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Public Health Nurse

Department of Human Resources
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487  INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF: Public Health Nurse
An Equal Opportunity Employer SALARY
  $54,468.34 - $94,464.66 Annually
OPENING DATE: 11/08/19
CLOSING DATE: 11/22/19 11:59 PM Central Time

JOB TYPE: Full-time

LOCATION: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
DEPARTMENT: Human Services and Public Health
The Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless program is seeking a Public Health Nurse who has an interest in, and skill and experience working with, underserved populations. This position will provide acute care services and complex care coordination to adults experiencing homelessness enrolled in the Health Care for the Homeless Medical Respite program.

Medical Respite services are offered to adults experiencing homelessness suffering from acute illness or injury who need 24 hour shelter to recover. The Medical Respite team is multidisciplinary and provides collaborative and innovative approaches to care.

Learn more about the work of Health Care for the Homeless, watch this video:

Location and hours:
The primary work location for this position will be the Salvation Army's Harbor Light facility and will include an in-reach component to connect clients to care. Other work locations may include additional Health Care for the Homeless site and community partners as needed. Work hours for this position are Monday through Friday and include working one evening clinic per week. Work hours will vary. No overnight, week-end or holiday shifts will be required.
In this position, you will:
  • Complete health needs assessments for each adult admitted to the Respite Program, and document in the EPIC Electronic Health Record (EHR). Provide professional public health nursing services to assess the following: health history, current health status, presence of chronic conditions, need for preventive care, risk factors screening, mental and chemical health concerns, connection to primary medical care, access to health insurance, and financial and housing issues.
  • Identify needed services based on health assessment; develop and document care plan for each client based on identified needs.
  • Refer clients to resources within and outside the project to meet identified needs.
  • Maintain client relationships to provide consistent follow-up and case management to assist in meeting identified needs.
  • Provide health education, counseling, consultation and advocacy based on needs identified in care plan.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with community service providers. Educate potential referral sources about availability of Respite Program and services offered.
  • Serve as an active team member of a multi-disciplinary team: attend meetings; participate in program planning, development and evaluation; and assist with reports and special projects.
Need to have: 
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in nursing from an accredited school of nursing and certification by the Minnesota Department of Health as a public health nurse, and six months or more of nursing experience in a related area.
  • Possession of a valid Minnesota license as a Registered Nurse.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record that includes no more than two moving violations in the past three years of licensure.
  • Access to reliable transportation to travel to local shelters and drop-in centers.
Nice to have:    
  • Experience:
  • Two or more years of experience as a Public Health Nurse providing services to medically underserved populations; experience working inpatient is desirable.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Providing medical outreach services to medically underserved populations.
  • Working with Electronic Health Records (EHR).
  • Knowledge of service development, community resources, publicly funded assistance programs in the area of health care for the homeless, mental health, substance use disorder and medical case management.
  • Ability to:
  • Provide medical outreach services to homeless clients at emergency shelters, drop-in centers and community locations.
  • Work independently, counsel and instruct individuals in a state of chronic trauma, and act as an advocate.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with, and represent the Public Health Promotion program area to internal and external partners.
  • Sensitivity to the needs and issues of diverse and vulnerable individuals.
  • Strong leadership, verbal and written communication skills.
About the department:
Public Health works to improve the health of all county residents by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact their health and offering programs and services that help them to be healthy. We promote physical and mental health; prevent illness and injury associated with communicable diseases and environmental conditions, and reduce chronic diseases.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
This position is internally classified as a Public Health Nurse.
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Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.