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Advanced Practice Nurse Specialist (APNS) - Department of Public Health - Community Health Services

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11876
Posted: October 9, 2017
Description:

This position provides clinical nursing leadership to the Health Care for the Homeless Program. Specifically, this position will manage the program’s clinical quality assurance, training, and technical assistance efforts in service of the program’s goal of assuring that the King County community is meeting the health needs of its homeless population. The position will work to assure compliance with standards of care and advance PHSKC’s capacity to set, measure, and advance clinical quality goals related to the provision of care both by the program’s contractors and by clinical programs operated by Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) that serve people experiencing homelessness. This work will require close collaboration with the HCH program manager, the HCH Program data and evaluation manager, the medical and dental directors of PHSKC’s Community Health Services Division (CHS), and managers of programs and sites providing direct clinical care, both internal and external to PHSKC. This employee will also work on policy and program development related to broad community goals for improving outcomes and reducing risk for vulnerable populations. The position will also be required to participate in multiple community planning efforts focused on using data to meet state and local goals for improving outcomes and reducing hospitalization rates for Medicaid enrollees deemed at high risk for frequent acute care needs. Another central responsibility of this position is planning, organizing, and, providing training and technical assistance  to health care, housing, shelter, and social services providers serving the homeless. The position also participates in planning, organizing, and presentation activities related to prevention and evidence based health care practices. Examples of these practices include those related to trauma informed care, harm reduction, communicable diseases that can break out within shelters and encampments, and adapting emergency preparedness and response to the needs of the homeless population. Hours of work; M – F; 8 am to 5 pm. May at times work outside these hours. This position is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime pay.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

(1) In collaboration with multiple staff and stakeholders, assure compliance with standards of care and advance PHSKC’s capacity to set, measure, and advance clinical quality goals related to the provision of care both by the program’s contractors and by clinical programs operated by Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) that serve people experiencing homelessness (35%).

(2) Plan, organize, and, at times, directly provide training and technical assistance to health care, housing, shelter, and social services providers serving people living homeless. Seek to increase the rate of adoption of best and promising practices in adapting models of care to barriers and challenges that are significantly more pronounced within the homeless population than in the general population. Examples of these barriers include trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and logistical, social, and behavioral barriers to engagement in programs designed to help patients manage chronic behavioral health and physical conditions. Examples of adaptive practices include Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and harm reduction (20%).

(3) Participate in planning activities at the program and community level, e.g., participating in community work groups and collaborating with program managers and contracts administrators (15%)

(4) Write reports and prepare briefs and presentations related to best and promising practices for adapting care for the people living homeless (15%)

(5) Support the work of the HCH Program manager and other King County managers in response to evolving State and local data requirements related to reducing health-related risk for homeless and other vulnerable populations (10%)

(6) Supporting grant proposal development (5%)

Skills/Eligibility:

Qualifications

 

1) Advanced knowledge of care delivery to individuals experiencing homelessness.

(2) Advanced knowledge of public health nursing process and principles, including needs assessment process at the systems and community level

(3) Demonstrated skill and experience in quality improvement activities in a health care setting

(4) Demonstrated skill and experience in community organization and coalition building strategies and techniques

(5) Advanced Knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention principles as well as data analysis and display techniques

(6) Demonstrated skill and experience in using electronic health records, including understanding of extracted data

(7) Demonstrated skill and experience in developing and delivering training presentations to audiences at all levels of familiarity with disease prevention, service delivery, population characteristics and models of care

(8) Knowledge of: Washington State law relating to nursing care (WAC 18.79) and federal health care regulations; professional ethics related to delivery of nursing and allied health services

(9) Demonstrated experience and skill in multicultural and interdisciplinary coalition building

(10) Advanced knowledge of health promotion, risk assessment and education techniques and principles; health status indicators and variability within populations; community, professional and educational resources; adult learning principles; grant writing; program management techniques; leadership practices

(11) Ability to analyze complex data and draw conclusions needed to effectuate public policy; write persuasive policy papers and funding proposals

(12) Demonstrated ability to communicate and maintain working relationships with diverse populations; facilitate discussion and consensus; make public presentations.

 

How to Apply:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see my resume" on your application. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

• NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
• Resume
• Responses to Supplemental Questions

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing only information in a resume or cover letter will not be a complete application.

Contact: For questions about the position, please contact Amy Curtis at amy.curtis@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-8358.

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