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Public Health Nurse 1/2 Flex (PCN 061416 - $60,000 SHARP Incentive)

State of Alaska
Ketchikan, AK
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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Nursing, General Nursing
Organization Type
Salary: $3,199.50 - $3,420.75 Biweekly

Location : Ketchikan, AK

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 41794

Department: Health

Division: Public Health

Opening Date: 09/18/2023

Closing Date: 11/20/2023 5:00 PM Alaska

Division: Public Health

Position Open To: All Applicants

Bargaining Unit: General Government

Range: 22/23

Job Description


This Position is open to All Applicants.

The Department of Health is currently offering a hiring incentive of $60,000 for this Public Health Nurse 1/2 position. The successful candidate may be eligible for a hiring incentive and will be paid in quarterly installments over three full years. The first installment will be paid approximately 60 days after the quarter ends and is contingent upon the incumbent's successful completion of their assignment and timely submission of a quarterly activity report. To receive an incentive, the selected candidate must sign a three-year contract agreeing to live and work in Ketchikan for the duration of the contract.

What you will be doing:
Public Health Nurse 1 serves exclusively as a trainee in a generalized public health nursing program to perform clinical duties as a Registered Nurse in support of a Public Health Center.
Public Health Nurse 2 is the journey level of the series and applies generalized knowledge of public health nursing competencies, principles, and procedures. Incumbents independently provide a broad range of services to individuals, families, communities, and systems.
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 and 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. Enjoy excellent retirement and benefits, meaningful work, generous leave accrual, and 11 paid holidays per year.

The Department of Health is currently offering a hiring incentive of $60,000 for this Public Health Nurse 1/2 position. The successful candidate may be eligible for a hiring incentive and will be paid in quarterly installments over three full years. To receive an incentive, the selected candidate must sign a three-year contract agreeing to live and work in Ketchikan for the duration of the contract

The working environment you can expect:
This position is located at the Ketchikan Public Health Center, 605 Gateway Court. Ketchikan is a beautiful coastal community known as the "Salmon Capitol of the World." Experience an artistic little island community surrounded by nature on all sides. Join a lively group of colleagues who embrace a holistic approach to clients and community. For more information on Ketchikan, visit

Our team includes experienced, long term, dedicated, knowledgeable and fun staff. We have a fast pace and successful work environment which values the contributions of each employee while collaborating with Alaskans across the state. The position is part of a friendly and collaborative work group of professional staff with years of experience and a high level of dedication to Alaskans.

Who we are looking for:
To be successful in the position the candidate will need the following core competencies:
  • 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.
  • Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • 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.
  • Analysis and Assessment: Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
Special Note:
  • Valid Alaska Registered Nursing License--Alaska Nurse Practice Act: Nursing Statutes AS 08.68, Nursing Regulations 12 AAC 44
  • Valid Driver`s License desired
  • CPR Certification
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 the position please go to the following link:
Minimum Qualifications
PG03A1 - Public Health Nurse 1
Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Alaska;
Current acceptance and enrollment in a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN-to-BSN) bridge program from an accredited college or university.

PG03A2 - Public Health Nurse 2
Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse 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.

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 the time of interview please provide the following:
  1. Three (3) professional references we may contact by phone, one (1) of which must be a current or former supervisor.
  2. Current performance evaluation, if available.
  3. A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts) if used 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:
  1. A copy of a current Alaska Registered Nurse license.
  2. Proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR), and Varicella immunizations.
  3. Proof of Hepatitis B (immunity or a signed declination statement).
  4. Annual influenza vaccination or a signed declination statement.
  5. Proof of Tuberculosis screening within past 12 months.
  6. A copy of current valid driver's license.
Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.

FLEXIBLY STAFFED (1-2 Flex)This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the 1 or 2 level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level of the position. If filled at Level 1, promotion to the Level 2 will only occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class and final approval by supervisor. It is recommended and encouraged that you apply for any/all levels that you are qualified for.

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 AlaskaJobs 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.

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Contact Information

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

Jennifer Bergen, Public Health Nurse 4

Phone: (907) 225-4350


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits
  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
  • General Government
  • Labor, Trades and Crafts
  • Public Safety Employees Association
  • Masters, Mates & Pilots
Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)
Optional Insurance Benefits
  • Group-based insurance premiums for
    • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
    • Long-term and short-term disability
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
    • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses
Retirement Benefits
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

See for additional information

Paid Leave & Other Benefits
  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year
  • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

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I acknowledge and I understand that the education and/or experience being used to meet the minimum qualifications for this position must be adequately documented in this application in order to be considered.
  • I acknowledge I understand this requirement.


This position is flexibly staffed and may be filled at the 1 or 2 level. Please indicate which level(s) you are applying for.
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 1 and 2


Briefly describe what makes you a strong candidate for this Public Health Nurse position.


Public health nursing is a specialty - briefly describe your understanding of the unique role a Public Health Nurse brings to improving population health outcomes.


Briefly describe any experience partnering with different organizations to improve the health of a community.

Required Question

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