Advanced Practice Nurse Specialist - Health Care for the Homeless

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on May 1, 2022
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Summary

This Clinical Quality Lead Position is designed to provide clinical nursing leadership to the Health Care for the Homeless Program.     Specifically, this position will manage the program’s clinical quality assurance efforts in service of the program’s goal of assuring that the King County community is meeting the health needs of its homeless population.   The position will work to assure compliance with standards of care and advance PHSKC’s capacity to set, measure, and advance clinical quality goals related to the provision of care both by the program’s contractors and by clinical programs operated by Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) that serve people experiencing homelessness.   This work will require close collaboration with the HCH program manager, the HCH Contracts Manager, HCH Data and Evaluation Manager, managers of programs and sites providing direct clinical care, both internal and external to PHSKC, and staff across PHSKC’s Community Health Services (CHS), Prevention, and Environmental Health Divisions.  Another central responsibility of this position is planning, organizing, and providing training and technical assistance on a variety of homeless health care topics to health care, housing, shelter, and social services providers serving the homeless. The position also participates in planning, organizing, and presentation activities related to prevention practices.  Examples of these practices include those related to communicable diseases that can break out within shelters and encampments and adapting emergency preparedness and response to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. This position also works on planning, policy and program development related to broad community goals for improving outcomes and reducing risk for vulnerable populations

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
 We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
 
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity 
 

Job Duties

  • In collaboration with multiple staff and stakeholders, assure compliance with standards of care and advance PHSKC’s capacity to set, measure, and advance clinical quality goals related to the provision of care by program contractors and by PHSKC-operated clinical programs serving people experiencing homelessness (35%).
  • Plan, organize, and, at times, directly provide training and technical assistance for to health care entities (internal and external to Public Health), housing, shelter, and social services providers serving people living homeless.  Seek to increase the rate of adoption of evidence-based and promising practices in adapting models of care to barriers and challenges that are significantly more pronounced within the homeless population than in the general population.  Provide leadership and give input into the creation and dissemination of best practice guidelines and protocols for homeless health topics.
 
Examples of adaptive practices include patient-centered, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, anti-racist/pro-equity practice, and harm reduction.  The training topics will also be adaptable to low-barrier approaches and account for differences in shelter/housing-based care vs. outreach-based care along with the principles of care coordination for patients with complex co-morbidities, and secondary trauma for service providers.  (20%). 
  • Provide leadership and give input into the creation and dissemination of best practice guidelines and protocols for homeless health topics.
  • Participate in planning activities at the program and community level, e.g., participating in community work groups and collaborating with program managers and contracts administrators (15%)
  •  Develop and deliver presentations related to best and promising practices for adapting care for people living homeless (15%)
  • Support the work of the HCH Program staff and the program’s Community Advisory Group in responding to current and emerging issues related to reducing health-related risk for homeless and other vulnerable populations (10%)
  • Supporting grant proposal development (5%)
 

Knowledge/Skills:
  • Advanced knowledge of health care delivery shown to be effective in improving access to care and health outcomes for people currently and formerly experiencing homelessness;
  • Advanced knowledge of public health nursing process and principles, including needs assessment process at the systems and community level;
  • Knowledge of service systems serving homeless people including health care programs, shelter, day centers, various housing programs including permanent supportive housing.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in quality improvement activities in a health care setting;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in community organization and coalition building strategies and techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention principles as well as understanding data and its use in training and TA activities;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in using electronic health records, including understanding of extracted data;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in developing and delivering training presentations to audiences at all levels of familiarity with disease prevention, service delivery, population characteristics and models of care;
  • Knowledge of: Washington State law relating to nursing care (WAC 18.79) and federal health care regulations; professional ethics related to delivery of nursing and allied health services;
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in multicultural and interdisciplinary coalition building;
  • Advanced knowledge of health promotion, risk assessment and education techniques and principles; health status indicators and variability within populations; community, professional and educational resources; adult learning principles; project management techniques; leadership practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and maintain working relationships with diverse populations; facilitate discussion and consensus; make public presentations.
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices and their application in work environments.

Requirements: 
  • Washington State Registered Nurse License in good standing.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing or equivalent.
  • Proof of Current BLS CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers (Please attach if current.)
  • Washington State Driver's License or ability to travel within King County.
Desired:
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • Master’s degree in nursing or public health and/or BSN with extensive training and experience in the specialty area of homeless health nursing
 
Contact:  For information or questions about this opportunity please email Amy M. Curtis, RN and David Baure, RN at Healthcarerecruitment@kingcounty.gov

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
 
 Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
 
 Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
  
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer 
 No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
  
 (New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.  
  
To Apply 
 If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
  
  
Who May Apply 
 This position is open to all qualified candidates. This posting will be used to fill all need.
 
Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy: 

  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties. 
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter speaking to why you have interest in working with vulnerable and marginalized populations related to this body of work. 
  • Responses to supplemental questions. 
 
 
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. 
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions. 
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours. 
 
 
Necessary Special Requirements 
  
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation. 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law. 
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time. 
 
Work Schedule:  The individual selected for this position will have a flexible work schedule typically between the hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This position is overtime eligible and may work outside of the typical schedule to meet operational needs.
 
Work Location: The home base for this position is the Chinook building, 401 5th Ave., Seattle, WA.  
 
Telecommuting 
The work associated with this position may be performed through teleworking with reporting to an office location and to meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
 
 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 
 
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment. 
 
Union Affiliation:  This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).
 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

01
Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
02
Have you ever been subject to review, challenges, and/or disciplinary action, formal or informal, by an ethics committee, licensing board, medical disciplinary board or related professional association?
  • Yes
  • No
03
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
04
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
05
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
06
Are you willing to provide options counseling to pregnant people?
  • Yes
  • No
07
Seattle & King County Public Health has a strong commitment to equity and social justice. All staff are given training in Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) as well as Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Please describe why working for an agency that values ESJ and TIC is important to you.
08
Do you possess BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers? If so, please attach documentation of your current BLS/CPR certification. If you do not, please describe how you would obtain certification by time of job offer. Failure to obtain this BLS/CPR certification will result in job offer being delayed or rescinded.
09
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
10
Please describe the aspects of your education, training, and experience that you feel most align with the needs of this position.
11
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
12
Do you have experience working in homeless service systems in King County? If yes, please describe this experience.
13
Do you have experience designing and conducting trainings on clinical and non-clinical topics to health care and social service providers? If yes, please describe this experience.

Required Question