An incumbent is responsible for planning, directing, monitoring and evaluating the nursing aspects of a specialized program.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent in this class receives direction from an administrative superior and is responsible for the nursing aspects of a specialized program which may include the provision of expert nursing care to a group of patients with complex nursing needs and consultation to physicians, hospitals and health care agencies. Work includes program planning, directing and monitoring as well as evaluation of program effectiveness. In addition, incumbents formulate standards of nursing practices for the specialty area and provide assistance in developing guidelines and manuals for specific aspects of nursing services.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Provides expert nursing consultation in the specialty program to which assigned. Independently manages and provides direct care to a group of patients with needs in a specialty area.
Advises public health groups and members of the public health care team on matters related to nursing services and health care.
Analyzes nursing techniques and recommends modifications based on state-of-the-art technological knowledge. Serves as resource nurse and point-of-contact for a specialty area developing the overall nursing plan for maintaining current nursing practice in that specialty.
Assists public health nursing services in developing and carrying out staff education programs. Prepares educational materials and assists in planning and developing health and educational programs for community groups.
Provides assistance in developing guidelines and manuals for specific aspects of nursing services. Formulates standards of nursing practice in a specialty area and ensures quality assurance and compliance.
Prepares or furnishes data for articles and lectures and participates in surveys and research studies.
Conducts workshops, conferences, and seminars in the specialty and may be required to speak before special interest groups, community organizations, medical and health care groups, or the general public.
Prepares a variety of records, reports, and summaries in support of program planning, organization, implementation and evaluation.
May be required to train student nurses and other health care team members in the incumbent's specialized area of nursing.
May serve on a variety of committees, boards or commissions representing the Department as the expert in a specialized area of nursing.
Assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of staff assigned to specialty program, coordinates and may oversee the work of health care team members providing program services.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of nursing principles, practices, and theory to include needs assessment, measurement and evaluation techniques, and multidisciplinary caseload management.
Knowledge of planning, developing, and monitoring a professional health care program with emphasis on quality assurance and program analysis.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Skill in working effectively with a variety of professional health care providers to include providing consultative services in a nursing specialty area.
Skill in writing clear, complete, and concise records, reports, and summaries to include program manuals and guides.
Skill in the preparation of a variety of educational materials in a nursing specialty.
Ability to conduct workshops, conferences, and seminars in the nursing specialty as well as make presentations before special interest and community groups.
Ability to promote and integrate the area of nursing specialty into the community health and social services setting.
Ability to identify health care problems in a nursing specialty and develop/implement appropriate intervention or corrective programs.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Nurse Consultant
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Masters degree or higher in a Nursing specialty area.
Possession of a Delaware Registered Nurse license OR multi-state compact license.