Under the supervision of the Office of Border Public Health (OBPH) Program Manager, performs routine (journey-level) nursing work. Work involves providing for the assessment, care, and treatment of TB patients as the Coordinator for the Binational TB Program, Juntos. Work is performed under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. This position is responsible for coordinating all activities of the Juntos Program to include: program management and oversight, collaboration with Mexican and U.S. health officials, participation in QA/QI program, education coordination, and reporting. Requires interaction with a wide variety of internal and external customers to include: health officials in Mexico, other state programs/agencies, local health departments, community-based organizations, etc.
Essential Job Functions:
(40%) Program Management - Serves as team lead and directs the activities of the Juntos staff headquartered in Mexico. Ensures implementation of and monitors case management plans for binational TB clients. Ensures testing and treatment activities in Mexico are carried out according to established guidelines (i.e. CDC, DSHS). Identifies medical resources and community services in the U.S. and Mexico and makes referrals for these services as needed. Assists in implementing contracts with labs, hospitals, and radiology centers as needed. Coordinates the transport/import of biological specimens from Mexico and ensures permits for importation are acquired. Conducts cohort reviews, measures program outcomes, reports on state measurables and updates project goals and objectives as appropriate. Monitors the Juntos budget and maintains accountability of project expenditures. Oversees staff schedules and approves time sheets. Orders, receives, reconciles, and distributes medication.
(30%) Collaboration and Education - Networks with Mexican and U.S. State and County Health Directors as needed to facilitate collaboration and cooperation in the treatment of binational TB clients. Coordinates and participates in binational meetings with Mexican and U.S. health officials (to include local health departments in the U.S. and Mexico). Works with U.S. TB Program staff and Juntos staff to assess education needs of Juntos staff, TB clients, and community and health care providers related to TB. Procures and/or assists with development of education materials. Coordinates education efforts of the Binational TB program to ensure staff have education required to perform their assigned work, clients are well-educated about their disease process and treatment, and community and health care providers are educated about TB.
(20%) File Management and QA/QI Program - Maintains TB client files in an organized fashion and enters patient data in the state database. Follows retention schedules and ensures secure document destruction. Participates in auditing of TB client files as part of the QA/QI program. Maintains tracking systems to include, but not be limited to: referrals, contact investigations, lab results and educational activities. Maintains files of monthly reports, i.e. temperature logs, emergency kit checklists, etc. Compiles and enters data for reports.
(10%) Other Duties - May be asked to assist with contact investigations and/or other regional TB program activities. Other duties assigned may include but not be limited to activity participating in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern, assignment, and/or location. Safe operation of either a state-owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management and procedures and standards developed by Texas Department of Public Safety.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of Texas State Board of Nursing Practice rules and regulations.
Knowledge of basic infection control practices, nursing theory and process.
Knowledge of education techniques and customer service principles.
Knowledge of or ability to gain knowledge of Tuberculosis testing, treatment, and case management guidelines.
Knowledge of Directly Observed Therapy principles and guidelines.
Knowledge of file management and retention schedules.
Knowledge of basic quality assurance / improvement principles.
Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations that affect program areas.
Skill in bilingual (English/Spanish) communication, orally and in writing in both languages.
Skill in using diplomacy and empathy when dealing with TB clients, contacts, and the public.
Skill in using computer applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to read, write, and speak fluently English and Spanish.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to perform basic nursing skills.
Ability to demonstrate independent judgement in appraising clinical situations and correctly interpret findings.
Ability to travel to meeting sites, regional offices, and other settings to support.
Ability to handle conflict in a professional manner and follow written and oral instructions.
Ability to apply time management principles and manage multiple tasks and/or competing priorities.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, peer medical and allied health professionals, public officials, the public, and non-government entities in local, state, and binational (US-Mexico) organizations.
Ability to travel to meeting sites, regional offices, and other settings.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in nursing or from an accredited nursing program is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Must be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse by the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact.
At least 2 years experience as a Registered Nurse.
Current Texas driver's license.
Initial Selection Criteria:
- Registered Nurse with Texas or Compact License
- 2 yrs experience as a Registered Nurse.
- Bilingual/billiterate (English/Spanish).
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX
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