Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!

 

About the Role:

Perform the Mantoux method of Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing.  Provide targeted TB screening and testing, community education and Direct Observe Therapy (DOT) or Video Direct Observed Therapy (VDOT). Work closely with the TB Program Coordinator, TB physician and other physicians in diagnoses, treatment and monitoring patients with active TB, presumptive TB, and TB infection. It may also be necessary to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health TB Section nurse consultant. Schedules appropriate diagnostic test as necessary.

 

Provide patient education on TB disease, latent TB infection, TB skin test and results, preventative treatment, anti-TB medication regimens and other related topics. Establish an effective system for monitoring patient’s care and treatment for active TB, presumptive TB or TB infection. Documents patient care proficiently in the electronic medical record and other electronic data systems. Assist co-workers in other areas of the clinic when necessary including front desk duties.

 

Location: 515 Keller Ave, Waukegan, IL 

Hours: 37.5 hours a week, Monday-Friday (9:00am-5:00pm)

FLSA STATUS: Hourly

 

Skills and Experience

  • Administers TB skin tests (TST) using the Mantoux method of Intra-dermal injection.
  • Educates the patient receiving the TST on purpose, result, follow-up test and preventative medicine, if indicated.
  • Evaluates the TST and refers positive results for chest x-ray, medication consultation and evaluation by the TB Program physician, if indicated. 
  • Conducts a health assessment on all clients in particular, the person diagnosed with tuberculosis or presumptive TB and schedules the patient for evaluation by the TB Program Physician. 
  • Assist the TB physician as needed.
  • Educates the patient with active TB disease, latent TB infection or presumptive TB on the importance of complete and adequate drug therapy, follow-up tests, DOT or VDOT and, other interventions as prescribed and patient questions.
  • Identifies close contacts to the patient with active TB.
  • Schedules and performs or orders TB testing of close contacts to an active TB patient.
  • Monitors treatment for patients with active TB or presumptive TB returning to community life.
  • Maintains an accurate and effective system of record keeping and follow-up for each patient. 
  • When indicated,  works  closely  with  the  Illinois  Department  of  Public  Health  &  related Government agencies in tracking, counting, & follow-up on TB patient cases.
  • Assist with DOT (Direct Observed Therapy) and VDOT (Video Direct Observed Therapy).
  • Job Skill Assessment(s) may be required for this role. 

 

Education, Qualifications, and Certification:

  • Graduate from an accredited Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program; three years of experience in a public health or health care clinical setting
  • Requires valid RN Licensure in Illinois. 
  • Requires a valid Illinois driver’s license and automobile.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.
  • Knowledge in Infection control.

 

About the Perks:

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.

 

If you would like to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees in action, please review this short video.

 

Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

 

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected characteristics.