Job Description

Nurse Specialist RN Infectious Disease Job 2965 (Public Health Clinical Services)
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

Nurse Specialist Infectious Disease (RN)

External applications accepted by September 14, 2021 may be first considered.   

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week (Job 2965)

The Nurse Specialist provides independent nursing services focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability, the promotion of health, and maintenance of the health of individuals and populations.  This position is responsible for providing nursing services focused on identification, control, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases. This position has specific job duties associated currently with COVID response and pandemic.  Once COVID subsides, the expectation are duties associated with daily clinical nursing services.

Salary Grade N4, Non-exempt, $28.10  per hour

Tasks specific to current COVID response:

  • Monitor Covid emails and faxes, enter new cases into the database management system (RedCap).
  • Assign cases to be called for case investigation.
  • Identify congregate settings and/or employers who may need to be notified of positive cases and make recommendations to those facilities to prevent the further spread of the disease.
  • Sends out of jurisdiction cases/contacts to appropriate responsible authorities.
  • Contact medical facilities to obtain case investigation information on institutional patients.
  • Participate in conference calls with agencies, as needed (such as long term care facilities, factories with multiple cases).
  • Contact testing facilities to obtain missing information (lab reports, testing date, case phone numbers, etc.).

During and when Covid subsides, performs clinical services duties to include working with the Epidemiology team with communicable diseases; may assist with treatment on-site in the clinic for patients diagnosed with infectious diseases; work with the TB team with treatment and follow-up (may include DOT and clinic visits); draw blood in clinic (Venipuncture-will be trained on-the-job; assist with immunization clinics such as flu vaccines in clinic and in the community.

Nursing Diploma + 5 years of experience, OR Associate’s degree + 3 years of experience, OR Bachelor’s degree in nursing or related experience + 2 years of experience OR Master’s degree in nursing or related field + 1 year of experience. Acceptable experience includes prior health department experience, home health, or clinic/hospital (inpatient or outpatient care). 

Registered Nurse (RN) with active Kentucky nursing license.  CPR required. Must attend KDPH TB Program training or complete Comprehensive Reproductive Exam Training Certification within 18 months of employment. 


Education Requirements (Any)

RNID: Nursing diploma, ADN, BSN, MSN or closely related degree.

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 and Vision Insurance is available with three plan options ranging from basic to comprehensive. Additional benefits include 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 include the Kentucky Employees' Retirement System and Cash Balance plan and Kentucky Deferred Compensation which includes 401(k), 457, and IRA options.

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

This job reports to the Officer Clinical Services

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1