Nurse Consultant I
Class Code: PG0341
AKPAY Code: P5142
Class Range: 22
Class Status: Active
Employer: State of Alaska only
|06/14/2002 07:59 AM by Keith Murry|
|Scope: State of Alaska only|
|Type: Classified Service/Partially Exempt/Excluded|| Viewable by the public|
|Class Title:|| Nurse Consultant I||Class Range:|| 22|
|Class Code: ||PG0341||AKPAY Code:||P5142|
|Class Status:||Active||Use MJR Form:|| Standard|
|Class Outline Category:||B-Professional/Managerial||Group:||PG - Medical, Public Health and Related|
|EEO4:||B - Professionals||Family:||PG03 - Nursing, Professional|
|SOC:||29-1141 - Not Applicable||State/Local:||02 - Professional|
|Original Date:||06/16/2002||Census EEO:||313|
|Original Comments:||Original||Override Local AA Regions:||[this feature not enabled yet]|
No Override of Local AA Region
|Last Update Comments:||Last Update (mm/dd/yyyy):|
|Subsequent Revision Dates/Comments:|
|11/12/2003 - Audited (sschwab)|
07/01/2006 - Classification Outline revised. Class Code changed to PG0341; AKPAY Code P5142.
07/01/2006 - Range Change from 20 in accordance with Market Based Pay Policy. (DKiesel)
09/25/2008 - Workplace AK spec revision: Added Census Job Code and AKPAY Code fields; Replaced Category field with Class Outline Category; Updated EEO4, SOC, and Class Code fields; Removed DOT field.;
02/01/2010 - Workplace AK spec revision: Replaced 'Census Job Code' with 'State Local' field; Added 'Census EEO' field; Updated EEO4, SOC, State Local and Census EEO fields.
Under general direction, Nurse Consultants I provide consultation and technical assistance to medical professionals and the public on all aspects of a nursing specialty. This is the journey level of the Nurse Consultant series. Positions provide advice and guidance using established protocols; develop and deliver training in the nursing specialty; collect and analyze data for use in program development and evaluation; and audit healthcare delivery systems for adherence to established nursing standards. The work of a Nurse Consultant I is limited in its scope of practice, consequence, and impact in the field.
Specialty areas of nursing are defined by academic degree emphasis or focused study; examples include, but are not limited to, breast and cervical cancer, HIV or AIDS, children's and women's health, geriatric nursing, and epidemiology.
Nurse Consultants I work in a consultative capacity to public and private sector healthcare professionals, rather than performing direct care nursing assignments. Positions in this class: 1) provide technical assistance and clinical nursing consultation on issues of healthcare specialties, public health, or health intervention strategies; 2) develop and deliver training; and 3) assist with or conduct research and other projects associated with disease, injury, and related health issues.
Nurse Consultants I are fully proficient and knowledgeable about all aspects of a nursing specialty. Positions in this class work within and make reference to established protocols in the specialty area to support decisions or make policy recommendations. (Note: protocols are defined as standing orders in primary care, providing a standard procedure and response when confronted with a particular problem in need of medical attention or nursing care.)
The Nurse Consultant series is distinguished from other nursing series by its focus on consultation and technical assistance to health professionals and managers rather than on the delivery or supervision of direct care nursing services.
The Nurse Consultant series is distinguished from the Public Health Specialist series by the requirement that a Nurse Consultant be a licensed professional nurse. The Nurse Consultant series is distinguished from the Health Program Manager series by the Health Program Manager's responsibility to develop, administer, and manage health programs.
The Nurse Consultant I is distinguished from the Nurse Consultant II in that the Nurse Consultant II is a recognized expert in a nursing specialty and acts as a consultant on a wide range of interrelated areas of the specialty. Nurse Consultants II have considerable independent decision-making responsibility in the performance of their duties and apply their extensive experience and knowledge to address unusual situations or problems with many variables. Nurse Consultants II investigate, analyze, and present alternatives (i.e. new therapies) to situations in which few standards exist. Nurse Consultants II are familiar with and consider emerging research and trends in the specialty when designing and developing protocols, research parameters, and training content.
Examples of Duties:
Provide clinical nursing and program consultation (diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up) and onsite technical assistance to health professionals in a nursing specialty following established protocols and practices.
Provide information to and assist health managers with the formulation of recommendations affecting changes to the division's policies and procedures, protocols, and practices of a specific nursing specialty. Identify and communicate special or anticipated needs and problem areas. Advise operational health managers and administrators on strategies in the delivery of nursing services in the specialty area.
Conduct audits of nursing practices, relying on knowledge of all aspects and parameters of protocols and standards of the nursing specialty and the reasons for taking required action. As part of quality assurance activities, identify problems and issues and implement control measures; provide subsequent analysis and interpretation of findings. Conduct surveillance, investigations, and risk assessments.
Develop and deliver staff training in a nursing specialty; recommend changes to training content and in-service programs pertaining to employee health, health service and direct care provisions, OSHA, and other topics.
Assist in the planning, development, evaluation, and implementation of research studies and projects that contribute to the advancement and enrichment of public health programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of current nursing principles, practices, and procedures in the designated nursing specialty.
Thorough knowledge of current philosophies and methods of nursing practice, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Considerable knowledge of current principles, practices, and procedures of public health, health care, healthcare delivery systems, and governmental requirements related to the nursing specialty.
Considerable knowledge of research principles and methodology; principles and methods of consultation; the role, responsibility, and interrelationships of various health disciplines and health agencies; and cultural and sociological patterns as they affect health programs.
Ability to conduct investigations and assessments; provide justification to support findings; participate in research; and assist with implementing protocols.
Ability to identify, analyze, and articulate solutions and courses of action related to a nursing specialty, as related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of health care and healthcare delivery systems.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form; develop and deliver training to a broad range of health professionals.
Ability to interact between/with health professionals at all levels of the public and private sectors; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of public and private healthcare professionals.
Ability to provide effective consultation and technical assistance.
Ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action; be flexible and innovative in approach to the resolution of problems.
Skill in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness and disease in a nursing specialty.
Skill in communicating orally and in writing on health-related topics to audiences with diverse backgrounds.
A master's degree from an accredited college in nursing, public health, healthcare services, healthcare administration, or a closely related field;
Two years of professional registered nursing experience that must have included responsibility in public health, health care, healthcare delivery systems, or an administrative, consultative, or teaching capacity;
A license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alaska. (See "Special Note")
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in nursing, public health, healthcare services, healthcare administration, or a closely related field;
Four years of professional registered nursing experience that must have included responsibility in public health, health care, healthcare delivery systems, or an administrative, consultative, or teaching capacity;
A license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alaska. (See "Special Note")
Required Job Qualifications:
(The special note is to be used to explain any additional information an applicant might need in order to understand or answer questions about the minimum qualifications.)
An individual, without an Alaska license, who meets the experience qualifications and otherwise meets the eligibility requirements for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Alaska may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon completion of the licensing requirement. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
Some positions require eligibility for specific professional certifications in a specialty field or licensure in the State of Alaska, such as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Most positions require expertise in a particular health specialty field; recruitment and selection for these positions will be from among only those candidates who have the appropriate specialty background and experience.
The essential functions of some positions may involve exposure to infectious disease and/or biohazards. Some positions require travel to remote areas on short notice in small aircraft or boats.
Minimum Qualification Questions: