Public Health Nurse, Associate

  • 3 County Center Drive, Oroville, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Public Health

Job Description


Public Health is looking to fill a full-time Public Health Nurse, Associate position that is assigned to work inthe Department of Employment and Social Services (DESS) Adult Services Division.

Under close supervision, performs a variety of nursing care services in the examination and treatment of clients in various settings; participates and assists with coordination of client and community services to support the goals of the Public Health Department.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
  • Under supervisor provides nursing care following the nursing process including, but not limited to, nursing procedures and case management in a home, office, community, or other setting as authorized by their Scope of Practice under their Registered Nurse License.
  • Interviews client; takes client history; reviews health records; with specialized Public Health training conducts comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and developmental assessments and recognizes the significance of abnormalities; case conferences with supervisor.
  • Supports and enhances the clients' physical and emotional well being; discusses nature of illness, plan of care, procedures and treatments with clients and family and significant others when appropriate.
  • Under supervision educates and counsels individuals, families, and groups regarding specific diseases or health conditions as well as health maintenance, promotion, and rehabilitation.
  • Under close supervision, determines medical eligibility for the CCS program, initiates case management services, processes requests for services and equipment, assists in estimating cost of medical care, makes case closure determinations and determines appropriate Notice of Action responses.
  • Assists in the planning, development and implementation of informational and training programs for providers and community agencies about health department programs and services.
  • Collaborates with other health care providers and community agencies to provide comprehensive services to clients and families including participation in case conferences; facilitates referrals to community resources as appropriate.
  • Updates and maintains a variety of files, records, charts and other documents; gathers and compiles data; maintains appropriate records and assists with the preparation of reports as required.
  • Assesses cultural and linguistic differences of minority populations; integrates follow-up care with existing indigenous services or resources, and coordinates language interpretation services as needed.
  • Become familiar with time management skills, home visiting practices and Public Health Nursing protocols and policies.
  • Assists in the preparation and presentation of outreach programs to community groups regarding program services. Learn about community resources available to families.
  • Confers and consults with supervisor, division director, and/or Health Officer regarding communicable disease investigations, treatment recommendations and contact follow-up;
  • Develops and implements client and family teaching program based on identified health care goals and reviews plan with supervisor or program manager.
  • Assists with preceptoring nursing students from the local colleges as they complete their clinical experience in community nursing with oversight by the supervisor.
  • Responds to public health emergencies and disasters as needed, utilizing the nursing skills authorized under their professional scope of practice.
  • May attend and participate in committees, councils and meetings as assigned by supervisor.
  • Assists local community groups and agencies in identifying and developing needed health services; and barriers to health care.
  • Adheres to the confidentiality standards of the Privacy Act of 1974, {U.S.C. § 552A} as amended.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing.
  • Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse, hold a Public Health Nurse Certificate from the State of California, and remain active with all annual licensing requirements.
  • 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.
  • Valid State of California driver's license may be required.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Working conditions are various home and clinic settings; full manual dexterity and visual acuity required.
  • Work involves the potential for exposure to hostile situations and infectious diseases; some non-standard work hours are required.
  • Must work with a clinically challenging client population; must be able to read and respond to subtle behavioral clues, and maintain professional composure and effectiveness.

Job Address

3 County Center Drive, Oroville, California 95965 United States View Map