Public Health Nurse-Communicable Disease Program (Open & Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $123,968.00 - $146,515.20 Annually USD

Job Description


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on June 16, 2020to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

San Mateo County Health is seeking an experienced and well-qualified Public Health Nurse-Communicable Disease Control Program. The mission of the Communicable Disease Control Program is to protect and promote the health of all County of San Mateo residents through surveillance, investigation, prevention and control of communicable diseases of public health significance, excluding tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases which are addressed by separate programs.

The current vacancy is in the Public Health, Policy and Planning Division located in San Mateo, but will travel/drive throughout the County to perform the duties of the position.

The Public Health Nurse (PHN), under the administrative supervision of the Community Program Supervisor, and clinical supervision by the Communicable Disease Controller and Senior Public Health Nurse, will coordinate and provide disease control and prevention services to patients, case contacts, health care providers, institutions, organizations, and the community. These activities include, but are not limited to: case/contact and outbreak investigation and follow-up, provision of clinical services and immunizations, participation in development of communicable disease preparedness and control protocols and policies, and formulation of education, training, and written materials regarding communicable diseases.

The PHN will serve as an internal resource for communicable disease issues, as well serve as a resource to our external collaborative partners, such as health care providers, institutions, organizations, the public, and the community at large. These responsibilities include providing clinical perspective and guidance to personnel performing disease investigations.

Due to the nature of the Communicable Disease Control specialty, the PHN may be required to work during evenings, weekends, and holidays. The ability to independently conduct field investigations in a wide range of settings with individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds is critical. The position also requires sound critical thinking and decision-making skills, clinical and technical expertise, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Investigate reportable communicable diseases as mandated by Title 17, California Code of Regulations •2500.
  • Assist with outbreak investigations.
  • Participate in on-call weekend PHN shift rotations providing consultation and guidance to providers and facilities reporting communicable diseases and outbreaks, and responding to inquiries after consultation with on-call Weekend Health Officer.
  • Screen Confidential Morbidity Reports, lab reports and other information regarding communicable diseases received via fax, phone or electronically through the State of California CalREDIE system.
  • Prepare informational bulletins, exposure notices, health advisories and alerts, public meetings and other appropriate means to inform local medical providers, affected populations, community organizations, and the general public of relevant disease trends and outbreaks in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with the Epidemiology Unit in order to assess communicable disease trends and the need for increased surveillance, investigation or other appropriate intervention.
  • Provide guidance and support to Communicable Disease Investigator (CDI) staff members involved in communicable disease investigations.
  • Maintain collaborations with other local health jurisdictions, agencies and Health System divisions.
  • Assist with out-of-jurisdiction communicable disease reporting to the appropriate jurisdiction.
  • Participate in Officer of the Day phone consultation duties, fielding inquiries from health care providers, partners and the general public.
  • Provide and coordinate a wide variety of disease control and prevention services to patients, case contacts, health care providers, institutions, organizations and communities throughout San Mateo County. This includes case and contact assessment, along with screening that may involve specimen collection (e.g., venipuncture, nasopharyngeal swab, stool specimen).
  • Provide and participate in communicable disease education, presentations and in-services to professional and lay groups within the community upon request, when feasible.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of communicable disease information for staff, providers, institutions, organizations, communities and the general public.
  • Assist with orientation of new staff, students, interns and preceptees to communicable disease control programs and activities.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have a background in Public Health Nursing, preferably with experience applying tools and strategies to control the spread of infectious diseases; a strong understanding of Title 17, California Code of Regulations •2500; experience conducting case and outbreak investigations; and experience presenting public health messages to community stakeholders. Spanish speaking is preferred.

NOTE: The eligible listgenerated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified,and regular classifiedvacancies.

Licensure/Certification :
  • California license as a Registered Nurse.
  • California Certificate as a Public Health Nurse.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of public health nursing, with emphasis on field and clinic activities; problem solving through nursing process; technical nursing procedures; health and social services resources; and collaborative health planning with multi-disciplinary teams.

Skill/Ability to:
Teach and counsel; perform technical nursing procedures; assess physical, psycho-social, and nutritional needs; assess community health needs; teach and guide other health personnel and volunteers; motivate people in positive health attitudes and behavior; work effectively with multi-problem families; problem solve; make independent judgments and ability to work autonomously; assume a leadership role in community health programs; communicate effectively both verbally and orally; be culturally sensitive; be flexible to adapting to a changing environment; and organize communities regarding health matters.
Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination will consist of an interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application materials.Because of this screening process, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT:Applications for this position will only be accepted online.If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the"Apply"button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date: Continuous

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.
The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Analyst: Carolyn Burns(052620) (Public Health Nurse - F040)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map