Public Health Nurse II - Full-Time and Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $93,816.04 - $114,040.24 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma's Department of Health Services seeks candidates for
Full-Time and Extra-Help Public Health Nurse II Positions!

Starting salary up to $54.64/Hourly
Plus, a cash allowance of approximately $600/Month*

Plus, an additional $1.15/hour bilingual premium for bilingual assignments

This is a continuous recruitment. It may close without notice, at any time, once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Please Note: Depending upon experience, we are hiring Public Health Nurses at the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the I level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate recruitment being conducted for that level.

Public Health Nurse II is the full journey-level class in the Public Health Nurse series where incumbents provide the full range of direct public health nursing services to the community and affected individuals and families. This level requires possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate and one year of public health nursing experience after receipt of Certificate.

What Sonoma County Employment Offers
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Public Health Nurses provide a wide range of services on behalf of vulnerable families and populations in the community, including:
  • Health systems planning and coordination to ensure access to high quality health care and community resources
  • Facility reviews and technical assistance to health care agencies, to assure compliance with regulations and optimal quality of service
  • Disease investigations
  • Comprehensive case management
  • Agency referrals to address the many social determinants of health such as access to food, affordable health care, housing, education, jobs, parenting information, family counseling, health education, legal assistance, and violence prevention/early intervention resources
The Department of Health Services has current opportunities in these programs:

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Field Nursing (Full-Time)

The Field Nursing PHN will case manage approximately twenty-five primary clients and their children. Each family receives a comprehensive assessment of need at enrollment and every six months, and targeted check-ins (telephonic and at the client's home) every 2-4 weeks. A typical day includes visiting/checking in with two to three families regarding their individual action plans, following up with referrals and communications to other service providers, and documenting these encounters. This position participates in mandatory weekly meetings and less often mandatory trainings. There are regular and occasional opportunities for outreach with referral sources, e.g. some PHNs attend weekly rounds at Neonatal Internal Care Units in area hospitals to identify potential clients that would benefit from enrollment in our program.

The Field Nursing PHN works autonomously with support from the PHN supervisor. While in the field, the PHN drives to/from and meets with clients independently. Occasionally, the PHN may be accompanied by a community health worker or social worker in the field if indicated. The PHN supervisor is available to consult with the PHN regarding decision making, and meets with the supervisor regularly for reflective supervision.

Disease Control (Full-Time)

Public Health Nurses in Disease Control investigate communicable diseases reported to Public Health by medical entities in fulfillment of Title 17 of the California Health and Safety Code. This position will be responsible activities associated with identifying, investigating, and reporting infectious communicable and emerging diseases. This may include tuberculosis case management, vaccine reportable diseases, infection control measures, and other reportable diseases. Responsibilities include communicating effectively with community providers, organizations, and individuals from various socioeconomic backgrounds. This position will also participate in data collection during disease outbreaks, and work collaboratively with epidemiologists and other program staff.

Nurse Family Partnership (Full-Time Bilingual - English/Spanish)

The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidenced-based intensive nurse home visiting program designed to transform the lives of vulnerable mothers, pregnant with their first child, with the support of a Public Health Nurse (PHN). Up to 64 supportive and informative home visits are provided to each eligible family-over a 30 month time period, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing until the child is two years old. Together the nurse and family have the opportunity to discuss healthy behaviors to improve prenatal health, parenting guidance and support, and develop a plan for economic self-sufficiency for the future.

Foster Care (Extra-Help)

This Foster Care PHN position will perform a variety of public health nursing duties focused on the concepts of health care coordination for children in foster care. This position ensures children served by Human Services receive needed preventive/wellness health care and follow-up to diagnosis and treatment services. This position functions as a health care consultant to the social workers in Family, Youth and Children's Services. The PHN will initiate case management on medical, dental, nutritional, and mental health conditions found during health assessments; collaborate with foster family agencies, group home directors and/or health care coordinators; collaborate with other health programs such as Mental Health, CCS, Managed Care Plans, Medi-Cal Eligibility, etc., to identify and address access to care issues; and provide program planning and oversight.

The ideal candidates for these positions will be detail-oriented, organized, self-starters with strong communication, customer service, and computer skills. In addition, they will possess:
  • Experience working in community/clinic/public health settings with medically fragile individuals
  • Working knowledge of modern public health practices and community based resources
  • The ability to work independently and in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • A commitment to using evidence based tools, and interest in tracking outcomes for continuous quality improvement
  • The ability to develop therapeutic relationships, utilizing concepts of reflection and motivational interviewing
  • Experience specific to maternal child population is preferred for MCAH Field Nursing positions

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Extra-help employees may be hired on either a temporary or intermittent basis. 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. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill three full-time positions (one of which is a bilingual position) and one extra-help position in the Department of Health Services. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.


One year of 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 special endorsements, as required by the State of California,may be required depending upon assignment 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; 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

Considerable Knowledge of: Modern principles, methods, and practices of public health nursing, including preventive medicine, epidemiology, public health education, gerontology, and sociological problems involved in public health nursing; and community aspects of public health nursing programs.

Working Knowledge of: Community resources available for assistance in public health programs. Federal, State and local laws and regulations governing public health; causes, control and care of chronic and communicable diseases and illness, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions; child growth and development and procedures involved in promoting maternal and child health. Environmental, sociological, and psychological problems related to public health nursing programs; principles and procedures involved in family planning, sexuality transmitted disease control, and pre and post-natal care; procedures and practices used to promote maternal and child health and to assess infant, child, adolescent development and other special programs; principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases; differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery of and acceptance of health care services; and current literature and trends in community health.

Ability to: Organize and carry out public health nursing activities in assigned district or program; guide the work of professional and para-professional personnel and volunteers and to provide clinical oversight of student nurses; differentiate medical problems requiring immediate consultation with a physician rather than a deferred consultation; follow prescribed protocols set up by physicians and to consult with physicians and other medical personnel; work effectively with families and individuals to assist them in solution to health problems; develop and maintain effective public relations with clients, staff, community groups and organizations; exercise independent judgment, analyze and evaluate situations independently and take appropriate actions; instruct in the prevention of disease and promotion of public health; write and speak effectively and prepare and maintain clear and concise records and reports; work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner; use a computer, calculator, typewrite, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine, and audio-visual equipment; and use clinical and instructional supplies and equipment including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, audiometer, syringes and needles.

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 employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. 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 Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


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. Continuous recruitments may 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 values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: AC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map