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Title:  Nurse Program Coordinator I - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  12/16/2021
Req ID:  19584
Department:  Health
Location: 

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $32.64

Overview

The Vermont Department of Health is recruiting for a Nurse with infectious disease epidemiology experience for a key position in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology section of the Division of Health Surveillance. This position is the Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Coordinator.  The incumbent serves as the coordinator of all HAI-related activities within the Infectious Disease Epidemiology section. This position is limited service and set to end on 07/31/2025.

Who May Apply

This position, Nurse Program Coordinator I - Limited Service (Job Requisition #19584), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 

 

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 

 

Level I: Job Requisition 19584

 

Level II: Job Requisition 25461

 

If you would like more information about this position, please contact jennifer.read@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

 

AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

 

Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Examples of Work

1.     Coordinate the healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance prevention (H.A.R.P.) Program activities, including the following:
•    Advancing the detection of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance;
•    Advancing the response to and containment of HAIs and antimicrobial resistance
•    Supporting H.A.R.P. Program infrastructure

•    Assisting the H.A.R.P. Program Director with revisions of the State HAI Plan as appropriate.
•    Using the State HAI Plan to prioritize activities (in addition to direction from the HAI Program Director).
•    Assisting the H.A.R.P. Program Director in writing the annual CDC HAI grant progress report and application narratives.
•    In consultation with supervisor, developing agendas for, schedule conference calls for, and write the minutes/summary of each Advisory Committee quarterly call/meeting (3 quarterly calls, one meeting/year)
•    Participating in and subsequently leading Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) visits (in-person or remote/tele-ICAR) in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, residential care homes, therapeutic community residences, or other congregate settings (e.g., homeless shelters)
•    Assisting in the expansion of infection prevention and control capacity throughout the Department of Health by presenting on and providing trainings on infection prevention and control topics.

 

2.     Coordinate the Vermont Multidrug-Resistant Organism (MDRO) Prevention Collaborative (renamed: C-PHAR – see below).
•    Implementing the collaborative called C-PHAR “Collaborative for Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance“.
o    Collaborating with Epi Designees in scheduling quarterly C-PHAR cluster meetings
o    Collaborating with Epi Designees to organize and facilitate quarterly C-PHAR cluster meetings with content provided by you.
o    In consultation with supervisor, developing agendas and presentations for quarterly C-PHAR cluster meetings.
o    Attending quarterly C-PHAR cluster meetings in person whenever possible. 

 

3.    Participate in and support general Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program activities, such as:
o    Conducting surveillance on various reportable infectious diseases
o    Analyzing and interpreting disease surveillance data and create reports
o    Creating questionnaires and other data collection tools for data gathering operations
o    Participating in preparedness and all-hazards epidemiology efforts
o    Preparing and presenting material to the general public and health professionals 
o    Performing various other support duties including conducting disease investigations, assisting with outbreak response efforts and serving as on-call epidemiologist
o    Maintaining knowledge of current trends and developments in the field
o    Acting as a Duty Officer on some weekdays and weekends to provide afterhours consultation for urgent and emergent epidemiology situations. 
  
4.    Co-lead the Healthcare-Associated Outbreak Prevention and Response (HOPR) Team of the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 response.

Environmental Factors

Duties are primarily performed in an office setting. Work may be performed in clinic settings and possibly client homes. but some work in a clinic setting may occur. Incumbents may be exposed to infectious diseases and blood borne pathogens and stressful situations. Duties may include travel and use of personal vehicle. May be required to work evenings, weekends and 12 hour shifts.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of, or eligibility for, licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Vermont AND four (4) years or more of professional nursing experience working in public health or community health*.

 

*Community Health Nursing is defined as school nursing, home health nursing, home visiting nurses and community nurse health educators.

 

NOTE: Must maintain Vermont licensure as a Registered Nurse as a condition of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Master of Public Health or comparable background in infectious disease epidemiology.

The person in this position would preferably have:
•    Possess or be willing to pursue CIC (Certification in Infection Control) training and certification.
•    Strong background in epidemiology 
•    Strong leadership and communication skills 
•    Experience with program management and the ability to assess rapidly evolving situations, anticipate complex needs and problem solve
•    Ability to clearly and concisely present ideas verbally and in writing
•    Ability to balance, prioritize, and organize multiple tasks
•    Ability to synthesize current literature and guidelines, evaluate current practices, and make public health recommendations
•    Ability to use NBS and other databases  

Special Requirements

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with applicable hiring standards, fingerprint supported criminal record checks, adult and child abuse registry checks, the Office of Inspector General exclusion database, and motor vehicle driving record checks, as appropriate to the positon under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion, or demotion into a classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.


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