Public Health Nurse II, Infection Prevention

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Nov 28, 2023
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $5,908.27 - $7,917.64 Monthly USD

Job Description

Summary

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

This position is part of the Advancement and Protections Section, which includes Communicable Disease, TB, Infection Prevention, Immunizations, STD, HIV Programming. It is part of the regional Infection Prevention Team responsible for Case and Outbreak Response, Surveillance, and Prevention in congregate settings in the Central Oregon region and will provide back-up to communicable disease cases and outbreaks outside of congregate settings.

ABOUT THE COUNTY:

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,100 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you’ll consider joining our talented team.

ABOUT THE JOB:
The Public Health Nurse II - Infection Prevention and Communicable Disease Nurse is to work in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties. This position will also provide infection prevention consultation and education to institutions that serve vulnerable populations (long term care facilities, child care facilities, schools, shelters, etc.) and will work with local providers, labs, and hospitals on reporting requirements of communicable diseases to local public health. In the case of a public health emergency, this position is expected to participate as a member of the incident command system (ICS), as needed.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Conduct case investigations and outbreak consultation and monitoring to prevent further spread of disease.
  • Implement strategies to prevent the spread of norovirus, flu, Covid-19 and other communicable diseases in institutional settings.
  • Develop infection prevention trainings and provide consultation and technical assistance to institutions.
  • Rapidly respond to and coordinate investigations of communicable disease outbreaks.
  • Assess the infection prevention practices of staff during institutional outbreaks and provide recommendations on current infection prevention best practices.
  • Analyze and evaluate surveillance and outbreak data to evaluate transmission and response in coordination with the region's Epidemiologist.
  • Develop, engage, and maintain regional strategic partnerships.
  • Provide support and backup for communicable disease investigations and outbreak control in general community settings (non-congregate settings).
  • Provide immunizations in congregate settings during respiratory seasons and as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:
  • Principles and practices of nursing and public health nursing including health maintenance and disease prevention.
  • Effects of physical, social, and emotional factors on health.
  • Research, design, and methods, including data gathering, statistics, benchmarks, and measurable outcomes.
  • Presentation of health-related topics to adult audiences of diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Well-developed writing and group facilitation skills to prepare and provide educational presentations, research reports, and to develop policies and procedures.
  • Problem solving techniques and skills.
  • Health-related program planning and evaluation.
Skill in:
  • Principles and practices of nursing and public health nursing including health maintenance and disease prevention.
  • Effects of physical, social, and emotional factors on health.
  • Research, design, and methods, including data gathering, statistics, benchmarks, and measurable outcomes.
  • Presentation of health-related topics to adult audiences of diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Well-developed writing and group facilitation skills to prepare and provide educational presentations, research reports, and to develop policies and procedures.
  • Problem solving techniques and skills.
  • Health-related program planning and evaluation.
  • Immunizations of vulnerable populations.
*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

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Compensation

$5,908.27 to $7,917.64 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.

BENEFITS:
Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $95 per month for employee only or $116 per month for employee plus dependents, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.

This posting is re-opened until filled.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate's degree in Nursing;
  • AND two (2) years of relevant experience;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Must possess Registered Nurse License in the State of Oregon.

Preferred Qualifications :
  • Nursing degree with Master's degree in Public Health.
  • Professional Certification in Infection Control (CIC).
  • Experience and knowledge in infection prevention practices and epidemiology.


Necessary Special Requirements

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

Must have dependable transportation and be willing and able to drive throughout Central Oregon in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Physical Requirements. Must have the ability to work in an office environment that is environmentally controlled; possess sufficient hand coordination to perform keyboarding and data entry; arm/hand movements to retrieve work materials and operate a variety of general office equipment; ambulatory ability to drive throughout Central Oregon in sometimes adverse weather conditions; and an ability to sit, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, reach, stand grasp, talk, hear, see, and may occasionally lift up to 10 pounds on an occasional basis.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes Countyoffers eligible employeesa comprehensive healthcare package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage at a minimal cost of $95 per month for employee only or $116 per month for employee plus dependents. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following1month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, DeschutesCounty provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:
  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave
Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:
  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance
To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit www.deschutes.org/hr and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay

5,908

Job Address

Bend, Oregon United States View Map