Public Health Nurse

Recruitment #220629-Y12C-120


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Public Health Nurse providing support to Pottawatomie County Health Department This is a state employee position PIN 34000512 governed by the Civil Service Rules, in state government located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $61,878.30, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
The school nurse strengthens and facilitates the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of students and by identifying and assisting in the removal or modification of health-related barriers to the learning process for individual students. The school nurse must have the educational background, experience and competencies to provide preventative health, health assessment, and referral services to students.

The public health nurse assigned to the school setting works under the administrative direction of the local Regional Director, the technical nursing supervision of the District Nurse Manager (DNM) and in coordination with the school principal. The school nurse will serve as the health advocate for all schoolchildren focusing on the promotion of healthy living behaviors and the prevention of illness and injury. The primary objective of school nursing is to strengthen the educational process of children and youth by assisting them to improve or adapt to their health status.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• Promotes and protects the optimal health status of children.
• Develops guidelines in consultation with the Public Health Nurse Guidelines and Orders for the management of illness and injury interventions.
• Provides training to designated staff on recognition of signs and symptoms of illness and disease.
• Performs health assessments based on the Public Health Nurse Guidelines and Orders and including participating in the IEP development.
• Provides limited health assessments, in accordance with the Public Health Nurse Physician Approved Protocols, which includes screening for various health factors impacting student education.
• Provides health education and counseling to help prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, alcohol, substance abuse, wellness programs, and other health related issues.
• Maintains, evaluates, and interprets cumulative health data to accommodate individual needs of students, assuring confidentiality of records and student information.
• Provides chronic disease management and education.
• Plans and implements Individualized Healthcare Plans (IHP) and services for children with disabilities and/or health conditions that interfere with learning.
• Provides assessments and interventions for students with mental health concerns.
• Participates as the health consultant on school teams.
• Promotes and assists in the control of communicable diseases through immunization programs, early intervention, surveillance, reporting, and follow-up of contagious diseases.
• Recommends provisions for a healthy school environment conducive to learning.
• Provides health education, health resources, wellness programs, and curriculum recommendations to the school staff.
• Engages in research and evaluation of school health services.
• Assures state and OSDH policies regarding Child Abuse reporting are followed, if abuse is reported or suspected.
• Assists in the formation of health policies, goals, and objectives for the school district.
• Coordinates school/community health activities and serves as liaison between school, home, community, and health care providers.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Required at this level include knowledge of professional nursing theory, practices, and techniques; of health promotion and disease prevention; of nursing management of available health care resources; of nutrition and diet therapy; and of the functions of educational clinical departments.  Ability is required to assist in the development, organization, and implementation of an effective Individualized Healthcare Plan; to provide education and training; to assess condition and needs of students, staff, and parents; to take appropriate intervention; to counsel and teach patients and families; and to provide direction or guidance to non-licensed personnel in assigned area of responsibility to ensure quality care. In addition, this job requires, knowledge of available health programs and resources; of federal and state rules and regulations concerning health services; of accreditation, certification and licensure standards; of preventive health practices; of Public Health Nurse Guidelines and Orders and including participating in the IEP development; of nursing standards; and of nursing policies and procedures.  Ability is required to develop, plan, and implement an effective nursing care program and to provide education and training.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must be able to move to provide examinations. Combination of office and exam offices. May be exposed to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, toxic substances, and medicinal preparations. Varied activities including sitting, walking, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, and reaching. Use of N-95 respirator is required.


Requirements consist of possession of a valid Oklahoma license as a registered nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Registered Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and one year of professional nursing experience, OR, a Bachelor's in Nursing and possession of a valid permanent Oklahoma license as a Registered Nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Registered Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview. 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.