Supervising Public Health Nurse - COVID-19 - Extra Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 16, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $51.15 - $62.18 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services seeks experienced Public Health Nurseswho want tocontribute to the health of our community by joining the fight against COVID-19!

TheCounty of Sonomais seeking qualified candidates tofillmultipleextra-help, temporarySupervising Public Health Nurse positions in the Department of Health Services.This is the full supervisory level class in the Public Health Nurse series and is responsible for providing leadership and direct supervision to Public Health Nurses and/or other professional and support staff working in the COVID-19 Section.

PLEASE NOTE: These supervisorylevel positions requires currentpossession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate andthree years of public health nursing experience after receipt of the PHN Certificate.

Under direction of the Director of Nursing for the COVID-19 Section, these Supervising Public Health Nurse positionsexercise technical and functional oversight within the Section; assist in the development, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of nursing services (testing, case management and contact tracing); exercise independent judgment; analyze and evaluate situations independently and take appropriate actions, and performs related duties as assigned.

These positionsare characterized by the responsibilityfor determining appropriate staffing levels, assuring adherence to standards of practice, implementing program reviews and changes, providing grant oversight, developing budgets, and conducting personnel performance reviews.


The ideal candidates for these positionswill have a minimum of two years recent supervisory experience working in a health setting, focused on population health and infectious communicable diseases. They will also have experience working with other agencies and programs on disaster preparedness and infection control measures, as well as the ability to:
  • Workwith diverse populations, communities, and organizations
  • Adapt tounforeseen changes and to stay productive when demands are varied
  • Communicate effectively in writing, orally, or in group settings
  • Work flexible schedules, including some evenings/weekends to ensure community safety outside of regular office hours
  • Assure acompetent public health care workforce and facilitate a work environment characterized by teamwork and collaboration with others

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations.Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for aCounty contribution towardmedical coverage.

This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-helppositions as they occur during the active status of the list.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.


Three years of responsible public health nursing experience obtained after receipt of a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Driver's License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Working Conditions: Duties may require exposure to hostile, emotionally disturbed or mentally ill persons and/or confrontational interpersonal situations; stand for long periods of time; stoop, lift clients, and lift heavy articles in accordance with accepted safety standards; perform physical tasks as required; may work in dangerous, high crime areas of the community; and/or standby, callback and work during non-routine hours; intermittently sit at a 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 conditions; lift moderate weight; may work in dangerous, high crime areas of the community; and/or standby, callback and work during non-routine hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: modern principles, practices and methods of public health nursing including public health programs, community, clinic and special programs, and school nursing programs.

Considerable knowledge of: federal, state and local laws and regulations governing public health; the causes, control and care of chronic and communicable diseases and illnesses, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions; child growth and development and the principles and procedures involved in promoting maternal and child health and in family planning, pre- and post-natal care, and sexually transmitted disease control; and environmental, sociological and psychological problems related to public health nursing programs.

Working knowledge of: principles and methods of effective supervision and training; community resources available for assistance and program outreach in public health programs.

Ability to: Plan, organize and supervise the work of public health nurses and other personnel in a clinic setting or assigned program area; develop and maintain effective public relations with patients, staff, other County departments, community groups and organizations; recognize social and community problems which affect health of individuals, families and the general population;exercise independent judgement, analyze and evaluate situations and take appropriate action;instruct and prepare specialized educational programs;write effectively including the development of program goals and procedures for implementation;adapt public health policies and programs to the problems of an assigned area; and prepare clear and concise records and reports.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal(pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department.The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment.Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation.Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy.Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuousrecruitmentsmay close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

Job Address

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