Public Health Nurse

Services of a County Health Nurse
 
Home Visits

To provide homebound elderly people in Whitley County assistance with skilled health care needs that do not qualify for care by other nursing agencies. Provided are blood sugar checks, insulin syringe filling, medication set up, vital signs checks such as blood pressure, pulse and respiration, oxygen saturation assessments, blood draws for lab tests, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, decubitus ulcer dressing changes, suture removal, education on medications or health problems, and community resource referrals. Services are skilled care and require a physician's order and referral.
 
Communicable Diseases for Whitley County

The Public Health Nurse is responsible for epidemiological investigation of communicable diseases and reporting to Indiana State Department of Health.
 
Animal Bites for Whitley County
 
The Public Health Nurse is responsible to investigate animal bite report forms and report to Indiana State Department of Health.
 
Tuberculosis Control and Education for Whitley County

The Public Health Nurse is responsible to prevent, control and identify contacts and reactors prior to development of active cases of Tuberculosis. Provide monthly TB medications and monthly follow up therapy for patients.
 
Report and Investigate all SIDS deaths for Whitley County

Any SIDS death will be investigated by the Public Health Nurse and reported to Indiana State Department of Health.
 
Initiates and Completes all Incomplete Newborn Screenings for Whitley County

The Public Health Nurse is responsible to obtain all incomplete newborn screenings and report to Indiana State Department of Health.
 
Lead Investigation
 
To investigate high lead levels in children.



Functions and Services

Toll Free County Contacts

Related Sites of Interest

Indiana State Department of HealthCenters for Disease Control

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Heather Reid, R.N. ,
Public Health Nurse

220 W VanBuren Street Br
Columbia City, IN 46275
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