Public Health Nurse I or II, Psychiatric

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $5,681.03 - $7,613.12 Monthly USD

Job Description

Deschutes County Health Services supports over 400 staff in Behavioral and Public Health programs working to promote and protect the health and safety of the community in a broad variety of community based settings.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health (DCBH) is the Community Mental Health Program providing safety net and core clinical services for community members in Deschutes County dealing with mental health and substance use conditions. DCBH is also a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As such, DCBH relies on multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative, evidence based, recovery oriented services in behavioral healthcare settings co-located with physical health providers.

To hear from staff about working at Deschutes County Behavioral Health, please click HERE.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you’ll consider joining our talented team.

This position is for a full-time RN working as part of a behavioral health team. Our behavioral health teams provide intensive services to adults with serious mental illness including many services that are provided in the community and client homes. This position m ay also provide outreach, case management, skills training, groups, and other supportive services as part of comprehensive team services. The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and should be accomplished in collaboration with other members of the treatment team and able to develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners.

This position is located in Deschutes County and may be eligible for hybrid of in-office/remote work as allowed by policy and approved by the supervisor.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Assisting clients with daily and weekly medication needs.
  • Medication management, coordination and education.
  • Administering long-acting IM medication.
  • Performing health assessments and screenings.
  • Coordinating and consulting with medical staff, PCP's, other team members, and community partners.
  • Practice nursing skills and principles relating to client care.
  • Demonstrate nursing practices as they relate to the needs of a community mental/behavioral health setting.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of mental health concepts.
What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:
  • Mental health assessment, treatment, and service terminology.
  • Providing psychosocial skills development, and implementing interventions prescribed on a treatment plan.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with community agencies, the general public, and other employees at all times.
Skill in:
  • Use of electronic health records systems such as EPIC platform.
  • Working independently as well as in a team setting.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

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Public Health Nurse I
$4,907.51 to $6,576.50 per month for a 172.67 hour work month.

Public Health Nurse II
$5,681.03 to $7,613.12 per month for a 172.67 hour work month.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately. Salary placement dependent upon education and experience.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.

This recruitment is open until filled with review of applications on March 20, 2023.
Minimum Qualifications
Public Health Nurse I
  • Associate's degree in Nursing;
  • AND one (1) year of relevant experience;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the essential functions of the job.
Public Health Nurse II
  • Associate's degree in Nursing;
  • AND two (2) years of relevant experience;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the essential functions of the job.

Necessary Special Requirements

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

Possession of an Oregon Registered Nurse license or ability to obtain by hire date.

Must have dependable transportation and be willing and able to drive throughout Deschutes County in sometimes adverse weather conditions. This position requires sufficient ambulatory ability to drive throughout Deschutes County and provide face-to-face services in a variety of settings in the community, professional facilities, clinics and residential homes.

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule when necessary to meet the needs of the department.
NOTE: Per OAR 407-007-0000 to 407-007-0100 this position requires a Criminal Background check through the State Background Check Unit/Orchards, which may also include being fingerprinted. These rules provide for the reasonable screening under ORS 181A.195, 181A.200, 409.027 AND 413.036 of the County’s employees to determine if they have a history of specific criminal behavior identified in federal or state law or rules such that they should not be allowed to work, be employed, or perform in positions covered by these rules. Please click HERE to review Criminal Records Check Rules. All offers of employment for this position are contingent upon the candidate receiving final approval from the State Background Check Unit/Orchards to work in this position.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:
  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave
Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:
  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance
To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

Base Pay


Job Address

Bend, Oregon United States View Map