Special Investigator – Nursing Evaluator

Minnesota Department of Health
November 1, 2019
St. Paul, MN
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Job Details

Job Class: Nursing Evaluator

Working Title: Special Investigator
Who May Apply: This position is open for bidders and all qualified job seekers.
Date Posted: 11/01/2019
Closing Date: 11/14/2019
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Division/Unit: Health Regulation Division / Office of Health Facility Complaints
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00am - 4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Yes - Up to 50% of the time
Salary Range: $29.91 - $44.30/hourly; $62,452 - $92,498/annually
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 205 - Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA)
Anticipated Start Date: 01/08/2020
FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary
This position will be used to fill eight (8) vacancies. We will be filling these vacancies in Duluth, Rochester and the Metro area.
The Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) is looking for experienced Registered Nurse to join our team. Working for the MDH offers the chance to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. In this position you will get the opportunity to work with a talented group of people who serve the general public by ensuring health care facilities are treating their clients appropriately.
This is done by investigating reports and complaints of health care facilities that may be violating state and federal regulations. Investigations are conducted in accordance with the Vulnerable Adults Act, including allegations related to abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation in facilities licensed by MDH. Unannounced site visits are conducted at facilities in order to complete observations of the care provided to Vulnerable Adults; interview staff, residents, and family; and complete document review of various sources. Participation is required for legal proceedings based on the conclusion of the maltreatment investigation and issuance of violations. This work is completed by using nursing and health knowledge and expertise to ensure compliance with State rules/statutes and Federal regulations.
Applicants must be available for regular travel. On site investigations occur over varying shifts including overnight, early morning, and occasional weekend hours. The majority of the work hours are between 8:00am - 4:30pm.


Minimum Qualifications
Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse license in Minnesota.
To be considered, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Two years of professional experience as a Registered Nurse in a health care setting with primary responsibility for assessing nursing and health needs and experience documenting and writing reports; OR
  2. Three years of professional experience as a Registered Nurse in a health care setting.

A Master's degree in Nursing, Public Health, Health Care Administration, Psychology, Social Work, Medical Field or closely related area may be substituted for one year of experience; a Bachelor's degree in one of the above areas may be substituted for six months of experience.
Additional Requirements:
Oral communications skills sufficient to interview staff, residents, clients and patients.
Critical thinking skills sufficient to collect and analyze information, identify areas of focus, and make decisions based on evidence gathered.
Listening skills sufficient to ascertain level of compliance in meeting resident/client needs.
Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships, inform providers of deficiencies and other pertinent findings, and participate in legal proceedings.
Written communications skills sufficient to document concise, accurate and complete information and conclusions.
Computer skills sufficient to document findings and conclusions.
Knowledge of state laws and rules.
Ability to present information and facts to third parties.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience conducting investigations.
Education in criminal justice and nursing.
Experience conducting root cause analysis.
Experience conducting sexual assault examinations or quality improvement.
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those with mental illnesses, that may be under the influence of chemicals or have difficulty managing anger.

Physical Requirements
Requires occasional lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Job may also require significant standing or walking over rough terrain and ability to work outside in inclement weather.

Additional Requirements
Must successfully pass a background check.
Must possess a valid Class D Driver's license.

Application Details

Why Work For Us
Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.
We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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