Nurse Specialist - Occupational Health

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on January 13, 2022
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This position is a Term-Limited Temporary Occupational Health Nurse.
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.
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Job Duties

  • Assesses clients / staff for risk of transmission or exposure to infections and implements appropriate safety precautions and follow up procedures. 
  • Follows established guidelines for reporting a significant medical error or an unanticipated outcome in a client's care, which results in client harm. Uses Quality Improvement processes to improve client safety. 
  • Collaborates with the Employee Health Team, and the Communicable Disease and Epidemiology section on communicable disease outbreaks or contact investigations. 
  • Participates in Public Health Emergency Preparedness/Communicable Disease Outbreak planning efforts.
  • Make educational presentations to workforce members and community partners regarding occupational safety and health issues; conduct Bloodborne Pathogens training; and provide expert advice and council to internal and external customers regarding occupational health and safety. 
  • Observe and inspect the workplace to detect potential hazards. 
  • Reviews and documents workforce member pre-employment physical results. 
  • Provide TB screening, vaccinations (flu, MMR, Hepatitis B, Tdap, Varicella), and respirator fit testing to workforce members in public health settings as well as adult and youth detention. 
  • Maintains employee health medical files, including their electronic file in Cority (the employee health database). 
  • Counsel and educate workforce members on occupational safety procedures. 
  • Coordinate with management to implement health safety programs for workforce members. 
  • Respond to, manages and documents workforce member exposures to blood and communicable diseases. 
  • Ensure compliance of all workplace guidelines in executing occupational health nurse duties. 
  • Perform respirator fit testing using a Portacount. 
  • Provide respirator training to employees, agency staff, and community members (N95, CAPR, HALO, etc).
  • Participate in on call rotation for emergent issues (if reinstated).

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Willingness to be trained for a subset of occupational health nursing tasks. 
  • Working knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention principles and practices; community organization; multicultural and interdisciplinary coalition building strategies and techniques; needs assessment process at the systems and community level; and data analysis and display techniques.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in working with nursing staff that facilitates employee health and occupational health programs.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply OSHA/WISHA standards.
  • Knowledge of the adverse health effects of occupational exposures and the ability to recommend methods for hazard abatement and control including engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of the methods of infection prevention and control.

  • 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 the designated territory.

First consideration for these opportunities will be January 23, 2022. This posting will be used to fill all needs.

Contact:  Amy M. Curtis, RN or David J. Baure, RN at

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 or (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 
  • 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: This position will be based out of the Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA, 98004.   Alternate sites may include the King County Correctional Facility, Maleng Regional Justice Center, Children and Family Justice Center, or any of the other multiple public health work sites.  
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.

Have you worked as a nurse in a correctional or other locked facility?
  • Yes
  • No
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
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to provide options counseling to pregnant people?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to accept a term-limited temporary (TLT) position?
  • Yes
  • No
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.
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.
Please describe the aspects of your education, training, and experience that you feel most align with the needs of this position.
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.
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
If you are a current career service nurse, do you have permission from your current Supervisor to apply to a Special Duty Assignment?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable

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