Public Health Nurse
Public Health - Seattle & King County - King County, WA

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This recruitment is open to all qualified candidates and will be used to build a list of applicants eligible for Public Health Nurse (PHN) vacancies. PHN vacancies will be filled from this list. Qualified applicants will remain on the eligible list for 6 months and then must reapply.

Summary of Practice: PHNs provide direct care and health promotion services for individuals, families and community groups in King County. They perform complex assessments, education, linkages to community resources, and case management services in patient homes, clinics and other community settings. PHNs provide nursing services to low income and diverse client populations. This may include services to children with special health care needs, abused/neglected children, teen parents, and families with complex social concerns. In communicable disease they are involved with prevention and intervention.

Public Health is accepting applications for Public Health Nurse (PHN) positions. Applicants are referred to positions for 6 months and then must reapply.

Current vacancies:
Public Health Nurse (PHN) - Term Limited Temporary position. This PHN part of Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Proram will conduct notifiable disease surveillance and investigations including implementation of disease control measures. Prepare written recommendations describing disease prevention and control measures for the public and health care providers. Follow-up with health care providers and the public related to case investigations, including relaying test results, when appropriate. Assist in developing disease investigation protocols and in assuring that questionnaires are current, complete, accurate, and reflect best practices. Document investigations in paper chart and electronic databases, keeping records complete, accurate, and up to date.
Understand the indications for laboratory and other appropriate diagnostic testing. Assure prompt submission of specimens to the public health laboratory for testing by communicating with and educating health care facilities and other pertinent community partners. Occasionally perform phlebotomy during field investigations.
Provide information and technical assistance to section staff, departmental programs, health care providers, and the public. Provide clinical consultation and referral, as needed, to child care centers or sites on communicable diseases and control procedures.
Participate in training and outbreak-response activities in collaboration with section's Team Lead Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Response Coordinator, Medical Epidemiologist, and other staff. Assist with after-hours disease investigation and response activities. 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week). This position is elgible for benefits and will last one year with possiblity of extension for two more years depending on the grant renewal.

For questions about current and upcoming positions, please contact Mary Fatica, Nurse Recruiter at(206) 263-8358 or

Examples of Duties:
Duties of Specific Programs: There are a number of specialized programs in which PHNs may provide services. PHNs may be assigned duties in multiple programs depending on their local office needs.
Maternity Support Services (MSS) PHN's provide office and/or home visits to pregnant and postpartum women and their infants, children & families. Responsibilities include family assessment, care planning, case management, education/support, documentation, case management, and coordination of care with community providers. PHN's in the MSS program may also be assigned duties in CSHCN and EIP.
Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) This PHN will provide direct services to families and infants with special health care needs, primarily through home visiting. This nurse provides: health education; community development; case management services and care coordination with multiple community providers and agencies. Additional job responsibilities include: hospital/NICU rounding for high-risk newborns and infants; program outreach and collaboration with community providers agencies and/or groups. May travel throughout King County. Required qualification: demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive and complex pediatric nursing assessments. Desired qualifications: background in maternal child health nursing; children with special health care needs experience and/or community health nursing and home visiting; knowledge of NCAST and reliability with infant teaching and feeding scales; experience working with children with various complex medical conditions/disabilities.
Early Intervention Program (EIP) & Early Family Support System (EFSS) These PHN's do home visiting. They work with families referred by DSHS Children's Administration (CA) Intake, Child Protective Services, and Children and Family Welfare Services. In EIP, PHNs work collaboratively with CA social workers with a goal of reducing risks associated with child abuse and neglect for children ages birth to five &/or other children with complex medical conditions. In EFSS, PHN's work independently to assess children and caregiver's needs and link into appropriate community supports and resources. In both programs, PHN's work to prevent health problems and improve children's health status by providing developmental screening, assessments of caregiver/child interactions and parenting effectiveness, and facilitating linkages and access to both illness and preventive health care services. PHN's are trained in child development/social-emotional screening tools, Motivational Interviewing, the Omaha System of Problem Classification & Documentation, and other Evidence Based Programs as a basis for their nursing practice.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) This project targets first time young mothers, in the NFP project, for intensive home visiting services with a goal of improving health and social functioning of the mothers and their babies. Components of the program include a limited caseload of 25 families per PHN who are followed with a defined schedule of home visits using structured protocols for a duration of 2 ½ - 3 years. The selected candidate for this project will participate in training on the Nurse Family Partnership Program in Denver. The project also includes a very specific supervisory component of weekly individual and team meetings with project staff and supervisors. Responsibilities include caseload management, assessment, care planning, documentation, case management, and patient education. Duties may include group education and maternity support office visits. Desired Qualifications: Maternal-child public health nursing experience and NCAST certification and lactation training preferred. Experience working with multidisciplinary, collaborative programs strongly preferred. Spanish bilingual and bicultural person preferred. PHN's in NFP may be assigned duties in CSHCN and MSS programs.
Family Planning Services (FP) PHN's provide care primarily at the Community Service Office (CSO). Nurses provide birth control counseling, pregnancy testing, pregnancy options counseling and emergency contraception.
Child Care Health Program (CCHP) PHN's provide nursing consultation in the Child Care Health Program directed toward improving health status, preventing health problems and promoting the safety and emotional well being of children in child care sites (including licensed home child care programs) within King County.
MOM's Plus The MOM's Plus program provides intensive home visiting services to an aggregate population of low income clients in King County who may be homeless and/or have problems with substance abuse. Some visits will occur in in non-traditional settings such as shelters or treatment centers. PHNs in MOM's Plus complete all assessments for both program and health department requirements. PHNs in MOM's Plus work closely with the MOM's team in county correctional facilities and collaborate treatment services in south county, maintain positive relationships with community partners, drug/mental health courts and attorneys.
Tuberculosis (TB) PHN provides case management services to patients with active or latent disease, care coordination, referral and follow-up, contact investigation work, medication management, ongoing physical and psychosocial assessment to individuals and families. These nurses provide information to patients, community members and other healthcare providers regarding TB. The PHN may also participate in research projects that seek to improve the health and treatment of TB patients.
PHN EPI Immunizations - Answer calls from providers and the public, graphically analyze immunization coverage rate and exemption data, serve on the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington's Public Awareness and Education Committee, work with community clinics on immunization coverage improvement projects such as the Reaching More Children Project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, conduct quality assurance site visits for the Vaccines for Children Program, contribute to the monthly newsletter VacScene.
Disease Investigation This Public Health Nurse (PHN) works in close collaboration with other members of the disease investigation team including section Epidemiologists and Public Health Nurses on disease investigations. The major area of responsibility includes performing case and outbreak investigations and coordinating section responsibilities relating to the tracking of perinatal hepatitis B. This position reports to the Disease Investigation Epidemiologist Team Lead in the Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology & Immunization (CD/IMMS) section of the Prevention Division. (Office position with client phone contact).
Kids Plus This PHN will work in collaboration with Health Care for the Homeless providing nursing services in the Kids Plus program. This program is grant funded and collaborates with a community partner in providing holistic services to homeless families in King County whose children have a medical or mental health issues. The PHN will be providing initial health screen assessments to determine the clients health care needs with a focus on the families children. The PHN will coordinate with multiple programs within the facility in order to provide the clients with seamless care. The end goal of the program is to assist the family into finding permanent stable housing. The responsibilities include nursing assessments and interventions, patient care planning, evaluation, and medical care coordination, assessing immunizations, and mental health screening. The PHN also carries out prescribed interventions as related to the grant requirements as well as working with a multidisciplinary team in order to assure the orderly and safe provision of health care services.
Mobile Medical Program This PHN will provide leadership for care coordination, case management, and clinical outreach for the mobile medical program which cares for people experiencing homelessness. They will help assure that case managers from different community agencies who comprise the program's case management team are effectively coordinating work to address psychiatric illness, chronic substance abuse, lack of medical benefits, and other problems related to the medical treatment and education provided on the mobile medical van. The position will also function as the program's liaison with volunteers or staff at soup kitchens and other sites served. This PHN will represent the program at community committees addressing the integration of health care and other services for people experiencing homelessness. In these capacities, the position may be called on to: advocate for the program's target population and clients; publicize the services offered by the program; conduct research regarding the needs of the target population; interpret and use the research results to plan client focused care and explore new partnerships to improve the program's reach and effectiveness. In addition, the position will provide a consistently high level of clinical support for the program's medical providers, including chronic disease management education, lab tests, and immunizations. Work week will be Monday through Thursday; hours will vary and include evening work to 8 pm on some days. This PHN will report to work where the Mobile Van is located. Incumbent will also work out of one of the Public Health sites. This work is primarily in south King County at this time.
PHN; Nurse Case Manager; Burien Navos Clinic This Public Health Nurse (PHN) works in Burien at Public Health's Integrated Primary Care Program within Navos mental health center. The program provides patient centered, comprehensive mental health and primary care to seriously mentally ill adults. The PHN will provide: leadership for care coordination; case management; and clinical outreach for clients.

The duties include:
  • managing the patient registry system that will be used by both agencies to identify patients with chronic disease
  • tracking patient progress against clinical benchmarks
  • documenting interventions and other case management activities to improve patient compliance with treatment plans and self-care for people experiencing mental illness
  • conducting chronic disease self-management education classes
  • co-leading case conferencing meetings held in conjunction with Navos case managers and/or primary care team
  • representing the program at community committees
  • addressing the integration of health care and other services for people experiencing mental illness
Licensing/Certification Requirements: Washington State Registered Nurse License in good standing. Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited National League of Nursing (NLN) university or equivalent.
Qualifications: Knowledge of public health nursing principles and processes; human systems; infectious disease management and control; health care system structure and function. Knowledge of child and adult learning and health education techniques and principles. Knowledge of research 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 work in homes and community settings without on-site supervision; communicating 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. Demonstrated ability completing medical record documentation. problem-solving; and case management. Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities. Willing to provide options counseling.

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. PHN's who provide direct services in CHS under a DSHS service agreement will go through background checks every three years. 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. Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel to work locations throughout King County with no public transportation in a timely fashion.
UNION AFFILIATION: These positions are represented by WSNA.

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