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Public Health Nurse, Bremerton, WA

Kitsap Public Health District


Bremerton, WA

July 9, 2019

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Public Health Nurse

Salary $4,742.00 - $6,672.00 Monthly
Location 98337-1866, WA
Job Type Provisional (Lasting up to 2 years with benefits)
Department Community Health Division
Job Number 2019-014
Closing 7/28/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Summary


Kitsap Connect, a program of Kitsap Public Health District is funded by the 1/10 of 1% Behavioral Health tax of Kitsap County. This collective impact project, which is founded on principles of harm reduction and collective impact, helps some of the most vulnerable residents of Bremerton, who are experiencing (or are at risk of) mental illness, chemical dependency, physical illnesses, and homelessness by improving access to the care they need. Using a multi-disciplinary, mobile outreach team that includes intensive care coordination services, this project provides the critical engagement and connective tissue to link these residents with desperately needed services to ultimately reduce the severity of behavioral health issues, serious physical health complications, and homelessness. This Public Health Nurse position is critical as a member of the mobile outreach team.


Under the direction of the Community Health Director, the incumbent participates on the Kitsap Connect Team as one of the content experts in chronic and communicable disease, health promotion, self-management tools, and health living strategies. The incumbent provides targeted health education, resources, referrals, and linkages to appropriate health care providers for persons who may be homeless, have mental health problems, and substance abuse problems. The incumbent must have skills in chronic disease management, motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, and care coordination.

This position is temporary and currently budgeted as a full time position, 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. It is also a provisional appointment. Provisional employees are eligible for all the benefits of regular Health District employees, including a generous leave and benefit program for a time period up to two years.

This position is grant-funded with funding secured through December 31, 2019. Continued employment after that time is contingent upon receipt of additional grant funding. The incumbent will be housed at the Bremerton Salvation Army offices, 832 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337

If you prefer or require a part time appointment, please apply. To be considered, the electronic application is required. The Health District will consider and accommodate a job share arrangement or a part time appointment for the ideal candidate.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts intake/assessment interviews with clients having complex social, behavioral, mental, and physical health issues who are referred to the team by various partner agencies.
  • Makes field visits and telephone calls to assess client needs, link client to needed resources, and arrange for needed supportive services.
  • Attends medical appointments and collaborates with medial providers and other social service agencies.
  • Participates in team care plan development and care coordination conferences.
  • Serves as the team content expert on chronic disease management and health promotion.
  • Provides health education that includes prevention and risk reduction education as needed.
  • Assists clients in skills-building to increase capacity to self-manage chronic conditions.
  • Establishes strong collaborative relationships with health care, social service agencies, criminal justice, law enforcement, and others to assist and coordinate with discharge planning, referrals, and continuing care.
  • Coordinates client participation in appropriate educational and social activities.
  • Maintains records on all client encounters including home and office visits.
  • Provides technical expertise and support to team on electronic medical records.
  • Works collaboratively with the Kitsap Connect team to address client needs.
  • Supports the Program Coordinator in soliciting funds through grants and proposals to support the sustainability and expansion of the program as needed.
  • Operates computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database and word process application to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.
  • Completes timely and accurate random moments to comply with contractual requirements of Medicaid Administrative Match.
  • Accurately completes and submits electronic timecard on a weekly basis.
  • Keeps current on, and complies with, HIPAA and other privacy regulations and policies.
  • Serves as a resource person for staff; motivates and mentors staff in providing quality and appropriate quantity of work in assigned area utilizing resources efficiently; models and promotes team building skills among assigned staff.
  • Works both independently and within a collaborative team-oriented environment; contribute openly, respectfully disagree, understand the ideas of others, listen well and work for consensus.
  • Models a Lean Six Sigma organizational culture that promotes the practice of respect for people, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, in the pursuit of incremental continuous improvement and assurance.
  • Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from a school accredited by the National League of Nursing with coursework that includes a community health component;


  • The combination of a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as public health or health education, and at least four years of public health nursing experience, may be substituted for the BSN requirement, provided the candidate graduated from a school of nursing accredited by the NLN (diploma, AA or AS).


Knowledge of:

  • The needs of our community's most vulnerable residents suffering with mental illness, chemical dependency, chronic disease and housing instability and/or homelessness.
  • Principles, procedures, functions and practices in public health promotion and community outreach.
  • Correct English usage including grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Computer operation and a variety of software including spreadsheets and databases.

Ability to:

  • Collaborate with mental health, chemical dependency, homeless and housing service providers, social service, healthcare, law enforcement, criminal justice and others.
  • Assess and triage clients to appropriate care facilities.
  • Interpret public health subjects in an effective manner to assess community health needs and program effectiveness.
  • Work effectively with medical, social service, and law enforcement leaders of the community.
  • Listen attentively and communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in clear, concise language appropriate for the purpose and parties addressed, concerning complex or sensitive matters, including making presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Use tact, discretion, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation of others and establish and maintain effective working relationship s with rapport with co-workers, volunteers, other programs, representatives of other agencies and businesses, and diverse members of the public.
  • Read, understand, interpret and apply appropriately the terminology, instructions, policies, procedures, legal requirements and regulations pertinent to the area of assignment.
  • Assure that absolute confidentiality is maintained as required and sensitive information is handled appropriately.
  • Fulfill the commitment to provide outstanding customer service.
  • Organize, prioritize and coordinate work assignments. Work effectively in a multi-task environment. Take appropriate initiative. Apply good judgment, creativity and logical thinking to obtain potential solutions to unique problems and to make reasoned decisions within the scope of knowledge and authority or refer to the appropriate person.
  • Be attentive to detail, consistently follow written and oral instructions and guidelines, maintain a high degree of accuracy and complete records, check data, and prepare and review material in reports and correspondence.
  • Utilize computers, databases and related software and automated equipment to produce worksheets and reports, typing with sufficient speed and accuracy to accomplish assignments in a timely manner.
  • Communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences in a clear, comprehensive, effective and professional manner.
  • Gather and analyze data and develop clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Coordinate, organize, and prioritize work, follow directions, instructions and protocol in the course of duties assigned.
  • Work both independently and cooperatively within a collaborative team-oriented environment.

Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements

  • Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington is required.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver License, use of your private automobile for work, and proof of valid auto insurance is required.

Must be passionate about working with people who face complex social and health issues, including homelessness, chemical dependency, mental illness, and chronic disease. Must fully embrace and be willing to advocate for harm reduction strategies.

History of participating in multi-disciplinary team and collaborative projects preferred.

Familiarity/proficiency in motivational interviewing, stages of change theory, harm reduction strategies, and trauma informed care strongly preferred.


Kitsap Public Health District


345 6th Street, Suite 300
Bremerton, Washington, 98337


360-728-2294 Karen Holt


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