El Paso County Disease Prevention Nurse I/II in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Disease Prevention Nurse I/II

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Disease Prevention Nurse I/II

Salary

Depends on Qualifications

Location

Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type

Full-Time

Department

Health Department

Job Number

18530

Closing

1/20/2019 5:00 PM Mountain

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Essential Job Functions

$2,159.60 Bi-Weekly / Depends on Qualifications

Provides public health nursing services to clients per established protocols and procedures. Consults with physicians, school personnel, and others concerning the transmission, treatment, and containment of communicable disease. Provides health care services, education, and interventions to clients in compliance with public health laws. Provides after hours availability to ensure seamless access to public health services and prompt response to disease investigations and emergency situations.

  • Provides comprehensive public health nursing services required to address tuberculosis (TB) in El Paso County to include case management and directly observed therapy (DOT) for active TB cases, identification of both active TB cases and latent TB infection (LTBI), and investigations to identify contacts to active TB cases.

  • Administers TB skin tests and interprets results; educates clients on latent TB infection (LTBI), and active TB disease. Co-manages LTBI cases under care of Public Health TB clinic, including administering medications and managing medication regimens.

  • Responsible for delivering services in accordance with best practices and existing guidelines to include TB clinical protocols, guidelines, and recommendations of the Division of TB Elimination of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the TB Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and current epidemiological TB data.

  • Designs unique plans for clients with complex circumstances, such as multi-drug resistant strains of TB, language barriers, housing issues, cultural conflicts, and economic concerns; works with clients, providers, and other partners as necessary to develop a shared plan of care.

  • Investigates and evaluates communicable disease occurrences and implements a course of action to include assessment, investigation, prevention, surveillance, education, counseling, consulting, enforcement, re-assessment, and implementation of an action plan. Implements prevention control measures to protect the public health.

  • Responds to public health or general inquiries regarding TB and provides advice to medical providers, hospitals, and infection control practitioners regarding management of TB cases.

  • Articulates the mission of public health and develops partnerships to accomplish department goals. Interprets rules and regulations to sub-groups in the community.

  • Serves as liaison between the medical and public health communities.

  • Assists with developing and disseminating training curriculum for disease prevention and control to local providers and the community.

  • Practices within the professional nursing model as described by the Colorado Nurse Practice Act.

  • Participates in departmental emergency planning and response activities.

  • Promotes public health within the community.

  • Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Department of Health image, constructive working environment and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) required.

  • Must be a current Colorado Registered Nurse in good standing.

  • One (1) year of nursing experience preferred.

  • To qualify for Disease Prevention Nurse II:

  • Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) or Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) preferred.

  • Two (2) years of nursing experience required.

  • Ability to communicate, motivate, and organize projects among a broad spectrum of personnel, frequently under deadline pressure. Ability to effectively communicate with the public, medical providers, hospitals and other community partners.

  • Skill in demonstrating a cooperative, professional attitude to cultivate relationships both within and outside the organization.

  • Skill in prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner. Ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change.

  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Ability to identify problems and work creatively to develop resolutions and recommend corrective actions to supervisor, considering the impact of actions on the department.

  • Knowledge of operations and services of the public health clinic and outreach activities, interviewing, principles of preventive health care, and the proper use of medical terminology.

  • Knowledge and understanding of company policies and procedures.

  • Ability to write and maintain accurate records and reports to meet management objectives.

  • Ability to maintain the security of sensitive and confidential information.

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Skilled in training and presentation.

  • Ability to perform under pressure and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

  • Skill in using a personal computer and various software packages including Microsoft Office.

  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.

  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, physical examination, drug screen, and motor vehicle check.

Licenses/Certificates

  • Must be a current Colorado Registered Nurse in good standing.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid CPR Certification.

Work Conditions

Work environment may include potential exposure to infections, blood, and contagious diseases; potential exposure to pets, second hand smoke, and other environmental hazards. Some travel may be required; work may be assigned in various locations. Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 25 pounds and bend at waist or knees to get down to child's level. Rotate day-call and night-call to cover surveillance activities with other CD/TB staff. Public Health employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing as applicable to the specific position and must provide proof of completion of required vaccinations/testing or proof of initiation within sixty (60) days of hire date.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.elpasoco.com For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).

EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER