Title: Public Health Nursing Advsr I
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Department of Public Health is seeking a public health nurse who will be responsible for working as a member of Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention (DSTDP) related to: a) The prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV; b) Clinical consultation to field epidemiologists and other MDPH staff: c) Technical assistance to clinicians and others providing testing, care and treatment to patients exposed to, or diagnosed with, sexually transmitted infections reportable to MDPH.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establish of linkages with the various state and professional agencies and groups involved with DSTDP.
- Advise clinicians regarding state and CDC recommended testing algorithms and treatment regimens for STDs, including HIV.
- Manage a case load of individuals prioritized for clinician follow-up, including pregnant women diagnosed with syphilis and infants born with congenital syphilis.
- Collaborate with multiple partners such as healthcare providers, community health centers, MDPH funded STD and HIV screening and treatment sites and other MDPH partners to ensure appropriate prevention and control measures.
- Explains STD prevention, control and epidemiology to audiences with differing levels of disease comprehension.
- Provides technical assistance to STD and HIV testing sites.
- Assists healthcare providers, infection control practitioners and others to prepare reports of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Attends advisory groups/working groups as needed, including facilitation of such groups.
- Communicates to health professionals and general public regarding the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with STDs.
- Interprets the MA General Laws and Regulations regarding STD and HIV and advises health professionals and the public appropriately.
- May conduct epidemiologic investigations of STDs under outbreak conditions.
- May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies as part of the epidemiology team on a 24 hours/day, 7/day/week basis.
- Performs other duties as determined by the program director in response to program needs.
- Significant travel (15%) in Massachusetts will be required.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nursing and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
- The ability to manipulate spreadsheets.
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