Oklahoma Department of Health seeks emergency preparedness and response nurse

The Oklahoma State Department of Health recently announced that it is seeking an emergency preparedness and response nurse to serve in the Homeland Security Region and oversee Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant capabilities.

The person hired will be responsible for supporting the Strategic National Stockpile program by responding to all hazardous emergencies in the state, such as H1N1 outbreaks, natural disasters and terrorist incidents that require a public health official.

The nurse will be in charge of public health response, medical system response and the management of response personnel and incidents. The role requires assisting in the completion of After Action Reports/Improvement Plans for emergency response, communication of emergency plans to subordinates and training responders on proper technique and effective emergency response.

Outside of emergency planning, the nurse will also be involved in outbreak investigations, including collaboration with Hospital Infection Control Practitioners and Health Department Communicable Disease Nurses. They will also be expected to attend conferences on emergency preparedness and response and will be required to maintain current licensing and certifications.

The ideal candidate will have valid permanent Oklahoma licensing as a registered nurse. They must also have at least three years of experience in medical emergency services and response, including public health, hospital preparedness or emergency management and response.

All applicants can submit applications to the Oklahoma State Department's Office of Human Resources.