Fire - Mobile Unit Registered Nurse

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • May 10, 2019
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Health Public Safety
  • Salary: $69,992.00 - $89,731.20 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

This posting is re-opening to meet the hiring needs of the department and the qualifications needed for this position. One application per person please.

As a registered nurse with City of Tacoma, Fire Department you will be a part of a non-emergency operation team, the CARES Unit, working on an Opioid Project aimed at reducing opioid use, illicit drug use, and prevention of overdoses in the Tacoma Fire Department jurisdiction. This special operations team will facilitate standing orders for medication assisted treatment and will provide nursing assessments on-scene with EMS and/or police personnel at opioid related 911 incidents. This position is under the direction of the Medical Director and is an exempt position.

Duties will include on-scene assessments, development of patient-centered plans of care, care coordination among internal/external multidisciplinary team, and facilitation of safe care transitions in the community. The purpose of the registered nurse role is to initiate medication assisted treatment (MAT) in the community and jails for opioid related events. The registered nurse will be responsible for all nursing care based on established clinical policies and respond in a non-emergency capacity to 911 calls.

  • Perform nursing assessment on-scene of 911 calls.
  • Develop a comprehensive patient care assessment and plan using the principles of relationship-based care.
  • Coordinate with the medical director on assessment findings and recommendation for initial dose of MAT.
  • Follow-up with patient as needed over the weekend to ensure withdrawal comfort and success of treatment.
  • Engage MAT team on treatment plans.
  • Facilitate care with a health care team inclusive of internal and external providers. Be a consistent contact for patients, families, and the health care team throughout the patient's care and achievement of care goals.
  • Identify and resolve barriers to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and efficient patient throughput to the appropriate providers.
  • Coordinate appointments for timely, clinical decision -making and optimalhandoversacross the continuum of care.
  • Communicate with patients and families around the plan of care, answer questions, teach and coach onopioidwithdrawaland MAT.
Work Schedule
  • Nurses will average64 hours of per bi-weeklypay period, plus unscheduled call-outs.For each two-week pay period, the nurse will be scheduled for 3-4 shifts ranging in length between 8-13 hours that will occur at the times of swing or night shifts. There may be optional 24/7 on-call shift work.
  • These schedules will be swing or night shift after training is completed.
  • For approximately the first month after hire employees will work full-time (40 hours per week) while training.

City of Tacoma Recruitment
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Registered nurse with active Washington State license.
Please submit 3 professional references.

Knowledge & Skills

This position requires a high degree of communication skills, organizational skills, ability to analyze and prioritize patient needs, and the ability to interpret and consolidate vague information from multiple sources. Clear and concise documentation and assessment skills, use of discretion and good judgment, and sound decision-making. This position requires an individual who can work autonomously and in a team setting. In addition, applicant must:

  • Have experience with patients suffering from substance abuse disorders.
  • Preference will be given to RN's with experience with populations suffering from opioid specific disorder.
  • Collaborative professional who can work alongside EMS and Police.
  • Highly proficient in use of technology and computers.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This posting is re-opening to meet the hiring needs of the department and the qualifications needed for this position. One application per person please.
Interested individuals must apply online and attach a resume and cover letter that describes responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview. Appointment is subject to passing a background checkand drug screen.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with theapplication process,please contactthe Human Resources officeat (253) 591-5400 by 4:00 pm of the closingdateof the job announcement.For questions regarding the position, please contact Laura Morris at

Closing Date/Time: Continuous