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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThis is professional nursing work involving responsibility for assessment of patients', clients’, participants’ health needs. Responsibilities may include developing plan of care for individuals and/or families, providing initial implementation of nursing care plans as well as providing nursing care as indicated. Additional duties include periodic re‑evaluation of individuals and/or family needs. Work may be performed at the home, at clinic sites, at program centers or at the nursing office, and is performed under general supervision. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Assesses patient's conditions, including patient's environment, economic factors, significant family health history, family profile, (average day) and psycho‑social assessment. Also, the registered professional nurse is responsible for the physical assessment of the individual through a system review of the patient;
  • Formulates individual plan of care for specific patient problems (medical and psycho‑social), which is developed by the assessment of both subjective and objective factors.  This plan includes evaluating the need for and frequency of nursing visits. Referrals are made, if indicated, to ancillary personnel (such as social workers, other agencies, etc.). Goals are set with the patient and/or family and frequently re‑assessed, taking into consideration patient's readiness and willingness to learn;
  • Gives skilled nursing care and prescribed treatments to patients in their homes, in clinics, at program centers and/or at the nursing office. Demonstrates nursing care to the patients and their families or caregivers. Coordinates plans for service with nutritionists, social workers, physicians and other professional workers concerned with individual and family health care. Counsels, guides and teaches individuals and families to recognize and address physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental health needs. Provides nursing services in clinics such as immunization and blood pressure, which requires interviewing skills, decision making and patient education. Participates in the conduction of surveys and studies related to health matters. Documents services provided through records and/or referrals. May provide for the continuity of patient care by referring patients to appropriate community agencies;
  • Re‑evaluates, at frequent intervals, patient's progress, needs and goals. He/she is also responsible for communicating same to the physician, nursing supervisor and ancillary personnel when indicated;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

When Assigned to the Office for the Aging, Incumbent Also:

  • Initiates health promotion and disease prevention program at nutrition sites and other designated areas;
  • Participates in and oversees glaucoma screening, hypertension screening, cancer prevention services and hearing and vision testing using community resources;
  • Schedules various health programs and activities and coordinates on-going wellness clinics;
  • Disseminates information concerning service programs for the elderly including preparing pamphlets, flyers, news releases, surveys, articles for newsletters involving wellness, outreach, health matters and related topics;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of current Public Health nursing practice; working knowledge of the administrative organization of community facilities; skill in the application of current nursing procedures and techniques for patient care; ability to plan and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families and groups; ability to communicate effectively; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; ability to accept and utilize guidance; ability to perform duties in accordance with American Nurses Association Code for Professional Nurses.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Completion of an accredited course of training for registered nursing.


  1. Possession of a license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State at time of appointment and throughout employment.
  2. Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.

PLEASE NOTEYour degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

NOTE: Qualifications and Requirements are in accordance with New York State Education Law, Article 139, §6900-6910 (“Nurse Practice Act”)


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Non-Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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