Under general supervision, performs health assessments of clients, performs social casework and counseling services, and acts as a liaison to the medical community for the elderly in the Multipurpose Senior Services Program; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
This is the second level in the MSSP Health Practitioner series. Incumbents in this class carry caseloads that require an advanced working knowledge of nursing care and clinical assessments, in addition to social work and case management techniques.
Performs initial physical exam to determine client's overall health status; assesses client's psychological, physical, social and environmental needs; works with client and case managers to develop a realistic plan.
Counsels with client and family to develop support systems and to identify community resources for meeting special needs; identifies and recommends purchase of services not provided by the agency.
Performs medically related functions for clients; performs periodic health assessments and reviews clinical finds of clients on service; implements consultation for specialist examinations.
Monitors client's progress; coordinates with physicians, other health professionals, and pharmacists; consults with client and family to explain and assist with implementing care plan.
Maintains detailed, accurate records of all case activities; prepares reports and correspondence.
Experience: Two years experience as an MSSP Health Practitioner I in San Joaquin County.
License: Possession of a valid California driver's license. Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
Certificates: Possession of California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.
Principles, theories, and techniques of nursing; medical terminology; diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions common to the geriatric population; basic principles of gerontology and the aging process; community resources for the elderly; basic principles of individual and group dynamics; and interactions, side effects and adverse reactions.
Establish rapport with clients and their families; identify medical conditions; assess and monitor client needs; develop and implement client care plans; understand relevant laws, rules and regulations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain effective working relationships.
Mobility-Occasional operation of keyboards; frequent standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting; frequent driving may be necessary; Lifting-frequently 30 pounds or less; occasionally 70+ pounds with assistance (assisting and supporting patients); Vision-good corrected overall vision required; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand-eye coordination; Dexterity-normal dexterity with frequent holding, reaching, grasping, writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-occasional emergency situations; frequent exposure to trauma, grief; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Conditions-my require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work.