Community Health Nurse Coordinator
Full time, M-F 8a-4p
Glen Burnie, MD
The Community Health Nurse Coordinator works to build healthy community principles and the nursing process to assess communities, community members, and diverse populations and to plan, implement, and evaluate community health services or initiatives in an organized, systematic manner aligning community health activities across hospital service lines.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE ACCESS: Collaborates with a variety of community members, stakeholders, and groups, as well as private, public, and government agencies and organizations to improve the health of communities and members. Provides for actual and anticipated health education needs of community members through classes, health fairs, and events. Documents education plan for services provided, incorporates education into daily health care activities and individualizes educational plan based on age, cultural, spiritual, and other values. Makes recommendations for community members referrals based on assessed needs and outcomes, taking into consideration appropriate guidelines. Facilitates healthcare access and coordination. Works to align various service lines under one cohesive community health plan and structure. Serves as a resource with service line teams for community health planning.
COMMUNITY SCREENINGS AND IMMUNIZATIONS: Coordinates screening and immunization programs with Director, community health manager, medical center providers and staff, volunteers and community partners. Administers flu shots to community residents. Performs clinical screenings as part of the comprehensive community health outreach, such as blood pressure screenings, cancer screenings and other medical screenings. Plans and implements screenings and immunization programs, ensuring marketing of such screenings is targeted to appropriate populations and staffing is adequate. Submits relevant proposals, statistics and reports when necessary. Provides appropriate follow-up to screening participants. Includes securing the necessary permits for lab work as required and other approvals for medical care. Responsible for all documentation and approvals as appropriate with patient consents. Reports to the Clinical Education & Development on a bi-annual basis to ensure compliance with all nursing protocols.
OUTREACH DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Works with department staff and Director to on annual community health plans, evaluating existing community health initiatives and developing new programs in accordance with UM BWMC/UMMS priorities and the community health needs assessment. Attends community events, which may take place on evenings and weekends, to educate the community on health related topics. Assesses appropriateness for grant and award applications, prepares or assists with various reports and applications. In conjunction with other department staff, serves as a Community Health representative for community based organizations and agencies.
UTILIZES BUILDING HEALTHY COMMMUNITIES PRINCIPLES AND THE NURSING PROCESS TO ASSESS COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS AND TO PLAN, IMPLEMENT, AND EVALUATE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES OR INITIATIVES IN AN ORGANIZED, AND SYSTEMATIC MANNER: Performs individual and community health assessments for health assets, gaps, and risk factors. Uses source data, including but not limited to community health assessment to gauge targeted populations and needs. Routinely investigates other area hospital programs to ensure medical center is relevant with programming. Reassesses community members and communities health assets, gaps, and risk factors as necessary and acts as advocate for community members or communities. Interprets and utilizes health, quality of life, outcome and other data in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community health initiatives or services. Documents appropriately, keeps appropriate records, adheres to infection control standards and promotes and maintains a safe, clean, and orderly environment. Where applicable, maintains patient medical charts with appropriate screening results and recommended follow up. Assumes responsibility and accountability for managing community services or initiatives to achieve desired outcomes. Responds effectively in an emergency situation by initiating emergency measures, including CPR and calling 911.
Education and Experience
• Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Maryland, or eligible to practice due to Compact state agreements outlined through the MD Board of Nursing, is required.
• Bachelors in a related field required.
• 2 or more years of relevant experience in a Community Health related field
• Required CPR Certification
• Required State Driver’s License
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• 4 - 6 years’ experience (Required)
• 2 - 4 years previous participation in community or coalition groups and initiatives (Preferred)