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Community Health Nurse

Chicago, IL

Job Description

Summary: The Community Health Nurse provides quality primary care, mental health, and addictions health care services to special populations. The individual is a registered professional nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level as a community health nurse generalist, who synthesizes nursing, public health practice, mental health and knowledge of addictions to promote recovery and reduce potential harm. Through collaboration with health professionals and treatment team members, the MHAS Nurse works to implement participant treatment plans and to manage and coordinate continuity of care with special attention paid to the promotion of health, wellness, disease prevention, care of acute and chronic illness and restoration of health. The MHAS Nurse is accountable for the outcome of his or her practice. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary treatment team and program manager(s).
  • Participates in the completion of participants' assessment, treatment planning and service delivery as agreed to by Supervisor and program manager.
  • Provides and coordinates linkage between primary care services for program participants and promotes systems integration between MHAS and primary care.
  • Ensures program participants' essential physical health needs as defined by MHAS accrediting bodies are tracked and provided for in collaboration with Supervisor and program manager, i.e. annual TB screening, annual physical, etc....
  • Provides assistance to psychiatric providers as agreed to by Supervisor and program managers.
  • Provides program participants and family members with educational information about psychotropic medication(s), signs and symptoms of mental illness, recovery, wellness, medical issues, impact of substance use, etc... both in individual and group settings.
  • Coordinates health care outreach services and shared medical appointments.
  • Completes accurately, and in a timely manner, all-necessary forms, case recordings and statistical reports, and submits such documentation to his or her supervisor within designated timelines.
  • Participates and contributes actively in regular supervisory and team/unit meetings, in-house training sessions, conferences, seminars and independent study.Participates in program and operational planning.
  • Works toward developing a broad knowledge of casework and carries the volume of work as determined with his or her supervisor.
  • Participates in quality improvement collaborative peer review.
  • Provides training to program staff as requested.
  • Practices within the legal, ethical and professional guidelines established by: the Nurse Practice Act, the Code of Nurses, the Social Policy Statement, American Nurses Association (ANA), American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Nurse Credentialing Center, Advance Practice Nurse Act, private funding sources, Agency plans/policies, HIPPA, HA Ethics and program guidelines.
  • Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to above listed standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

  • Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

  • Education and/or Experience: Active Illinois Registered Nurse licensure, Bachelors degree in nursing; one year of experience in psychiatric nursing preferred
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registration: Registered Professional Nurse (RN); Certification by American Nurse Credentialing Center or American Psychiatric Nurses Association preferred.
  • Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to relate to individuals representing a wide array of ethnicities, cultural values, and national origins.
  • Other Qualifications: Experience with individuals who are homeless or vulnerable populations is preferred.

  • Physical Demands: 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 essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit and talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and depth perception.

  • Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Some services will be delivered through outreach to individuals in the community including those living on the streets.

  • Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at (312) 660-1431.
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