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Advanced Practice Nurse Specialist - Health Care for the Homeless

Advanced Practice Nurse Specialist - Health Care for the Homeless

Advanced Practice Nurse Specialist - Health Care for the Homeless

King County
Seattle, WA 98104

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This Clinical Quality Lead Position is designed to provide clinical nursing leadership to the Health Care for the Homeless Program. Specifically, this position will manage the program’s clinical quality assurance efforts in service of the program’s goal of assuring that the King County community is meeting the health needs of its homeless population. The position will work to assure compliance with standards of care and advance PHSKC’s capacity to set, measure, and advance clinical quality goals related to the provision of care both by the program’s contractors and by clinical programs operated by Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) that serve people experiencing homelessness. This work will require close collaboration with the HCH program manager, the HCH Contracts Manager, HCH Data and Evaluation Manager, managers of programs and sites providing direct clinical care, both internal and external to PHSKC, and staff across PHSKC’s Community Health Services (CHS), Prevention, and Environmental Health Divisions. Another central responsibility of this position is planning, organizing, and providing training and technical assistance on a variety of homeless health care topics to health care, housing, shelter, and social services providers serving the homeless. The position also participates in planning, organizing, and presentation activities related to prevention practices. Examples of these practices include those related to communicable diseases that can break out within shelters and encampments and adapting emergency preparedness and response to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. This position also works on planning, policy and program development related to broad community goals for improving outcomes and reducing risk for vulnerable populations.

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

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Job Duties

  • In collaboration with multiple staff and stakeholders, assure compliance with standards of care and advance PHSKC’s capacity to set, measure, and advance clinical quality goals related to the provision of care by program contractors and by PHSKC-operated clinical programs serving people experiencing homelessness (35%).
  • Plan, organize, and, at times, directly provide training and technical assistance for to health care entities (internal and external to Public Health), housing, shelter, and social services providers serving people living homeless. Seek to increase the rate of adoption of evidence-based and promising practices in adapting models of care to barriers and challenges that are significantly more pronounced within the homeless population than in the general population. Provide leadership and give input into the creation and dissemination of best practice guidelines and protocols for homeless health topics.

Examples of adaptive practices include patient-centered, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, anti-racist/pro-equity practice, and harm reduction. The training topics will also be adaptable to low-barrier approaches and account for differences in shelter/housing-based care vs. outreach-based care along with the principles of care coordination for patients with complex co-morbidities, and secondary trauma for service providers. (20%).
  • Provide leadership and give input into the creation and dissemination of best practice guidelines and protocols for homeless health topics.
  • Participate in planning activities at the program and community level, e.g., participating in community work groups and collaborating with program managers and contracts administrators (15%)
  • Develop and deliver presentations related to best and promising practices for adapting care for people living homeless (15%)
  • Support the work of the HCH Program staff and the program’s Community Advisory Group in responding to current and emerging issues related to reducing health-related risk for homeless and other vulnerable populations (10%)
  • Supporting grant proposal development (5%)

  • Advanced knowledge of health care delivery shown to be effective in improving access to care and health outcomes for people currently and formerly experiencing homelessness;
  • Advanced knowledge of public health nursing process and principles, including needs assessment process at the systems and community level;
  • Knowledge of service systems serving homeless people including health care programs, shelter, day centers, various housing programs including permanent supportive housing.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in quality improvement activities in a health care setting;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in community organization and coalition building strategies and techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention principles as well as understanding data and its use in training and TA activities;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in using electronic health records, including understanding of extracted data;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in developing and delivering training presentations to audiences at all levels of familiarity with disease prevention, service delivery, population characteristics and models of care;
  • Knowledge of: Washington State law relating to nursing care (WAC 18.79) and federal health care regulations; professional ethics related to delivery of nursing and allied health services;
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in multicultural and interdisciplinary coalition building;
  • Advanced knowledge of health promotion, risk assessment and education techniques and principles; health status indicators and variability within populations; community, professional and educational resources; adult learning principles; project management techniques; leadership practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and maintain working relationships with diverse populations; facilitate discussion and consensus; make public presentations.
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices and their application in work environments.

  • Washington State Registered Nurse License in good standing.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing or equivalent.
  • Proof of Current BLS CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers (Please attach if current.)
  • Washington State Driver's License or ability to travel within King County.
  • Letter of interest describing why you have interest in working with vulnerable populations.

  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • Master’s degree in nursing or public health and/or BSN with extensive training and experience in the specialty area of homeless health nursing

Contact: For information or questions about this opportunity please email Amy M. Curtis, RN and David Baure, RN at

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles-we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates. This posting will be used to fill all need.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter speaking to why you have interest in working with vulnerable and marginalized populations related to this body of work.
  • Responses to supplemental questions.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours.

Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.

Work Schedule: The individual selected for this position will have a flexible work schedule typically between the hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This position is overtime eligible and may work outside of the typical schedule to meet operational needs.

Work Location: The home base for this position is the Chinook building, 401 5th Ave., Seattle, WA.

The work associated with this position may be performed through teleworking with reporting to an office location and to meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Union Affiliation: This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).

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