Morrow County Health District Benefits

  • Benefits Package

    Morrow County Health District Benefits Package

    Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
    Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Long Term Disability Insurance
    Employee Assistance Program
    Education Reimbursement Program
    District paid 5% – 6% of salary contribution to a self- directed 401(a) plan based on audited year-end financial statement. Voluntary 457 and 403(b) contribution plans available.
    Paid Air Ambulance Membership for employee and legal dependents
    Paid Ground Ambulance Membership for employee and legal dependents
    Paid Holidays
    Paid Sick Leave – accrued by hours worked
    Paid Vacation – accrued by hours worked
    Free physical exam and lab work for employee and spouse
    Free Tobacco Cessation Program
    No cost Hep B Series and Annual Flu Shot
    AFLAC plans available for purchase
    Credit Union membership and payroll savings plan available

    *Contact HR Director Patti Allstott. 541-676-2949, for more information

Available Employment Opportunities

  • Certified Nurses Aide

    Certified Nurses Aide – CNA I, CNA II

    Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner is seeking a part-time Certified Nurses Aide or Certified Medication Aide.  Competitive wage and excellent work environment. Applications are available through the link below or by contacting 541-676-9133.  Pre-employment background check and drug screen required.  For more information, contact Jamie Houck, Chief Nursing Officer, 541-676-2947. Morrow County Health District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

    Job Summary

    Under the direction of the Charge Nurse the Certified Nurse’s Aide shall perform patient care tasks and procedures as assigned.  Nursing staff are assigned the care of patients in accordance with the patient’s needs, specialized qualifications and competence of the Certified Nurses Aide.  The Certified Nurses Aide will hold a valid, unencumbered license in good standing with the Oregon State Board of Nursing prior to assuming any of the duties of a Certified Nurses Aide. The Certified Nurses Aide will practice in accordance with the “Standards for Certification of the Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide” as set forth in OAR Chapter 851, Division 062.

    Essential Functions:

    1. Standards of Care
    2. Apply standard precautions according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines;
    3. Use hand hygiene between episodes of care;
    4. Use appropriate body mechanics to prevent injury to self and patient;
    5. Follow the care plan as directed by the licensed nurse;
    6. Use appropriate communication with patient, patient’s family and friends, and coworkers;
    7. Use alternatives to physical restraints, or assists in the application of physical restraints as directed by the licensed nurse;
    8. Determine absence of pulse and/or respiration, and initiate emergency response;
    9. Report to the licensed nurse any recognized abnormality in client’s signs and symptoms;
    10. Record observations and measurement, tasks completed and patients statements about condition or care;
    11. Apply safety concepts in the workplace;
    12. Report sign of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, misappropriation or exploitation;
    13. Demonstrate respect and rights and property of patients and coworkers; and:
    14. Maintains patient confidentiality
    15. Patient Care

        Under the supervision of a licensed nurse, the CNA may provide and assists patient with the following:

    1. Provides for patient’s personal hygiene: performs oral care, gives bedpans, urinals, baths, shampoos, shaves, assists with showers and bathing.
    2. Provides for activities of daily living: assists with meals and feeds patients, ambulates, turns and positions patients, provides fresh water and nourishments between meals.
    3. Performs I & O, checks vital signs, height, weight, administers enemas, performs specimen collection, and post-mortem care.
    4. Provides for comfort needs of patients.
    5. Works effectively as a team member in the delivery of care and assists in the orientation of new employees.
    6. Utilizes resources and materials in an efficient and safe manner.
    7. Maintains a safe and attractive environment for patients and co-workers, transports patients and equipment as appropriate.
    8. Promptly answers patients’ call lights and requests.
    9. Reports observations of a patient to the nurse caring for the patient to ensure professional assessment.
    10. Instills confidence in the patient by maintaining a neat and attractive appearance and performing duties in a competent and caring manner.
    11. Shows dependability by being punctual; maintains consistent attendance.
    12. Maintains good working relations among all nursing unit personnel and other hospital employees through appropriate communication.
    13. Must have current knowledge and/or training in geriatric nursing care.

    Additional Responsibilities:

    1. With specialized training and written approval, may perform additional and specialized tasks pertinent to assigned area and as determined by the OSBN Nurse Practice Act.
    2. Accepts reassignment as needed to provide necessary care for all patients.
    3. Participates in other duties as assigned.
    4. Works as support staff in the Emergency Department under the scope of practice referenced above.
    5. As a member of the Morrow County Health District Team, will represent the organization’s mission, vision and values to our customers and all those we serve.
    6. Uphold the organization’s True North Statement “Welcoming our patients and providing exceptional care”.

    Education and Experience:

    1. High School Graduate or GED preferred.
    2. Complete an OSBN approved training program.
    3. A current Nursing Aide Certification with the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
    4. Previous hospital experience with acceptable references preferred.
    5. Current CPR certification.

    Working Conditions:

    1. Sitting, standing, bending, lifting and moving patients throughout day.
    2. Push, pull and lift occasionally over 50 pounds.
    3. Willingness to work beyond normal working hours and in other shifts temporarily, when necessary.
    4. Subject to falls, infectious diseases, substances, odors, hostile and emotionally upset patients & family members, etc. throughout the workday.
    5. Exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious substances, hazardous chemicals, toxins and noise.
    6. Requires manual dexterity including manipulating tools, equipment, and items on a regular basis.
  • Registered Nurse

    Registered Nurse

    Morrow County Health District has an opening for a full-time Registered Nurse for Pioneer Memorial Hospital, a 21-bed Critical Access Hospital in Heppner, OR,  a very friendly “home town” community surrounded by great outdoor recreation.  Less than an hour from Hermiston, 90 minutes from the Tri-Cities, WA.   Flexible work schedule, $5,000 Sign-on Bonus.  New Oregon Grads welcome to apply. Our small hospital provides a wide range of experience in all areas and a comprehensive orientation period.  You will get to know your patients and see your care make a difference here. Must be currently licensed in Oregon. Competitive wage and $5/hr. shift differential, Excellent benefit package.  We have a great team of professionals in all departments. Come visit us.  For more information contact CNO Jamie Houck at 541-676-2947.  Pre-employment background check and drug screen required. EEOE.

    Reports to: DNS
    Department: Nursing
    Classification: RN – Non Union
    Date: June 2016

    Job Summary

    Under the direction of the Director of Nursing, the Charge Nurse will plan, direct, and evaluate total nursing care and functions during a particular shift, in accordance with established philosophy and policy. Nursing staff are assigned the care of patients in accordance with patient’s needs, the qualifications and competence of the nurse.  The RN is responsible for orientation, training and management of personnel.  Relates effectively with other shifts for continuity of care; maintains satisfactory relations with other departments and nursing units, participates in all phases of education, maintenance of records, and upgrading of policies, procedures and skills.  The RN will practice in accordance with the Oregon State Board of Nursing, Oregon Administrative Rules, Division 45 “Standards and Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse”.  The RN must have a valid, unencumbered license in good standing with the Oregon State Board of Nursing prior to assuming the duties of a Registered Nurse.

    Essential Functions:

    1. Provides the best possible nursing care by planning, organizing, and directing the nursing functions of patients.
    2. Initiates and implements patient’s care plans.
    3. Makes nursing assignments appropriate to skill level of nursing staff.
    4. Maintains acceptable standards of patient care.
    5. Identifies problems and guides personnel to their solution.
    6. Creates a working climate that provides growth and job satisfaction of personnel.
    7. Accurately and promptly implements physicians’ orders.
    8. Administers medications and intravenous solutions skillfully and correctly.
    9. Maintains standards of accurate and complete recording and reporting.
    10. Arranges to have needed supplies and equipment on hand.
    11. Participates in the hospital safety program.
    12. Participates in planning changes and improvements.
    13. Supports and enforces infection-control policies and procedures.
    14. Is resourceful and calm in emergencies.
    15. Keeps DNS informed of patients needs, and problems on the nursing unit.
    16. Participates in orientation and in-service training for personnel.
    17. Assists in reviewing and revising policies and procedures.
    18. Maintains a professional approach with confidentiality.
    19. Displays concern and initiative.
    20. Observes and supports hospital policy.
    21. Is prompt and efficient with minimal absences.
    22. Cooperates and maintains good rapport with nursing staff, medical staff, other departments and visitors.
    23. Participates in the evaluation of employees under supervision.
    24. Participates in DNS call rotation.
    25. When not performing patient care, will assist in minor housekeeping duties by cleaning rooms [to include light mopping, vacuuming and wiping down all surfaces], setting up rooms in preparation of the next patient, emptying small garbage cans; sharps containers and biohazard containers.
    26. When not performing patient care, will assist in central processing by stocking needed supplies to patient care areas, central supply and processing instrumentation for sterile packs.
    27. When not performing patient care, will assist in medical records performing simple documentation filing and copying as needed.
    28. As a member of the Morrow County Health District Team, will represent the organization’s mission, vision and values to our customer and all those we serve.
    29. Uphold the organization’s True North Statement “Welcoming our patients and providing exceptional care”.


    1. Perform work in the emergency room as needed.
    2. Assist with patient transfers to other facilities as required.
    3. Works in the Hospital Pharmacy and pulls medications and needed, mixes medication and updates the Pharmacy log.
    4. Coverage for Director of Nursing Services as scheduled.
    5. Other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    1. Demonstrated supervision of others.
    2. Assumes responsibility for own continued personal and professional growth.
    3. Appropriate manner, conduct, and grooming.
    4. Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively.
    5. Ability to learn and adapt as necessary.

    Education and Experience:

    1, High School Graduate or GED.
    2. Current, unencumbered Oregon State Registered Nurse’s License – in hand.
    3. Two years of clinical practice preferred.
    4. Current CPR certification.
    5. ACLS, TEAM/TNCC, PEPP/PALS required, or ability to obtain within 90 days of hire.

    Working Conditions

    1. Sitting, standing, bending, lifting and moving patients throughout day.
    2. Willingness to work beyond normal working hours and in other shifts temporarily, when necessary.
    3. Subject to falls, infectious diseases, substances, odors, hostile and emotionally upset patients & family members, etc. throughout the workday.
    4. Exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious substances, hazardous chemicals, toxins and noise.
    5. Occasional exposure to grease, oils and dust and be able to push, pull and lift occasionally over 50 pounds.
    6. Requires manual dexterity including manipulating tools, equipment and items on a regular basis.

  • Home Health & Hospice RN

    Home Health Nurse Job Description – Pioneer Memorial Home Health & Hospice

    Morrow County Health District/Pioneer Memorial Home Health & Hospice has an opening for a FULL-TIME Home Health & Hospice RN.  Flexible schedules, competitive wages, paid drive time to patient visits, car provided or mileage paid.  Must have current Oregon license and 1 year minimum of home health and hospice nursing experience.  $5,000 sign-on bonus. Pre-employment background check and drug screen required. For more information contact HR Director Patti Allstott , 541-676-2949. EEOE.


    Coordinates total nursing care for patients in the home setting; administers skilled nursing care; participates in teaching patients and significant others home medical management; and provides leadership by working cooperatively with home health team members and community resources in establishing priorities and goals of patient care.  Under the general supervision of the Home Health Director, the Registered Nurse functions as an active member of the home health team.


    1. Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
    2. Two years of experience in homecare or medical-surgical nursing is preferred.


    1. Must have genuine interest and concern for all clients.
    2. Must be sufficiently mature and emotionally stable to work well with others.
    3. Must possess good physical and mental health.
    4. Must have a clean and neat appearance.
    5. Must be courteous and kind in manner.
    6. Can work harmoniously and skillfully with other staff members, patients and their families.
    7. Must be flexible and able to tolerate change or changing demands.
    8. Analytical ability is required to evaluate clients and recommend solutions to treatment related problems.
    9. Must demonstrate strong evaluation skills and show ingenuity and creativity.
    10. Valid driver’s license and access to an automobile.


    The Registered Nurse travels to and from, and performs duties in each patient’s home.  The climate is not routinely controlled.  Frequently there is exposure to blood, body tissues and other potentially infectious fluids.  There can be exposure to loud and unpleasant noises, unpleasant odors, unclean homes and dust.  May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset patients, family members or visitors.    Work environment not controlled by employee.  Road and weather conditions are variable.


    1. Able to speak, read and write in English.
    2. Able read assignments, directions, labels and measure vital signs, including: temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure and weight.
    3. Able to communicate and respond clearly on telephone and respond to patients’ spoken needs.
    4. The ability to physically transfer, lift or assist patients whose average weight is 160 pounds with or without the aid of mechanical devices.
    5. Able to spend 80% of the work shift standing and/or moving about.
    6. Able to carry full bath basins, trays and position patients.
    7. Able to walk, climb stairs, stoop, twist, bend and squat to perform essential job functions.


    1. Able to concentrate on detail with frequent interruptions.
    2. Able to follow, complete and remember daily routines and requirements.
    3. Able to comprehend and utilize professional education materials.
    4. Able to enact emergency procedures.
    5. Able to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
    6. Able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.


    Must be able to use: sphygmomanometer; stethoscope; intravenous and blood drawing equipment; enteral and intravenous pumps; CADD pumps; scales; thermometers; watch; and telephone.


    1. Provides direct and/or indirect skilled care to patients in the home setting per physician order and agency protocol.
    2. Develops patient plan of treatment by assessing the patient’s condition and nursing needs, both physical and psychosocial; sets goals and prescribes nursing action to meet these goals.
    3. Reports pertinent observation of assessment and evaluation to the physician and documents these observations accurately and concisely. Evaluates and revises the plan of treatment on an on-going basis with physician supervision.
    4. Teach patients, family and significant others home management of disease process and medication regime in order to promote optimal level of wellness and independence.
    5. The Registered Nurse is considered the case manager and as such is responsible for coordinating and/or supervising patient care to assure continuity and quality.
    6. Emphasis is on a high level of nursing direction, observation and skill.
    7. Makes Home Health Aide supervisory visits to the patient’s residence at least once every two weeks of service, either when the aide is present to observe and assist, or when the aide is absent to assess relationship, determine continued need for aide services, and/or whether goals are being met.
    8. Assists client and/or family in obtaining necessary equipment.
    9. Makes appropriate community referrals.
    10. Prepares clinical notes and medical updates/summary notes in a timely manner.
    11. Participates in inservice education, clinical record reviews and care conferences.
    12. Consistently reports for duty on time and as scheduled.
    13. Maintains strict confidentiality.
    14. Observes appropriate safety procedures.
    15. Adheres to hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
    16. Other appropriate duties as assigned by the Home Health Director.

    I understand the tasks assigned to this position may involve exposure to blood/body fluids.  I understand that the Hepatitis B vaccination is available at no charge, and I may choose to accept or decline this vaccination. The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.  I have read the above job description and fully understand the conditions set forth therein, and as a Registered Nurse, employed by Pioneer Memorial Home Health, I shall perform these duties to the best of my ability.

    Hospice Nurse Job Description – Pioneer Memorial Home Health & Hospice


    Provides professional nursing services to hospice patients as indicated by the plan of care developed by the interdisciplinary group.  Responsibilities include initial and ongoing assessment of patients, developing and revising the plan of care, timely documentation and communication of assessments, planning and interventions.  Coordinates the care amongst team members.  Must be available to share 24-hour call responsibilities.  Reports to, and is supervised by, the Hospice Coordinator, under the direction of the Hospice Director.  Assigns and supervises Hospice Aides within the plan of care developed.  On occasion, may be required to supervise volunteers in the home.


    1. Possession of a current license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the State of Oregon
    2. Two years of acute care nursing experience preferred.
    3. Minimum of one year work experience as a home health or hospice nurse preferred.
    4. Possession of a valid Oregon driver’s license and dependable transportation. Able to provide proof adequate automobile insurance.  Ability to do extensive driving in a variety of weather conditions, and at night, if needed.
    5. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job, such as patient lifting, repositioning, transferring, etc.
    6. Must possess a sensitive and compassionate attitude towards accepting death as a part of life and enhancing the quality of life for patients assigned to his/her care.


    1. Ensures quality and safe delivery of Pioneer Memorial Hospice (Hospice) services, within the guideline of accepted nursing practice and state and local law.
    2. Assumes primary case management responsibilities for individual patient/family, including:
    3. Participation in care plan development, implementation, and revision.
    4. Participation in care plan updates with the Interdisciplinary Group.
    5. Comprehensive physical assessment.
    6. Pain assessment and management.
    7. Symptom control management.
    8. Coordination of Hospice services to the patient/family
    9. Complete required documentation in a timely manner in accordance to agency policies.
    10. Establishes a therapeutic nursing relationship with the patient/family/caregivers.
    11. Shares in providing 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, coverage to patients/families.
    12. Is directly responsible to the Hospice Coordinator, and works under the direction of the patient’s attending physician or hospice medical director.
    13. Informs the Hospice Coordinator of unusual or potentially problematic patient/family issues.
    14. Communicates regularly with the Hospice Coordinator and other staff members to review problems or unique issues from caseloads, share professional support, and exchange feedback aimed toward enhancing professional growth.
    15. Is responsible for the supervision of home health aides under his/her direction, as well as updating the Hospice Aide plan of care, as needed.
    16. Facilitates patient/family referral to other community agencies/resources as appropriate.
    17. Maintains current Basic Life Support Certification.
    18. Participates in the Hospice orientation and training programs. Updates knowledge by attending in-services and reading publications and journals.
    19. Upon request, serves on agency committees, assists with Volunteer Training, assists with community education regarding the Hospice program.
    20. Is responsible for teaching patients, families and caregivers.
    21. Accepts other assignments as appropriate.


    Working knowledge of, and the ability to apply the basic principles and techniques of community health nursing to the hospice setting.  Must possess good clinical nursing skills and be able to utilize problem-solving techniques.  Ability to function in high stress situations and manage multiple priorities.  Knowledgeable in pain and symptom management.


    Office, home and automobile settings.  Condition of patient home varies.  Cluttered, unclean and small confined space at times.  Poor driving conditions during inclement weather.  Extensive use of personal automobile.  Full accountability for management and coordination of care for assigned caseload of patients.  Ability to work flexible hours, including the sharing of 24-hour call rotation. Physical Requirements: Patient lifting, repositioning, etc.  Ability to lift 40 to 60 pounds.


    Category 1-Tasks that involve exposure to blood and body fluids.

    I have read and understand the expectations, duties, and role of this position with the agency.  I fully agree to carry out my duties as explained and indicated in this job description.

  • Medical Assistant I / II

    Medical Assistant – I/II

    Morrow County Health District has one full time opening for a Medical Assistant to work at the Ione Community Clinic 3 days per week and Pioneer Memorial Clinic in Heppner 2 days per week.  Requires a highly reliable and organized individual with excellent computer and communication skills.  High School Diploma or equivalent required.  Medical experience required, Electronic Health Record experience preferred. Drug screen, background check required. Starting range from $16.75 – $24.69/hr. depending on education/qualifications. For more information contact Toni Nichols at 541-676-2902, or contact Patti Allstott, 541-676-2949.  EEOE.


    Assists in providing patient care and performs a variety of procedures and assessment duties, including vital signs, EKG and Oximetry testing.  Performs phlebotomy, administers injections and may provide Holter monitor placement.  Records and updates information in patient’s electronic medical record.  Ensures supplies are adequately stocked and outdates are pulled from supply areas. Assists the provider as necessary.  Does authorizations/referrals as requested by provider.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: – Note:  Some essential functions may vary according to clinic location, relative equipment and patient needs.

    1. Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
    2. Ushers patients to exam room, and prepares them to see the provider by obtaining and documenting symptoms & duration, allergy and medication information and updating in electronic health record.
    3. Obtains and documents patients’ vital signs including height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration & pulse oximetry.
    4. May obtain collection of blood specimens.
    5. Performs EKGs as requested.
    6. Conducts vision and hearing tests, administers nebulizer treatments and allergy and therapeutic injections, performs dressing changes, and urinalysis assessment.
    7. Administers injections as directed by provider.
    8. Assists provider with examinations, procedures, and other processes related to direct patient care.
    9. Sends information/records to specialists and other providers as directed.
    10. Gathers and disposes of trash and waste materials, removes waste and soiled linens from work area and places them in specified bags or containers.
    11. Performs terminal cleaning procedures of patient rooms and prepares room for new occupant; follows infection control procedures.
    12. Assists with care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies.
    13. Ensures an adequate stock of supplies and medication, checks for proper functioning of equipment, and performs inventory and outdated medication checks under direction of Medical Assistants II or provider.
    14. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide age appropriate care of patients ranging from newborn to geriatric.
    15. Participates in educational programs and in-service meetings.
    16. Obtains Authorizations for testing procedures and sets up referral appointments as necessary if Referral Authorization Specialist unavailable.
    17. Keeps provider on a timely schedule to minimize time patients spend in waiting room.
    18. Attends meetings as required.
    19. Does housekeeping as requested.
    20. Reviews electronic medical record for labs, prescription refills, etc.
    21. Calls patients with lab reports as requested by provider.
    22. Screens patients on the telephone for need to be seen.
    23. If assigned (Irrigon Medical Clinic), performs limited X-rays as per license and prepares images for review by provider.  Responsible for daily care and maintenance of X-Ray equipment and report any needed repairs to department head.
    24. May be trained to assist with testing/procedures performed at Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
    25. Other duties as assigned.


    Provides and gives cooperative and courteous service to patients, visitors, and fellow staff members in a timely manner.  Maintains patient and clinic confidentiality, follows all HIPAA and other District policies.  Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.


    1. Minimum high school graduate or equivalent with prior medical Experience, electronic medical record experience preferred.
    1. Possess a certificate from an accredited facility showing limited X-Ray Certification if assigned (Irrigon Medical Clinic only).
    1. Possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing; effectively relate to patients, visitors and other staff members.
    1. Demonstrate good assessment skills.
    2. Ability to work as an effective team member in a highly organized and efficient manner.
    1. Ability to learn a variety of skills.
    2. Ability to prioritize duties.
    3. Ability to concentrate on detail with constant interruptions.


    1. Sitting, walking, standing, bending, lifting and assisting with moving patients throughout the day.
    2. Manual dexterity for manipulating tools, instruments, equipment on a regular basis.
    3. Subject to exposure to infectious substances and contagious diseases, blood, body fluids, odors, hazardous chemicals.
    4. Subject to hostile and emotionally upset patients and family members.


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      • Fax(541) 676-2901 – Attn: HR
      • Drop off at any Morrow County Health District location
      • Mail to the attention of HR

Morrow County Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Area Information

Information concerning the area can be found at the following websites:

Heppner Chamber of
Morrow County School
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