Public Health Nurse - Hepatitis A Program

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on October 18, 2020
Summary


Summary:
This Public Health Nurse works in close collaboration with members of the Healthcare for the Homeless, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health and CD/Imms Programs to oversee community vaccination clinics and participate in the Section’s response during vaccine preventable disease outbreaks. This position is based in the Chinook Building in Downtown Seattle however the majority of the time will be spent hosting vaccination clinics in non-traditional settings such as homeless villages, day centers, correctional facilities, encampments, and shelters throughout King County. The position reports to the Immunization Program Manager in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization (CD/IMMS) Section of the Prevention Division.


Major program responsibilities:

  • Lead community vaccination clinics with a focus on vaccinating people experiencing homelessness and people who use drugs.
  • Provide programmatic input for the CD/Imms section’s vaccination strategy, including the implementation of vaccine processes in local correctional facilities and emergency departments.
  • Develop, update and maintain hepatitis A prevention program policies, procedures, and other documentation. E.g. related to vaccination, sheltering and lodging options for individuals with confirmed and suspected hepatitis A.
  • Participate in CD/Imms Section's response during vaccine preventable disease outbreaks and emergencies, as assigned and approved by the supervisor.


Specific responsibilities:
  • Lead on-site vaccination clinics with a focus on vaccinating people experiencing homelessness.
  • Supervision of immunization clinic operations and Public Health Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.
  • Travel to immunization clinics, transport vaccine and other supplies, and set-up/break-down equipment.
  • Maintain immunization clinic supplies and ensure appropriate storage and handling of vaccines.
  • Screen for and administer vaccines at (small-scale) community immunization clinics.
  • Provide situational health education and referrals/linkages to medical/specialty care.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with internal and external partners such as service providers serving persons experiencing homelessness, community health clinics, hospitals, and Department staff.
  • Participate in standardized evaluations of on-site clinic operations and overall vaccination strategy to identify areas for improvement.
  • Provide programmatic input and technical assistance for the CD/Imms section’s vaccination strategy, including the implementation of vaccine processes in local correctional facilities and emergency departments.
  • Conduct outreach and provide technical assistance for hospitals to vaccinate patients who are at risk for hepatitis A infection.
  • Coordinate with correctional facilities in King County to vaccinate incarcerated individuals on a routine basis.
  • Engage with organizations who serve persons living homeless to encourage vaccination.
  • Ensure equity concerns are addressed to minimize barriers to vaccine accessibility.
  • Develop, update and maintain hepatitis A prevention program policies, procedures, and other documentation. (E.g. related to vaccination, sheltering and lodging options for individuals with confirmed and suspected hepatitis A.)
  • Coordinate transport, isolation, and delivery of wraparound services for patients with hepatitis A who are living homeless and who do not require hospitalization while they remain infectious. Develop CD/Imms program policies and procedures associated with this task.
  • In collaboration with Department subject matter experts, explore the feasibility of various staffing models and train staff on motel and transportation procedures.
  • With colleagues, identify additional motels and shelters that can isolate patients with hepatitis A infection.
  • Participate in Section's response during vaccine preventable disease outbreaks
  • Participate in vaccine preventable disease outbreak response activities in collaboration with CD/Imms Section staff, as assigned, including but not limited to providing post-exposure prophylaxis, administering questionnaires,  ensuring safe storage and handling of vaccines and other supplies, ensuring adequate documentation of vaccinations/medications administered, and reviewing patient immunization histories.

Work hours and location: This is a full-time, term-limited temporary or special duty opportunity that is based in the Chinook Building which is located at 401 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. However, this position does require the nurse to be able to mobilize quickly as well as have the ability to be flexible as the hours of work will be based on operational needs and this could include evenings and weekends. These positions are projected to last 1 year but can change based on need.
 
 
King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.



Contact: For more information contact Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist at amy.curtis@kingcounty.gov



Qualifications:
  • Thorough knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations, public health nursing principles and processes, and infectious disease management and control.
  • Demonstrated experience administering vaccines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, be flexible, and manage multiple assignments in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner.
  • Ability to provide crisis intervention/de-escalation with high-risk and special needs populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to 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.
  • 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)
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:
  • Current Washington State Registered Nurse license in good standing.
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing science from a school of nursing accredited School of Nursing
  • Current Washington State Driver's License
  • Current CPR/BLS Certification for Healthcare Providers


Desired Qualifications:
  • Understanding of and familiarity with homeless services and affordable housing in King County
  • Training in or knowledge of harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, and street-based outreach
  • Two years clinical experience (inpatient or outpatient)
  • Master's degree in public health or related field


Supplemental Information:
  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/jobs.aspx
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • 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 and working hours.
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass 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 their mandatory trainings on time.


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.

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Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
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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
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Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you willing to accept a term-limited temporary (TLT) position?
  • Yes
  • No
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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.
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Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
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Do you have experience administering vaccines to adults, particularly in non-traditional or field settings? If yes, please describe your experience:
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Do you have experience providing crisis intervention/de-escalation with vulnerable and special needs populations? If yes, please describe your experience:
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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):
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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.
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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

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