NURSE SPECIALIST COMMUNICABLE DISEASE and PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC Full time Job 2779 (Communicable Disease and Public Health Clinic)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014.

Vision: We will move Lexington toward being one of the healthiest communities in the nation.

Mission: Helping Lexington be well.

Values: We commit to being...
Caring: We will treat our clients, community and coworkers with compassion and kindness.
Accountable: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness.
Respectful: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness.
Equitable: We will provide services and care equitably to all of our clients throughout the community.
Service: We are here to serve our clients and community.

LFCHD provides a wide range of public health services for the community, including restaurant inspections, flu shots, HANDS visits for moms and dads, diabetes prevention/management, training to licensed child care providers, nutrition through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, school health, a needle exchange program to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV, and much more. Visit to learn more about LFCHD!

Job Skills / Requirements

This position is full time, 37.5 hours per week with a full comprehensive benefits package. The pay rate is $28.10 to commensurate with experience.

The Nurse Specialist provides nursing services focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability, the promotion of health, and maintenance of the health of individuals and populations. The incumbent works independently within agency guidelines in a variety of settings to provide services.

Specifically, the Nurse Specialist provides nursing services focused on identification, control, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases, administration of immunizations, assisting clinician with family planning patients, and evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; provides direct patient care to vulnerable populations and practice case management with these patients to effectively control tuberculosis infection or active disease in both clinical and home field based settings; works with a diverse multidisciplinary team to positively impact the health of the community with regards to communicable disease control and prevention.

Dispenses naloxone per standing physician order and provides appropriate educational training to clients during the Needle Exchange Program, or at other community naloxone trainings according to the Clinical Protocol for Naloxone Dispensing by Registered Nurses.

The candidate must have the following minimum education/experience: Registered Nurse (RN) and Nursing Diploma plus 5 years of experience; Associate's degree in Nursing plus 3 years of experience; Bachelors degree in Nursing or Bachelors Degree in a related field, plus 2 years of nursing experience or a Masters degree in Nursing or Masters degree in a related field plus 1 year of nursing experience. Acceptable experience includes: prior experience working in a local public health department OR experience in 2 of the following areas: home health, clinic/hospital, patients in confined facility, immunizations, drawing blood, medication administration, case management, conducting assessments, charting SOAP note format, and referral for appropriate community services.

The individual selected must attend the Kentucky Department for Public Health TB Program training within 1 year. Must be willing to attend the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center training if resources allow within 2 years.

Education Requirements (Any)

NURSETBPH: Nursing diploma, Associates, Bachelors, Masters related nursing or related field.

Certification Requirements (All)

Valid Registered Nursing License
Valid CPR

Additional Information / Benefits

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals).

Employee benefits summary:

Four medical plans are offered, so you can select the coverage that best meets your needs. Two plan options include an employer-funded health reimbursement account.

Employees who waive medical coverage are eligible for an employer-funded health reimbursement account that receives $175 per month.

Dental Insurance (Enhanced and Basic Plans offered).

Vision insurance provides coverage for eye exams, frames, lenses, and contacts.

Other benefits incentives: Basic life insurance and long term disability; Cafeteria plans; Wellness program, Employee assistance program; paid holidays; paid annual leave and paid sick leave; and Tuition reimbursement program.

Retirement Benefits:
Kentucky Employees' Retirement System (New benefit eligible employees will participate in a defined benefit pension plan known as Cash Balance Plan. The account earns 4% interest on both the member contribution and the Employer Pay Credit Balance at the end of the fiscal year. When the member is eligible to retire, the retirement benefit is calculated based on the member's accumulated account balance).

Kentucky Deferred Compensation
(Employees may elect to participate in supplemental retirement plans such as tax deferred 401K, Roth 401K, 457, Traditional IRA, and Roth IRA accounts).

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check

This job reports to the Team Leader Public Health Clinic

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1