Registered Nurse (HIV/AIDS Home Health Based Case Management)
City of Pasadena - Pasadena, CA

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The City of Pasadena - Public Health Department is looking for a seasoned, energetic, detailed oriented, and compassionate Registered Nurse to perform professional case management and clinical nursing duties in the HIV/AIDS Home Health Based Case Management Program.

The Ideal Candidate will be a passionate, energetic and highly communicative individual with a high degree of compassion in serving the specialized and varied medical and mental needs of diverse, acute care HIV/AIDS patients. The successful candidate will thrive on complete patient care, and will work closely and collaboratively with an assigned Social Worker to establish a comprehensive care plan to address patient's current and future medical and psychosocial needs, identify factors impeding overall wellness and stability, and to establish, monitor and assist each patient in meeting their medical and/or personal goals to improve quality of life. While driving is required to patients homes, this position offers a flexible work schedule ideal for an individual who enjoys working independently, possesses great organizational skills, is detailed oriented, and is resourceful in meeting the needs of the patients.

About the Department
For over 110 years, the Pasadena Public Health Department has been responsible for helping protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pasadena community. The City of Pasadena is one of only three cities in the State of California that maintains its own independent local health jurisdiction with responsibility for a wide variety of services that support the three core public health functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.

The Pasadena Public Health Department is funded through various State and Federal grants and employs a diverse, compassionate and forward thinking group of professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality care and services. Although Public Health positions are funded through external grants and programs of various kinds and duration, we have been fortunate to be able to sustain most of our positions over many years through our own success and growth, and we have many opportunities for our employees. Therefore, though a position may be designated as "limited term, grant funded," this does not mean that the position is likely to be discontinued or lost in the near future. Please join our team and grow with us!

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Must submit a copy of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the State of California at the time of application and in order to receive further consideration.

Essential Functions:

Determines program eligibility; performs and coordinates the initial assessments and ongoing reassessments (at least every 30, 60 and 90 days) of the client's functional status in the home; assess safety activities of daily functioning; takes complete patient history; administers tests, treatments and medications as prescribed by physicians/nurse practitioners; observes patient's reactions, condition and symptoms; consults with physician/nurse practitioners routinely and whenever indicated by change of behavior; maintains patient charts and records; may assist clients' in obtaining care attendant services and monitors progress and services.

Teaches and counsels patients, families and/or groups regarding the management of chronic disease, as well as health maintenance and promotion of the understanding of medical factors impacting persons with HIV/AIDS; provides educational and adherence counseling.

Conducts home-visits for on-going follow up care to ensure that health and other needs are being met in accordance with the client's individualized service plan; develops and disseminates educational programs, materials and brochures; participates in outreach activities to the target population.

Assists in data collection for reporting and funding sources; follows State and County mandated guidelines for nurse case management programs.

Uses knowledge of community resources and agencies to assist in the coordination of patient care; evaluates outcome of care and adjust care process appropriately with consultation as needed; identifies and assists clients in accessing benefits, entitlements, resources, information, and referrals for psychosocial needs.

Participates as a member of multidisciplinary team and assists in determining client treatment plans; participates in monthly case conferences for each client by providing information pertinent to the client's needs and goals.

Assigns work to staff and volunteers; assists in the orientation of new staff; trains and assists in evaluating staff; may supervise home health program nursing operations in the absence of the supervisor; audits medical charts to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Participates in on-going trainings.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualification Guidelines:

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance, such as: possession of a valid Registered Nurse License issued by the State of California AND one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a public health or community clinic performing nursing case management services to individuals with acute and chronic diseases requiring a high level of care. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of principles of preventive health; effective interviewing techniques; health care problems encountered in public health environments, including those arising from HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases and other acute and chronic diseases; clinical nursing routines and equipment; principles and practices of health care including the health problems of a variety of age, cultural, social and economic groups.

Ability to maintain accurate and concise patient records; maintain an empathetic attitude towards patients; organize and carry out public health nursing activities; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; recognize social problems and make accurate referrals; evaluate and transmit information to health personnel, patients and the general public; detect communicable diseases, chronic diseases, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions; instruct in the prevention of disease, promotion of health and nursing care; use City-approved means of transportation to travel between work sites; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of socio-economic and ethnic groups; maintain sensitivity to the needs of diverse cultures and populations, the issues of individuals and families impacted by chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases.

Examination
Applicants who appear best qualified based on their application and supplemental application submitted will be invited to any combination of written, performance or oral appraisal to further evaluate their job-related experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities. Probationary test period is one year.

Vacancies
There is currently one full time position in the Public Health Department which may be filled as a result of this examination process.

Special Requirements:

Must have or obtain a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record at the time of appointment.

Must have a valid Registered Nurse License issued by the State of California.

May work evenings and weekends.

FLSA - Exempt

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