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Job Description
Public Health Nurse

The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA), a nonprofit organization, enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those afflicted by mental illness. MHA strengthens hope by providing shelter, support and opportunities for socialization.

MHA operates homeless shelters, transitional housing, and permanent housing. Most of the residents are adults with serious mental illness, including individuals with co-occurring disorders. Many residents, including some with complex medical disorders, have historically resisted treatment. Some residents have seriously compromised medical conditions resulting from many years of substance abuse. The resulting medical conditions significantly impair their quality of life and negatively impacts their ability to remain safely housed. The primary medical issues are high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cardiac and pulmonary issues, smoking cessation, and foot care. Our clients greatly appreciate the services of the public health nurse.

The Public Health Nurse leads a Wellness Program at four of MHA’s sites: St. Matthew Hotel, Belmont Apartments, Cedar Street Apartments, and Spring Street, as well as some clients who live independently in the community. To implement the Wellness Program, the Public Health Nurse leads wellness activities, advocates for clients in the health system, and provides individual medical care.

Job duties
Wellness Activities

  • Arrange for health screening clinics, including immunization, blood pressure testing, and cholesterol level testing.
  • Organize health and dental fairs.
  • Provide education on topics such as medication management, healthy dieting strategies, proper hygiene, and smoking cessation.
  • Lead exercise and cooking classes. Advocacy
  • Provide medical case management, medical consultation, and liaison services between residents and their medical providers.
  • Link clients to additional community health resources. Individual Medical Care
  • Teach residents how to take their medication properly; help them follow prescribed healthcare regimens.
  • Provide information to case managers and residents for both acute and chronic issues.
  • Distribute health and hygiene items and provide instruction in their use.
  • Work one-on-one with the residents to improve health practices.
  • Provide foot care.
  • Monitor residents with high blood pressure.
  • Monitor medications and medication compliance.
  • Evaluate acute medical conditions, provide nursing treatment, and make appropriate referrals as necessary. Make appropriate referrals or provide treatment.

General Agency Expectations

  • Treat all program participants with empathy, dignity, and respect.
  • Comply with all program and agency policies and guidelines when serving clients.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with all MHA employees.
  • Become familiar with other agencies and service providers in the county and develop good working relationships.
  • Maintain regular contact with supervisor. Communicate daily schedule and necessary information in a timely manner.
  • Participate in all-staff meetings, trainings, retreats, and other activities as requested.
  • Participate in ongoing quality improvement activities.
  • Assume responsibility for other tasks as needed.

Qualifications

  • RN degree
  • Public Health Nurse Certification desirable
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Able to observe accurately and make decisions accordingly
  • Able to work with patients who are sometimes reluctant to cooperate
  • Work well with a team while also working autonomously
  • Pass a criminal justice background check upon hire
  • Have a valid CA driver’s license with a good driving record, a reliable car, and current automobile insurance. MHA reimburses mileage for travel.

Email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to michaelr@mhasmc.org.






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