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Communicable Disease Public Health Nurse II, Vancouver, WA


Organization: Clark County
Category: Nurse
Location: Vancouver, WA
Date Job Posted: May 11, 2022
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Communicable Disease Public Health Nurse II - Public Health

Center for Community Health
Full time
Posted 30+ Days Ago
job requisition id R001797

Job Summary

This position supports the Communicable Disease & Tuberculosis (TB) services unit within the Clark County Public Health Infectious Disease Program. This unit is responsible for the investigation, prevention and control of communicable diseases in Clark County, provides rapid response to disease outbreaks, including case investigation, TB case management, response and implementation of preventive measures to control disease spread in the community. Services are provided at a variety of locations, such as over the phone, client homes and other community locations according to protocols and under the oversight of the Program Manager and the Health Officer. The position emphasizes health promotion and prevention of health problems. Activities may be focused on the individual, the community, or the systems level, depending on how the issue may best be addressed.

Public Health Nurses often work with people of diverse cultures, ethnicity and sexual orientations. This is a union represented position that reports directly to the Infectious Disease Program Manager.

Organizational responsibilities include understanding and promoting the public health mission of the department; providing courteous, respectful, efficient customer service to all department clients; honoring diversity of all department employees and constituents; participating in department training; and striving for personal excellence in public health work.

This position is represented by Local 335 – LIUNA (Health Care Division, Laborers International Union of North America).

This job posting is open until filled. First review of applications will be March 9. This recruitment may close at any time after March 9 without additional notice. Applications received after March 9 are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university and current Washington State RN license. The degree must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and official transcripts may be required at the time of hire;
  • (2) two years of increasingly responsible work experience, preferably in public health, that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by the position.

Knowledge of:

  • Key components of cultural competency; awareness of differences, attitude to examine believes and values, knowledge of differences and skills to effectively and appropriately work across cultures.
  • Core competencies for Public Health Professionals and able to use them in identifying professional growth opportunities.

Ability to:

  • Express ideas effectively both orally and in writing and maintain accurate records.
  • Recognize and address discrimination, stereotypes and stigmas in the work place.
  • Effectively use a personal computer, Microsoft Office software, email, and internet to accomplish job functions.
  • Effectively and respectfully work with persons from diverse backgrounds including; age, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, physical characteristics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, health status, genetic predisposition, political belief, mental or physical ability.
  • Identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of Public Health services.
  • Research and implement approaches to address problems that take into account cultural differences.
  • Recognize features of personal behavior which are affected by culture.

Skills:

  • Apply understanding and knowledge of cultural differences and similarities when working with diverse populations.

Other Necessary Qualifications:

  • Must be able to respond to public health emergencies or exercises at any time, except while on scheduled vacation or other leave. In addition, leaves may be cancelled under public health emergencies.
  • Must protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal law.
  • Must adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines, including but not limited to timely completion of mandatory trainings.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, insurance and has access to reliable transportation.
  • Must adhere to the Department employee immunity policy and provide documents as requested. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required of this position per state mandate.
  • Must successfully pass criminal background check as required by RCW 43.43.830.
  • Pass respiratory mask fit-testing and qualify for the use of standard Department respiratory masks within 2 months.

Incumbents may be required to use a private vehicle for work purposes, and must comply with the Vehicle Use Agreement. Proof of current insurance is required.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct communicable disease investigation and implement control activities.
  • Participate in outbreak investigations and response efforts as directed.
  • Contribute to the development of internal policies, protocols and standing orders and reports as requested.
  • Provide TB case management services including screening, assessments, and conducting Directly Observed Therapy (DOT).
  • Conduct testing such as blood draws or tuberculin skin tests off-site at homes, shelters, or other community locations.
  • Provide health education to health care providers, residential facilities, schools, daycares, individuals and other groups on issues related to infectious diseases.
  • Provide surge capacity support for public health response efforts as needed.
  • Assure distribution of vaccines in the community.
  • Provide immunizations and other clinical services.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate community education programs.

SELECTION PROCESS

If you wish to upload a resume or other documents: Resumes and documents must be attached together in the ‘Resume Upload’ section of the application. Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.

Application Review (Pass/Fail) – An online application is required. Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.

Employment References will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.

It is the general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.

Salary Grade Local 335.391 ($34.59 - $45.18) per hour
Close Date Open Until Filled
Recruiter Daniel Harrigan
Email: Daniel.Harrigan@clark.wa.gov

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