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Public Health Nurse

The Public Health Clinical Services division of the Human Services and Public Health (HSPH) department is seeking a Public Health Nurse to work under general supervision, perform work of moderate difficulty in providing professional public health services to clients and families that have complex health and social problems in a community setting, such as homes, health care and child care facilities, work sites, schools and Public Health Clinics. Public Health Nurse in this position will coordinate to track the children exposed to Hepatitis B in Hennepin County. This position will collaborate with other agencies beyond Hennepin County to prevent Hepatitis B.

Location and hours:
This position is located at 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. This position may provide health education to community groups or other health professionals, may do home and clinic visits, may have responsibility for program development. The core work hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the position type:
This is a full time, benefit earning position.

In this position, you will:  
  • Contact OB provider prior to delivery to discuss if the patient is aware of her Hepatitis B status and contact client (by mail, phone or visit) to offer education and ensure she knows that her infant will need Hepatitis B immune globin (HBIG) and the 3 dose Hepatitis B vaccination series.
  • Provide safety nets for serological testing by providing serological testing to infants and household contacts in situations where insurance coverage has become a barrier to completing testing.
  • Prepare records and memos and participate in program planning, development, and evaluation.
  • Determine need for immediate intervention by child or adult protective services in cases of abuse or neglect.
  • Recommends serological testing and vaccination for all household, sexual, and needle sharing contacts of the pregnant woman; offer or arrange vaccination services to primary household contacts determined through laboratory testing to be susceptible to Hepatitis B.
Need to have:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in nursing from an accredited school of nursing and certification by the Minnesota Department of Health as a public health nurse, and six months or more of nursing experience in a related area.
  • Possession of a valid Minnesota license as a Registered Nurse.
  • Access to reliable transportation as this position may require home and clinic visits.
  • Nice to have:One year or more of experience as a Public Health Nurse
  • Experience with:
  • Working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or other governmental or non-governmental organizations.
  • Working with Child Protective Service or agencies.
  • Grant reporting.
  • Theory, techniques, and practices of professional nursing.
  • Community resources and the interactions among the various providers.
  • The eligibility criteria for publicly funded programs.
  • Family dynamics.
  • Program development, evaluation, and research methods.
  • Ability to:
  • Work independently in various settings.
  • Counsel and instruct families in a state of stress.
  • Act as advocate for clients when dealing with other service providers.
  • Provide health education to other professionals or community groups
  • Monitor, record, and report client progress.

About the department:
Public Health works to improve and protect the health of children, adolescents and adults who live, learn, work or play in Hennepin County. Our ultimate purpose is to promote physical and mental health, prevent illness and injury associated with communicable diseases and environmental conditions, reduce chronic diseases, and enhance the well-being of individuals affected by mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances. 

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at .
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.