Deschutes County is accepting applications for a Public Health Nurse II, Congregate Settings Outreach. Over the last four years, Central Oregon Public Health partners (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties) have collaborated in providing outreach to Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF). While we will continue that work, there is a need to reach other facilities and businesses that serve marginalized populations. This position will be part of the Advancement and Protections Section in Public Health.
The PHN II Congregate Settings Outreach position will complement existing work by providing outreach to the following unaddressed settings: Shelters, both high barrier and low barrier (warming shelter); Adult Foster Homes; Intellectual and Developmental Disability Homes; Youth Programs with congregate living; Drug Treatment Programs; and Food Kitchens. Special focus will be given to organizations that serve Behavioral Health clients, which comprises a large portion of the marginalized population. Outreach to these facilities will include outbreak response, Infection Prevention consults, facility and staff education through trainings and toolkits, monthly newsletters with prevention topics, and assessing PPE inventory and usage. While employed and housed in Deschutes County, this position will have a physical presence in all three counties in order to build trust and collaborations with both facilities served, their staff, and Crook and Jefferson Public Health. Similar to the LTCF position, this position will provide back-up on communicable disease investigations to Crook and Jefferson Counties when needed. There will also be close collaboration and integration with Central Oregon Behavioral Health programs and partners to ensure synergistic support to vulnerable populations.
*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.
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$5,384.87 to $7,216.22 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.
This is a limited-duration employment position as defined by Deschutes County Code Chapter 3.08.010. The position has identified funding through June 30, 2023. Extending the position beyond June 30, 2023 will depend on a continued business need for the position and approval of additional funding. Should this occur, the County may at a later date extend the position end date or offer regular employment status to the incumbent in this position.This position has been opened until filled. Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in nursing; AND two (2) years of public health nursing or related nursing experience in public or community health. May alternatively have a Bachelor's degree in a health-related field; AND two (2) years of public health nursing or related nursing experience in public or community health and possession of a Registered Nurse license in the state of Oregon (or have the ability to obtain by date of hire). An Associate's degree in nursing may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree if the candidate has four (4) or more years of public health nursing or related nursing experience in public or community health.
Preference will be given for:
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.
Must have dependable transportation and be willing and able to drive throughout Central Oregon in sometimes adverse weather conditions.
Physical Requirements. Must have the ability to work in an office environment that is environmentally controlled; possess sufficient hand coordination to perform keyboarding and data entry; arm/hand movements to retrieve work materials and operate a variety of general office equipment; ambulatory ability to drive throughout Central Oregon in sometimes adverse weather conditions; and an ability to sit, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, reach, stand grasp, talk, hear, see, and lift up to 10 pounds on an occasional basis.
Deschutes County will comply with the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR 333-019-101) requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees working in a healthcare setting. It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent provide proof of vaccination status or request and be approved for an exemption based on legitimate medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs (for detailed information on exceptions, please review section (4), (A) and (B)) by October 18, 2021 or their date of hire, whichever is later. Deschutes County provides reasonable accommodation as required by applicable law, and those finalists seeking a reasonable accommodation from the vaccination requirement may submit a copy of the medical or religious exemption form as prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority in order to certify the reasons for requesting an exemption. There is no need to take action at this point. More information will be provided to candidates that progress to the final stage of the process.