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Senior Public Health Nurse

Company: County of Humboldt
Location: Eureka
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

DEFINITION

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • This recruitment is for a Senior Public Health Nurse for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Public Health.
  • This position requires a valid California Registered Nurse license AND a valid California Public Health Nurse certification.

Under direction, performs public health nursing duties in an assigned area and one or a combination of the following: serves as assistant supervisor for a team which includes other nurses and may also include para-professionals and/or office staff; and/or has charge of a specialized health care program; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This class provides public health nursing services for the more complex client cases, provides review, directional supervision for the work of professional nursing and para-professional staff on an assigned team and/or may have independent responsibility for a major specialized public health program. This class is distinguished from the Supervising Public Health Nurse in that the latter has primary, supervisory responsibility for a public health nursing team and assigned specialized projects and programs. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Acts as the team leader on a health team with other professionals and para-professionals in the delivery of public health nursing services.
  • Assigns client cases and assists in evaluation of team staff.
  • Provides consultation and guidance to team members on difficult client problems; assists in the training and orientation of staff.
  • Evaluates the health needs of individuals and special population groups from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, recent immigrant populations and those choosing alternate lifestyles.
  • Identifies the symptoms of physical, mental or emotional problems and refers individuals and families to appropriate financial, medical or other support services; performs followup on such referrals.
  • Coordinates division services with private, public and community voluntary health and social service agencies; serves as liaison to community groups, assists them in identifying health needs, and provides public health education.
  • Gives immunizations and conducts immunization clinics; performs selected diagnostic tests under standardized procedures and gives prescribed treatments.
  • Provides prenatal and post-partum nursing care and participates in well-child clinics asassigned.
  • May serve as primary staff in communicable disease clinics or assists in other clinics.
  • May conduct a specialized health care or training program or project; assists in planning and development of programs and preparation of funding proposals.
  • Monitors and evaluates programs, projects and special services; prepares a variety of periodic and special reports for appropriate management review.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Basic supervisory principles and practices.
  • Principles, practices and current trends of public health nursing and the California Nurse Practice Act rules and regulations and applicable state and local codes.
  • Principles of nutrition and its effect on varying age groups.
  • Pathophysiology of the major causes of illness and handicapping conditions.
  • Normal growth and development including the aging process.
  • Demographic, biostatistical and data collection methods utilized in evaluating public health needs and problems.
  • Principles and practices of public health education and teaching.
  • Principles, practices and methods of control and prevention of communicable and chronic disease.
  • Maternal, child and adolescent health principles and practices.
  • Methods of prevention of accidents and abuse and neglect of children, spouses and the elderly.
  • County, state, welfare and social service agencies services and facilities.
  • Financial support resources for health care services.

Skill in:

  • Planning, assigning, directing and reviewing the work of others.
  • Managing a complex caseload and establishing priorities for case management, treatment and referrals.
  • Applying the principles of epidemiology to a wide range of social and health problems.
  • Performing nursing assessments and selected diagnostic tests and giving prescribed treatments.
  • Identifying community health needs through analysis of demographic and biostatistical data and information.
  • Exercising sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Assessing normal and abnormal health and behavior, finding and developing effective treatment and referral plans.
  • Communicating clear and accurate information regarding clients to physicians, health providers and other health members.
  • Following up on recommended treatment plans to ensure effective resolution of health and related problems.
  • Preparing clear, complete and accurate documentation, reports, and other written materials.
  • Providing group and individual health care instruction.
  • Assisting in the evaluation of public health nursing program effectiveness.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with clients, public and private social and health agencies, physicians and the public.

Other Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid California driver's license.
  • Must possess a valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of California, and a valid California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Desirable Education and Experience

  • A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing, with major coursework in nursing and two years of public health nursing experience

WORKING CONDITIONS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CalPERS Retirement

  • Tier I: Prior to 7/5/2012: 2.7 @ 55
  • Tier II: Post 7/6/2012: 2.0 @ 55
  • Tier III: Post 1/1/2013: 2.0 @ 62

Selection Procedure

The County's Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations. A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

How to Apply

A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County's automated application system at http://www.humboldtgov.org/hr no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing.

It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.

Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Scores will be provided in writing only.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.

OTHER EXAMINATIONS: Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.

LICENSES: Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver's license.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six months, but may be up to one year. All designated safety employees serve a one year probationary period.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: It is the County's intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONTRACT. THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXAMINATION PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY MERIT SYSTEM RULES.

Keywords: County of Humboldt, Redding , Senior Public Health Nurse, Other , Eureka, California

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