offers are based on successful completion of any pre-appointment background
investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.
ABOUT THE POSITION: Classes in this series
provide comprehensive public health nursing services to the community. The current vacancy is a half-time position (20 hours/week)
providing Public Health nursing through County Medical Services Program (CMSP).
This program provides access to quality health care by working with our community
partners to facilitate medically necessary care of the Countyís indigent and low-income populations
as mandated by Welfare and Institutions Code 17000. The average CMSP caseload
is approximately 800 patients per month.
The Public Health Nurse
selected for this position will provide utilization review of our
clients. In addition, the incumbent will monitor inpatient hospital stays
and provide authorizations for specialty care when appropriate. This
position does not provide direct patient care.
The ideal candidate will have 5
years of recent hospital experience including some case management
experience. Knowledge of InterQual patient
management and excellent computer skills is a plus.
TYPICAL TASKS: Telephone consultations, case management, and authorizations of specialist
care for clients, counseling, outreach, and†
education of medically indigent, ill, and high risk adults in the County
of San Luis Obispo.† Help participate and
coordinate with area health providers and agencies.† Obtain medical records and records data and
notes regarding clients. Often confers w/ other medical personnel and Department
of Social Service (DSS) offices helping to guide the clients to the correct
agency that can aid them. Help prepare letters to assist in expediting MediCal for clients with urgent medical needs. Act as a
goodwill representative of CMSP in the community.† Medical review of necessity of emergency
rooms visits and authorizing specialty care services to the clients. Monitoring
inpatient hospital stays and determines acutely level to best utilize CMSP
resources and funds.
CHARACTERISTICS: †Works within the constraints of the county
budget guidelines. Applies broad base of medical knowledge required to assist
in the Utilization Review process for patient care. Familiar with community
resources to ensure appropriate referrals to medical providers and clients. Understands
community needs and ensures access to necessary medical care consistent with
San Luis Obispo County Public Healthís policies and Mission Statement. †Orients nursing staff and collaborates with
coworkers and department heads. Works in cooperation with the County Medical
Director to ensure adherence to program policies and procedures. Implements InterQual care planning criteria during the utilization
review process in both the acute and outpatient setting. Monitors MediCal pending clientsí status in order to attempt to
recoup CSMP monies from the State or Federal agencies when applicable. †Applies full knowledge and nursing
skills in a respectful and compassionate manner while performing within the
scope of a public health nurseís practice.
THE REQUIREMENTS: Under
general supervision, incumbents apply the requisite knowledge, skills and
abilities in performing the full scope of public health nursing duties.
This is the entry level for fully qualified Public Health Nurses.
Knowledge of: Principles
and practices of nursing and public health nursing including health maintenance
and disease prevention; the effects of physical, social, and emotional factors
on health; principles and techniques of teaching, counseling, interviewing, and
history taking; resources available through other health and welfare agencies;
integration and linkages between community agencies.
Ability to: Exercise
independent judgment and plan, organize, and administer
safe and effective public health nursing care; work effectively with
individuals and families to assist them in the satisfactory solution of health
problems; recognize and respect the impact of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic
differences on health care practices; act as a liaison with other agencies to
coordinate care of clients; maintain effective working relationships.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelorís of Science degree in Nursing
from an accredited college or university.†
In Addition:† Possession of
a valid California Public Health Nurse Certificate and possession of a valid
California license to practice as a Registered Nurse is required at time of
application and must be maintained throughout employment. A license in
probationary status is a disqualification.
Possession of a valid driverís license may
be required at the time of application. Possession of a valid CALIFORNIA
driverís license may be required at the time of appointment and, if required,
must be maintained throughout employment.
any of the above required certificates or licenses are required at the time of
application and must be maintained throughout employment.
IN ADDITION: This class
specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic
of the position(s) within this class. Duties of a particular position within a
multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the
class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether
it be a multi-position class or a single-position
class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities
in the selection process. If you have questions regarding the duties or the
working conditions of the position, please contact the Human Resources
Employees hired into the Public Services, Supervisory and Clerical bargaining
units represented by SLOCEA labor contracts are covered by Agency Shop
provisions which require that new employees become SLOCEA dues paying members
or pay an agency shop service fee in lieu of dues.
NOTIFICATION: Applicants will
be notified 2-4 weeks after the final filing deadline. However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the
type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on-line on
the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will
be sent by US mail and/or email. Therefore, notify the Human Resources
Department of any mailing or email address changes for all applications
SELECTION PROCESS: The
examination process will include a competitive examination consisting of an
evaluation of job-related education and experience through one of the following
methods of testing: A) competitive application rating, based solely on
application information presented OR B) oral board rating as determined by an
interview panel OR C) application screening and an oral board rating OR D) any
combination thereof. In any case, the evaluation will be weighted 100% in
determining a candidateís placement on the eligible list. Applicants are
urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application
materials for proper qualification evaluation. The hiring
department will be provided a list of the top nine ranks of eligible candidates
and one additional rank for each vacancy. The hiring department may hire any of
the candidates certified to the department. Veterans and disabled
veterans preference points will be assigned when applicable. Please note: any
part of this selection process may be waived or changed as deemed appropriate
by the Human Resources Department at any point during the recruitment. Eligible
lists may be used to fill regular, limited term or temporary positions.
New employees are required to
complete an INS Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship
or legal residency and authorization to work. Essential functions of a job for
purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the
filling of each vacant position. A
reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of the disabled and the
religious needs of an applicant. If you require special arrangements to
participate in the recruitment process, you must inform the County Human
Resources Department in writing of the type and extent of accommodation no
later than the final filing deadline.
OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER