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Registered Nurse (RN)

Community Health Worker (CHW)

Registered Nurse (RN)

Position Summary

A CHW is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. [1]

Observe and record patient behavior, do physical exams and diagnostic tests, patient and family counseling and education, administer medication, wound care, supervise other healthcare professionals, and conduct research. [6]

 

Position Summary

Community Health Worker (CHW)

A CHW is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. [1]

Registered Nurse (RN)

Observe and record patient behavior, do physical exams and diagnostic tests, patient and family counseling and education, administer medication, wound care, supervise other healthcare professionals, and conduct research. [6]

 

Training and Prerequisites

  • Completion of an approved CHW Training Program by the SD Department of Social Services. [2]
  • The CHW Agency process will include the process utilized to hire individuals qualified to act as a CHW following certification that the individual has completed the Indian Health Service Community Health Representative basic training, a CHW program approved by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education or the South Dakota Board of Regents, or a CHW training program approved by the State. [3]
  • Complete state approved professional nursing program.
  • Criminal background check.
  • High school diploma or GED for nursing program. [7]

Training and Prerequisites

Community Health Worker (CHW)

  • Completion of an approved CHW Training Program by the SD Department of Social Services. [2]
  • The CHW Agency process will include the process utilized to hire individuals qualified to act as a CHW following certification that the individual has completed the Indian Health Service Community Health Representative basic training, a CHW program approved by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education or the South Dakota Board of Regents, or a CHW training program approved by the State. [3]

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • Complete state approved professional nursing program.
  • Criminal background check.
  • High school diploma or GED for nursing program. [7]

Certificates/Licensure

  • No certificate or license is required in SD.
  • RN License required by SDBON. [7]

Certificates/Licensure

Community Health Worker (CHW)

  • No certificate or license is required in SD.

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • RN License required by SDBON. [7]

Typical Supervisors

  • CHWs are primarily supervised by a clinic manager, nursing manager, or other organizational manager. [5]
  • Supervised by Nurse Supervisors and Physicians. [7]

Typical Supervisors

Community Health Worker (CHW)

  • CHWs are primarily supervised by a clinic manager, nursing manager, or other organizational manager. [5]

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • Supervised by Nurse Supervisors and Physicians. [7]

Median Hourly Wage (National)

[4],[8]

  • Community Health Worker (CHW) – $20.19
  • Registered Nurse (RN) – $36.22

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