programs and establish priorities.
o Ability to establish and further effective working relationships with a variety of community, governmental and professional individuals and groups
o Comprehend local health department philosophy, organization and practice as it relates to environmental health activities.
o Ability to use correct English and maintain good written communication skills. Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
o Ability to speak in public and develop informative data which educates general public on public health issues. Meeting facilitation skills and ability to plan and coordinate exercises.
o Aptitude for communicating in a manner as to influence behavior and provide educational instruction to others pertaining to health, social and educational issues.
o Possess strong organization skills and close attention to detail. Must be able to manage multiple programs and establish priorities
o Knowledge of the psychological and sociological concepts governing individual and group behavior.
o Demonstrated ability to present and conduct self professionally; a commitment to confidentiality; and a willingness to work as part of a team. Sound judgment, independent decision making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are also a must.
o Flexibility, strong interpersonal skills establish and further develop cooperative working relationships with community, governmental, subcontract agencies and other groups and work well with all levels of internal staff and external partners

Work Environment:
o frequent interruptions and distraction with multiple concurrent tasks,
o potential exposure to blood/body fluids, infectious agents and airborne pathogens,
o potential exposure to needles/syringes and waste handling,
o position may require evening or weekend work for special program events or emergencies.

Specialized Training Requirements (post-hire):

o Incident Command IS 100, 200, 700, 800, ICS 300, 400 and PIO training
o Illinois Open Meetings Act
o Illinois Freedom of Information Act
o Misc. trainings required under employment law


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Jackson County Health Department reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. Physical demands and work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those that will be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

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