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Job Title: Public Health Nurse - Communicable Disease
Job Number: 2021
Organization: Kitsap Public Health District
Posted: 1/11/2022
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health Nursing
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Bremerton,  WA    USA
Compensation: $4,982.00 - $7,011.00 Monthly
Position Description: Public Health Nurse Communicable Disease

Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week - 100% FTE, may occasionally require evening, weekend, and/or holiday work

Status: Provisional appointment, includes generous benefit package and participation in the Washington State Public Employee Retirement System

Our Role

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 130 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

Under the direction of the Communicable Disease Program Manager, the Public Health Nurse provides nursing services related to immunization and other communicable diseases to include direct patient care, epidemiological surveillance, and community health education for the public and for providers. Within state and agency policies, the Public Health Nurse 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 and communicable disease control.

Additionally, the incumbent will provide skilled nursing services in response to COVID-19 as needed. These activities include COVID-19 vaccine outreach and distribution to include planning, education, and administration. It also may include the facilitation and investigation and follow-up of reported COVID-19 cases and contacts. Response activities may include support of local area schools.

Other assignments will 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. Assignments may include specific outreach or other activities in response to community need.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview via Zoom. We are anxious to fill this opportunity as soon as possible!

Essential Functions:

Provides childhood and adult immunization 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, and community partners in the areas of immunization and communicable disease, as needed.

Provides consultation and training on vaccine administration providers and health care professionals.

May provide back-up for case management of patients with active tuberculosis, and latent tuberculosis infection. Responsibilities include maintain 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 data bases, and oversees the flow of patients through the clinic.

Provides tuberculin skin testing (PPD) per regulation 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 infections 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.

Support ongoing surveillance of influenza in our community.

Conducts investigations and collects specimens when indicated. Collaborates with health care providers regarding current CDC recommendations and provides leadership in implementation.

Participates in special projects and educational presentation related to communicable disease, tuberculosis, and immunizations.

Provides public health nursing support to community-based programs.

Provides cross-coverage for all other clinical services as needed.

Attends appropriate continuing education courses. Reviews education materials to keep current in communicable disease.

Assists with the development of news releases for public information concerning issues relating to communicable disease and immunization.

Serves as a liaison between District and other members of the community, specifically through routine communication the health care provider and other community health care partners.

Participates in and contributes to ad hoc special activities sand assignments.

Participates in internal, public, community, 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.

Represent the District at local and statewide meetings and conferences.

Provides guidance to patients, staff, private medical providers, and community partners in the areas of immunization and communicable disease, as needed or assigned.

Provides consultation and training on vaccine administration to providers and other health care professionals.

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. Administers vaccine, conduct investigations and collect 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 in-person interactions to include both internal and external customers. Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is required upon offer of employment and fully vaccinated prior to first day of work, absent a medical or religious accommodation.

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).

Qualifications: 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).

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.

Incumbent must obtain required digital certificate for access to State and other secure data reporting systems.

Confirmation of offer of employment is contingent on completion of a successful criminal background check.

This is a provisional opportunity.

Provisional employees are hired for period of time up to a maximum of two (2) years. Provisional employees are eligible for District benefits prorated based on their full-time equivalence, however, they are not eligible to use accrued paid leave until completion of six (6) months of provisional service, except in certain circumstances covered by State statute. The employment of provisional employees may be terminated for convenience at any time, with or without notice, and without the right to appeal.

Organization Description: WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

Perhaps you’ve never thought about how your local health district benefits you. Know that every minute of every day, we are on the job to keep you, your family, and everyone in our Kitsap community safe and healthy.

Eating out? We inspect our community’s restaurants and food retailers to ensure they’re meeting food safety standards.

Going to the beach? We’ve tested the water to ensure bacteria levels are safe for swimming— or that the shellfish are safe to eat.

Worried about getting sick or injured from hazards in the environment? We partner with Federal, State and local agencies to ensure that sewage, garbage or chemicals don’t pose a health risk to you through contact with water, air or ground.

Communicable diseases? We are your immunization experts. When communicable diseases occur, we identify them, isolate them and work with our local health care providers to stop them from spreading.

Birth and death certificates? That’s us.

Need medical care? We provide a limited number of services to individuals, while working with our community’s medical providers to improve access to care for everyone.

Closing Date: 4/11/2022
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Karen Holt,  Public Health Nurse - Communicable Disease
Contact Location: 345 6th Street
Suite 300
Bremerton   WA  98337
United States
Contact Location: 345 6th Street
  Suite 300
  Bremerton   WA  98337
  United States
Contact Phone: 3607282294 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email: karen.holt@kitsappublichealth.org
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