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Public Health Nurse I or II - Yakima Health District

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Location: Union Gap, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: January 31, 2018
Job #12169
Posted: January 10, 2018

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide nursing assessment and intervention related to health issues and communicable diseases for individuals, families and high-risk populations using professional nursing principles and practices. Provide education, referral and linkage to health care and community resources.
  • Respond to calls from the CD phone line during work hours and provide follow-up information to medical providers, various community organizations, and the general public.
  • Conduct communicable disease investigations including interviewing clients, speaking with medical providers, gathering medical information, collecting lab specimens, entering case notes data into records, provide education to clients and providers for all Notifiable Conditions. Work duties may include investigation, data gathering, and assessment of sources in an outbreak situation and working with clients/medical providers on site.
  • Provide consultation to patients, medical providers, and the general public about communicable disease testing, treatment, and prevention of the spread of the disease. Provide education and information about diseases and resources within in the community.
  • Oversee the administration of medications to patients including injections as ordered by the Public Health medical doctor.
  • Provide staff coverage for all forms of communicable diseases and immunization processes; i.e., TB, HIV, STDs,
  • Conduct educational and informational seminars, workshops, and lectures regarding communicable diseases and other public health concerns.
  • Work collaboratively with a wide range of public health and medical professionals committed to ensuring the well-being of the community.
  • Conduct epidemiological investigations to include determination of case findings regarding communicable diseases including tuberculosis as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Work collaboratively with co-workers, professional colleagues, and community agencies/providers, in gathering and analyzing information and data regarding public health concerns.
  • Conduct clinical nursing assessments including patient screening, immunizations, collect patient specimens, and provide chemotherapy/prophylaxis during public health outbreaks as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Maintain professional client records, documentation, data entry, and patient notes in accordance with WA Department of Health and Yakima Health District requirements and procedures.
  • Provide information to the general public about community resources that may help with public health concern.
  • Attend a wide range of meetings, training, including continuing education, and professional training opportunities as directed by the supervisor.
  • Performs other job duties as required by supervisor and/or management team.


The itemized list of job tasks and essential functions as identified above may not be all inclusive. Job duties may change during peak work periods such, a major disease outbreak, major illness, or staff shortages.  

Knowledge and Abilities              

Knowledge of:

  • Application of the principles, practices, and techniques of professional nursing in a public health environment
  • Public health nursing specific to the diagnoses, treatment, management, and prevention of communicable diseases
  • How trending social, economic, and political conditions may impact local public health issue
  • How a client’s home environment may impact the health of those that have contact with the space.
  • Child growth and development
  • How to collaborate with team members in a stressful environment, respond to and manage complex issues that are at times very sensitive, work in a patient centric environment, and maintain a professional relationship with a wide range of community partners, colleagues, and health care providers
  • How to respond to and manage very complex, confidential, difficult, and at times emotional patient and professional partners
  • HIPAA regulations and the best practices of maintaining confidentiality of patient information


Ability to:

  • Understand and interpret public health programs, laws, and regulations
  • Utilize listening and interactive communication skills to build consensus and establish goals that will have the greatest impact on the health of individuals and the community
  • Prepare and produce clear and concise reports, records, and investigative case notes: maintain all records and file in accordance with medical and public records
  • Travel to various locations within the county and state – must provide own transportation (i.e., own vehicle or similar arrangement)
  • Establish and maintain effective, courteous and respectful interpersonal relationships with internal and external colleagues, partners, clients, and the general public



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a Washington State approved school with NLN accreditation which includes a Community Component;
  • A Washington State professional nursing license (must possess or receive within 60 days of hire).
  • Must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Prior work experience in a public health environment or functioning as a nurse in a clinical setting is highly desired
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish is HIGHLY DESIRED

Other Working Conditions:

  • Must obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license within 30 days of employee, or provide evidence of ability to travel often and as required throughout the county and on occasion the state
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and problem solving skills,
  • Must be able to pass a comprehensive pre-employment investigation that includes a criminal history check
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing effectively in a clear and concise manner with a wide range of individuals, present information in community meetings and before other nursing professionals
  • Must prove or obtain immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella diseases within thirty days of employment
  • Must be current with pertussis immunization within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Must prove or obtain immunity to Hepatitis B disease within the first nine (9) months of employment
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States as a citizen or possess appropriate immigration paperwork
  • Must provide documentation of the results of a tuberculosis test (i.e. tuberculin skin test or interferon gamma release assay) administered within the previous (90) ninety days or be tested prior to employment

Working Conditions/Physical Conditions:

  • The time spent in the field and in the office, varies based on the medical needs of clients and other public health related concerns
  • Travel requires the employee use his/her own vehicle and occasionally drive during adverse weather conditions (must own vehicle or similar arrangements)
  • Must communicate frequently 

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