The Infectious Disease Coordinator/Nurse (Coordinator/Nurse) will be responsible the development, coordination and facilitation of comprehensive infectious disease awareness and prevention education programs for inmates at the Correctional Facility. The Coordinator/Nurse will ensure compliance with tracking and reporting of all infectious diseases through the Department of Public Health (DPH). The Coordinator/Nurse will also provide inmate education, medical case management, and discharge/reintegration planning for inmates living with infectious diseases as needed. This position reports to the Health Services Administrator or their designee. This is a non-exempt position that will be covered under a collective bargaining agreement (NEPBA, Local 525).
Additional responsibilities of the Coordinator/Nurse include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Case management including intake interviews and forms, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Drug Assistance Program (HDAP) enrollment, referral and follow-up with TIP team;
- Arranging and providing HIV-antibody testing and pre and post counseling for all inmates requesting HIV testing at the correctional facility;
- Arranging and working with the Infectious Disease Doctor to coordinate care and follow up appointments;
- Processing all HDAP applications to ensure payment of medications for HIV positive inmates are processed accurately through the State;
- Designing and implementing strategies for increasing HIV-antibody testing at the correctional facility;
- Researching additional funding sources to meet designated performance measures and supplemental services for inmates with infectious diseases;
- Researching additional services offered by the DPH;
- Maintaining accurate statistics for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports and assist the Health Services Administrator in compiling monthly outcome reports as required;
- Maintaining a working relationship with the Bureau of HIV Services at the DPH;
- Coordinating and maintaining all paperwork and information for staff and management involved with any infectious disease exposures and incident follow-up;
- Serving as the contact person when a staff member has an exposure to any bodily fluids, or biohazardous materials and ensuring all paperwork is completed and filed;
- Serving as the contact person for the Stericycle and biohazardous waste and coordinating all paperwork for DPH and maintain accurate records;
- Performing other duties as required by management.
Working Conditions: This position requires:
- Direct contact with inmates/detainees in a secure correctional setting;
- Standing and walking for prolonged periods of time;
- Possible exposure to adverse weather conditions;
- Possible need to lift and/or carry heavy objects up to 100 pounds.
This position may encounter verbal and physical abuse from offenders while working in a correctional facility and will be required to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress. The individual selected for the position of Coordinator/Nurse shall be cognizant of the confidential and sensitive nature of working in a law enforcement agency.
- Associate’s Degree;
- Minimum Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
- Must have the ability to become a Department of Public Health (DPH) certified HIV/AIDS Counselor and HIV/AIDS Case Manager as soon as appointed or within a period determined by the Health Services Administrator;
- Strong written, communication, organizational and time-management skills;
- Ability to keep accurate records and generate timely reports.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience working with clientele dealing with substance abuse;
- One (1) year minimum working in a correctional setting;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Must be a Massachusetts resident, have an active valid driver’s license and the right to legally operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts and pass a criminal background check.
Salary:Starting annual base salary from $67,174.52 plus additional benefits.