King County Sheriff's Office Public Health Nurse - Juvenile (Occupational Health RN) in Seattle, Washington

Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is seeking a highly motivated individual to occupy the position of Occupational Health Nurse (Public Health RN-Juvenile) for our Juvenile Division. This position would primarily be responsible for Occupational Health duties for the staff that provide direct care to youth detainees. This position reports to the Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) Juvenile Division Health Services Manager.

This position is primarily responsible for implementing OSHA/WISHA requirements for employees who provide direct care and supervision to adolescent detainees at the Juvenile Detention facility and for implementing an infection control program for employees and the detainee population. Work is performed within the secure perimeter of a detention facility with youth detainee contact. Incumbents of this position must effectively conduct time management, problem solving, multi-tasking, and prioritizing to manage anticipated workload.

The Juvenile Division Health Services team works within the secure perimeter of the King County Juvenile Detention Facility. DAJD is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies. DAJD is comprised of five divisions, including the Juvenile Detention Division. The department's mission is to provide safe, secure and humane detention.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all eligible King County employees and the general public. Applicants requesting Veteran's Preference must provide a copy of their DD-214, a scanned (pdf format) will suffice for this purpose.

HOW TO APPLY: Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for full application. Online applications are preferred. For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGov Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 ( customer support).

WORK LOCATION: DAJD Juvenile Division, Juvenile Detention Services, 1211 E. Alder, Seattle, WA. Work is performed within the secure perimeter of a detention facility with youth detainee contact.

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a 20-hour per week position. The typical work schedule is Tuesday through Thursday, working between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (1000-1800)*.* However the schedule may be changed to meet changing occupational health needs of the Juvenile Division. Employees in this classification are expected to occasionally be available to meet and work with employees who work other shifts and days, including employees who work evening and grave shifts (from 2300 to 0700) and weekends.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA). Union membership is required within 30 days of employment.

DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to: Caroll Budny, DAJD Human Resources Analyst; Phone Number: 206-477-6464; or via e-mail at Job Duties:

  • Maintain current knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration (WISHA) requirements. Develop policies and procedures to assure DAJD employee health/safety and to prevent work related injuries and illnesses. Coordinate with King County Industrial Hygienist and DAJD Adult Division Occupational Health and Infection Control providers.
  • Initiate, perform, document and evaluate WISHA-mandated responsibilities regarding tuberculosis control and respiratory protection, including but not limited to: a.) assuring new and current employee TB skin testing; b.) referring for chest x-ray where appropriate; c.) evaluating employees for respiratory clearance; d.) conducting annual respiratory fit-testing and training others to be fit-testers; e.) coordinating annual respiratory hazard evaluations, f.) maintaining records and documentation of the above and providing regular reports to Quality Assurance Committee.
  • Comply with substantial exposure policies to: a.) determine whether or not a substantial exposure has occurred, b.) facilitate referrals to care as appropriate, c.) provide follow-up education to staff who have experienced a substantial exposure.
  • Initiate, perform, document, and evaluate employee work related contact investigations for specific communicable diseases, including but not limited to active TB, varicella, and measles.
  • Initiate, perform, document and evaluate WISHA-mandated responsibilities regarding hepatitis B vaccinations, including but not limited to: a.) identifying appropriate at risk staff; b.) staff vaccinations; c.) record keeping.
  • Conduct skills training and develop educational programs regarding standard precautions, and use of personal protective equipment. Conduct employee health and safety campaigns as appropriate with the goal of preventing infectious disease transmission and preventing work-related injuries.
  • Maintain data on detainee infections and provide regular reports. Manage detainee vaccination program.
  • Participate in work groups and committees including, but not limited to: DAJD Safety Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, DAJD Respiratory Protection Committee, and Infection Control Committee.
  • Serve as content expert for health, safety and infection control trainings for DAJD with emphasis for Juvenile Division's needs;
  • Implement King County Accident Prevention Program on site.
  • Maintain supplies and order vaccinations as applicable.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within scope and area of assignment. Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills: Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington (in good standing) or ability to be licensed in Washington State prior to start of employment. Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school; at least one year experience in Occupational Health Nursing or a combination of employee immunization program management, communicable disease prevention and screening, and correctional nursing experience. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and information management systems.

Working knowledge of: Washington State law relating to nursing care (WAC 18.79) and federal health care regulations; professional ethics related to delivery of nursing and allied health services; Nurse Practice guidelines; Patient Bill of Rights; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical practice guidelines; and an understanding of community health standards.

Knowledge of:

  • Occupational Health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Infection prevention and control methods.
  • OSHA/WISHA standards and the ability to apply them.
  • Adverse health effects of occupational exposure and ability to recommend methods for hazard abatement and control; understanding of industrial hygiene principles of engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.
  • Toxicology.
  • Epidemiology data collection and surveillance methods used in the management of communicable and infectious disease.
  • Regulations put forward by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); laws that affect the workplace such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Chart documentation requirements, medical record forms, State and Federal laws that govern release of health care information and patient consent.
  • Policies and procedures for administering required/recommended employee immunizations.
  • Health care technology, equipment, supplies and materials needed for personal protective equipment and other occupational health/infection related treatment.
  • Emergency preparedness - at home, at work and in the community.
  • Adult learning and education techniques and principals.
  • Quality assurance/improvement systems.
  • Community, professional and educational resources.
  • Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, physical assessment and basic pharmacology. Ability to:
  • Ability to maintain current knowledge in all aspects of OSHA and Occupational Health pertinent to the job.
  • Ability to transform policy and regulation into proactive and protocols.
  • Provide data analysis and written reports.
  • Develop and write policies; facilitate discussion and consensus; make public presentations; lead committees.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and maintain working relationships with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to function in complex situations and make timely decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly both orally and in writing. Licensing/Certification Requirements:

  • Current Washington State Registered Nurse license in good standing prior to job offer.

  • Current CPR certification or ability to obtain prior job offer. MOST COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES: Will possess a Master's Degree in Occupational Health Nursing and/or Certificate of Occupational Health Nursing (COHN) and at least one (1) year of Occupational Health nursing experience; or a Bachelors of Nursing and a minimum of three (3) years of specific Occupational Health nursing experience in a hospital or other institutional setting. Supplemental Information: Necessary Special Requirements: The person selected for this position will be required to complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, criminal history check, a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, reference checks, medical physical and other tests as deemed necessary. A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to travel around the county by time of hire.

Selection Process: Your application must provide clear and detailed information on your relevant education, training, work experience and history. Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be further screened using additional screeners, skills assessment tests and/or interviews.

PREA Notification: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or,
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above. Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone. The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

Job Title: Public Health Nurse - Juvenile (Occupational Health RN)

Opening Date/Time: Thu. 10/12/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time: Thu. 11/09/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $36.96 - $50.51 Hourly

Job Type: Career Service, Part Time, 20 hrs/week

Location: King County Youth Service Center - 1211 East Alder Ave, Seattle, Washington

Department: Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention