Registered Nurse – Downtown Public Health Center COVID-19 Testing Team

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on November 21, 2020


COVID-19 Testing RN (Downtown Public Health Center Team) 

This position is a member of the Public Health – Seattle & King County Downtown Public Health Center COVID-19 Testing Team which 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 or clinic. The position is responsible for participating in the health department’s COVID-19 response.

This position is based at the Downtown Public Health Center building backlot in (Belltown) Seattle. The work schedule is scheduled Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. The position reports to the COVID-19 Public Health Services Supervisor (PHSS) at Downtown Public Health Center COVID-19 Testing Team of the Community Health Services Division.

This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. For internal applicants, in order to be considered for a Special Duty Assignment, you must have permission from your current Supervisor for release from your base position.


CONTACT: For questions about this recruitment, please email Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist

This position will primarily work at the ­­Downtown Public Health Center located at 2124 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA (backlot). As needed, the position may be deployed to other Public Health Centers and sites throughout King County.

  • 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 onsite based on the number of projected number of patients expected to be tested daily
  • Fill out lab requisition forms and label specimen tubes accurately and legibly
  • Collect oropharyngeal (OP), nasopharyngeal (NP), mid-turbinate (MT) and anterior nares (AN) swabs within scope of professional duties and store properly.
  • Don and doff PPE per CDC standard operating procedures.
  • Store specimens appropriately for transport to designated laboratory
  • Contacting people that tested positive by providing information and guidelines to ensure appropriate isolation
  • Deliver patient line list and after-action report to PHSS.
  • Participate in the department’s COVID-19 response, as assigned and approved by the supervisor.
  • 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.

  • Knowledge of COVID-19 disease and infectious disease management and control.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting oropharyngeal (OP), nasopharyngeal (NP), mid-turbinate (MT) and/or anterior nares (AN) swabs.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, be flexible, and manage multiple assignments in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • 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, and healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in community settings with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required.

  • Current Washington State Registered Nurse license from an accredited school of nursing in good standing
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing science from a school of nursing accredited by the National League of Nursing or the equivalent.
  • Washington State driver's license or ability to travel within King County
  • Current BLS-CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Letter of Interest

  • Training in or knowledge of harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, and street-based outreach.
  • Two years clinical experience (inpatient or outpatient)

APPLICATION PROCESS: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper applications
  • 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.
  • Letter of interest which details how you meet or exceed the qualifications.

Your application may 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

  • 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.

UNION AFFILIATION: This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA)

WHO WE ARE: At King County, our work is guided by our True North and values. Our True North is what we aspire to: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.

Our values define the way we act, what's important to us, and our expectations for ourselves and one another.

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?
Please describe the aspects of your education, training, and experience that you feel most align with the needs of this position.

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