COVID-19

Overview

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  We are tackling a broad range of public health issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but our work is never finished.

Since January 2020, DOHMH has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through a wide range of health-related activities. With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DOHMH is undertaking a new initiative to establish, expand, train, and sustain the public health workforce to support jurisdictional COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives over the next 2 years.

The selected candidate will be an employee of Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization which is the fiscal and administrative manager of the grant, but work will be supervised by NYC DOHMH.  The grant-funded position currently ends June 30, 2023 but will provide the candidate with an incredible opportunity to work with NYC DOHMH and the Office of School Health (OSH).

Program Description:

DOHMH’s Division of Family and Child Health (FCH) is charged with the creation and oversight of programs, policies, services, and environments that support physical and socio-emotional health, and promote primary and reproductive health services, health equity, social justice, safety and well-being for New York City families and children.  FCH’s vision is that every child, woman, and family recognize their power and is given the opportunity to reach their full health and developmental potential. We encourage qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity to apply.

The Office of School Health (OSH) within FCH is a joint program between NYC DOHMH and the Department of Education (DOE).  This program promotes the health of the 1.3 million school children enrolled in approximately 1,800 public and non-public schools in New York City.  Services to students include management of chronic health problems, preventive health screenings, urgent care, medication administration, preventive counseling, and health education.

Summary of Position:

DOHMH has an opening for thirty (30) Floating Registered Nurses who will be assigned citywide.  Floating Registered Nurses will report to DOHMH Nursing Supervisors and will provide school coverage, field trip coverage, 1:1 Nursing, and Transportation Nursing services to NYC students.  They will be expected to travel to schools needing coverage within the NYC borough they are assigned to upon hire.

The Floating Registered Nurses will be expected to be able to provide:

School Nurse Coverage – serving as daily clinician for NYC students in an assigned school’s medical room. This is a highly autonomous, professional role incorporating sharp decision making and assessment skills. Direct clinical care includes assessing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 Like Illness (CLI), reporting CLI according to OSH CLI protocols, adhering to proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance, documenting assessments and treatments, maintaining infection control practices in their settings, and escalating concerns to nursing supervisor as appropriate.
Trip Coverage – provide nursing services to assigned students with approved Diabetes/Medication Administration/Procedure Forms on school sponsored trips as needed.
1:1 Nurse Coverage – accompany one (1) student identified as requiring continuous nursing care and/or monitoring during the school day as per their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), a federal mandate to provide skilled services.
Transportation Nurse Coverage- accompany one (1) student identified as requiring an RN to provide care and/or monitoring during transport to and/or from school on a DO) authorized vehicle, as per their IEP.
NOTE: The Floating Registered Nurse will be assigned to specific boroughs and will be called to cover school, trips, 1:1, and transportation assignments as needed.  The Floating Registered Nurse must be able to travel, on short notice, usually on the day prior to or the day of the shift, to School Health Centers within their designated borough to fill vacancies.  There may be instances where the candidates will be assigned outside of their borough as well.

Specifically, the Floating Registered Nurse will:

Under the supervision of the Nursing Supervisor and Borough Nursing Director the Floating Registered Nurse will be responsible for the following duties:
Perform case management of students with chronic illness; case finding; administers medications and procedures.
School Nurses conducts health education classes (i.e. Open Airways); coordinates tasks for Public Health Advisers (PHADVs) and Public Health Assistants (PHAs) who support Medical Room Functions.
Provide trip coverage to assigned student(s).
Provides 1:1 skilled nursing care to assigned student only and always remains with student throughout the school day.
Coordinate student care through effective working relations with parents, school administrators, OSH Providers, outside providers, nursing supervisors.
Transport student from home to school and vice versa.
Meet the student and parent at the designated location of the NYC DOE vehicle pick-up point for the student to travel to school, enters school with the student, communicating with a nurse or other school professional upon arrival.
Transport student from school at dismissal to home, accompany the student on the NYC DOE authorized vehicle to travel home and meets the parent/guardian at the DOE vehicle drop-off point.
Maintain Health Records/Documentation as appropriate for the nurse role.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) or Associates of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN).
A valid New York State License as a Registered Nurse.
Capacity and willingness to learn (proficient in Microsoft Suite).
Must be willing to travel on short notice to vacancy assignments.
Must follow all safety, security, Blood-borne pathogen exposure, infection control, and hazardous materials policies and procedures to assure a safe environment for staff and students. This includes using personal protective wear, good hand hygiene, and adhering to sharps safety procedures.

Preferred Skills:

The ideal candidate for this position must be a pro-active and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.
Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management.
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
Experience with data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
Experience working with the public health sector and coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders.
Ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.
Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Additional Information:

Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties.
During emergencies the candidate will be expected to work non-business hours.
This is a temporary grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.

NOTE:  All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy.  Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and veterans.

 

 

About Public Health Solutions

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support New Yorkers and their families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about our work at healthsolutions.org.