Senior Public Health Nurse (#RH1813)
$58.16-$70.68 Hourly / $10,081.07-$12,251.20 Monthly / $120,972.80-$147,014.40 Yearly


Under limited supervision, plans, coordinates, implements, supervises and assists with the administration of an assigned public health program; and performs related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is a dual track classification. Incumbents either exercise advance journey level public health nursing skills in the supervision of a small unit of Public Health Nurses or a larger unit of professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff assigned to a public health program or exercise nursing and administrative skills in the coordination and administration of major public health programs. Incumbents have substantial responsibility for organizing work activities, coordinating functions, providing work direction and supervision, and monitoring the progress and needs of an assigned public health program including preparing budgets and work plans, preparing and administering grants and ensuring program policies and practices conform to legislative, regulatory and funding requirement including mandatory reporting. Duties may include the provision of public health nursing services in addition to supervisory and program coordination responsibilities.


  • Plans, organizes and supervises the work of staff in an assigned program; selects, assigns, trains, and evaluates assigned staff; provides guidance and direction on a variety of nursing issues.
  • Works with community groups in the development of health services and educational programs; coordinates assigned program services; reviews new and pending legislation and regulations to assess impact to program and recommend changes.
  • Conducts orientations and in-service training for program providers, new program staff, and other public health program staff.
  • Assists with the preparation and revision of public health program plans and/or budgets; may recommend revisions to interagency agreements as necessary; may prepare and administer grants and funding requests; collects data and maintains records, insuring confidentiality of medical information; develops information and prepares reports.
  • Insures proper patient follow-up and counseling for clients referred for further diagnosis and treatment; may plan and conduct Public Health clinics.
  • Provides public health nursing education and health counseling services in connection with the control and prevention of disease and adverse health conditions in community health programs through home visits, schools, clinics, conferences, and family health counseling.
  • Interviews patients 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; serves as a special resource on health problems and issues related to an assigned program.
  • Attends meeting and conferences to maintain current information on public health programs and issues.


License: Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California; possession of a valid California driver’s license, if required by the nature of the assignment.

Certificate: Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible, post-bachelor’s degree nursing experience, including two years of community-based nursing in a community health, public school, county public health, or comparable setting that included work in areas such as communicable disease response/prevention, health education, public health emergency planning, or community-based nursing case management.


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 development and procedures involved in promoting family health; community aspects including community resources and teaching of preventive medicine techniques; the principles of 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 affecting the population served; budget development and expenditure control; principles and practices of supervision and training.


Plan, organize, and assist with the administration of as assigned public health program; provide supervision and work coordination for other staff; develop a program budget and control expenditures; perform professional public health nursing services; plan and conduct clinical services; serve as a resource person for nursing problems and issues; provide instruction in disease prevention and promote proper nursing care services; collect data and prepare reports; effectively represent the Health Agency and nursing services with the public, community organization, 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/closeup 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: RH1813; EST: 5/10/1989; REV: 4/9/2014;