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Date: Sep 11, 2020

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Requisition No: 234047 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64084088 

Salary:  $48,000- $53,000 

Posting Closing Date: 09/28/2020 

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.


Duties and Responsibilities:

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.” 


The incumbent is a Community Health Nurse who participates in the Florida Hepatitis and Liver Failure Prevention and Control Program at the Polk County Health Department.  The responsibilities of this position will support the surveillance, prevention, and control of hepatitis in Polk County and the State of Florida.



  • Interview clients and obtain a health history via phone or home visit for the purpose of initiating and completing   epidemiological case reports for persons known or suspected of having acute or chronic hepatitis.
  • Maintain positive communication between area hospitals, private physicians, schools, childcare centers, and other health department units to facilitate case reporting, investigations, and public health interventions.
  • Complete communicable disease reports factually, within established time frames, and forward appropriately.
  • The incumbent will serve as the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.  As the Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator, the employee shall perform case finding, investigation, reporting and case management as described in Department of health Policy 350-7-13 for Hepatitis B surface Antigen positive pregnant women, her children and her contacts.
  • Conduct pre-test risk assessment for hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis according to established protocols in clinics and outreach locations.
  • Collect and process specimens for hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis screening in a safe manner and in accordance with established procedures and protocols.
  • Provide Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Immune Globulin immunizations to persons identified as being at risk or requiring prophylaxis under medical protocol or as ordered by health department physicians.
  • Interpret laboratory screening results and provide post-test counseling and education according to counseling guidelines.
  • Instruct and counsel clients with hepatitis infection regarding methods of reducing transmission to others and preventing progression to liver failure.
  • Assess needs of persons known or suspected to have hepatitis, and plan with the client and/or family to meet their health needs.
  • Promote treatment by providing referrals to community-based resources and assisting clients to access resources.
  • Maintain current information on resources available to persons infected with hepatitis.
  • Maintain positive communication with community-based providers to facilitate referrals and promote the services of the Polk County Hepatitis and Liver Failure Prevention Program.
  • Develop and conduct educational programs for staff, other professionals, and community groups, as requested, to ensure wide dissemination of factual information on hepatitis to health care personnel and the general public.
  • Promote, support, and co-ordinate meetings of the local hepatitis support group.
  • Participates in staff and in-service educational programs.
  • Attends assigned committee meetings.
  • Maintains and increases competency through educational materials, classes, and conferences.
  • Maintains adequate and accurate records of all services, mileage, time, attendance and leave.
  • Reviews records and provides necessary follow-up.
  • Participates in all performance and quality improvement activities, as required.
  • 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, as needed.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:


  • Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques; and human anatomy and physiology. 
  • Must be able to prepare and conduct training and educational programs. 
  • Knowledge of the epidemiology and disease process of hepatitis is necessary but may be acquired within the first six months of employment, through educational materials, programs, classes or conferences.
  • Ability to administer vaccinations and other medications, draw blood for testing; plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; communicate effectively; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


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


 This position requires licensure in Florida to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse, in accordance with Florida Statute FS464 requirements.


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

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


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

Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade. 

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, visit

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.

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 on 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.



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.  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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