Public Health Nurse I/II/III

  • County of Colusa
  • Colusa, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $4,933 USD Monthly
  • Salary Top: $9,863
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: Mar 31, 2021


WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY? See what being a Public Health Nurse has to offer:

The Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division is currently recruiting for a Public Health Nurse to act as the Department’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Director. The Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) program focuses on improving the health and well-being of reproductive-age women, adolescents, children and their families through a variety of health promotion activities. Goals of the Colusa County MCAH program include: improving exclusive breastfeeding rates; decreasing obesity rates among children and adolescents; reducing the incidence of teen pregnancy; improving the oral health of pregnant women; initiating early prenatal care; reducing unintentional injury by increasing the use of appropriate child passenger restraints; and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The ideal candidate will possess enthusiasm about working with the target populations, demonstrate the ability to employ creative techniques in engaging community members, and express a commitment to being a productive member of the Public Health team.

Job Description


Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Levels I and II:

Coordinate and schedule clinic activities; order appropriate supplies, medications, vaccines, and health education materials.

Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of nursing.

Participate in the activities and services of county clinics; identify health care needs through physical assessments of patients; assess development level, and nutritional requirements of children and infants; refer to other programs or agencies when appropriate.

Teach and counsel individuals, families, and groups on specific diseases or health conditions, health maintenance, promotion and prevention, or rehabilitation; provide information on health services available to County residents; refer to other health care providers as appropriate.

Perform routine immunizations and vaccines; administer medications; dispense oral contraceptives and prescriptions as required.

Prepare health care plans for children; provide instruction to parents on child health care methods and techniques.

Investigate reported cases of child abuse or neglect; notify law enforcement and protective services; provide counseling to parents and refer to appropriate resources.

Investigate and monitor cases of communicable disease or exposure to toxic substances; obtain specimens and interpret laboratory reports; determine sources to prevent spread of infection or contamination.

Maintain records of activities and operations.

Level III:

In addition to the responsibilities and duties listed above for Public Health Nurse I and II:

Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in health clinic activities; coordinate and provide staff training.

Prepare and review a variety of reports related to the program including State and local agency reports, billing, and screening reports.

Lead, coordinate, and schedule clinic activities; order appropriate supplies, medications, vaccines, and health education materials.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings.

All Levels: Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Requirements


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

Level I:

  • Possession of a Bachelors degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, a valid California Registered Nurse License, a valid California Public Health Nurse Certificate, and a valid California driver's license

*Applicants who have recently graduated from a Baccalaureate Nursing program, and have not taken the NCLEX-RN may apply using a California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) interim permit (IP). The IP will also serve until they receive their Public Health Certificate. The interim permit is not renewable and is in effect to the expiration date (6 months after issuance) or until the results of the examination are mailed, at which time it becomes null and void. Continued employment is dependent on receiving a passing score on the NCLEX-RN.

Level II:

In addition to the qualifications listed for Public Health Nurse I:

  • Two years of responsible nursing experience

Level III:

In addition to the qualifications listed for Public Health Nurse I:

  • Four years of responsible public health nursing experience in addition to general nursing experience

The successful applicant will be required to provide an official Driver Record printout upon acceptance of job offer.

Special Instructions

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the job board.


Applications may be obtained from and returned to:

Human Resources Department

250 5th Street

Colusa, CA 95932

Phone: 530-458-0420

Scanned completed application packets may be emailed to

Download application:


A complete application packet will include:

  •  A signed completed standard Colusa County Application REV.111317
  •  Cover Letter
  •  Resume
  •  Copy of applicable License and Certificate

Submitting an incomplete packet may result in the disqualification of your application.

The applications will be used to select the best-qualified applicants to participate in the selection process. A written examination may be administered to those candidates meeting the minimum qualifications. A qualifications appraisal interview will be used to assess the candidate's knowledge, skills and training experience. The Director of Health and Human Services will make the final selection and appointment.

Additional Information


Level I: $4,933 - $8,094 per month plus benefits

Level II: $5,447 - $8,934 per month plus benefits

Level III: $6,014 - $9,863 per month plus benefits

Candidates may only be placed at hiring within Steps 1-6, $4,933 - $6,319 (for PHN I), $5,447 - $6,977 (for PHN II) and $6,014 - $7,703 (for PHN III) and after satisfactory performance during a 12-month probationary period, advance to the next step.


CalPERS retirement plan, either 3 @ 60 for Classic, or 2 @ 62; deferred compensation plans available with monthly matching employer contributions; Health Reimbursement Arrangement; paid holiday, vacation and sick leave; paid health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance for employee. If employee elects not to enroll in County insurance and can provide proof of other group health insurance coverage, they may be eligible for a $300 monthly cash in-lieu benefit.

THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED. It is to your advantage to file your application as soon as possible as the recruitment may close at any time following the first review. Resumes are required and may not be substituted for any part of the official application. Application forms must be filled out completely and show clearly that all minimum requirements are met. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee selection in the examination process.

Note: The information contained in this flyer is general in nature and does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Colusa County does not reimburse applicants for any travel or related expenses incurred in connection with applying for em-ployment. Colusa County participates in E-Verify. To view the Notice of E-Verify Participation and the Right to Work posters, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of the Colusa County website.

Retirees: Colusa County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however, pursuant to Government Code Section 21221 (h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.

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