Public Health Nurse
Salary $4,982.00 - $7,011.00 Monthly
Location 98337-1866, WA
Job Type Provisional (Lasting up to 2 years with benefits)
Department Community Health Division
Job Number 2021-003
Closing 2/15/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Public Health Nurse
Under the direction of the Clinical Services Public Health Nurse Supervisor, in coordination with the Community Health Directors, the incumbent provides nursing services related to immunizations and other communicable diseases including direct patient care, epidemiological surveillance, and community health education for the public and for providers.
Within state and agency policies, the incumbent provides professional nursing and counseling to patients including health assessment, phlebotomy, and immunization assessment, administration, and observation. The incumbent is expected to have a comprehensive working knowledge of immunization practices, communicable disease control, and public health emergency preparedness.
Additionally, the Public Health Nurse will provide skilled nursing services in response to COVID-19 to include participation in community clinics providing testing or vaccinations.
This is a provisional position. Provisional positions are at-will and last for a maximum of two years, but that time frame cannot be guaranteed. Provisional employees are eligible for all District benefits. Regular employees who accept a provisional appointment are not considered provisional and have the right to revert to their previous or comparable position at the end of the provisional appointment.
- Provides childhood and adult immunizations per ACIP, AAP, and CDC recommendations following clinic procedures for necessary education, signed consents, and completion of electronic medical records.
- Participates in community clinics which may include COVID-19 testing and the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Updates immunization protocols when changes occur in the ACIP recommendations and communicates these changes to all providers administering vaccines in Kitsap County.
- Trains new staff on immunization practices, as needed.
- Provides guidance to patients, staff, private medical providers, community partners in the areas of immunizations and communicable disease, as needed.
- Provides consultation and training on vaccine administration to providers and health care professionals.
- May provide back-up for case management of patients with active tuberculosis, and latent tuberculosis infection. Responsibilities include maintaining patient medical records, directly observed therapy, participating in Department of Health's (DOH) quarterly cohort case review, completing and submitting appropriate case reports to DOH.
- Maintains clinical and pharmaceutical supplies, completes necessary paper work, maintains accurate databases, and oversees the flow of patients through the clinic.
- Provides tuberculin skin testing (PPD) per regulations and physician recommendations. Completes risk assessment and medical history as indicated. Provides oral medication for tuberculosis as ordered by the medical provider.
- Instructs patients regarding clinic procedures, and provides education on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases per clinical guidelines. Performs medical lab work per clinic guidelines.
- Assists with disease surveillance, conducts communicable disease investigations and implements disease-control strategies. provides backup and assists with coordination of epidemiological activities, provides guidance to clinical staff pertaining to communicable disease investigation and immunizations.
- Collaborates with health care providers in the prevention and control of communicable disease.
- Responsible for providing ongoing surveillance of influenza in our community.
- Conducts investigations and collects specimens when indicated. Collaborates with healthcare providers regarding current CDC recommendations and provides leadership in implementation.
- Participates in special projects and educational presentations related to communicable disease, including COVID-19, tuberculosis, public health emergency preparedness, and immunizations.
- Provides public health support to community-based programs.
- Provides cross-coverage for all other clinical services as needed.
- Attends appropriate continuing education courses. Reviews educational materials to keep current in communicable disease and public health emergency preparedness.
- Assists with the development of news releases for public information concerning issues relating to communicable diseases and immunizations.
- Serves as a liaison between District and other members of the community, specifically through routine communications with health care providers and other community health care partners.
- Participates in and contributes to ad hoc special activities and assignments.
- Participates in public, internal, and state meetings in the completion of job duties.
- Collects, validates, and enters data as needed in support of program related activities.
- Prepares written reports, and programmatic documents as required.
- Represents the District at local and statewide meetings and conferences.
- Keeps current on and complies with HIPAA and other privacy regulations, maintaining patient privacy at all times.
- Completes timely and accurate random moments to comply with the contractual requirements of Medicaid Administrative Match.
- Participates in a weekly on-call rotation providing Communicable Disease subject matter expertise during off-duty hours for response to inquires during evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the public using principles of excellent customer service.
- Models a lean organizational culture that promotes the practice of respect for people, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, incremental and continuous improvement and quality assurance.
- Accurately completes electronic timecard on a weekly basis.
- Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District.
- Assists in coordinating with other agencies and emergency providers.
- Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree in nursing from a school with NLN accreditation that includes a community health component:
The combinations 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. A master's degree in nursing may be substituted for BSN requirement, provided the candidate graduated from a school of nursing accredited by the NLN (diploma, AA or AS).
- Experience in Communicable Disease Management is preferred.
- Experience in a Public Health setting is also preferred.
Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements
Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington is required.
Performance of job duties require driving on a semi-regular basis, a valid Washington State driver's license, the use of the incumbent's personal motor vehicle, and proof of appropriate auto insurance.
Agency Kitsap Public Health District
Address 345 6th Street, Suite 300, Bremerton, Washington, 98337
Phone 360-728-2294 Karen Holt