POSITION: Public Health Nurse
HOURS: 37.5 hours per week
Statement of Duties: The employee performs many and varied professional nursing duties to reduce
the incidents of disease and promote health issues and wellbeing of residents of Framingham. The
employee also assists in emergency preparedness, planning and response. Employee is required to
perform all similar or related duties.
Supervision Required: Under general supervision of the Chief Public Health Nurse, the employee is
familiar with the clinic work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments
independently with specific instruction. The supervisor provides additional, specific instruction for
new, difficult or unusual assignments, including suggested work methods. The employee is expected
to recognize instances which are out of the ordinary and which do not fall within existing instructions;
the employee is then expected to seek advice from the department’s Chief Public Health Nurse, and
when directed, the State Department of Public Health. and checks of the employee’s work are
applied to an extent sufficient to keep the supervisor aware of progress, and to insure that completed
work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.
Supervisory Responsibility: Employee is not required to regularly supervise any City employees. The
employee provides direction and guidance to department volunteers who serve as members of the
Medical Reserve Corps.
Confidentiality: Employee has access to confidential information in accordance with the State’s Public
Records Law such as department records including those related to communicable diseases and
Judgment: Numerous standardized practices, procedures or general instructions govern the work
performed and in some case may require additional interpretation. Judgment is needed to locate,
select and apply the most pertinent practice or procedure, regulation, or guideline.
Complexity: The work consists of a variety of duties which generally follow standardized nursing
practices, procedures, regulations, or guidelines.
Work Environment: The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of indoor
environments such as office settings with exposure to radiation, biohazards and risk of personal injury
when conducting home visits, public health screening or clinics. The employee may be required to
work beyond normal business hours on a 24/7 basis for immediately reportable infectious disease
Nature and Purpose of Relationships: Relationships are primarily with co-workers, health partners’
coalitions, and the public involving frequent explanation, discussion or interpretation of practices,
procedures, regulations, or guidelines in order to render service, plan or coordinate work efforts, or
resolve operating problems. More than ordinary courtesy, tact, and diplomacy may be required to
resolve complaints or deal with uncooperative or uninformed persons.
Occupational Risk: Duties regularly present occupational risk to the employee through communicable
diseases or equipment failure. Special safety precautions or procedures are required such as wearing
gloves or protective garments when conducting health clinics or screening for communicable diseases.
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of
work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from
the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
1. Conducts communicable disease investigations, immunization and screening clinics such as TB
or influenza, skin testing, lead screening, refers positive tests to regional TB clinic as
2. Maintains related client/clinic records.
3. Uses knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences.
4. Must maintain current uninhibited, unrestricted Registered Nurse License.
5. Assist with clinic related phone calls.
6. Responsible for the management, storage and handling of vaccines.
7. Assists and participates in the organization and development of the department’s emergency
8. Performs similar or related work as required, directed, or as situation dictates.
9. Serves on a temporary basis as Chief Public Health Nurse as necessary.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience: Bachelor of Science Degree with three to five (3-5) years related work
experience in community health nursing or public health nursing is preferred; or any equivalent
combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Registered Nurse License (RN)
Valid Class D Motor Vehicle Driver’s license required
Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
Pertinent public health/community health nursing
Local, State and Federal laws, policies, practices, and procedures related to public health
Laws and regulations pertinent to communicable diseases
Ability to interact effectively and appropriately with the public in a culturally competent
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers
Ability to manage multiple tasks in a detailed and timely manner
Ability to collect multi-sources data related to the health of the public and to review pertinent
Ability to meet and work with the city staff and public effectively and appropriately
Ability to effectively handle problems in the field and during emergencies
Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to maintain, manage, and organize records
Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred
Excellent organizational skills
Proficient data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including
word processing, data base and spreadsheet applications
Physical and Mental Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.
Physical Skills: Some physical demands are required to perform the essential functions of this
position. Work effort principally involves sitting and walking to perform work tasks, with intermittent
periods of stooping, and standing. The employee may be required to occasionally lift, push or pull
objects such as books, office equipment, clinic supplies, pandemic trailer supplies, and public
Motor Skills: Duties may involve close hand and eye coordination and physical dexterity.
Manipulation and motor control under conditions that may require extreme accuracy may be critical.
The manual skills required are comparable to those which might be needed to conduct laboratory
tests, perform microscopic experiments, or administer injections.
Visual Demands: The employee is required to constantly read documents for general understanding
and analytical purposes and be able to routinely determine colors.
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