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Hall Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Registered nurse to work in a one-year temporary, full-time position. (The FTE may decrease as the program matures.) The COVID-prevention nurse will implement various aspects of the University’s COVID-19 prevention and response activities, including: vaccine verification, medical exemptions, testing verification, development of policies and protocols, and collaborating with campus partners to develop and implement COVID-19-prevention measures. This position will participate in department-wide efforts to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission, as required by University and State policies. This position will be supervised by the Director of Operations and will work closely with Hall Health leaders, healthcare providers, nurses, and other public health staff members.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
COVID-19 Vaccination and testing verification (80%)
•Conduct COVID-19 vaccine verification by reviewing uploaded documents, confirming in the Washington State Immunization Information System (WA IIS), collecting vaccination cards, or other methods. •Develop, maintain, and follow COVID-19 vaccine and testing verification program requirements and standard operating procedures. •Correspond with students and employees to request records from outside of Washington state or missing or questionable data needed for the verification process. •Respond to questions from University students, departments and community members regarding COVID vaccination, exemption, and testing verification processes. •Collaborate with Hall Health colleagues and campus partners on all aspects of COVID-19 vaccine and testing verification at the University, including researching current regulatory information and creating guidance documents and online information. •Inform students to submit healthcare provider determination of exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. •Conduct COVID-19 testing verification to meet University requirements for unvaccinated students and personnel. •Monitor and respond to COVID-19 vaccination and testing verification inquiries sent via email and voicemail. •Review, approve, and enter exemption data into a database Share information on cases and exemption requests for review at meetings. •Communicate and coordinate with campus partners, such as Assistant Attorney Generals, faculty and staff Human Resources, student health center, unit supervisors and leadership, and UW information technology (UW IT) personnel. •Collaborate with other Hall Health nursing and public health staff to ensure compliance goals for auditing/reviewing employee COVID-19 vaccination and testing records are met. •As needed, collaborate with other team members on vaccine and testing verification response and guidance. •Share information on vaccine and testing verification of aggregate employee groups at team meetings •Maintain privacy and confidentiality according to state and federal standards and policies.
Other duties (20%)
•Respond to questions from University community members regarding the UW’s public health preventive activities, workplace health and safety efforts, and other health-related information. •Assist with developing UW COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. •Assist with developing and updating COVID-19-related risk and safety communications for the UW community. •As appropriate, direct inquiries to other University departments. •As needed, communicate with officials from state and local health departments. •Provide education, technical assistance, public health guidance, and regulatory compliance advice to UW employees and students. •Share information about emerging environmental health concerns with Hall Health leadership and partners. •Assist in the development and delivery of environmental and occupational health and safety education and training. •Support and actively coordinate with other Hall Health units to support campus needs related to COVID-19 response. •Participate in Hall Health teams, meetings, and trainings. •Other related duties, as assigned.
•Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Washington.
•Bachelor’s degree in nursing •Three years of experience as a professional nurse •Experience with electronic medical records •Demonstrated ability to follow protocols •Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and platforms •Demonstrated ability to be flexible with an evolving public health situation •Demonstrated ability to work accurately and attend to details •Demonstrated initiative and follow through •Demonstrated effective communication orally and in writing •Demonstrated customer service and interpersonal skills •Strong interest in learning new health and public health information •Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours, including some unanticipated/unscheduled hours •Demonstrated ability to function effectively in team activities •Demonstrated ability to lead team activities, even if not an official supervisor •Proficiency with common computer programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint
•Master’s degree in nursing or public health •Five years of experience as a professional nurse or three years of experience as a public health nurse •Specialized training and/or experience in public health and/or communicable disease
Work Schedule: The COVID nurse has daily operating hours of full days Monday through Friday, and might include half or partial days on weekends and holidays. This position may be scheduled during any operating hours, with consideration of the employee’s availability. This position requires flexibility to accommodate some evening and weekend work. The duration and/or FTE level may be reduced, if demands on the program decrease. This position may be hybrid (i.e., work in the office and work from home).
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