Public Health Nurse I (#RH1811)
$54.06-$65.70 Hourly / $9,370.40-$11,388.00 Monthly / $112,444.80-$136,656.00 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs public health nursing case management, education, consulting and other public health nursing services; participates in and assists in planning and conducting public health nursing services and clinics; and performs related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Public Health Nurse series. Incumbents perform professional nursing services in the public health arena. Incumbents initially work under close supervision, but as experience is gained, assume a more responsible role.


  • Provides public health nursing education and health counseling services in connection with the control and prevention of disease, maternal and child health and other adverse health conditions in community health programs through home visits, schools, clinics, conferences, and family health counseling.
  • Interviews clients and takes case histories; gives prescribed treatments; records data; makes nursing assessments to determine client needs and priorities within the context of the family; performs case management to meet client health and psychosocial needs; performs appropriate client/family teaching, counseling, and referral to other agencies; consults with schools, individuals and community agencies.
  • Provides health related information to clients, family members, providers, social worker/case managers and others; researches health issues.
  • Plans and conducts public health nursing services and clinics; works with other staff in planning and coordinating public health programs.
  • Gathers information and maintains records, insuring proper confidentiality of medical information; develops information and prepares reports; may assist with preparing proposals for securing grant funds and justifying expenditures.
  • Conducts epidemiological investigations, as assigned.
  • Attends meetings and conferences to maintain current information on public health problems and issues.
  • May participate in providing training in nursing practices and procedures for other staff.


License: Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California and possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Certificate: Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate OR at time of application, incumbents must provide verification that an application for Public Health Nurse Certification has been submitted and is pending. (Pending period is approximately six to eight weeks.). Failure to obtain certificate within 90 days from date of hire may result in release from probation.


Principles, methods, trends, practices and procedures of public health nursing; preventive medicine and medical implications of exposure to toxics; causes, treatment, prevention, and early detection of communicable diseases, chronic diseases, and handicapping conditions; child growth and family health; the principles and practices of community health, including community resources; maternal, child and adolescent health including complications of pregnancy, congenital and infant abnormalities, genetics, and causes and prevention of child abuse; principles, methods and procedures used in caring for the aged; sociological, psychological, and physical problems involved in public health nursing affecting the population served.


Perform professional public health nursing services; plan and conduct clinical services; provide training for other staff; provide instruction in disease prevention and promote proper nursing care services; collect data and prepare reports; effectively represent the Health Agency and public health nursing in the community with community organizations and other government agencies; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.


Mobility-Constant walking; frequent driving; Lifting-Frequent lifting of less than 5 to 30 pounds; Visual Requirements-Constant overall vision, eye-hand coordination; frequent color perception, reading/close-up work, field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Constant writing; frequent holding, reaching, grasping, and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact, decision making, concentration; frequent exposure to trauma, grief, death, working alone; Environmental Conditions-Constant exposure to noise; frequent exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, cold,/heat (indoor and outdoor).

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH1811; EST: 5/10/1989; REV: 2/14/2007;