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Infectious Disease Specialist

Company: Ocean State Job Lot
Location: Fort Wayne
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

Medical, dental, vision and more

Generous paid time off and holidays

Retirement plan with up to 5% matching

This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and Covered as defined by the Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and as needed; 37.5 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the Community Health and Case Management Services Division Director, the Infectious Disease Specialist provides clinical and administrative support to nursing and medical staff, performs epidemiologic surveillance, and assists with completing contact investigations for reportable communicable diseases. This position will not necessarily be a clinical position and is engaged in fieldwork as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Administers public health testing, conducts phlebotomy and immunizations, as well as engages in specimen collection, preparation and shipment of blood, stool, sputum, urine, oral swab, and other bodily exudate per the Health Commissioners standing orders. Testing conducted includes but is not limited to, Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing, Rapid HIV testing, fecal collection for parasites, STDs, childhood lead poisoning, and nutritional screenings as directed.

Conducts case investigations and contact tracing for patients who are diagnosed with reportable communicable diseases.

Interviews and counsels’ individuals regarding risk, movement restrictions and gives guidance on preventing the spread of disease as directed.

Collects epidemiological information on patients as directed, inquiries about activities, and contacts, and records all information into prescribed electronic databases for reporting and recordkeeping.

Responsible for Electronic Medical Record (EMR) use which includes scanning and indexing health records, data entry into CHIRP immunization registry, as well as the use of Excel spreadsheets and internal databases.

Collaborates with various Divisions and Department staff on case management, reporting, and conducts home visits when necessary to find patients. Delivers medications to patients as needed at home, work, school or elsewhere as directed.

Provides immunizations and other related services per the Health Commissioners standing orders.

Educates clients regarding communicable disease risk reduction.

Responsible for practicing infection control measures.

Cross-trained in other Divisions to assist when directed.

Performs all other duties as assigned including overtime as required.

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions High School Diploma or GED required, Associates Degree or Certification Program of comparable length in Medical Assisting is preferred

At least one-year Medical Assisting experience required

Strong medical assisting skills including phlebotomy, immunizations, vital signs/body measurements, specimen collection/preparation and Medical Terminology knowledge

Ability to use Microsoft Office, Electronic Medical Records and other job-related computer software

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Excellent customer service skills

Knowledge of infection prevention and control

National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification upon employment as required for all public health staff

Ability to complete CPR and TB Skin Testing Certification upon hire

Ability to complete N95 Fit Testing upon hire

Valid Driver’s License to operate a County owned vehicle

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The Infectious Disease Specialist works in the field and in an office setting with the ability to move around freely requiring frequent sitting with the ability to frequently lift up to 40 pounds, with some bending, pushing and/or pulling loads, reaching over head, kneeling and frequent exposure to temperature extremes with some exposure to dangerous equipment and noise.

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