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Tuberculosis Services

TB or Tuberculosis continues to remain in the United States, as well as Kentucky.

It is divided into Active or Latent TB. Active TB is a highly contagious disease and is spread through respiratory droplets (i.e. coughing/sneezing). Latent TB simply means the person has been exposed to TB at some point, however the person is NOT contagious. Active cases are closely monitored through DOT (Directly Observed Therapy). A Health Department nurse visits the patient daily to ensure they are taking their TB medications and to observe for side effects. TB skin tests are performed on at risk groups within our community to help eliminate TB. ​Services available include screening, treatment and follow-up for those at risk of acquiring active disease and for those with active disease to assure a cure.

The Mercer County Health Department is accepting applications for a full time Public Health Nurse I
General Duties include:
This position serves under the direction of the Director. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Provides entry-level nursing functions and services to individuals and families under close supervision in a clinic or community setting, focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability, the promotion of health and maintenance of the health of populations. The nurse in this classification would receive job specific training in the requirements and scope of practice of the various assigned health department programs and services.Health department services are provided to all age populations. A brief description of health department services include adult and child immunizations, well child examinations, family planning exams, WIC services/promotion, dental varnish for children, pandemic response, public health preparedness, basic patient care, harm reduction services and promotion of the health department within the community.
Minimum Education, Training or Experience:
See special requirements.
Special Requirements:
(Age, Licensure, Regulation, Etc.) Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state or provisional license in Kentucky, meeting all requirements of KRS 314.041.
Starting Salary:
$20.30-$25.24/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 17
Apply at https://KOG.CHFS.KY.GOV/HOME. Create a citizen account and search LHDCOS (search and apply) Completed application must be submitted by November 11, 2022. Transcripts must be provided before the close date if post-secondary education is required or may be substituted for experience. Transcripts must list the degree awarded.  Qualified applicants/employees are subject to a pre-screening, selection for interview, and/or demonstration of skills testing.  Employment may be contingent upon a successful drug screening and background check.  Equal Opportunity Employer.