Administers the Kentucky Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control Program for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
Primary Tasks and Duties:
Administers and manages the Kentucky TB Prevention and Control Program and provides nurse consultation, technical assistance and general supervision of staff in the TB Program. Directs and coordinates assessments, planning (e.g. TB prevention plan) and implementation of TB prevention and control activities.
Principal investigation for the CDC TB Grant. Directs and coordinates the preparation, implementation, and ongoing activities related to the CDC TB grants. Manages budgets for grants and the TB Program. Explores/initiates new grant opportunities for TB Program. Writes grants and supports grant writing. Consultant on grant writing process.
Evaluates performance of employees, interviews potential employees, counsel employees, and orients/supports new staff to programs, policies, and procedures. Provides ongoing training to employees to develop and maintain competencies about topics related to TB prevention and control.
Coordinates and manages reviews and updates to contents of technical and administrative manuals (e.g. Public Health Practice Reference), drafts new or updates TB legislation (statutes or regulations) and drafts public health policy guidance for TB prevention and control.
Coordinates and manages reports, publications and presentations about TB program from consultations, epidemiologic studies, literature reviews of epidemiologic topics and other sources. Coordinates and manages training to local health departments, hospital infection preventionists, physicians, and other health care providers about topics related to TB prevention and control.
Other projects and duties as assigned by the Branch Manager. Participates in epidemiology on-call schedule for Department for Public Health.
Prefer that applicants have five years or more of experience as a Registered Nurse. At least three years of experience in the last five years is preferred to be in infectious diseases (e.g. tuberculosis control, infection control, communicable diseases control, or infectious diseases epidemiology). An advanced degree (i.e. Master of Science in Nursing or higher degree) with a major [or concentration] in Community Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Infectious Diseases or Infection Control or a Master's degree in Public Health with a major [or concentration] in epidemiology is a plus. Three or more years of supervisory experience in healthcare facilities or public health is a plus.
Work conditions and unique physical requirements:
Work typically is performed in an office setting and involves frequent use of the telephone and office computer. Work is mainly sedentary but may require carrying references and supplies that weigh up to 25 pounds. Sometimes, work may involve travel to field locations for investigations involving patients, residents, or employees who may have been exposed to or become ill with infectious diseases. Travel for one to five days, outside the local area, may occur one to ten times per year for training or field investigations.
Selection Method :
Qualifying: All candidates who apply and meet the minimum requirements are eligible for placement on the register for hiring consideration.
Characteristics of the Class :
Administers the total nursing services program in a major state health care facility OR administers the total nursing services program for special health care needs children in a specific region OR administers the total nursing services patient assessment/nursing education program for a major health care reimbursement system, maternal and family planning services, or local clinical service delivery programs OR administers nursing services programs in a juvenile justice facility(ies); and performs other duties as required.
Typical Working Conditions and Unique Physical Requirements :
Works with patients, clients, or employees who may have been exposed to infectious diseases.
Additional Requirements :
Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check.