University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 5472
Regular/Temporary: Temporary Staff Posting Details
Appointment: Temporary, one (1) year position beginning August 2020. This position is full-time, 1.0 FTE.
Position Summary: Public health nurse for the University of Puget Sound community during COVID-19 pandemic. Will lead contact tracing efforts; respond to student, faculty and staff concerns; and provide counsel to symptomatic individuals. Nursing activities include systematic analysis of health data, coalition building, and collaborating with community partners and health department.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
Public Health Sciences
- Provide care coordination, referral and follow up for symptomatic students, faculty and staff related to COVID-19 and provide recommendations to individuals who have had close contact with COVID positive person
- Provide phone triage and medical consultation to students; screen to determine seriousness of medical problems for the purpose of providing quarantine and referral recommendations.
- Use public health surveillance/disease investigation methods for community outreach, screening, and case finding of communicable and infectious diseases
- Provide education and support campus campaigns to promote social distancing, mask-wearing, and other prevention efforts
- Obtain release of information as appropriate and ensures patient confidentiality
- Evaluate outcomes of public health nursing interventions and works with others to make changes as necessary
- Participate in response teams to prevent, minimize and contain adverse health events and conditions resulting from communicable diseases
Contact tracing and Policy development
- Lead contact tracing team, lead weekly meetings with team, support contact tracers
- Assist in the development of short and long range policies, plans and programs related to pandemic response
- Maintain relationship with public health department re: infectious disease control and contact tracing
- Establish and maintain working relationships with other university departments and staff
Community Dimensions of Practice
- Deliver targeted, culturally appropriate information to help students, faculty and staff understand disease prevention and health promotion efforts
- Advocate on behalf of vulnerable individuals and populations; participates in assessing and evaluating health care services to ensure that people are informed of available services
- Advise residence life partners on campus regarding isolation and quarantine efforts
- Educate community stake holders on public health issues
Analysis and Assessment
- Participate in community assessment; understand incidence and prevalence data; know how to access basic community epidemiological data
- Participate in the analysis of data to identify trends, health problems, and manage cases on campus
- Coordinates regular screening measures to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus
- Supports clinical staff as needed. May include testing of patients with COVID-19 symptoms and follow up phone check ins to students who test positive
- Maintains proper use of PPE
- Remain professionally current with knowledge and practice
- Baccalaureate Degree with a current Washington State license as a Registered Nurse (or license-eligible and attained within 3 months of employment) or Baccalaureate Degree in Public Health.
- Two (2) years of public health nursing experience preferred
- National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) certification within 4 months of employment.
- Certified in contact tracing
- CPR certification
- Knowledge of OSHA standards
- Knowledge of current epidemiological data analysis and surveillance methods used in the management of communicable and infectious disease
- Knowledge of data collection, analysis, and interpretation techniques
- Well-developed written and oral communication skills
- Ability to walk, stand, and sit, sometimes for prolonged periods
- Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function
- Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/overview-of-university-benefit/.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.
- Letter of Interest
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.
- We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
- We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
- We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/
Position Contingency: Due to significant uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis and its potential impact on institutions of higher education, this position is contingent upon the university having sufficient enrollment, continuing operating needs, and/or funding to support the work associated with this position.
The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.
How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment
About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA