Nurse Supervisor Community Health Services Float Pool

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on October 15, 2020


Public Health is seeking a Staffing Office/Float pool Nurse Supervisor (PHSS). The PHSS will serve as a responsive supervisor and leader to support staff and foster connections with Community Health Services (CHS) division programs. CHS provides person-centered and trauma-informed services with a focus on continuous improvement, equity and social justice, and respect for people and staff.  

The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the safe and therapeutic allocation of nursing and other clinical resources to all CHS programs so that they may be able to safely operate in times of staffing shortages due to vacancy, leaves, high acuity, vacation, sick call-outs, etc. This position also supports nursing training and onboarding needs within the float pool and across the division.  

During the COVID-19 response activation, this position is additionally responsible for supporting infection control activities for CHS COVID-19 operations including field testing, shelter support, and isolation and quarantine locations. 

The successful candidate will have a passion for employee and client health and safety, possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and work well in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.  

NOTE: This position does not provide direct patient care to symptomatic/COVID positive clients but will require occasional entry into COVID care settings where PPE is required. 

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:
  • During COVID response activation, directs and evaluates infection prevention and control in CHS COVID-19 activities including field testing (MAT), Isolation and Quarantine, and shelter investigation team (HEART).
  • Collaborates with COVID-19 operations nursing supervisors to ensure that staff are educated and updated on infection prevention and control protocols.
  • Oversees COVID-19 operation site audits to assure a high standard of care is in place on infection control and prevention, and to assure that sites are free of environmental hazards.
  • Directs and reviews development of standard operating procedures related to staffing ratios and safety.
  • Collaborates with leadership, nursing supervisors and other disciplines to coordinate continuity of safe patient care across CHS programs; including all COVID response programs in addition to usual lines of business
  • Plans for clinical onboarding and orientation of float pool staff and supports nursing training needs across the division
  • Acts as hiring manager for clinical positions in float pool
  • Uses matrix and acuity measures to quantify anticipated staffing needs.
  • Participates in daily Safe Patient Staffing meetings
  • Proactively manages daily staffing needs to cover callouts, PTO, other leaves, vacant positions, etc.
  • Maintain skill in timecard managements and assures edits are done according to bargaining unit contracts.
  • Monitors timecard patterns and provides feedback to employees
  • Participates in annual performance evaluation of float pool staff in collaboration with on-site clinical leadership teams
  • Participates in strategic planning as it relates to meeting goals for stable staffing, FTE planning, budget and float pool staffing mix required to provide safe staffing coverage to CHS programs.
  • Supports administrative staff with schedule planning and correct allocation of staffing resources
  • Assures monthly work schedules following defined contractual schedules
  • Monitors acuity and allocates extra staffing resources to maintain safe patient care across CHS programs
  • Assign float staff based on clinical experience and program needs
  • Contacts employees regarding availability to work and develop/manage schedules
  • Ensures float pool staff provide care consistent with organizational standards
  • Participates in performance correction and HR related interventions for float pool staff

  • An active and unencumbered Washington State License as a Registered Nurse
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to travel to work locations with limited or no public transportation is required on a regular basis
  • Current CPR-BLS for helathcare providers
  • Letter of interest that speaks to why you have interest in this work.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of infection control, occupational and environmental health, employee safety, and hazard mitigation.
  • Ability to travel between work sites on a regular basis.
  • Experience in emergency response is helpful, but not required.
  • Experience with settings that provide services to individuals living homeless is helpful, but not required.
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills
  • Ability to work productively as part of a team and in fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills
  • Ability to work productively as part of a team and in fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of infection control, occupational and environmental health, employee safety, and hazard mitigation.
  • Ability to travel between work sites on a regular basis.
  • Experience in emergency response is helpful, but not required.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. 

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a fully benefited 1.0 FTE that is salaried and not overtime eligible. Typical hours of work are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with some on-call, early morning, evening, holiday and weekend availability required to meet operational needs.

WORK LOCATION: Telework from home and/or Chinook Building, with travel to multiple Public Health service locations, including King County Isolation and Quarantine facilities.

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
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 pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • 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?
Describe strengths you bring to be successful in supporting staff and being a vital contributor to the management team. (The management team may include other supervisors, leads, Area Managers and Program managers.)
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
The County values equity and social justice as a core principal. What do you do to practice equity and social justice principals at all levels of your work?

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