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COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE II

Harm Reduction Nurse

Recruitment #21-004216-0092

GRADE

17

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH/Cecil County Health Department, Division of Addiction Services/Communicable Disease Program/Community Health Services/Harmony Team, Elkton, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

As a member of the Cecil County Health Department (CCHD)'s Division of Addiction Services, as well as CCHD's Communicable Disease Program/Community Health Services, this position will provide expert community health nursing care to clients and staff members. This position will be part of the Harmony Team, which is CCHD's comprehensive Harm Reduction Program.

The mission of Harmony is to provide low-barrier access to health care and other services for individuals who use substances. Such services include, but are not limited to, education; screening/triage; treatment; testing; and, linkage to care for wounds, HIV, Hepatitis, and other communicable diseases. Harmony uses evidence-based best practices, in addition to a trauma-informed approach and motivational interviewing, in order to build relationships with people who use drugs and expose them to a wide array of services which have not been previously accessible or available. 

This position should have an understanding of behavioral health (i.e. substance use and mental health disorders), as well as familiarity with Harm Reduction as an evidence-based public health strategy. Harm Reduction is an approach to providing health care that is extremely patient-centered and recognizes the right of an individual to choose what care he/she receives. Harm Reduction services do not require any particular behavior change by a participant, as requisite for engagement. Therefore, this position must recognize and respect the dignity of participants, and be able to provide care that is free of judgment. 

This position will perform these duties on-site at the CCHD, as well as in the community, via outreach efforts.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university.

Experience: None.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university, and one year of experience as a Registered Nurse, for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute two years of experience as a Registered Nurse for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Nursing classification, or Nursing or Health Care Specialist specialty codes in the Nursing field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should have experience working with people who use drugs, as well as experience working with people with behavioral health conditions. He/she should also have experience assessing wounds and providing wound care. Finally, the desired candidate should have experience with infectious disease prevention and case management.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Nurse from the Maryland State Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Employees in this classification will be required to provide the facility with a telephone number at which they can be reached.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.