Overview

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks an experienced public health nurse to join the Immunization Nurse team at the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS). The Immunization Nurse team is responsible for professional nursing activities related to vaccine preventable disease control and response, with the goal of improved quality of life for all residents of the Commonwealth. The ideal candidate will be able to work both independently and across multi-disciplinary teams, have strong project administration skills, and have a solid background in vaccine preventable disease.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Subject matter expertise. Provide clinical nursing expertise, consultation, and technical assistance on immunization best practices, vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology, disease control and prevention, immunization schedules, vaccine administration techniques, vaccine clinic operations, school immunization regulations, and immunization policies to various groups, including but not limited to providers, local boards of health, public health nurses, school nurses, and the public. Maintains immunization subject matter expertise; reviews and maintains familiarity with the most current immunization schedules, recommendations, and other relevant publications. Attends and presents at annual Adult Immunization and MIAP conferences. Assists in the development and presentation of educational programs for conferences and meetings.
  • Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program. Provide nursing case administration of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive pregnant women and their infants to ensure adherence to medical treatment plan/vaccination schedule. Educate on transmission risk factors, maintain individual electronic records, collect data on patients’ disease status, evaluate patients’ clinical progress and adherence to the treatment plan. Collaborate with a variety of teams, such as Division of Global Populations, hepatitis B epidemiologists, and Surveillance and Informatics. Collaborate with Local Boards of Health in conducting investigation of household and sexual contacts. Assist in the development and presentation of educational materials and programs for birth hospitals, health care providers, LBOHs and others.
  • Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers. Provide professional consultation, through the IQIP program, to VFC providers across the state. Promote and support implementation of provider-level strategies designed to help increase on-time vaccination of children and adolescents.
  • Emergency Response. Respond to infectious disease emergencies such as a pandemic, bioterrorist event, or disease outbreak, on a 24-hour/day, 7 day/week basis as required. Assist with emergency public health interventions such as performing and coordinating control and response activities, or providing emergency chemoprophylaxis, as required. Participate as a member of the Immunization Nurse Team and provide nursing coverage as needed. Attend educational activities regarding emergency response and communicable diseases. Maintain knowledge of medical vaccine reactions in a community setting. Assist with emergency and disaster planning by working on planning activities with other MDPH staff and local community leaders. Act as clinical lead and organizer or clinical administrator of vaccinations at clinics.
  • Duties may include travel outside of region, and include nights and weekends.
  • Maintain active cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
  • Monitor and report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
  • Serve as the immunization liaison for Local Public Health Nurses in the assigned region.
  • Attend monthly meetings of Local Public Health Nurses in assigned region, when available.
  • May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/day, 7 days/week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong analytic, problem-solving, communication, and project administration skills.
  • Knowledge of the problems in providing nursing services to special client groups such as the mentally, physically, and/or emotionally handicapped.
  • Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.
  • Capacity to participate in a multi-disciplinary health care team.
  • Keen knowledge of the methods and commonly used applications used in the preparation of presentations, charts, graphs, and tables.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, and techniques.
  • Capability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, and regulations governing agency operations and assigned unit activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
  • Experience in Public Health nursing, Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), and Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS).
  • Knowledge of public health issues and epidemiology.
  • Subject matter expertise in immunization related matters, perinatal hepatitis B prevention program, and Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers (IQIP).
  • Knowledge of types and availability of public and private community-based organizations and agencies.

About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):

The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).

Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment.

The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease.  The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety.  The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health​

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.

Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the  Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory, administrative, or managerial capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*  No substitutions will be allowed for the required (B) experience.

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES:  Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing .*

*Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts  Motor Vehicle Operator’s license may be required.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Registered Nurse V
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street
Job: Medical Services
Agency: Department of Public Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Jan 11, 2023, 12:58:55 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 83,171.92 – 138,786.96 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sandra Semedo Sandra.C.Semedo@mass.gov – 6173524250
Bargaining Unit: 07-MNA – Professional Health Care
Confidential: No
Hybrid Work Eligible: Yes

About Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (DPH)

The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).