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Public Health Nurse III (PCN 06-1917)

at Alaska Department of Administration

Posted: 9/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2502403

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**THE RECRUITMENT PERIOD FOR THIS RECRUITMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED**

Effective July 1, 2019 the salary increased for this position the salary listed above reflects this increase.

The Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health is recruiting for a
 Public Health Nurse III (PHN III).

Are you an RN with a BSN degree with a passion for practicing public health in a rural, cross-cultural setting?  Do you possess an adventurous spirit, embrace unique experiences and have a willingness to travel to remote, subarctic communities?


If so, the Nome based Itinerant Public Health Nurse (PHN III) position may just be the adventure you've been looking for!


Located on the edge of the Bering Sea, Nome is a vital hub for Northwest Alaska. Nome has 210 miles of state maintained roads accessible seasonally and a vast country side with plentiful berries and wild flowers. Nome is home to musk oxen, moose, grizzly bears, and birds abound in the summer and fall. In winter, Nome is the finish of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March, northern lights and much more winter fun.

For more information about the city of Nome, Alaska, please visit these links: http://www.nomealaska.org/  and http://www.visitnomealaska.com/about-nome/

This Itinerant PHN III works out of the Nome Public Health Center and provides services in remote villages of Norton Sound Region. The PHN III lives in Nome and travels to the villages of Brevig Mission, Diomede, Elim, Gambell, Golovin, Koyuk, Saint Michael, Savoonga, Shaktoolik, Shishmaref, Stebbins, Teller, Unalakleet, Wales, and White Mountain. 

Villages and communities served in this area are accessible primarily by air.  The nurse lives in Nome and travels by small plane or helicopter to these communities approximately 2 times a month; spending several days providing individual and population based services.
 
The primary purpose of this PHN III position is to provide expert level individual, population and systems based public health nursing services. These services include disease prevention, and health promotion and protection for all members of the population, particularly vulnerable groups, utilizing nursing and public health best practices.

We are seeking the following demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities and experience:

  • Knowledge of and ability to incorporate public health and nursing science in the delivery of care to individuals, families, and groups;
  • Skilled in providing care coordination, referral and follow-up to individuals and families who are members of a vulnerable population and/or high-risk groups, while evaluating outcomes, effectiveness of plan, and making changes as necessary;
  • Knowledge of and ability to use public health surveillance/disease investigation methods in community outreach, screening, and case finding of communicable and infectious diseases that threaten the health of the community;
  • Ability to assess the health status of communities and their related determinants of health and illness and skilled at promoting public health interventions at the community level;
  • Ability to adapt public health nursing care to individuals, families, and groups based on cultural needs and differences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and electronically and communications are characterized by critical thinking and complex decision making; 
  • Ability to assess the health literacy of the individuals, families, and groups served; 
  • Strong organizational skills, such as the ability to prioritize and organize workload, time, materials, and resources;
  • Ability to use computer for email, word processing, internet searches, producing, and carrying out web-based, long-distance learning;
  • Ability to be flexible and able to quickly adapt to change;
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Knows when to seek consultation and support, and does so as needed;
  • A commitment to excellence in public health nursing practice.

If you feel you embody these strengths, then we want to hear from you.

For more information about the Division of Public Health Nursing, please visit our website: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx

To view the general description and example duties for a Public Health Nurse III please go to the following link:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university OR Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university;
AND
A license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alaska, or eligible to receive a license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alaska.
AND
Two years of professional public health nursing experience in a public health organization (tribal, county, city, or state), one year of which was a Public Health Nurse II or Nurse Consultant I for the State of Alaska, or equivalent elsewhere.

Substitution:
A Master's degree in Nursing or Public Health from an accredited college or university, in addition to the basic educational requirement (Bachelor's degree in Nursing OR Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing), may be substituted for a maximum of one year of public health nursing experience.

Special Note:
Candidates not currently licensed in Alaska may apply. A candidate applying under this option may receive a conditional job offer and may begin work after obtaining the required license.

Experience in international health, occupational health nursing, or school health nursing may be substituted for a maximum of six months of required public health nursing experience. Credit will be pro-rated on the basis of three months of experience to one month of public health nursing experience. This experience must include identification and assessment of physical and/or emotional problems, referral of any problems requiring further care, and the follow-up of the care provided and assessment to determine the health status and priority needs of a population.

Additional Required Information

At time of interview applicant must submit:

1. A copy of current Registered Nurse License (from any state)
2. Three (3) professional references with current contact information.
3. A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts) to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.

An Alaska Driver's license is required for this position.

COVER LETTER
A cover letter is required.  The cover letter must describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, as they pertain to the bulleted points listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter as a separate document to your application before applying online. If unable to attach to your application, email or fax the cover letter to the contact number provided in the job posting prior to the closing date of this recruitment.  Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Omission of any required documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

EDUCATION
To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application.  (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview, or if/when requested prior to scheduling an interview.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

WORK EXPERIENCE
When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application.  If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.  A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying. 

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level.  Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position.  This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.

MULTIPLE VACANCIES
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

APPLICATION NOTICE
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/help/

NOTICE
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains.  For information on allowing emails from the 'governmentjobs.com' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword.

EEO STATEMENT
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.

For applicant password assistance please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name: Elizabeth Burton, Public Health Nurse V
Phone: (907) 451-1673
Fax: (907) 451-1666
Email:  Elizabeth.Burton@alaska.gov