State of Maryland

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE II (#004216)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,898.00-$71,671.00 Yearly


GRADE

16

CLASS ATTRIBUTES

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE       BARGAINING UNIT: E       NCP

NATURE OF WORK

A Community Health Nurse II is the full performance level of work providing direct nursing care to patients in various community settings and local health department clinics.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other nursing staff but may supervise support staff.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Community Health Nurse Supervisor, other higher-level nurse or other designated higher level administrator.  Employees may be subject to call-in and overtime based on staffing needs.  The work may be performed at patients’ homes, schools and other community settings where travel is required and the environment is often unpredictable.  Employees are required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and spread of disease.  The work may require lifting and positioning nonambulatory patients and lifting wheelchairs and other heavy equipment.  The work may require long periods of standing, walking, bending and reaching.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the classification specification.

The Community Health Nurse I and the Community Health Nurse II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The Community Health Nurse I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed.  The Community Health Nurse II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.  The Community Health Nurse II is differentiated from the Community Health Nurse Supervisor in that the Community Health Nurse Supervisor has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Community Health Nurses.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Coordinates the care of a selected caseload of patients;

Participates in the orientation of staff;

Develops, implements and evaluates nursing care plans;

Provides community health nursing services to individuals, families and the community;

Works with professionals from other disciplines to plan and implement nursing services for health programs in schools, day care centers, clinics and other settings;

Participates in identifying community health needs and developing alternative solutions using health department and community resources;

Assesses the current health status of the patient, identifies nursing needs, develops and implements a plan of patient care in conjunction with other members of the health care team and the patient ;

Provides the nursing care intervention identified in the care plan as delineated in the Nurse Practice Act (medication administration, colostomy care, sterile dressing, IV therapy, etc.);

Evaluates the effectiveness of the nursing interventions and revises the plan as necessary;

Records health status of patients, treatments administered, and other appropriate information in the patients’ record, and reports to the patient’s physician, and to the nursing supervisor as indicated;

Educates and assists patients in understanding present health status, to developing self-care measures and improving and maintaining maximum health care status;

Maintains accurate statistics as required;

Participates in nursing research as assigned;

Provides counseling, guidance, and education necessary in the treatment of physical, mental, and emotional health problems to patients and their families and other caregivers;

Makes appropriate referrals to a variety of community resources;

Participates in and coordinates investigations of communicable diseases;

Performs other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the principles and practices of community health nursing;

Knowledge of theory of community health nursing practice;

Knowledge of the nursing process;

Knowledge of the programs and resources of State, local and federal agencies concerned with community health nursing;

Skill in the application of nursing process and performing nursing procedures;

Skill in evaluating the effectiveness of nursing intervention and nursing measures;

Skill in providing accurate nursing documentation and record keeping;

Skill in assessing physical, emotional and social needs of patients;

Skill in developing a plan of care for the patient;

Ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, co-workers, and the general public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.

Experience: None.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university and one year of experience as a Registered Nurse for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute two years of experience as a Registered Nurse for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Nursing classification or Nursing or Health Care Specialist specialty codes in the Nursing field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.  

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Nurse from the Maryland State Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Employees in this classification will be required to provide the facility with a telephone number at which they can be reached.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Professional Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Professional Service positions.  Some positions in Professional Service classifications may be designated as Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit E, Health Care Professionals classes. As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial, and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. 

Date Revised

April 20, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 004216; EST: ; REV: 4/20/2018;

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