Registered Nurse for Family Health Clinic Downtown Public Health Clinic

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on November 12, 2020

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

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.

Current Opportunity:
Our Downtown Public Health team is looking for a Registered Nurse (RN) who will work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced Family Health Clinic offering primary care services to low income families (newborn to seniors) with medical complexity and social vulnerability.  Our multidisciplinary team includes core public health physicians, ARNPs, Swedish Family Medicine Residents and Preceptors, nurses, medical assistants, behavioral health specialist, nutrition services, interpreters, referral coordinators, administrative staff and insurance enrollment assistance staff.  This RN will coordinate with multiple programs within the facility in order to provide clients with seamless care. The responsibilities include nursing triage, assessments and interventions, patient care planning, evaluation, and medical care coordination, adult and pediatric immunizations, and mental health screening. The RN also carries out prescribed treatments, administers medications, and coordinates activities with other health care staff in order to assure the orderly and safe provision of health care services. The RN facilitates and assures daily clinic activities and operations. The RN maintains the clinic environment, coordinates the patient care team efforts and directs efficient clinic flow. The RN delegates tasks to the health care team within the scope of practice to achieve desirable patient outcomes and efficient clinic functioning.

Work Location and Schedule:
The primary worksite for this position is at the Downtown Public Health Center which is located at 2124 Fourth Avenue Seattle, WA  98121. This is term-limited temporary (TLT) flexing up to 1.0 depending on patient volume. Typical work hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. This position is projected to end June 2021 but may be extended. Here at Seattle/King County Public Health we strive to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate operational needs.

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.

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

Job Duties: 
  • Conducts nursing assessments and interventions, patient care planning, evaluation and medical care coordination.
  • Maintains the clinic environment, coordinates the patient care team efforts, delegates tasks and directs clinic flow.
  • Carries out prescribed treatments, administers medications and vaccinations, monitors and documents treatment progress and patient response.
  • Conducts medical screening and triage with patients over the phone and in person.
  • Obtains and documents health history, chief complaint, vital signs, growth monitoring data, assessment data, and developmental screening data.
  • Refers to or consults with other health providers.
  • Follows established Public Health medical records policies and procedures and the State and Federal laws that govern the release of health care information.
  • Establishes relationships with individuals or families to promote interactive problem solving and provide patient education.
  • Delegates as allowed under the Nurse Practice Act.
  • Participates and assists in the training and orientation of health care professional students and new employees.
  • Establishes and maintains tracking of data for acute and chronic illness management.
  • Provides for clinic maintenance of supplies and equipment; maintains a safe environment according to standards of (OSHA/WISHA).
  • Provides patient care based upon these practice guidelines, community standards of care, and Federal and State laws and regulations.
  • Maintains professional competence by pursuing opportunities for continuous learning, attending continuing education offerings, reading professional literature, and engaging in other activities which develop new knowledge and skills.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
  • Knowledge of nursing process, ability to use a systematic approach to client care that includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, evaluation, consultation and referral.
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, physical assessment and basic pharmacology.
  • Knowledge of health care systems structure and function, (primary care services, community resources and private providers), allowing for appropriate client referrals based upon patient need and program guidelines.
  • Knowledge of human systems (wellness, illness, growth and development, human behavior, psychosocial development, family and community systems) and alternative health care treatments.
  • Knowledge of prescribed treatments and medical interventions, ability to monitor and document patient's treatment progress and response, refer to providers when indicated.
  • Knowledge of Washington State law (WAC 18.79) relating to nursing care, federal health care regulations, Nurse Practice guidelines, Patient Bill of Rights, clinical practice guidelines for patient care, and understands community standards.
  • Knowledge of chart documentation requirements, medical record forms, State and Federal laws that govern release of health care information, patient consent.
  • Requires electronic charting in EPIC. Knowledge of health care technology, equipment, supplies and materials needed for medical treatment.
  • Familiarity with the systems required to maintain the supplies; skill in repairing and calibrating clinic equipment.
  • Knowledge of adult learning and health education techniques and principles including reproductive health education, related services information, options counseling, and emergency contraception services.
  • Ability to effectively manage time, problem solve, manage multiple tasks, prioritize, intervene in a crisis and coordinate medical care.
  • Ability to lead the work of others, including to delegate tasks and coordinate the patient care team effort to provide efficient clinic flow.
  • Knowledge of research techniques and principals as well as quality assurance/improvement systems.
  • Ability to apply OSHA/WISHA standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use information management systems.
  • Ability to initiate appropriate crisis intervention and emergency response.
  • Ability to maintain working relationships and ability to work with diverse populations and cultures; ability to engage clients in a care plan.
  • Ability to conduct patient triage, both in person and on the phone.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes.

  • Current Washington State Registered Nurse license.
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Associate Degree Nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Washington State Driver's License or ability to mobilize around the county as needed.
  • Letter of interest

Desired Qualification: 
  • Minimum 2 years Ambulatory Care nursing preferred
  • BSN preferred
  • Experience working with multiple age groups and working with diverse immigrant and refugee populations and high risk populations impacted by substance use, mental illness, and homelessness
  • Experience with EPIC
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural

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.
  • 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 the 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
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
How recently have you provided primary medical care in a clinical setting?
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?
If you are an internal nurse, have you been granted permission from your current Supervisor to be released? If this does not apply to you respond with N/A.
Please provide your RN credential number and state of issuance.

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