ABOUT THE POSITION
Public Health Nurse I/II: Under close supervision, to perform public health nursing, teaching and health guidance services in homes, clinics, and a wide variety of community settings in connection with health promotion and the prevention and control of disease or disability; to participate in assessment of the community that leads to development and implementation of sound health policy that improves the health outcomes of the citizenry of Shasta County; and to perform related work as required.
Public Health Nurse I: This is an entry-level class for Registered Nurses who have recently been certificated as a Public Health Nurse or those who have been out of practice for a number of years. Incumbents apply the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities in learning to perform the full scope of public health nursing duties.
Public Health Nurse II: This is the journey and fully qualified professional level of the Public Health Nursing series in which incumbents have demonstrated competence to assume broad responsibilities requiring independence and professional judgment in assessing individual, family, and community health needs, and in planning and evaluating public health nursing activities.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Public Health Nurse I: Elicits health and social histories of individuals and families through use of observation and effective interviewing skills; participates in the promotion of maternal, child, adolescent and adult health; identifies health care needs through physical assessments; assesses developmental level and nutritional status of infants and children; recognizes the significance of abnormal findings; helps individuals and groups change their health behavior through discussions that highlight their specific health knowledge, attitudes, and skills; provides case management services based on assessment of the comprehensive health needs of the individual and family; identifies cultural patterns influencing community health practices, increases access of hard-to-reach populations to public health and other services, and assists in increasing the cultural competency of staff and the Health and Human Services Agency as an organization; teaches and counsels individuals, families, and groups regarding specific diseases or health conditions as well as health maintenance; investigates instances of possible abuse and notifies appropriate agencies; investigates and monitors cases of communicable disease, obtains specimens, interprets laboratory results, determines sources and contacts to prevent the spread of communicable disease; compiles and uses records, reports, and statistical information for appraisal and planning; attends required meetings and trainings; and performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Public Health Nurse II: Plans, organizes, and provides public health nursing services, including assessment, intervention, referral, and follow up of persons at high risk of complications throughout antepartum and postpartum periods, child rearing, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood; assesses children and adults to assure early detection and referral of health conditions deviating from normal; provides tailor-made personal, preventive, and community health services to targeted populations in need; teaches individuals and groups about disease and disability prevention, and health promotion; participates in epidemiological investigations for control of communicable and chronic diseases; interacts with all aspects of the community–individual, family, agency, business, and professional; develops and implements community projects as an outgrowth of issues identified during public health nursing practice; mobilizes the community to develop partnerships and alliances to address identified high-priority community health needs; evaluates health of special population groups, such as the elderly, the culturally, economically, or geographically disadvantaged, or those with alternate life styles; identifies cultural patterns influencing community health practices, increases access of hard-to-reach populations to public health and other services, and increases the cultural competency of staff and the Health and Human Services Agency as an organization; keeps accurate, concise, and legally-appropriate records and reports; effectively uses records, reports, and statistical information for appraisal and planning; attends required meetings and trainings; with certified sexually transmitted disease (STD) training and supervision, may be assigned to perform STD exams, including moderate complexity laboratory tests; prioritizes multiple tasks, exercises effective time management, and manages workload and personal stress well; may assume delegated responsibility for the work of the Program Supervisor or the Program Manager in the absence of either; and may supervise a small number of other Department staff, interns, or volunteers.
Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:
Public Health Nurse I/II:
Knowledge of: Skilled nursing as applied to public health practices; promoting health and the prevention of disease and disability; general nursing skills in the areas of maternal , child, and adult health; child growth and development; nutritional needs of all ages; normal and abnormal health conditions and health behavior; teaching, counseling, interviewing, and history taking; case management; epidemiology and methods for the control of communicable diseases; community resources and how to utilize them; environmental, sociological, cultural, policy, and psychological issues influencing health; current developments in public health nursing; ordinances, rules and regulations governing public health services and nursing practices; basic economics for delivery of health care; workload management and management of personal stress; and the work of other social and health agencies, and functions of other professions as related to public health nursing.
Ability to: Exercise independent judgment to plan, organize, and problem solve; manage time effectively; adapt to various cultural, physical and behavioral conditions of patients and environment; teach individuals and groups; seek and use appropriate resource materials; work effectively with individuals, families, groups, agencies, and coalitions to assist in the satisfactory solution of health problems; recognize and respect the impact of cultural differences on health behavior and practices; perform assessments, interviews, and gather needed information to reach appropriate nursing diagnosis; make appropriate referrals to community resources; provide adequate follow up to help maximize use of resources; perform clinical tasks such as venipuncture, injections, and dispensing medications; keep accurate, concise and legally appropriate records and reports; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with health and other professionals, paraprofessionals, agencies, community groups, and the general public; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and actively promote the Department’s mission and its population-based health outcomes orientation.
Public Health Nurse I: These employment standards are typically attained with possession of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
Public Health Nurse II: These standards are typically attained with 12 months of experience comparable to a Public Health Nurse I in Shasta County.
Public Health Nurse I:
- Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Nursing Education and Nurse Registration; OR
- Possession of a temporary license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Nursing Education and possession of RN license within 120 days of the date of employment. AND
- Possession of a valid California State Public Health Nursing (PHN) Certificate or possession of PHN certificate within 120 days of the date of employment; AND
- Possession of an appropriate California driver license.
Public Health Nurse II:
- Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California; AND
- Possession of a valid California State Public Health Nursing Certificate; AND
- Possession of an appropriate California driver license.
The ideal candidate has a desire to work with children, families, and foster parents in the community. The candidate will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team working with social workers, mental health clinicians, education, and others sharing core practice values and behaviors of teaming.
For more information about the position, the department encourages applicants to view this link: https://youtu.be/bLN6efASInQ
Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.
- Do you possess a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California? If yes, please list your license number and expiration date. If no, please type “n/a.”
- Do you possess a valid California State Public Health Nursing Certificate? If yes, please attach a copy of your Certificate to your application and list the number and expiration date. If no, please type “n/a.”
- If you do not have a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate, have you applied for one? If yes, please list the date you applied for the Certificate. If no, please type “n/a.”
- I understand if I don’t currently have a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in California and/or currently possess a valid California State Public Health Nursing Certificate, I must obtain both within 120 days of the date of employment with Shasta County. Yes ___ No ___
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES
Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on July 30, 2021. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter,” or “See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter” the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.
Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.
Veterans’ Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE.
Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at apply online or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.
Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.
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Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515