Requisition No: 47521
Agency: Department of Health
Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST -
Position Number: 64028389
Salary: $44,336.24 - $48,317.88
Posting Closing Date: 11/19/2018
A thorough knowledge of the epidemiology and treatment of TB is required as the primary job responsibility in the management of tuberculosis cases and suspects. This includes the following: (1) Immediately initiating process to contact, evaluate and begin treatment for all newly identified TB cases/suspects in the LCHD office, the hospital or in the patient's home. Begin and monitor contact investigation to completion. (2) Monitoring active caseload to insure all protocol and orders are carried out, including patients of private physicians who remain involved in the treatment of their patients. (3) Provide education to the patient and family. (4) Developing a patient care plan and making appropriate changes as the needs of the patient and family change. (5) Facilitate referrals for social service or other needed services. (6) Completion of all mandatory surveillance documentation – Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT), initiation of contact investigation within the time frame specified (7) Provides medication to clients receiving Directly Observed Therapy (D.O.T.) both directly and by packaging doses for the Health Services Representative giving D.O.T. in the field. Gives guidance and supervision to Health Services Representative administering D.O.T. by directly assisting when needed and by monitoring that medication is given and accurately documented (8) Assists in immunization and other directed activities on an as needed basis.
Manage/interview/provide initial assessment of active tuberculosis cases and suspects in the absence of the regularly assigned nurse case manager. Admits interviews and provides follow-up treatment for patients receiving preventive therapy. This includes:
(1) health history
(2) routine measurements, vital signs and phlebotomy,
(3) monitoring lab work and side effects of medicine,
(4) monitoring compliance and follow-up of non-compliant clients,
(5) patient education
(6) maintaining accurate records,
(7) keeping nursing supervisor, clinic ARNP or MD informed of any problems or potential problems.
Processes chest x-ray results and makes recommendations regarding preventive therapy using established guidelines. Assists in providing transportation to disadvantaged clients in State vehicles when necessary.
Provides medication to clients receiving Directly Observed Therapy (D.O.T.) both directly and by packaging doses for the Health Services Representative giving D.O.T. in the field. Gives guidance and supervision to Health Services Representative administering D.O.T. by directly assisting when needed and by monitoring that medication is given and accurately documented.
Assists in initiating and/or maintaining other programs in the community such as health fairs, immunization programs, in-service/updates, TB screenings, as well as providing requests for public information about tuberculosis. Attends pertinent conferences as requested or permitted.
The incumbent is responsible for planning, monitoring, administering, and evaluating all clinical services in the Refugee Health Program. Provides health screening activities for the Refugee Health Screening Program to include: coordination of services, monitoring of referrals within the Refugee Health Program, general physical assessment, health history, specific examinations/referrals, and lab services. Monitoring of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ Electronic Disease Notification (EDN) System electronic referral/case notification system on a regular basis to obtain health and other information on new referrals. Verify refugee documentation/status and work with Health Program Analyst A to assure initial appointment and all required activities are documented and completed within established time frames.
Program evaluation- conducts continuous quality improvement and monitor efficiency and effectiveness of refugee Health Program in consultation with supervisor and Health Program Analyst A.
Able to accurately and completely input data into HMS system for EARS, Patient Care Modules, leave and attendance system, CDC/EDN, Refugee Domestic Health Assessment System (RDHAS), and any other computer application necessary to complete work duties within the time frame specified.
Administers all vaccines in accordance with State Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines. Assesses the client’s immunization status and health history. Educates clients regarding vaccine contraindications, precautions, possible side effects, and next return date. Properly handles and stores vaccines according to the guidelines. Accurately codes (using HMS or EARs) all vaccines daily. Maintains current references for childhood, adult and overseas travel immunizations.
Provides overseas travel immunizations and PPD skin testing as required. Accurately determines eligibility for any available grant programs. Responds to public inquiries regarding immunization policies and recommendations.
Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (B) Total hours in workweek 40 + 40 Note: May be required to work additional hours as needed.
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 (DOH) 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 Departments 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. Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).
All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.