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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is advertising for a chief public health nurse, after Kitty Mahoney retired earlier this month.

The position was posted on Friday, August 5.

The Chief Public Health Nurse, according to the job position, “Performs professional nursing activities that reduce the incidence of disease and promotes the health and wellbeing of residents in Framingham. Executes population-based public health nursing services including adult and pediatric immunizations, communicable disease prevention, health screening and education, infectious disease control and containment, case management, and program administration. Consult with leaders of schools, businesses, and other community institutions to evaluate health concerns, and plan and implement community health programs to meet specific health needs.”

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The salary range is $69,577 to $76,805.

The job schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Friday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Evenings and Weekends as needed or as public health nursing clinic hours are scheduled.

The position reports to the Framingham Director of Public Health and Assistant Director of Public Health, which has yet to been hired. The position has been open since 2021.

The Chief Public Health Nurse:

  • Coordinates public health nursing clinic services including immunizations, TB risk evaluations, blood lead testing, health screenings, and seasonal health program services.
  • Initiates infectious disease case management
  • Conducts epidemiologic investigations of communicable disease outbreaks.
  • Completes confidential case reporting requirements for state and federal agencies
  • Coordinates and deploys Framingham Medical Reserve Corps (approximately 150 members)
  • Coordinates health programs with outside institutions, organizations, and agencies; provide general health-related information and instruction to individuals, families, and community groups.
  • Monitors public notice of health alerts, advisories, and cautions; provides general healthrelated information and instruction to individuals, families, general public, health provider, and agency and community groups.
  • Oversees the administration of pre-examination tests including skin tests, blood tests, and other tests used in determining communicable disease; provides information and education to patients before and after tests as necessary.
  • Coordinates public health screening examinations including skin cancer analysis, blood pressure, cholesterol blood lead, glucose, and other CLIA-approved services.
  • Oversees the specimen submission of body fluid collections including urine, stool, blood, or sputum as needed or recommended in the control of communicable or infectious disease or in health screenings.
  • Completes reporting requirements for grants and activity dashboards.

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  • Provides billing administration and fiscal oversight for clinical service reimbursement as needed.
  • Monitors health trends and innovations in the areas of disease prevention, vaccine preventable disease, and treatment of chronic diseases.
  • Compiles and submits necessary medical/statistical reports and data in a timely manner • Participates in quality improvement and assurance activities.
  • Provides consultation services to health professionals in Framingham related to treatment, control, and interpretation of State and Federal health regulations concerning communicable diseases and health program development.
  • Mentors nursing and public health students as schedule permits.
  • Coordinates with members of the Public Health Department to advance goals.

Applicants must have a current license as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus 5 years general nursing experience. Two years public health nursing experience, preferably within the last five years. Valid Massachusetts driver’s license and access to automobile.

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Applicants should have knowledge of principles and practices of Public Health Nursing, research methods and report presentation, and principles of basic program and grant budgeting. Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, and regulations regarding health care. Knowledge of universal precautions and infection control practices, HIPAA Act, and the American Nurses Association Public Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.