Public Health Nurse Consultant 

(Female, Age 58) from Waupun, WI

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Public Health Nurse Consultant
Salary $62,580
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Waupun, WI
Years Experience 25 years

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
provide public health nurse expertise, guidance and compliance determinations to agencies providing medical services and under the jurisdiction of the state public health department.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Provide consultation and guidance to public health agencies to assure compliance with state and federal laws governing the provision of services to children with disabilities from birth to age 21.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
4 weeks vacation, state retirement, sick leave, personal leave, holiday pay, health insurance, life insurance

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with parents, children, school personnel, public health personnel and the general public on a daily basis via phone, computer and in person. I enjoy the opportunities I have to help disabled children reach their potential.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I work in the field and at a state office building. I travel about 60% of my work time. I dont like driving in bad weather especially snow storms.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 7
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 4
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Arrive at work. CHeck Emails, Phone messages, and check my calender for any meetings I have to attend or places I need to be.
8am to 9am Attend Meeting regarding the federal public health goals and objectives for our agencies for the coming year. Annual report of compliance with last years goals and projected goals for the coming year are due in October.
9am to 10am Continue Meeting
10am to 11am Continue Meeting.
11am to 12pm REturn phone messages and answer emails.
12pm to 1pm Lunch
1pm to 2pm Drive to large major city to attend meeting regarding Asthma Awareness project that is funded by Federal Funds and Dispersed by our agency. Project is a School Based Asthma Awareness project with providers from schools, hospitals, clinics, parent representatives, and localpublic health personnel
2pm to 3pm Attend Asthma Awareness Meeting with reports of progress on the Projects goals and objectives. Provide consultation and conflict resolution when needed.
3pm to 4pm Continue Asthma Awareness Meeeting.

Document personal observations about compliance by this project for submission to supervisor tomorrow

4pm to 5pm Drive home from meeting.
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
State Job postings.

What was the application process?
Apply with a state application, submit a written test, interview with a 3 person panel. Resume submission occured at interview.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes with a 3 person panel. Included submission of written resume. Each person on the panel submitted questions regarding my professional experience that would met the job expectations.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Questions involved my experience and how it would met the written job description

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
BSN from an accredited University

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
My internship in public health nursing involved working with families in crisis so that was very helpful for my postion.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
One would have to have at least a BSN with public health nursing experience. One would need to keep an eye open for the state postings for positions. One would have to apply for an open position. One would have to take a written exam. One would have to interview. One would have to be patient for a job offer since the state freezes and unfreezes jobs all the time due to budget considerations.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
One needs to be knowledgable about public health nursing, pediatric nursing, the various systems that are in place for children including schools, special education laws, public and private health benefit laws as they pertain to children, negotiation skills, skills to evaluate compliance/ noncompliance by individuals and agencies in what are often very grey areas, negotiation skills.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes at least a BSN

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Become as knowledgeable as you can about all the services and needs of families with special needs children. Ask to observe schools, public health agencies and children’s hospitals to see service provision. Always remain open to learning new things as the scene changes constantly in public health and childrens services.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes I always wanted to work in public health.

What are your current career goals?
To continue my current postion

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It is a wonderful job and I find it very fulfilling.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Public Health Nurse Consultant 15 62540 Provide public health nursing expertise to meet the needs of families with children with special health care needs. Work with public and private agencies that provide services to children.
Prior Job 2 State 6 60500 Provide expert nursing consultation to meet the needs of the State Medicaid program and assure provider and recipient compliance.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
4 U W-Oshkosh Nursing
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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