Public Health Nurse Family Ways Program

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on October 4, 2021
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Family Ways is a partnership with communities to supporting pregnant, parenting families and children.  There are three specific communities of focus services will be provided to: U.S. born Black/African American, the American Indian/Alaskan Native, and the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. The Public Health Nurse will be a consult and resource for team members on health prevention or promotion and conduct care coordination with other team members and referral sources. The Public Health Nurse will also foster strength-based practice with client and families. They will also carry a case load to provide client and family services. Team members will be upheld to Family Ways Guiding Principles: leading with racial equity, respect, participant-centered services with strength-based practice, collaborative decision making, accountability, and continuous improvement in their services and programming. 
Competitive candidates will have experience in training and consultation with team members and have experience working closely with individuals and families that identify in with the communities of focus and have experience with client interaction in a variety of settings, including home visits. Candidates can demonstrate effective teaching and coaching skills, collaboration with others and apply communication skills that are inclusive and inviting, especially during difficult situations. Candidate has skills and abilities to lead continuous improvement and quality of services and engage others to contribute to improvements in services and team processes. 
This position is situated in the Community Health Services Division in the Parent Child Health Program. Staff may report to work at one or more community-based organizations or county offices as part of their work locations. This is a represented position at 1.0 FTE. Workdays and hours may vary depending on community events, client/family need and staff coverage.  Some weekday evenings and weekend work will be required, as well as the ability to drive and travel to multiple locations throughout King County.

Job Duties

Primary Responsibilities

  • Delegates tasks and collaborates with peer support and other staff in the Family Ways program.
  • Responds to emergency situations with basic life support and first aid skills.  Summons other health care providers and emergency response personnel in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Ensures compliance with practice guidelines, community standards of care, and Federal and State laws and regulations. Ensures a safe working environment by adhering to the standards set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration (OSHA/WISHA).
  • Participates in Department and possibly community emergency response training and drills in support of disaster preparedness. Maintains home preparedness to respond in the case of a disaster.
  • Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing education, participating in professional committees and work groups, and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued. 
  • Training and consultation
  • Direct care and coordination
  • Partnership and Community Engagement
  • Leadership and Innovation by participating in program development, implementation, coordination, and support; may facilitate multidisciplinary and/or interagency teams.  
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Current Public Health nursing principles and processes
  • Prescribed treatments and medical interventions; ability to effectively monitor and document the patient’s treatment progress and response; ability to refer to appropriate providers as indicated
  • Health care technology, equipment, supplies, and materials needed for medical treatment
  • Chart documentation requirements, medical record forms, State and Federal laws that govern release of health care information, patient consent
  • Population-based health status indicators, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services
  • Ability to apply OSHA/WISHA standards and ability to apply these standards
  • Health care systems structure and function; ability to make appropriate client referrals based upon patient need, program guidelines and community resources
  • Current epidemiological data analysis and surveillance methods used in the management of communicable and infectious disease
  • Washington State law relating to nursing care (WAC 18.79), federal health care regulations, Nurse Practice guidelines, Patient Bill of Rights, and clinical practice guidelines for patient care; understanding of community standards
  • Group processes including facilitation, collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution
  • Research techniques and principles as well as quality assurance/improvement systems
  • Emergency preparedness—at home, work and in the community and understanding of incident command structure
  • Leadership skills required to delegate tasks, coordinate patient and family care, and mobilize community resources
  • Initiating appropriate emergency response
  • Using a systematic approach to client care that includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, evaluation, consultation, referral and follow up
  • Maintaining working relationships with diverse populations and cultures; ability to engage clients and families in a care plan
  • Case management: ability to provide option counseling and referral for terminations
  • Working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes
  • Using information management systems
  • Skills in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, physical assessment, and basic pharmacology
  • Human systems (wellness, illness, growth and development, basic nutrition, human behavior, psychosocial development, family, and community systems)
  • Knowledge of public information techniques and methods, adapting and strategies considering the audience
  • Knowledge of marketing principles, mass media and methods of instruction
  • Skills in information to a wide variety of audiences, making individual or group presentations and trainings
  • Interpersonal communications skills, group process and facilitation
  • Adult learning and health education techniques and principles including reproductive health education, related services information, option counseling and emergency contraception services
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Problem-solving and handling crisis situations and hostile clients
  • Skills in maintaining working relationships and working with diverse populations
  • Time management, problem solving, multiple tasking, prioritizing, crisis intervention and medical care coordination. Ability to meet deadlines and be flexible and adjust to changing needs.
  • Skills in identifying and determining response to emergency situations
  • Skills and experience using computer, Microsoft programs (Word, Outlook), electronic health records, video meeting platforms and wide range of audio-visual equipment and programs
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices. 
  • Experience working with communities striving to overcome systemic racism.

  • Washington State Driver’s License or ability to get to various sites.
  • Current Washington State Registered Nurse license
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing science from an accredited school of nursing
  • CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Letter of interest describing why you would like to work with our communities.

  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • Experience working with communities to build partnerships and gain understanding of unique community needs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability of how to engage authentically with client and families. 
  • Lived experience and/or deep experience working in more than one of these communities: U.S born Black/African American, the American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. Our goal is to have a team that is representative of the populations we serve and dedicated to serving clients with quality and compassion.
  • Experience being an active, productive contributor within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member. 
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities working collaboratively with client and families, community-based groups, service providers, other staff, and programs. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective and respectful oral and written communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

Contact:  Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Manager at or call 206.263.8358 

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.

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.

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.

Who May Apply 
This position is open to all qualified candidates. This posting will be used to fill all need.

Interviews for this position will be conducted the week of November 8, 2021.
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. 
  • Letter of interest
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: The Chinook Building which is located 401 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

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.

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?
  • 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 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
Explain your experience and knowledge working with more than one of these communities: U.S born Black/African American, the American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. Please be thorough and explicit on your role and experience.
Describe your experience and knowledge of working in community-centered programs serving pregnant and parenting program participants from one or all 3 of the named focus communities. Be thorough and explicit on the following: a. Your role b. Length of time working with the focus populations c. Activities and responsibilities of the job you performed
King County has transformed its work on equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principle of "fair and just" intentionally in all the County does to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. What is the most important equity and social justice issue to you and why?
What strategies do you use to promote equity in your work? Provide 3-5 specific strategies that you have used to promote equity and social justice as Public Health Nurse.

Required Question