Under the supervision of the Tuberculosis (TB) Nurse Case Manager (NCM), functions as a specialist in communicable disease control with a skill set in Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for the treatment of patients diagnosed with or believed to have TB.
Arranges visits at mutually agreed places and times.
Assures medications are taken per provider’s orders.
Monitors patient’s response to medication and general health status, and reports to Nurse Case Manager.
Maintains up to date record keeping of TB cases in State database (INEDSS).
Assists/encourages patients to comply with medical follow up.
Educates patients and families about TB.
Instructs patients regarding proper sputa collection and storage.
Collects and delivers laboratory specimens.
Fosters a team oriented work environment by assisting with other required activities of the DOT team including providing cross coverage as needed.
Interviews TB patients and contacts.
Locates patients and contacts.
Assists in gathering patient assessment data.
Provides Tuberculin Skin Testing services as needed.
Maintains up to date email correspondence
Communicates on work tasks, shared job duties, and program needs between TB department staff including colleagues and supervisors.
Communicates professionally with Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) TB Control.
Share and receive information related to both active TB patients and TB suspects while protecting HIPPA.
Assist in prescription refill process including delivery of medications as needed.
Provides additional representation to the Public Health Department as needed.
Maintains accurate documentation of all activities and submits required reports. Learn vital duties of additional positions within the TB department in order to provide cross-coverage in case of staff absences. Attend TB meetings/trainings as scheduled. Performs additional administrative duties related to TB care including data entry, reporting, filing, scheduling appointments, faxing, scanning, various clinic errands, translation services, and etc. Performs other duties related to communicable disease investigation, prevention and care as assigned.
The education requirement is a Bachelors degree with a focus on public health, related field, or high school diploma with significant public health work experience. Computer skills in word-processing and database management programs i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access are also required.
Knowledge of core public health principles and practices specifically in the area of communicable disease management and control.
Demonstrated capacity for public health advocacy.
Demonstrated ability to clearly and professionally communicate information to a variety of individuals, and across many cultures and audiences both orally and through written documents.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to travel with own vehicle anywhere within the City limits of Chicago.
Ability to wear respiratory protection as required.