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Lead Public Health Nurse - Immunizations and Travel - Education and Outreach, Colorado Springs, CO


Organization: El Paso County
Category: Nurse
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Date Job Posted: December 13, 2021
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EL PASO COUNTY (CO)
invites applications for the position of:
Lead Public Health Nurse - Immunizations and Travel - Education and Outreach (Grant Funded)

SALARY: $58,900.00 - $88,280.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 12/12/21
CLOSING DATE: 01/12/22 05:00 PM
DEPARTMENT: Public Health
JOB TYPE: Full-Time
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
JOB NUMBER: 21842

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
***Typical Hiring Range: ***$67,142.14 - $69,156.36 annually***
***Salary to be commensurate with qualifications***

El Paso County Benefits

  • Work-Life Balance:
    • 15 vacation days (120 hours, accrued per pay period) annually
    • 3 personal days (24 hours) annually
    • 12 sick days (96 hours) annually
    • 11 holidays annually
  • Employee Fitness Centers
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance (click here for more information)
  • 2 Onsite Health Centers
  • Retirement plan (click here for more information)
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (click here for more information)

Responsible for assisting leadership with various administrative and program duties based on program need, model, parameters, and team interaction. Provides training, guidance, and mentorship to staff; performs clinical public health nursing services in department clinics. Provides immunizations and oversees education and outreach to the community regarding the importance of vaccination for individuals, families, and community groups. This position is subject to grant funding.

  • Serves as a Lead Nurse to include training staff, orienting new employees, providing guidance and mentoring and resolving complex problems and issues.
  • Manages community outreach clinics/points of dispensing (PODs), providing health and history assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion activities.
  • Screens and assesses clients for recommended pediatric and adult immunization services based on standard immunization schedules, itinerary, contraindications, and precautions.
  • Tailors vaccine recommendations and delivery of services based on client needs.
  • Prepares, measures, and administers immunizations to clients; counsels clients about vaccine reactions and effectiveness; and assesses for immediate reactions to vaccines.
  • Identifies non-immunization focused programs within El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) that have community engagement programs, initiatives, or outreach into communities of focus, such as WIC, rural health, tuberculosis, and STI/HIV. Works with Program Manager to develop tailored outreach plan(s) with identified programs using available resources to reach communities experiencing health and economic disparities, including people disproportionately affected by COVID-19 disease.
  • Works with Immunizations leadership in scheduling and operating mobile clinics, either independently or in collaboration with CDPHE, to increase COVID-19 vaccination in communities of focus.
  • Arranges with Immunizations leadership to engage in existing community outreach activities to collaborate with other partners in improving education and outreach for children and adults in prioritized communities of focus, including community-based organizations and community health centers.
  • Implements education and outreach campaigns with other programs within EPCPH to increase acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination among people experiencing health disparities.
  • Works with leadership and Communications to provide subject matter expertise during community events promoting or educating about COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Coordinates nurse schedules for community outreach events; schedules and coordinates outreach clinic operations with the Project Management Specialist.
  • Remains up to date on all vaccine recommendations and best practices.
  • Provides education to individuals, groups, and health care providers with information regarding vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines, tuberculosis, and health maintenance activities.
  • Maintains records, files, data collection, and prepares correspondence.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, community partners, and providers.
  • Provides expert Public Health Nursing consultation in the community and department. Articulates the mission of public health and develops partnerships to accomplish department goals. Interprets rules and regulations to sub-groups in the community.
  • Participates in departmental emergency planning and response activities.
  • Promotes public health within the community.
  • Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Public Health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.
  • Performs other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) required. Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) or Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) preferred.
  • Two (2) years of nursing experience including one (1) year of public health experience required.
  • Previous leadership experience preferred.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish preferred.
  • Knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases (to include TB), vaccines, immunization schedules.
  • Ability to communicate, motivate, and organize projects among a broad spectrum of personnel, frequently under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to create and deliver professional presentations tailored to specific audiences to promote vaccination for children and adults.
  • Skill in demonstrating a cooperative, professional attitude to cultivate relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Skill in prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns.
  • Ability to identify problems and work creatively to develop resolutions and recommend corrective actions to supervisor, considering the impact of actions on Public Health.
  • Ability to identify results of efforts and problems identified/potential problems and to develop and recommend corrective actions to supervisor.
  • Knowledge and understanding of company policies and procedures.
  • Ability to write and maintain accurate records and reports to meet management objectives.
  • Ability to maintain the security of sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Skill in training nurses that participate in community mobile vaccination clinics.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and when confronted with persons acting under stress.
  • Ability to work in an environment with potential exposure to infections, blood, and contagious diseases.
  • Skill in using a personal computer and various software packages including Microsoft Office.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle check, drug screen, and physical examination.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATES:

  • Must have current Registered Nurse licensure to practice in the State of Colorado; nurses with compact licensure must meet all licensure requirements set forth by the Colorado Board of Nursing within ninety (90) days of employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid CPR Certification.

WORK CONDITIONS:

Work environment may include potential exposure to infections, blood, and contagious diseases; potential exposure to pets, second hand smoke and other environmental hazards. Some travel may be required; work may be assigned in various locations. Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 25 pounds and bend at waist or knees to get down to child's level. Public Health employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing as applicable to the specific position and must provide proof of completion of required vaccinations/testing or proof of initiation within sixty (60) days of hire date.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities, and qualifications associated with the position; however, it is representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

Applications must be filed online; each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy stated on that particular application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For inquiries, please call (719) 520-7486. Each new employee and rehire must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).

EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE.

For inquiries, call 719-520-7401. Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and re-hires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603). EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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