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REGISTERED NURSE SPECIALIST - 64004557

Date:  Jan 15, 2023
Location: 

ST PETERSBURG, FL, US, 33701


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Requisition No: 735543 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: REGISTERED NURSE SPECIALIST - 64004557

Position Number: 64004557 

Salary:  $45,584.76 - $50,000.00 based on training and experience 

Posting Closing Date: 02/11/2023 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

 

 

The incumbent is part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County in its mission to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts and its efforts and its vision To be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence in all aspects of their work.

 

REGISTERED NURSE SPECIALIST

 

 

Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is a Licensed Registered Nurse, who works in the specialized area of Tuberculosis Control Program under the direct supervision of the Tuberculosis Control Program Manager in the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection in the Department of Health in Pinellas County. The incumbent provides professional public health nursing services in a variety of settings, in the clinic and in the field, utilizing principles of the sciences of professional nursing and public health ensuring for the implementation of effective case management practices. The incumbent utilizes the public health nursing process of case finding, assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention, case management, evaluation and self-evaluation and documents nursing care utilizing the integrated Nursing Process/SOAPIE, or SOAP format as indicated in a culturally and linguistically appropriate fashion. The incumbent conducts self-per the Core Performance Standards in the areas of Courtesy, Communication, Teamwork and Safety.

 

The incumbent meets or exceeds SMART performance expectations to include but not limited to: DOH-Pinellas Core Standards as well as:

  • Performs nurse case management duties adhering to established current Technical Assistance Guidelines, Standing Orders, and other established guidelines;
  • Interviews persons with tuberculosis (TB) disease or infection or who are suspected of having tuberculosis disease or infection to identify barriers to therapeutic compliance and to assess nursing, medical and socioeconomic needs;
  • Interviews client and family members to identify contacts;
  • Assesses, plans and manages client care based on physical and laboratory findings in accordance with established program procedures and protocols;
  • Counsels clients, families and contacts on pathogenesis and transmission of TB;
  • Counsels clients on medications prescribed for treatment of TB and the importance of compliance;
  • Evaluates all clients on TB drug therapy for placement on Directly Observed Therapy (DOT);
  • Communicates with hospitals, private physicians and other providers to coordinate services with the Health Department for case finding and client compliance;
  • Maintains communication with the program manager advising on status of clients;
  • Initiates and participates in epidemiological investigations and screening programs as required;
  • Cross trained to assist with Refugee Health assessments;
  • Provides professional and community education programs on tuberculosis as needed and requested.

 

Further details of the position’s work is as follows:

 

  • Performs investigations;
  • Interviews clients and assesses client’s medical, social and psychological status and needs;
  • Compiles and evaluates patient’s health history, physical findings, and if necessary, initiates further diagnostic laboratory tests;
  • Manages care of patients with selected chronic and acute conditions;
  • Uses diagnostic tests and procedures such as blood counts, urinalysis, smears, cultures and x-rays;
  • Evaluates and interprets lab results;
  • Monitors medication;
  • Provides health education;
  • Initiates treatment under a physician’s supervision or within the limits of established protocols;
  • Completes appropriate referrals as needed;
  • Provides nursing duties in the clinical and case management settings as assigned;
  • Documents all observations findings and actions in the HMS database following established procedures while maintaining strict confidentiality at all times.
  • Performs Nurse Issuance duties following established state and local rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • Places medication orders;
  • Reconciles medication orders upon receipt and resolves discrepancies;
  • Verifies with field staff that client medications match the medication orders and assures that the medication is given to the correct client;
  • Performs inventory control duties within established time frames.
  • Attends required meetings and trainings. Attend annual staff and nursing in-services and Nursing Action Team meetings when scheduled by the agency.
  • Provides professional and community education programs on tuberculosis. 

 

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

  • Knowledge of professional nursing and public health principles, practices and techniques in specialized areas
  • Knowledge of the theories and concepts of preventive health care
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  • Skill in the application of nursing theory in specialized areas
  • Ability to give vaccinations
  • Ability to draw blood
  • Ability to operate a personal computer
  • Ability to learn and use computer software applications
  • Ability to administer medications
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to provide preventive health care and treatment to groups
  • Ability to assist in planning and conducting a variety of training activities
  • Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical problems
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to document thoroughly
  • Ability to teach health care
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Skill in communicating effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Knowledge of medical and/or public health field
  • Knowledge and skills in epidemiologic investigations
  • Skill in communication of health information

 

Qualifications:

Minimum –

  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in accordance with Florida State Statute Chapter 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 64B-9.
  • A valid Florida Driver license and reliable transportation

 

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:

Mission:

To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

 

Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.

 

Values:

Innovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

Collaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

Accountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

Responsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

Excellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

 

Where You Will Work:

The St. Petersburg Center and potential outreaches to additional client and community settings to prevent the spread of disease 

 

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

• Annual and Sick Leave benefits;

• Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;

State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;

• Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

(For more information, please click www.myfrs.com);

• Flexible Spending Accounts;

• Tuition waivers;

• And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

 

Please be advised:

Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

 

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov

 

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

 

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

 

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

 

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

 

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

 

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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