Public Service Administrator, OPT 8N (School Health Nurse)
Illinois Department of Public Health
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 63-24-0101
The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to support the goals and objectives of the School Health Program. This individual will perform clinical oversight for school health centers and consultative support to program stakeholders.
Works collaboratively with the regional teams to plan, coordinate, and monitor assigned School Health Program activities.
Provides professional direction, leadership, and consultation to school-based and school-linked health center personnel.
Participates with program staff in the development of statewide and regional training activities for school health center staff.
Acts as resource to community organizations to identify maternal and child health needs within the geographical areas and develop plans to meet those needs.
Serves as a resource for professionals and lay people in the assigned geographical area to identify and implement solutions for school health issues.
Provides nursing expertise and leadership in the development, interpretation, periodic updating of best practice standards, and enforcement of regulation (Administrative Code) and program contract specifications related to programs impacting school age children and youth, including programs such as Title V, WIC, Title X, Title XIX, Title XX and Part C.
Attends workshops, seminars, and lectures to enhance professional growth in school, maternal, child and adolescent health.
Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.
Requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing with courses in public health nursing or related field.
Requires three years of public health nursing experience.
Requires possession of a current Illinois licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Master’s degree in public health nursing or related field.
Working knowledge of Maternal and Child Health Programs.
Two years’ experience performing quality assurance site visits.
Two years’ experience auditing and reviewing patient records in electronic health charting systems.
Two years’ experience performing training and education or conducting presentations at conferences and workshops.
Conditions of Employment
Requires appropriate, valid Driver’s License.
Requires the ability to travel in the performance of duties.
In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant ... required hospital or nursing home care ... vacationed at a campground or swam at a public beach or pool ... drank a glass of milk ... got married or divorced ... had a baby, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has touched your life in some important way.
Assuring the quality of our food, setting the standards for hospital and nursing home care, checking the safety of recreation areas, overseeing the inspection of milk producing farms and processing plants, maintaining the state's vital records and screening newborns for genetic diseases are just some of the duties of IDPH.
In fact, IDPH has 200 different programs that benefit each state resident and visitor, although its daily activities of maintaining the public's health are rarely noticed unless a breakdown in the system occurs. With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering. Today, lif...e expectancy is 80 years for women and 74 years for men compared with fewer than 50 years at the at the beginning of the 20th century.
In the past, IDPH directed state efforts to control smallpox, cholera and typhoid, virtually eliminated polio, reduced dental decay through fluoridation of community water supplies, and corrected sanitary conditions that threatened water and food supplies.
Today, IDPH has programs to deal with persistent problems that require continued vigilance – infectious diseases, such as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and meningococcal disease; foodborne and communicable diseases, such as E. coli 0157: H7, monkeypox, salmonella and West Nile virus; vaccine preventable diseases; lead poisoning; lack of health care in rural areas; health disparities among racial groups, breast, cervical and prostate cancer; Alzheimer's disease; and other health threats -- sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, violence, and other conditions associated with high-risk behaviors. In addition, IDPH has been charged with handling the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of bioterrorism.
IDPH, which is one of the state's oldest agencies, was first organized in 1877 with a staff of three and a two-year budget of $5,000. IDPH, now has an annual budget of $2.9 billion in state and federal funds, headquarters in Springfield and Chicago, seven regional offices located around the state, three laboratories, and 1,200 employees.
IDPH is organized into 12 offices, each of which addresses a distinct area of public health. Each office operates and supports numerous ongoing programs and is prepared to respond to extraordinary situations as they arise.