University of Washington School of Public Health
Public Health Nurse (PHN) - Public Health - Seattle & King County
Closing Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: October 6, 2017
This position works in close collaboration with other members of the disease investigation team including section Epidemiologists and Public Health Nurses (PHN) on disease investigations. The major area of responsibility includes performing case and outbreak investigations. This position reports to the Disease Investigation Epidemiologist Team Lead in the Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology & Immunization (CD/IMMS) section of the Prevention Division.
Examples of duties:
- 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.
- 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. May 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 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