Alliance Public Health Nurse

The Berkshire Public Health Alliance is a collaborative network formed through an inter-municipal agreement (IMA) that allows communities to share resources, staff and programs.  It was established in the fall of 2011 and is currently composed of 24 Berkshire County municipalities. The Alliance provides comprehensive public health nursing services to multiple communities throughout the county. The Alliance is currently seeking a full-time Public Health Nurse. A Public Health Nurse (PHN) promotes the well-being of the community and seeks to prevent disease.

This is an off-site position. The Public Health Nurse will be expected to have a home office and spend much of his/her time in the field. Flexible hours are possible. A laptop computer will be supplied, but must have reliable Internet available in home office.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE POSITION(S)
Location: Berkshire County
Title: Senior Public Health Nurse
Pay Rate:   $39-41/hour, 35 hours/week
Education: BSN required; MSN preferred
Category: Full-time, benefited position
Experience: At least two years’ experience in public health nursing, community nursing or similar preferred.

Duties of the Public Health Nurse shall include:

 Reduce the effects of preventable chronic diseases, premature death and improve the quality of life among residents of Berkshire County.

  • Surveillance, disease and health event investigation and case finding of reportable diseases using the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiological Network (MAVEN) on-line system
  • Health education and wellness activities in individual municipalities and for the Alliance members as a whole
  • Consultation and collaboration to promote continuity of care for residents of the Alliance communities.
  • Flu and other vaccination clinics
  • Provision of Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for TB patients as required by law
  • Participate in planning activities such as the Berkshire Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
  • Create healthy communities and a better quality of life for targeted populations
  • Participate with internal and external partners to identify expected outcomes in the health status of targeted populations
  • Promote and support the development of programs, policies, and services that are data-driven for improved health status of community residents
  • Evaluate the health status of community residents along with programs, policies, and services to determine if outcomes are met and identify areas for improvement.
  • Represent the Alliance at local, municipal, regional and state meetings
  • Develop presentations, reports, educational materials and other materials
  • Assist the BRPC Public Health Program with other projects, such as Opioid Misuse Prevention/Overdose prevention; Infectious disease prevention related to IV Drug Use (hepatitis C, HIV); Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning; and other projects.
  • Other public health nursing duties as required and requested

Minimum Requirements

  • BSN or higher
  • Valid RN license in Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Ability to work independently and perform job tasks with minimal supervision, effectively and self-sufficiently.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the flexibility to adjust to rapidly changing schedules and frequently changing priorities.
  • Excellent people skills and ability to work well with people in a variety of settings
  • Ability to independently develop flyers, reports, presentations and other materials for municipalities and other agencies.
  • Knowledge of community assessment and program development and implementation
  • Nursing skills such as vaccination for all age groups and directly observed therapy for TB patients
  • Computer skills such as proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn the MA Virtual Epidemiological Network (MAVEN) and MA Immunization and Information System (MIIS).
  • Home office with reliable Internet
  • MA Driver’s License and reliable car available.

Employment is contingent upon satisfactory Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) investigation at the time of hire and then subsequently every two years.   

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience in community or public health nursing
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts’ laws pertaining to Public Health Nursing
  • Masters’ level preparation (MS, MSN, MPH)
  • Familiarity with public health nursing in MA, or experience with municipal government in MA
  • Analytical and technical writing skills
  • MAVEN trained and certified within first month of hire
  • TB training

To Apply:

Please send cover letter & resume to info@berkshireplanning.org with Public Health Nurse Position in the subject line. NO CALLS.

Job open until filled. Preference given to applications received prior to June 9.

This description is also available HERE

EOE/Smoke-and Drug-free Workplace.