Are you interested in a great entry-level professional opportunity in public health?
Are you interested in making a difference in the health of Alaskans?
Are you interested in a uniquely Alaskan experience in public health nursing?
This position is flexibly staffed. It may be filled at either the PHN I or PHN II level depending on the applicant's training and/or experience.
Public Health Nurse I (PHN I) is the entry level position of the series. Incumbents have received training in general professional nursing skills and practices, may have experience in other nursing specialties, but have not had actual practical work experience directly in the specialty of public health nursing. Positions in this class generally work out of a larger health center where supervision and guidance are available. This is a training position, where incumbents can gain experience in all phases of public health nursing. A holistic preventative approach is emphasized as the successful applicant provides services to individuals, families, communities, and systems. If you are a new graduate from an accredited nursing program with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, we encourage you to apply at this level. In addition, experienced nurses without direct public health nursing experience would apply at this level. Successful incumbents at the PHN I level, after completing orientation and a set of defined core competencies, would flex up to the PHN II level.
Public Health Nurse II (PHN II) is the full working or journeyman level of public health nursing. Incumbents are fully skilled in and participate in most or all areas of public health nursing. Successful applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and at least one (1) year of direct public health nursing experience. Note: public health nursing experience includes employment as a public health nurse for a state, county, city, or tribal government or as a public/community health nurse with the US Public Health Service. The successful incumbent at this level will work primarily out of the Bethel Regional Health Center but may also travel by small plane or boat to outlying areas or communities, though travel rarely exceeds two days in duration. This is an exciting opportunity to become a part of a team that provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based, population-based comprehensive public health nursing services to approximately 50 rural Alaskan communities.
The City of Bethel, population approximately 6,400, serves as the commercial, transportation, and services “hub” for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, an area larger than the state of Oregon. The area has a rich multi-cultural tradition. The first people were Yupik Eskimo, and many today still live the traditional subsistence lifestyle.
Public health nursing services are aimed at the promotion of healthy families and communities and the prevention of disease. Emphasis is on infectious disease prevention and control, health promotion activities, maternal-child health, community assessment and coalition-building around public health issues, and public health emergency preparedness. A sound knowledge of the philosophy, principles, and practice of public health is required.
If you feel you embody these strengths, then we want to hear from you.
We offer the following starting benefit package:
- Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental;
- Employer paid $2000 Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available;
- Optional long and short-term disability plans;
- Optional dependent and health care flexible spending accounts;
- Retirement programs with a wide variety of investment options;
- Vacation leave of 2 days per month, with an accrual rate increase based on time served;
- 11 paid holidays annually.
For more information regarding these benefits, please review the following web site: http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/