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Date:  Jun 22, 2022


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Requisition No: 643624 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST - 64002502

Position Number: 64002502 

Salary:  $48,000 - $51,000 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/11/2022 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk 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 Polk 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 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.  


Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • This is professional nursing work in the TB Control Program, managing TB Cases and Suspects, LTBI Program and Refugee Health Program.  Serves as a team leader for the TB Control Health Services Representatives.
  • Coordinates the TB Nursing services for all Health Units for Polk for case management, contact investigation, suspects, and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) to include the following activities:
  • Provides Case Management for all TB Cases in Polk County, also Latent TB Infection, and Contacts to TB Cases.
  • Assists as needed in clinics with interviewing, assessments, counseling, and obtaining appropriate vital signs, vision test, skin tests, blood and sputum specimens per program requirements, HIV pre-and post-test counseling, administering medications.
  • Communicates with hospital infection control coordinators, social workers, laboratories, physician’s offices, and other entities regarding TB Cases/Suspects, and LTBI patients to ensure continuity of care.
  • Coordinates with Central Pharmacy, to ensure unit dose medications and Nurse Issuance medications are on hand for patients on Directly Observed Therapy Program, and LTBI Program.
  • Maintains inventory of TB medications, enters data into HMS system, maintains health records, including electronic data.
  • Assists physician in all Clinics, coordinates patient’s visits and chest x-rays, records, prescriptions, and follow up.
  • Responsible for coordinating and managing LTBI Program.
  • Assists with coordination of Health Service Representatives activities for DOT for all TB Cases/Suspects and LTBI cases as needed.
  • Oversees and assists with Contact Investigations. Maintains patient records for all phases of case management
  • Assists supervisor with organizing and accumulating statistical data and submitting reports to meet deadlines.
  • Reviews all x-ray and lab reports.  Reports all abnormal results to physician ASAP for appropriate intervention.
  • Conducts home evaluations to assess risk of transmission and compliance with therapy, conducts hospital visits as needed.
  • Conducts Case Management Team Meetings to keep staff and Physician of status and progress of all TB Cases and Suspects.
  • Coordinates the screening and follow-up of refugees and immigrants arriving in Polk County.  Maintains records and completes invoices.
  • Provides Case management services for Hardee County to include TB Case Management, Contact Investigation, and scheduling for all TB Cases, TB Suspects and LTBI Patients.  Also, provides Refugee Health services to Refugee Clients in Hardee County. Maintains client data in HMS.
  • Assists in planning and conducting educational programs for community partners, and in conjunction with contact investigations.
  • Attends committee meetings, conferences and workshops as related to the TB Program. Acts as Jail Liaison providing education, guidance, program evaluation and monitoring of patient records to ensure early detection and appropriate treatment of patients.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including performance of additional interpreter duties, consistent with skill level and as needed.
  • Directing the work and assignments for both DIS workers as it pertains to TB clients; Monitor the direct observation therapy schedule submitted by DIS workers; Take calls from staff if they will be late or absent – with notification to her direct supervisor; and monitor times of staff arriving and departing work location.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of nursing principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Ability to administer prescribed medications.
  • Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical problems.
  • Knowledge of TB Case Management, and Contact Investigation. 
  • Skills in administering, reading, and interpreting tuberculin skin tests.
  • Skills in HIV pre-and post-test counseling.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.



Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida
  • Valid Driver’s License


Other job-related requirements for this position:

Emergency Duty: Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.


Certification of Acknowledgement – This position is in compliance with and monitors compliance (when applicable) of the mandatory requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 3A-24, Florida Administrative Code.


Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.


Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) 


ON-CALL ASSIGNMENT: This position has been approved in accordance with Section 110.209, Florida Statutes, Chapter 60K-2, Florida   Administrative Code, and Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Florida Council 79.  The approved On-Call form has been forwarded to the servicing human resource office.



Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


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


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


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

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

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

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

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


Where You Will Work:

Auburndale, FL 


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

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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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: 


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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