Public Health Nurse for General Communicable Disease and/or COVID

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on September 9, 2021
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These Public Health Nurse positions work in close collaboration with other members of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization (CD-IMMS) Section including Program Leads/Subject Matter Expert (SME) staff, Program Managers (PHSS and PPM IV), Medical Epidemiologists, Public Health Nurses (PHN), Disease Research and Intervention Specialists (DRIS) and Epidemiologists on disease investigations, making disease control recommendations with facilities, and immunization –related activities (COVID-19 and other vaccines).  Major areas of responsibility include performing case and outbreak investigations including healthcare-associated case and outbreak investigations; providing clinical consultation and infection prevention support to health care providers, health care facilities (including long-term care facilities) and the public for COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, and supporting immunization activities (including vaccination clinics) and immunity assessments (e.g. drawing blood for titer). 

This position reports to the General Communicable Disease or COVID-19 Team Program Leads/SME in the CD-IMMS Section of the Prevention Division. This position participates in Section’s response during outbreaks and emergencies as approved by supervisor.  This position also participates in after-hours and weekend call coverage for communicable disease reports from healthcare providers approximately 4 to 6 weeks a year.

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: 
  • Conduct notifiable disease surveillance and investigations, including implementation of disease control measures.
  • Provide information and technical assistance to other Section staff and Departmental programs, health care providers and the public.
  • Provide clinical and technical consultation and support for immunization team including supporting immunization activities and clinics.
  • Conduct onsite infection control assessment and response (ICAR) visits to King County facilities and assist with healthcare-associated communicable disease case and outbreak investigations, surveillance activities, and implementation of disease control measures.
  • Participate in Section's response during outbreaks and emergencies; assist with after-hours disease investigation and response activities, as assigned and approved by the supervisor. This position is also in the rotation for on–call coverage after hours and on weekends, 4 to 6 weeks per year.
  • Active and unencumbered Washington State license as a Registered Nurse at time of hire.
  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Washington State Drivers' License or the ability to provide transportation to work.
  • Current BLS-CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • COVID Vaccination
  • Letter of interest describing why you have interest in this work as it relates to vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • Thorough knowledge of: disease surveillance and investigation methods; immunization recommendations; public health nursing principles and processes; infectious disease prevention and control.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of protected health information at all times. 
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing with supervisor, co-workers, healthcare providers, and the general public for the purposes of relaying time-sensitive information and making presentations, proposals, and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and clinical support to health care providers and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in community settings without on-site supervision with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel) 
  • Experience with communicable disease case investigation and disease control measures.
  • Two years clinical experience (inpatient or outpatient). 
  • Master's degree in public health or related field (or equivalent)
  • Interviewing skills (phone and in person)
  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) ® 
  • Experience working in Infection Prevention and conducting onsite ICAR visits[MS1]
  • Proficiency in administering immunizations and phlebotomy (and/or willingness to obtain proficiency training).


WHO MAY APPLY: These positions are open to all minimally qualified applicants. This posting will be used to fill all needs.   
WORK SCHEDULE:  Work schedule is typically 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday, with some evenings and weekend work required and is scheduled to end June 30, 2022.  This position is FLSA eligible and is eligible for overtime. The individual selected for this position will participate in Section's response during outbreaks and emergencies; assist with after-hours disease investigation and response activities, as assigned and approved by the supervisor. This position is also in the rotation for on–call coverage after hours and on weekends, 4 to 6 weeks per year. 
WORK LOCATION:  The home base for this position is Chinook Building located in Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave., Seattle. This position will have some telecommuting at this time.


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

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 minimally qualified candidates which includes new graduate and re-entry Registered Nurses.


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.


Telecommuting:  Some of the work associated with this position may be performed predominantly through teleworking with reporting to 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.  

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?
  • 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.
Describe your experience and knowledge of communicable diseases and communicable disease case and outbreak investigations. If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
Describe your experience in conducting interviews with patients. In your response, include the setting of this experience (public health, health care, other). If you do not have any experience, please type N/A.
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?
Do you have thorough knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations, public health nursing principles and processes, and infectious disease management and control? If yes, please describe how you acquired this knowledge (e.g. school or professional experience):
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

Required Question