Mobile Medical Street Team Program-Public Health Nurse

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on October 14, 2020

Public Health Seattle-King County is looking for a self-motivated, flexible, and compassionate Public Health Nurse (PHN) to increase nursing capacity on the Mobile Medical Program’s Street Medicine Team as well as provide support to the Mobile Medical Vans. In this role, the PHN will work with a multidisciplinary street team that addresses the medical, behavioral health care and harm reduction needs of people living homeless. The Street Medicine Team is currently comprised of a nurse practitioner, public health nurse and behavioral health focused outreach worker. A second PHN will allow the team increase capacity for conducting nursing assessments, street based wound care, COVID testing, STD testing, and provision of test results. The role will work with the Street Team three days a week and support the Mobile Medical Vans 1 to 2 days per week to support primarily COVID testing. This schedule is subject to change.

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.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.

Job Duties:
The Street Medicine Team seeks out and brings care directly to people living outside and in encampments. The team aims to engage people in health education, professional and peer support, and treatment for their medical and behavioral health conditions via a trauma-informed and harm reduction approach. The Street Medicine team has been in operation for approximately a year and this new PHN will have a unique opportunity to inform and shape program development. Job duties include:

  • Provide training, orientation and education to staff, clients, students and the community.
  • Participate in quality assurance activities to meet laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Provide birth control and pregnancy options counseling (including referrals for pregnancy termination services).
  • Assist with tracking client engagement and connections to community health agencies.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities and attends staff/team meetings as deemed necessary.
  • Provide support to the Mobile Medical Vans up two days per week in order to support COVID and STD testing, provision of results and nurse triage.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
  • Experience providing health education and nursing care to individuals who are living homeless with substance use and mental health conditions
  • Ability to apply concepts of harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and equity & social justice principles to nursing practice
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, independently manage time and handle multiple tasks
  • Personal flexibility, a sense of humor and the ability to accept feedback while working with a highly collaborative team
  • Skilled in Motivational Interviewing (MI) or willing to become trained in MI
  • Experience in verbal de-escalation and physical interventions in emergent situations to maintain a safe and secure environment
  • Bilingual language skills desired.
  • Bicultural desired

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Washington State Driver’s License or ability to travel to various sites throughout Seattle-King County.
  • Current CPR-BLS for healthcare providers
  • Willing to provide options counseling
  • Letter of interest that speaks to why you want to do this work.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants and this includes new to practice and re-entry nurses.

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a 1.0 FTE, Term-Limited Temprorary or Special Duty Assignment that has a projected term of 1 year. This position is benefited and is overtime eligible. Typical hours and days of work is primarily Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with evening shifts up to two days per week (i.e. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Occasional weekend hours to cover incoming patient test results (i.e. a few hours per month).
Interviews for this position will be November 5th and 10th.

WORK LOCATION: Variable based on community needs. Street Medicine and Mobile Medical shifts are located throughout King County.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist at

APPLICATION PROCESS: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Completed supplemental questions that are supported in your application. These answers will be reviewed to determine competitiveness. Please do not use "see resume" in your answers as these will be considered incomplete.
  • Letter of interest which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the required information in the application. If you reference "see resume" on your application it will be considered incomplete. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. 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 

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit a background check. Records are not automatically disqualifying.
  • 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 trainings on time.

UNION AFFILIATION: This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).


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.

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.

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.

Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
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
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to accept a term-limited temporary (TLT) position?
  • Yes
  • No
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.
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
Are you applying to this position as a 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.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Describe the number of years and type of experience you have providing care for patients living homeless with complex, co-occurring behavioral health and primary care conditions.
Describe your experience providing outreach and building relationships with vulnerable populations.
Do you have experience providing foot care and wound care? If yes, please describe.
To provide care to unsheltered people, the Street Medicine Team will be required to travel to various locations in King County. Some clinics will require walking outside in variable conditions for up to four hours while carrying a small backpack of supplies. Do you have any concerns about these conditions? If yes, please describe.
Are you able to work evenings 1-2 times per week?
  • Yes
  • No
You acknowledge that should you be selected to move forward in the recruitment process that interviews will be conducted on November 5th and 10th?
  • Yes
  • No
If internal, do you have permission from your current supervisor to apply to a special duty assignment?
  • Yes
  • No

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