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Public Health Nurse, Bremerton, WA


Organization: Kitsap Public Health District
Category: Nurse
Location: Bremerton, WA
Date Job Posted: October 6, 2020
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Public Health Nurse

Salary $4,861.00 - $6,839.00 Monthly
Location 98337-1866, WA
Job Type Provisional (Lasting up to 2 years with benefits)
Department Community Health Division
Job Number 2020-028
Closing 10/18/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Summary

Public Health Nurse
COVID-19 Response

Hours: 40 hours per week - 100% FTE, requires evening, weekends, and holiday work
Status: Provisional Appointment, full-time, includes generous benefit package and participation in the Washington State Public Employee Retirement System
Closes: October 18, 2020

Seeking the ideal candidate to begin this important work as soon as possible!

OUR ROLE

As COVID-19 presents a distinct and ongoing threat to our community, please come join our team to do meaningful work that has a real impact in our community. We are a team-oriented, family-friendly organization of 100 dedicated public health professionals. We work hard every day to keep Kitsap County safe and healthy. Keeping you and your family--and our county and it's many visitors safe is our job. It could be your job too!

The Position

To assist in the District’s continuing COVID-19 response efforts, the COVID-19 Public Health Nurse will perform communicable disease investigation and surveillance activities. The COVID-19 Public Health Nurse will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager for COVID-19, in collaboration with the Public Health Nurse Supervisor of Clinical Services, within a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals, and in consultation with the Assistant Community Health Director, the Community Health Director, and the Health Officer. The COVID-19 Public Health Nurse will provide skilled nursing services for COVID-19 response activities. These activities include the facilitation and investigation and follow-up of reported COVID-19 cases and contacts. Response activities also include entering information in disease reporting and contact monitoring systems, communicating and providing guidance to community partners, responding to outbreaks and providing prevention and intervention guidance. Assignment may include specific outreach or other activities in response to community need.

As our current COVID-19 response is conducted 7 days a week, a 5-day, 8-hour work week may include some weekend work upon hire. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The incumbent may also participate as a member of the Communicable Disease team and will provide cross-coverage for other clinical services as needed. Assignments include direct patient care and community health education for the public and for private providers. The incumbent is expected to have a comprehensive working knowledge of immunization practices, communicable disease control, and public health emergency preparedness.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and potential candidates will be contacted for interviews as soon as possible. Filling this important position is a priority at this time!

Essential Functions

  • Interviews people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and provides appropriate isolation/quarantine guidance.
  • Engages with cases and contacts to establish positive rapport by using a variety of interviewing techniques.
  • Determines a person’s close contacts during their infectious period.
  • Notifies close contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 while adhering to confidentiality laws and protocols, including HIPAA.
  • Addresses questions and concerns while employing de-escalations skills and the use of motivational interview techniques as needed.
  • Finds creative solutions to locate and/or engage with cases and contacts who may be difficult to reach or reluctant to engage in conversation.
  • Solves problems as they arise related to isolation/quarantine, specialized patient care, and wraparound service needs.
  • Provides guidance as needed to Health District staff, private medical providers, community partners and the citizens of Kitsap County in the area of COVID-19 disease investigations.
  • Participates in and contribute to ad hoc special activities and assignments.
  • Provides ongoing disease surveillance, conducts communicable disease investigations and implements disease-control strategies.
  • Responsible for evaluating effectiveness of interventions, updating disease investigation protocols as necessary, completes, and submits appropriate case reports to the State Department of Health.
  • Collaborates with healthcare providers on prevention and control of communicable disease.
  • Provides assistance and guidance during an outbreak response.
  • Prepares standing orders for review, develops clinic forms, educational materials and handouts.
  • Provides cross-coverage for all other clinical services as needed. Stays current on clinic protocols and associated regulations and compliance.
  • Utilizes electronic medical records and other electronic applications for timely data entry and required reporting.
  • Provides assistance in ongoing surveillance of influenza in our community. May obtain vaccine, conducts investigations and collects specimens when indicated. Collaborates with healthcare providers regarding current CDC recommendations.
  • Participates in special projects and educational presentations related to communicable disease, including tuberculosis, public health emergency preparedness and immunization. Provides public health support to community-based programs.
  • Participates in CD On-Call rotation when appropriate and responds to public health emergencies as required.
  • Completes timely and accurate random moments to comply with contractual requirements of Medicaid Administrative Match.
  • Accurately completes and submits electronic time card on a weekly basis as required.
  • Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District.
  • 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 others, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, in the pursuit of continuous improvement and assurance.
  • 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Work is performed primarily indoors in clinic and office environments, with occasional travel to attend meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. Work may also be performed in the field (physician’s offices, offsite clinics, public non-profit organizations, etc.).
  • Requires the ability to communicate with others orally, face to face, and by telephone. Requires manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye-arm coordination to write and to operate computers and a variety of general office equipment. Requires mobility to accomplish other desktop work, retrieve files, and to move to various District locations. Requires visual acuity to read computer screens, printed materials, and detailed information.
  • Duties require carrying a cell phone or other electronic device to provide on-call coverage, as well as being available to work as needed to meet District needs, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays and/or on a 24/7-hour basis.
  • Exposure to individuals from the public who are upset, angry, agitated and sometimes hostile, requiring the use of conflict management and coping skills.
  • Frequently required to perform work in confidence and under pressure for deadlines, and to main professional composure and tact, patience and courtesy and all times.
  • The incumbent is required to use the combined senses to touch, sight, smell and hearing during on-going client assessment. Duties require the ability to read typewritten and/or handwritten orders and notes in patient charts; measure medications; distinguish colors; observe changes in a patient’s skin color and condition; hear through a stethoscope to measure patient’s blood pressure and listen for heart and lung sounds.
  • Coordination and dexterity to pour/measure medications; change dressings; and administer medications/ immunizations subcutaneously and intramuscularly.
  • Strength and stamina to restrain out-of-control child receiving immunizations.
  • Ability to move freely throughout the work setting and to respond to emergency situations quickly.
  • Off-site visits require the incumbent to carry supplies and/or equipment up and down stairs as well as into and out of a vehicle on a daily basis.
  • While performing home visits, the incumbent encounters unsanitary conditions, animals (pets), and clients and/or family members who are smoking, exposing the incumbent to second-hand smoke which may cause allergic reactions and/or illness.
  • The incumbent is exposed to emotionally disturbing experiences. The incumbent is expected to remain calm, controlled, and professional regardless of the situation and to demonstrate care and compassion to the client, family member and other members of the health care team.
  • Regularly the incumbent will be required the ability to lift/and or carry objects and materials up to ten pounds. Occasionally, the incumbent in this position may be required to lift/carry objects up to twenty pounds; rarely the incumbent may be required to lift/carry objects up to fifty pounds.
  • May be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.

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; or
  • 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).
  • Incumbent must obtain required digital certificate for access into the Secure Access Washington (SAW) secure reporting system.

Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements

  • A valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Washington is required. All required licenses must be maintained in an active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment.
  • Performance of job duties requires driving on a regular basis, a valid Washington State driver’s license, the use of a District fleet vehicle, and proof of appropriate auto insurance. Employment is contigent on completion of a successful criminal background check after initial offer.

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