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Working As A Community Health Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Community Health Nurse Do At Rochester Regional Health

* Patient Care & Service.
* Provide comprehensive assessments of the bio-psycho-social needs of acutely ill clients in their home; perform skilled nursing care and prescribed treatments to clients based on MD orders; provide client and family education in accordance with client assessment and plan of care
* Planning.
* Develop and document individualized care plans customized for each patient’s unique needs, with support from the interdisciplinary health team as needed; maintain effective communication to convey patient health status, treatment plans and progress
* Communication.
* Maintain effective communication to convey patient health status, treatment plans and progress; communicate with office and supervisory staff regularly; coordinates client services and/or referrals in an efficient and timely manner
* Documentation.
* Accurately and completely document client care; document and implement physician orders per D
* O.H. and program standards
* Compliance

What Does A Community Health Nurse Do At Trilogy Behavioral Health

* Make preliminary assessments of clients’ health problems based on medical history and diagnostic results and prioritize for medical attention.
* Collaborate with clinical and non-clinical staff on patient plans of care and ensure quality standards are met.
* Serve as an advocate for clients, linking them to needed community services; assess client’s personal, medical, social, emotional, and environmental situation to plan for linkage and treatment course
* Provide individually-based motivational treatment to clients to assist them in their recovery from mental illness
* Provide client-centered and trauma-informed services to clients with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse/addiction disorders.
* Provide crisis/on-call coverage as directed by supervisor.
* Available to work evenings and weekends as directed be supervisor.
* Perform other related duties and/or projects as assigned.
* Williams Responsibilities:
* Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the philosophy/principles of comprehensive, community based, family-centered, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive care coordination services
* Conduct Integrated Health Assessments (IHAs) with assigned caseload, and communicate findings to appropriate team members
* Address health needs of individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders; i.e. administer specified medications, including long-acting injectable antipsychotics, obtain vital signs, point-of-care testing (POCT), GeneSight specimens for genetic testing, and document in the electronic health record
* Provide health education to promote health and wellness for clients with chronic diseases
* Support skill building and independence with health management for clients with complex medical needs
* Maintain, interpret, and evaluate client health records and medical reports
* Assist with or promote the identification of clients in the practice with specified health care needs, add to registry, and use information to plan and monitor care
* Build care relationships among clients and team; support the primary care-giving role of the client
* Implement care plans, evaluate effectiveness, monitor progress, and effect change as needed.
* Use age appropriate transition timetables for interventions within care plans.
* Identify and communicate a self-management plan specifically developed to assist with the improvement of self-monitoring and symptom identification.
* Empower clients to identify changes in health status and recognize the need to notify their physician and team of changes.
* Recommend health related community resources as indicated with/for the client.
* Facilitate communication with the interdisciplinary team to discuss plan of care and assist with expediting care across the continuum.
* Collaborate with nursing home staff, physicians, clients, family, insurance carriers, medical office staff, customers, and facilities to assess the client’s healthcare needs and assure appropriate, safe, cost effective, timely, and efficient services are provided.
* Utilize clinical and social work experts as needed to ensure delivery of comprehensive client services.
* Identify service delivery problems and potential for effective care management intervention.
* Assist in identifying system problems and issues that impede diagnostic or treatment progression to the appropriate administrative liaison.
* Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team when delays occur in consults, treatments, discharge planning, or procedures to facilitate timely, cost-effective delivery of client services.
* Performs other related duties and participates in special projects and assignments as assigned.
* Candidates are required to have a Registered Nurse license in the state of Illinois.
* The ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of nursing experience preferably in a community mental health setting

What Does A Community Health Nurse Do At Weinberg Campus

* Plans safe, economical, efficient and therapeutic care.
* Coordinates care received by the client.
* Plans and assists in client and family teaching and in the supervision of procedures taught.
* Provides direct client care.
* Determines Agency eligibility of client’s referred for assessment.
* Initiates and implements all phases of the nursing process.
* Documents all information related to client care.
* Recognizes changes in client status..
* Acts as a liaison between client, family and physician.
* Maintains communication and coordination among all services provided.
* Plans for discharge of clients when appropriate.
* Has knowledge of reimbursement for services

What Does A Community Health Nurse Do At Cleveland Clinic

* Assesses health status by obtaining relevant health and medical history.
* Performs a physical exam based upon the age and patient history as per the Standard Care Arrangement with a collaborating physician.
* Identifies significant health and medical risk factors.
* Orders, interprets and evaluates laboratory test and other diagnostic studies to assess patient's clinical problems and health care needs.
* Develops a diagnosis by analyzing and synthesizing collected data.
* In collaboration with the physician, develops a treatment plan along with the patient and significant others.
* Performs diagnostic or therapeutic interventions consistent with certification, law and Cleveland Clinic privileges.
* Prescribes and monitors medications as allowed by prescriptive authority through applicable state Board of Nursing and CCF policy.
* Develops patient education plan.
* Participates in medical team rounds.
* Collaborates with nursing, medical and other healthcare team members regularly to ensure quality patient care.
* Performs admission history and physical; documents progress notes; prepares discharge summaries as required.
* Assists with and facilitates discharge planning.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Community Health Nurse Do At Lane County

* In addition to the regular knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the employee's main classification, the bilingual duties of this adjunct classification may include, but are not limited to the following:
* Interpreting between English speakers and LEP persons.
* Orally translating documents
* Providing oral assistance
* Providing written assistance, including some written document translatio

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How To Become A Community Health Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Community Health Nurse Career Paths

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Case Manager Unit Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Career Coordinator Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Community Health Nurse Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Tagalog

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Hungarian

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • Amharic

  • Yiddish

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

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Top Skills for A Community Health Nurse


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Top Community Health Nurse Skills

  1. Immunization Clinics
  2. Community Health
  3. Disease Prevention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Service Coordination, Healthy Start Representative, Implementation, Evaluation, Immunization Clinics, Education and Outreach.
  • Worked with Community Health for Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Ct.
  • Provide patient education on medical conditions, health management and disease prevention.
  • Administered and monitored medications/treatments prescribed by licensed health care providers.
  • Research conducted under the Director of Maternal Child Health.

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