Date:  Feb 16, 2024

BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 817019 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE - 64082977 1 1

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 64082977 

Salary:  $64,500-$65,997 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2024 

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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:

Primary Duties – Acts as New Patient Intake Coordinator, for Test & Treat (HIV+), PrEP (Non-HIV+ patients), returning to care HIV+ patients:

  • This position will work with HIV infected patients and other patients who are at risk of HIV, or those who have or are at risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.   As the lead “Intake” staff, this position will conduct psychosocial risk assessments, and assessments of all incoming new or returning to care HIV infected clinical patients, and other patients seeking services which are provided at the Specialty Care clinic, such as STD Testing and Treatment and providing services related to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV.   This includes but is not limited to testing, scheduling, entering information in the HMS Medical Record System, and tracking patient information in various systems and spreadsheets.

  • Works closely with Disease Intervention Specialists in the STD Unit in order to begin HIV treatment services for newly diagnosed patients and with the Linkage to Care Coordinator to re-establish HIV Patients who have been lost to care.

  • Conducts initial phone interviews with all new HIV infected patients wanting clinical services. Assessing all medical needs and giving appropriate and timely appointments for new HIV infected client services.

  • Conducts history and initial client assessments on all new and returning HIV infected clients.

  • Acts as liaison between clinical services and case management to ensure continuity of care through coordination and follow-up of medical treatments.

  • Exchanges information with other health and/or rehabilitative agencies to provide continuity of care for HIV infected clients receiving mental health services from more than one agency.

  • Makes appropriate referrals for HIV infected clients who need long-term mental health counseling.

  • Provides referrals and information to patients for short-term mental health counseling for HIV infected clients while establishing referral linkage.

  • Participates in regular multi-disciplinary team meetings.

  • Works together with other multi-disciplinary team members to assess, plan, develop interventions for HIV infected client’s high-risk needs. Also, works to evaluate the high-risk HIV infected client’s care plan for outcomes and re-assess this plan as needed.

  • Utilizes RN STI Protocol for treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections as appropriate.


Secondary Duties – as needed and as time permits - Clinical Duties:

  • Works in clinic.

  • Preparation of the clinic area and equipment.

  • Assist physicians and ARNPs with exams and procedures.

  • Interprets, educates, and reinforces the provider’s plan of care for the client.

  • Interview clients to obtain complete health history and presenting complaints.

  • Take vital signs and perform other screening tests.

  • Collect specimens for laboratory tests and interpret laboratory results.

  • Follow up on abnormal and late lab reports.

  • Administer medications as ordered by physicians or under medical protocol and guidelines.

  • Make appropriate referrals and assist clients to make necessary arrangements.

  • Maintains accurate records and reports.

  • Assess immunization status of all clients and immunizes in accordance to current standards.

  • Enters immunization information into Florida Shots.

  • Provides screening for the HIV antibody virus, pre and post test counsels, provides education, and refers for medical evaluation and other support services.

  • Document and maintain accurate data entry into the client Electronic Health Record.


Other Functions:

  • Participates in staff and in-service educational programs.
  • Attends assigned committee meetings.

  • Assists with inventory of supplies, medications and vaccines.

  • Maintains and increases competency through educational materials and classes.

  • Assists in orientation of new personnel and volunteers.

  • Assists with supervision, as a charge nurse, of the clinical staff and the clinic as assigned by the Sr. CHN Supervisor.

  • As a state employee of the PCHD – employee will participate in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Activities.

  • This position may serve clients that speak only Spanish, Creole, or other languages.  It may require performance of

  • interpreter duties, if bilingual, or implementation of the Department’s limited English proficiency plan. 

  • Performs other duties as required, including performance of additional interpreter duties, consistent with skill level, and as needed.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
  • Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques.

  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

  • Knowledge of psychological, social, life cycle and cognitive stages of development, personality principals and dynamics.

  • Knowledge of basic psychopathology, assessment, diagnosis and intervention.

  • Knowledge of racial, ethnic, and other cultural groups in society.

  • Knowledge of crisis intervention theory, practice techniques, and short term treatment strategies.

  • Ability to teach and promote positive behaviors to at risk populations in the community through the use of social work principals and techniques.

  • Ability to assess, advocate for and provide interventions and treatment to clients in an individual, family or group setting.

  • Ability to integrate social work services with services provided by other disciplines.

  • Ability to manage people.

  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate programs or activities.

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Skill in performing uncomplicated surgical procedures.

  • Ability to administer prescribed medications.

  • Ability to perform complete physical appraisals of patients.

  • Ability to identify and evaluate illnesses.

  • Ability to initiate diagnostic laboratory tests and evaluate the results.

  • Ability to manage the care of patients.

  • Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical problems.

  • Ability to compile and evaluate medical histories and other clinical and laboratory data.

  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.       

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.   



This occupation requires licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Chapter 464, Florida Statutes or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.22 or 8.27 or Certification as a Physician's Assistant in accordance with Chapter 458, Florida Statutes.


Other job-related requirements for this position:

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.


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



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:

Bartow, 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. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.


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.    


If there are any problems applying online, please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287.

Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. TTY users, call (866) 221-0268.

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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