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Public Health Nurse - I (Entry)

Recruitment #2013-14302-01

Salary:$29.84 - $36.27/hour; $62,069.70 - $75,447.84/year
Department:Health and Human Services
Job Type: Open
Date Opened:8/30/2013 4:25:00 PM
Filing Deadline:6/27/2014 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Temporary/Extra Help
Work Location: Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)
HR Analyst: Chris Hazen

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The Department of Health and Human Services is currently hiring for permanent and extra help/temporary assignments in the position of Public Health Nurse I (Entry). This is a rewarding opportunity to support public health efforts in our community.  


Appointments made from this eligible list may be eligible for transition to permanent status, should additional vacancies arise, with the approval of the County Executive Officer.



Current vacancies are located in the Auburn and/or South Placer area. 

The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies within the Department for both Temporary/Extra Help and Permanent positions should additional vacancies arise, with approval of the County Executive Officer. Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 999 hours. 

CalPERS retired annuitants are subject to the terms and conditions set forth by pension law.


To perform public health nursing duties in an assigned program, project or district; to perform field and clinic nursing services; and to instruct adults and children in accepted health practices including prevention and control of disease.


Public Health Nurse I 
This is the entry level class in the Public Health Nurse series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.


Public Health Nurse I
Receives immediate supervision from a Supervising Public Health Nurse and may receive technical and functional supervision from other professional or medical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Make home or other field site visits as assigned to provide families and/or individuals with health supervision and guidance; identify and assess health needs and provide advice, counsel and instruction related to health maintenance and promotion, preventive practices, treatment and rehabilitation for at-risk, ill, or injured individuals; provide nursing care and demonstrate nursing techniques as needed.
  • Provide case management through observation, history taking, physical examination, analysis, documentation of findings and development of nursing plan; make referrals and conduct follow-up as necessary.
  • Aid in prevention and control of communicable and chronic diseases through epidemiological investigation, instruction in preventive measures, immunization programs and case follow-up.
  • Oversee and participate in various clinics, including referring and advising for further medical care under established policies and protocols.
  • Identify and evaluate health needs of individuals and special population groups such as the elderly, culturally, economically or geographically disadvantaged and those choosing alternative life styles.
  • Represent the Health and Medical Services Department to various community groups and provide information regarding Department programs, services and policies, as well as instructional information about disease prevention, health promotion, treatment maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • Coordinate with other divisions and sections within the Health and Medical Services Department as well as with private, public and voluntary health and social service agencies/providers in the community; participate in interagency conferences as needed.
  • Provide or oversee training for new staff, nursing students and volunteers.
  • Initiate, implement and evaluate projects or programs; prepare and maintain patient charts and other records and prepare reports.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Public Health Nurse I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

No experience is required.

Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nursing.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Possession of, a valid certificate as a Certified Public Health Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Public Health Nurse I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public health nursing.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar;
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, patient charts, reports and perform special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time while reviewing patient charts and histories and preparing patient charts and reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend, climb and reach while making field visits, conducting clinics or making educational presentations or demonstrations; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or treatment areas; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see and hear with sufficient acuity to examine and assess patient condition; and lift heavy weight.
  • Provide professional nursing care; administer and handle biologicals; and take and properly handle specimens.
  • Provide instruction in the prevention of disease, promotion of health and nursing care of ill or injured individuals.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and efficient manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interview; work fairly and courteously with the public; handle multiple case assignments; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine and photocopy machine.
  • Clinical and instructional supplies and equipment, including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, audiometer, syringes and needles and audio-visual equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.



Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants for regular full and part-time positions must pass a medical examination which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation. Applicants for extra help positions may be subject to a drug screening. All applicants must sign a constitutional oath, submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. and be fingerprinted. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, be bonded or undergo a background check.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and management, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County now offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Personnel Department.

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