Acute Communicable Disease (ACD) Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Nurse in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/28/2021

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Job Description

The position of the Acute Communicable Disease (ACD) Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Nurse is a temporary, part-time (21-24 hours per week) contract position and provides a great opportunity for a motivated professional to gain work experience in a major urban health department. The position is within the ACD program of the Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). The ACD program is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases with the exception of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and healthcare-associated infections. The position requires working on a multidisciplinary team with disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, and laboratory technicians.

Specific Duties:

This position is a grant-funded position and may require availability after-hours. The person filling this position will coordinate responses to cases, clusters, and outbreaks that include vaccination as an intervention, conduct case investigations, and provide guidance for the control and prevention of VPDs. The Investigator will also support ACD educational initiatives and case investigation review as required. Anticipated duties are described below:

  • Conduct VPD case investigation interviews by telephone, in-person visit, or medical record review. In-person visits may take place within homes or congregate settings (e.g., prisons, group home, rehabilitation facilities, shelters, etc.).
  • Obtain and document case investigation details including clinical presentation, laboratory results, underlying conditions, exposure sources, risk factors, and the potential for transmission for each suspected case using standardized investigation forms.  
  • Identify exposed contacts including household members, sex partners, and/or group setting contacts.  
  • Provide guidance on VPD control measures to cases, exposed contacts, and points-of-contact from high risk or congregate settings. This may include situations requiring the exclusion of individuals from work, daycare or specific activities within a group setting.
  • Coordinate post-exposure prophylaxis with vaccine or other products for exposed contacts of VPD cases, and conduct follow up calls to determine if secondary transmission occurred.
  • Administer vaccine to exposed contacts of VPD cases in community settings, including home visits for cases who lack access to care or are difficult to reach.
  • Coordinate community vaccination clinics in coordination with the PDPH Immunization Program.
  • Provide clinical support for community vaccination clinics and support immunization audits conducted for outbreak response.
  • Review completed case investigations for case classification assignment and to ensure appropriate public health management.
  • Participate in regular ACD Program meetings and trainings such as weekly case reviews, communicable disease manual training, and others as deemed necessary.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness exercises and response activities including activities related to COVID-19 response.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The applicant must have a RN or BSN along with clinical experience and previous experience with community engagement. The applicant should have strong communication skills and be able to interact appropriately and effectively with a wide range of persons. This position requires attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience conducting telephone-based or in-person interviews and Spanish language fluency are advantageous.
  • Computer skills are necessary and should include the ability to access and navigate various databases and software programs following training.
  • The applicant will be expected to work independently and as part of a team. A current Pennsylvania nursing license and valid driver’s license are required as position duties include clinical work in the field.

Position Type:

  • Part-time contract employee; temporary (one year)