Registered Nurse: COVID-19 Response – Mobile Testing

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on November 18, 2020


Are you a Registered Nurse who has the passion, desire, and drive to serve those most vulnerable in our community? Do you want to work in an environment that values diversity and approaches situations with a focus on racial equity? If your answer is a capital YES! then Public Health’s COVID-19 Homeless Response is the place for you.


Mobile testing is an integral part of Public Health’s COVID-19 response. The Mobile Assessment Team (MAT) is responsible for providing COVID-19 testing for people who are at high risk for severe illness from the disease and are not able to access testing at a hospital, clinic, or other site. This includes residents of supportive housing programs, behavioral health residential programs, emergency shelters, adult family homes, and assisted living or long-term care (LTC) facilities. The team provides reactive testing directly to sites where there is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case as well as proactive testing for surveillance in homeless service sites. The position is responsible for staffing field testing events and will spend the majority of time working off-site. 


This registered nurse position is a member of the Community Health Services Division COVID-19 Response and will have the opportunity for cross-training to Isolation and Quarantine Center and the Health Engagement Action Resource Team (HEART). Isolation and Quarantine centers provide a safe, clean, and comfortable place to stay for people who can't safely self-quarantine or isolate in their own home, or don't have a home. HEART provides both proactive and reactive visits to homeless service sites to assess practices for health, safety, wellness, and infection prevention. 

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:

  • Staff on-site COVID-19 testing events with a focus on people experiencing homelessness and elderly residents of long-term care facilities.

  • Travel to testing events, transport test kits, PPE and other supplies, and assist with equipment (tent, table) set-up and breakdown.

  • Maintain sufficient COVID-19 testing supplies and PPE in personal go-kits based on the number of facilities to be visited in a day, number of patients expected to be tested at each facility, and length of time at each facility, while taking into account changing PPE between facilities, breaks, and lunches.

  • Fill out lab requisition forms and label specimen tubes accurately and legibly.

  • Collect nasopharyngeal (NP), mid-turbinate (MT) and anterior nares (AN) swabs within scope of professional duties and store properly.

  • Don and doff PPE per MAT standard operating procedures.

  • Transport samples to designated laboratory.

  • Deliver patient line list and after-action report to MAT Program Manager.

  • Participate in department's COVID-19 response.

  • Participate in COVID-19 response activities in collaboration with CHS Division staff, as assigned, including but not limited to administering questionnaires,  ensuring safe storage and handling of biologicals and other supplies, ensuring adequate documentation of medical procedures, and reviewing patient health histories.

  • This position may also be asked to deploy to other COVID-19 response activities including emergency winter shelter support and vaccination efforts with appropriate training and supervision provided.


 Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Knowledge of COVID-19 disease and infectious disease management and control.

  • Ability to be trained in nasopharyngeal (NP), mid-turbinate (MT) and/or anterior nares (AN) specimen collection.

  • Ability to provide crisis intervention/de-escalation with high-risk and special needs populations.

  • 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.

  • 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, and healthcare providers.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in community settings with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.

  • Ability to apply concepts of harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and equity & social justice principles to nursing practice 

  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required.

  • Ability to travel between work sites on a regular basis. 


Licensing/Certification Requirements: 

  • Current Washington State Registered Nurse (RN) license in good standing.

  • Associate Degree in Nursing Science from an accredited school of nursing

  • Washington State Drivers' License or the ability to provide transportation to work.

  • Current BLS-CPR for Healthcare Providers

  • Must be willing to provide options counseling 


Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and familiarity with homeless services and affordable housing in King County.

  • Two years clinical experience (inpatient or outpatient).

  • Training in or knowledge of harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care.

  • Behavioral Health nursing experience.

  • Knowledge and experience with substance use disorder treatment.

  • Experience in emergency response

  • Bilingual

  • Bicultural 

Who May Apply:  These positions are open to all qualified applicants including new graduate nurses. This posting will be used to fill all needs.

First consideration will be given to those who apply by November 24, 2020

Work Schedule: These positions are fully benefited 1.0 FTE and overtime eligible. Typical workweek is Monday-Friday with 1-2 late evening shifts per week. 1.0 FTE available with differentials for evenings as well as COVID-19 testing premium rate (5%). May also work outside of assigned shift and/or location in order to meet operational needs.

Work Location: Based out of Columbia Public Health building in South Seattle. However, the majority of the time will be working off-site.

Contact: For more information, contact Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist at


Application Process: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application 
  • Completed supplemental questions that are supported in your application. These answers will be reviewed to determine competitiveness. Please do not use "see resume" in your answers as these will be considered incomplete. 

Your application will be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the required information in the application. If you reference "see resume" on your application it will be considered incomplete. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. 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 

Special Requirements:

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit a background check. Records are not automatically disqualifying. 
  • 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 trainings on time.
  • May be redeployed in the event of a public health emergency.
Union Affiliation: This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).

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.

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.

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
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.
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 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.
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
What experience, if any, do you have in working with individuals experiencing homelessness?
If internal, do you have permission from your current supervisor to apply for a Special Duty Assignment?
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  • N/A
Please provide your RN credential number.

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