County of El Dorado PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE I/II in United States


The County of El Dorado is conducting this recruitment to fill the following six (6) vacancies in the Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division. * *

*One (1) Full Time In-Home Support Services (IHSS) vacancy located in Placerville, CA. Five (5) Limited Term Public Health vacancies which are anticipated to end 6/30/2020 located throughout the county.*

This recruitment will also establish a list which may be used for up to three months to fill future full time, part time, and extra help vacancies throughout the county. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

A Training and Experience Evaluation will be utilized to determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list. Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.

DEFINITION Under general supervision, provides a full range of public health nursing ser­vices including teaching, health assessment, and counseling services in homes, clinics, schools and community centers in connection with the prevention and control of diseases and adverse health conditions and the development of good health lifestyles.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Public Health Nurse I is the entry-level class of this professional series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform the more routine public health nursing practice activities while learning more skilled and complex work. As experience and competency is gained, practice activities become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision. This class is alternately staffed with Public Health Nurse II, and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency, which meet the qualifications for the higher-level class.

Public Health Nurse II is the journey level class in this series; fully com­petent to perform a wide range of activities requiring independence and professional judgment with minimal supervision utilizing nursing practice skills to implement and oversee individual, clinical, family focused, and population based programs. This class is distinguished from Supervising Public Health Nurse in that the latter supervises specialized health projects and programs and/or performs more specialized or complex public health nursing practice activities involving the more difficult client cases.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Participates on a health services team with other professionals and paraprofessionals in the delivery of public health nursing services.
  • Makes home visits in assigned areas to provide health education, assessment and counseling to clients.
  • Provides counseling and guidance to patients who have contracted a com­municable disease and for crippled children who appear in need of medical or nursing assistance; encourages patients to seek early medical diagnosis.
  • Records communicable disease as prescribed by state and county laws and regulations.
  • Explains doctor's instructions and recommendations to patient and patient's family; instructs patients and family in isolation and preventive techniques.
  • Identifies and assess physical, mental and emotional problems of client and family unit utilizing observation, history-taking and data collection skills; analyzes information obtained to determine areas of follow-up and referral.
  • Develops nursing care plans; acts as client liaison and advocate to medical and other community resources.
  • Follows up on treatment recommendations with client and other involved agencies to ensure effective care and guidance to individuals and families.
  • Provides group and individual teaching relating to disease prevention, health promotion, treatment maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • Provides AIDS counseling, testing and education; prepares periodic statistical reports related to AIDS incidence and treatment for state agencies; serves as program contact for the community.
  • Provides family planning and perinatal guidance to clients throughout pregnancy, using educational pamphlets and visual aids; continues postpartum visits to offer guidance and referral for issues of health, safety, parenting, socio-economic and environment.
  • Performs selected diagnostic tests, using standardized procedures; gives prescribed treatments; assists physicians in outpatient clinics.
  • Utilizes nursing intervention skills to prevent disease, promote healthy behavior and alleviate conditions adversely affecting the health and safety of individuals, families and the community, including promoting the avoidance of tobacco usage.
  • Provides pre-natal and post-partum nursing care and conducts well-child clinics.
  • Evaluates the needs of special population groups including the elderly, recent immigrants, those choosing alternate lifestyles and other cultural and economic groups.
  • Acts as health consultant to community groups and participates on a variety of health planning and educational committees.
  • Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs related work as assigned. Education & Experience Requirements (typing "See Resume" in application will not be accepted)

Where college degrees and/or college course credits are required, degrees and college units must be obtained from an accredited college or university. Courses from non-accredited institutions will not be evaluated for this requirement.

Public Health Nurse I: Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a nursing school accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved accrediting body, -OR- Possession of a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, and completion of a specialized public health nursing program that includes a supervised clinical experience at a baccalaureate school of nursing accredited by a BRN approved accrediting body.

Public Health Nurse II: Experience: In addition to the above, one (1) year of experience as a public health nurse in a setting comparable to local, state, or federal public or community health work environment.

Other Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Must possess a valid license as a Registered Nurse or eligible for Registered Nurse licensure reciprocity in the State of California, and certification as a Public Health Nurse as issued by the California State Board of Nursing.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and current trends of public health nursing.
  • Provisions of the California Nursing Practice Act and state and local health codes.
  • Demographic, biostatistical and data collection methods utilized in evaluating public health needs and problems.
  • 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.
  • 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, social service and financial support resources and agencies. Skill in:

  • Performing nursing assessments and selected diagnostic tests and giving prescribed treatments.

  • Identifying community health needs through analysis of demographic and biostatistical data and information.
  • Assessing abnormal health and behavior, and developing effective treatment and referral plans.
  • Following up on recommended treatment plans to ensure effective resolution of health and related problems.
  • Identifying the impact of cultural differences on community health care practices.
  • Preparing clear, complete and accurate documentation, reports, and other written correspondence. Ability to:

  • Manage a caseload and establish priorities for case management, treatment and referral.

  • Apply the principles of epidemiology to a wide range of social and health problems.
  • Communicate clear and accurate information regarding clients to physicians, health providers and others.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work is primarily performed in the community /field and/or indoors in a standard office/clinic setting, with potential exposure to human pathogens.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a field or office setting and operate office equipment; vision in the normal visual range with or without correction sufficient to read computer screens, measuring device gradations and printed documents; hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Constantly sitting, walking and standing; bending and reaching; wrist and arm motions and upward/downward flexion of neck; fine finger dexterity of both hands, ability to grasp and hold, ; lifting, carrying or pushing objects that weigh up to 16 lbs. Occasionally climbing; lifting, carrying or pushing objects that weigh more than 16 lbs.

Salary: $57,491.20 - $77,667.20 Annually $27.64 - $37.34 Hourly $4,790.93 - $6,472.27 Monthly $57,491.20 - $77,667.20 Annually

Job Number: 1609-8115/8116

Location: Placerville, CA Placerville, CA

Closing: Continuous

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Health and Human Services Agency

Agency: The County of El Dorado

Address: 330 Fair Lane Placerville, California, 95667.

Phone: 530-621-5565