Registered Nurse - Buprenorphine Pathways Clinic

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on March 16, 2020

Downtown Public Health Center is looking for a skilled Registered Nurse (RN) who brings experience in working with diverse, complex, vulnerable adults suffering from mental health conditions, substance use and homelessness. This nurse will work in the Buprenorphine (BUPE) Pathways Program that is housed in the Downtown Public Health Center, in Seattle's Belltown  This program is a collaborative care model designed with a harm reduction approach to help address the opioid epidemic and provide low barrier access for individuals to BUPE. This RN will coordinate with multiple programs within the facility and community in order to provide clients with seamless care. This RN will be instrumental in the development of individual's care plans. Responsibilities include screening, assessment, treatment monitoring and interventions, patient care planning, evaluation, and medical care coordination. This RN will provide nursing education to clients, their family members, or other supportive individuals about Buprenorphine therapy as well as risks, benefits, potential side effects, interactions, program requirements, consents and treatment contracts. This nurse will involve clients in the development of their care plans and work collaboratively with the clients to address their needs. The nurse maintains the clinic environment, coordinating the care team's efforts and maintains a positive relationship with the clients served. 

Work location and schedule:  Downtown Public Health Center is located at 2124 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA  98121. Typical work hours for this position is Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but may work outside of these days/times based on operational needs.

Nurses at Seattle & King County Public Health are represented by Washington State Nurses Association and is therefore eligible for shift differentials. This position is benefits eligible. Please follow this link for more details:

Who may apply: This position is opened to all qualified applicants.This Term-Limited Temporary or Special Duty Assignment position (for King County Employees).


Please Note: Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Application process:
Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated or your application is missing any required component then your request will not proceed to the next steps of the process.

For more information: Contact Amy Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist at (206) 263-8358 or email

General Duties:
  • Obtain and document health history and make nursing diagnosis based on nursing assessment.
  • Documentation requires electronic charting: EPIC.
  • Provide support services to the client, referring to outside resources when necessary.
  • Participate in quality assurance activities to meet laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Provide training, orientation and education to staff, clients, students and the community.
  • May provide birth control and pregnancy options counseling.

  • Knowledge of nursing principles and processes; human systems; infectious disease management and control; health care system structure and function.
  • Knowledge of adult learning and health education techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of personal safety standards, safety techniques and principles.
  • Demonstrated abilities performing comprehensive nursing assessments and successfully engaging clients in a plan of care.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients and their families and with other health and human services staff; developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with patients; and working with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability providing reproductive health education, services, community outreach, and working with community partners and agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability working in a fast paced environment independently, multi-tasking, demonstrating attention to detail, crisis intervention and problem solving skills and effective time management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability completing medical record documentation, problem-solving and case management.
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities.
  • Willing to provide options counseling.
  • Skilled in motivational interviewing
  • Able to provide care through a lens of harm reduction, trauma informed care and equity & social justice.

Licensing/Certification/Job Requirements:
  • Requires an active and unencumbered Washington State Registered Nurse license from an accredited school of nursing or equivalent
  • Attached proof of Current BLS for Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Washington State Driver's License
  • Letter of interest

  • BSN preferred

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
  • 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.
Necessary special requirements:
  • The selected candidate must 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.
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire.  CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
Union affiliation: These positions are 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 to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • 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?
Please describe ways that you will both model and encourage trauma-informed care and practice.
Some of our customers have often experienced racism, trauma and poverty. What makes you uniquely qualified to provide services to others who have experienced these inequities?

Required Question