Public Health Nurse - Mobile Testing and Vaccination Team

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on October 7, 2021
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Summary

There is an urgent need to expand mobile testing and vaccination capacity across King County. If you have the passion, desire, and drive to serve those most vulnerable in our community and want to work in an environment that values diversity and approaches situations with a focus on racial equity, then Public Health’s COVID-19 Homeless Response is the place for you.
   
 Mobile testing and vaccination are an integral part of Public Health’s COVID-19 response. The Mobile Testing and Vaccination (MTV) Team is responsible for providing COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccinations, Hepatitis, and Flu vaccinations for people who experience homelessness and are not able to access testing or vaccine at a hospital, clinic, or other site. This includes residents of supportive housing programs, behavioral health residential programs, emergency shelters, tiny house villages, low-income housing and tent cities.
The Mobile Testing and Vaccination Public Health Nurse will oversee COVID-19 mobile testing and vaccination events to reach high-risk individuals who cannot leave their homes or facilities or face other barriers to making appointments and presenting at a clinic or high-volume sites. This position is based in the Chinook Building in Downtown Seattle; however, the majority of the time will be spent in mobile testing and vaccination events in settings such as homeless service sites, day centers, and shelters throughout King County. This is a term limited temporary (TLT) or Special Duty position.  This position will report to the Mobile Testing and Vaccination Personal Health Services Supervisor in the Community Health Services Division of Public Health.
 
Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) outlined by the CDC will be provided - including mask, gloves, and appropriate social distancing.
 
 
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.
 
 
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity 
 

Job Duties

  • Lead COVID-19 mobile testing and vaccination events with a focus on testing/vaccinating individuals experiencing homelessness and older adult populations.
  • Provide programmatic input for the mobile testing and vaccine strategy, including the implementation of processes and protocols.
  • Participate in the COVID-19 response, as assigned and approved by the supervisor. 
  • Lead mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics with a focus on providing services to vulnerable populations.
  • Lead mobile clinic operations staffed by Public Health staff and/or other volunteers.
  • Travel to mobile clinics, transport supplies, and set-up/break-down equipment.
  • Ensure appropriate storage and handling of vaccines and testing specimens.
  • Ensuring adequate documentation of information for testing and vaccine administration. 
  • 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. 
  • Participate in standardized evaluations of on-site clinic operations and overall testing and vaccine strategy to identify areas for improvement. 
  • Provide programmatic input and technical assistance for mobile clinic strategy
  • Engage with organizations as needed to encourage testing and vaccination.
  • Ensure equity concerns are addressed to minimize barriers to service accessibility. 
  • Develop, update and maintain COVID-19 mobile testing and vaccination policies, procedures, and other documentation. 
  • Refine the operating guide and staffing model tailored to different populations and settings.
  • Participate in Section's response during disease outbreaks 
  • Participate in outbreak response activities as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Requirements:

  • 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.
 

 Desired:
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • 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. 
 
 
Contact:  Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Manager at amy.curtis@kingcounty.gov or call 206.263.8358 

 Interviews for these positions will be October 15th and 21st

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 www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (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 www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring. 
  • 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 work schedule typically between the hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with an occasional late night shift 1-2 times per month to service later events. This position is overtime eligible and may work outside of the typical schedule to meet operational needs.
 
Work Location: The home base for this position is Chinook building but will deploy to other parts of the County to support operational needs.
 
Telecommuting 
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.

01
Do you have experience working with people experiencing homelessness or other vulnerable populations?
  • Yes
  • No
02
The Mobile Testing Program supports clients with harm reduction supplies including safer sex supplies and safer drug use supplies. This position will support staff in procuring supplies and in receiving training on harm reduction. Are you comfortable with providing staff support around harm reduction supplies?
  • Yes
  • No
03
Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
04
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
05
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
06
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
07
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling?
  • Yes
  • No
08
Are you willing to accept a term-limited temporary (TLT) position?
  • Yes
  • No
09
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.
10
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.
11
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
12
Do you have experience providing crisis intervention/de-escalation with vulnerable and special needs populations? If yes, please describe your experience:
13
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.
14
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
15
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
16
If selected to move forward in the recruitment process, you acknowledge that interviews will be conducted on October 15th and 21st?
  • Yes
  • No

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