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Public Health Nurse 3 (PCN 06-1582)

State of Alaska
Southeast Fairbanks, AK
Closing date
Sep 15, 2021

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Nursing, General Nursing
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Job Description

The recruitment period for this job posting has been extended.

What you will be doing:

Under the general direction of the Public Health Nurse (PHN) 4 Nurse Manager, this position functions as a Team Leader for the Public Health Center staff. Duties include assisting and coordinating the PHN 1 and PHN 2 in providing comprehensive public health nursing services using an individual, community and systems approach.

Our organization, mission and culture:

As a member of the Section of Public Health Nursing, you will contribute every day to the improvement of the health of Alaskans and their families. The Division of Public Health exemplifies these values:
  • Accountability - We are committed to responsible use of human, financial and environmental resources.
  • Respect - We provide services without discrimination or judgment.
  • Human potential - We are committed to developing each Alaskan's potential as a healthy individual as well as fostering strong, healthy communities.
  • Integrity - We are honest and ethical in all we do.
  • Scientific Excellence - we are committed to adding to and contributing to the body of scientific knowledge using the best available knowledge and data to set public health policy.

The benefits of joining our team:

Become a member of an innovative team that collaborates with communities across Alaska to create meaningful contributions to the public's health. Learn and grow in the Last Frontier while making a difference where we live, work, and play.

The working environment you can expect:

Centrally located in Alaska's interior, Fairbanks is a vibrant hub known for outstanding Northern Lights, dog-mushing, and a bustling summertime Farmer's Market. When the weather gets cold, head out toward North America's tallest mountain, Denali, for spectacular wilderness viewing, or warm up at the bubbling Chena Hot Springs.

Fairbanks, a friendly and resourceful community, lives up to its' nickname, "The Golden Heart City!"

Who we are looking for:

To be successful in the position the candidate will need the following core competencies:
  • Community Dimensions of Practice: Distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of governmental and non-governmental organizations in providing programs and services to improve the health of a community.
  • Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job: works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
  • Organizational Awareness: Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the organization.
  • Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside State government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

To view the general description and example of duties for an Public Health Nurse please go to the following link: Minimum Qualifications

Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Alaska;


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university or Direct Entry Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing from an accredited college or university;


Any combination of additional education, certification, and/or experience that provides the applicant with competencies in:
  • Public Health: Applies knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, methods, and tools associated with protecting and improving the health of people and their communities, including promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious diseases.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • Analysis and Assessment: Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

Advanced post-secondary education in nursing, public health, healthcare services, healthcare administration, or a closely related field that includes master's level study in nursing and/or public health;


Professional experience in public health, community health, international health, and/or occupational health nursing.

Special Notes:

Candidates not currently licensed by the State of Alaska, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Alaska and requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities, may apply for vacancies in this job class. Applicants qualifying under this option may receive a conditional job offer; however, proof of RN licensure will be required prior to appointment and reporting for duty.

Candidates not actively enrolled, but who can provide proof of acceptance into an accredited Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) bridge program, may apply for vacancies in the Public Health Nurse 1 job class. Continued employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon active enrollment and attendance in the program commencing within six months of initial hire.

Successful performance of this work requires knowledge of principles and concepts of professional nursing, public and community health, and health care systems typically acquired through a course of study resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Continued employment and advancement from Public Health Nurse I to Public Health Nurse 2 is contingent upon maintaining active enrollment, in good academic standing, and successful completion of an accredited Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) bridge program within twenty-four months of initial hire, including time devoted to completing the enrollment process.

"Training" and "education" are synonyms for the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through instruction. It includes instruction through formal and informal methods (such as classroom, on-line, self-study, and on-the-job), from accredited and unaccredited sources, and long-duration (such as a post-secondary degree) and short-duration (such as a seminar) programs.

"Professional experience" means work that is creative, analytical, evaluative, and interpretive; requires a range and depth of specialized knowledge of the profession's principles, concepts, theories, and practices; and is performed with the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment.

"Progressively responsible" means indicating growth and/or advancement in complexity, difficulty, or level of responsibility.

Additional Required Information

At time of interview applicant must submit:
  • A copy of a current Registered Nurse license (from any state);
  • Three (3) professional references with current contact information;
  • A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts) to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.

If chosen for the position, the candidate will be required to provide the following items prior to employment:
  • A copy of a current Alaska Registered Nurse license;
  • Proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR), and Varicella immunizations;
  • Proof of Hepatitis B (immunity or a signed declination statement);
  • Annual influenza vaccination or a signed declination statement;
  • Proof of Tuberculosis screening within past 12 months;
  • A copy of current Alaska driver's license.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.


For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.


To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview or if not provided, transcripts will be required prior to appointment.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email,please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. Contact Information


Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name/Title: Michelle Foint, Public Health Nurse 4

Phone: (907) 451-1642

Fax: (907) 451-1666

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