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Public Health Nurse #2301-6385-01

School and Community Nursing

Date Opened
Sunday, January 01, 2023 12:01 AM
Close Date
Public Health Nursing
  • $66,390 annualized
Employment Type
  • Full-Time


Are you a compassionate and dedicated nursing professional looking to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of the community? The Department of Health, City of New Haven, invites you to join our team as a Public Health Nurse. In this vital role, you will have the opportunity to provide essential nursing care and expertise to individuals and their families in one or more public schools, non-public schools, and throughout the community. As a Public Health Nurse, you will play a crucial part in strengthening the educational process by removing health-related barriers to learning, promoting optimal wellness for students and families, and ensuring that state laws and local health and education policies are adhered to. 

If you possess a passion for improving the lives of school-age children and youth, we encourage you to apply and become an instrumental force in enhancing the overall health of our community. Join us in our mission to build a healthier and thriving future for the City of New Haven.

The Nursing Section Services is committed to ensuring an optimal level of wellness for a culturally diverse urban community by promoting and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its residents. One of the primary functions of the Nursing Section Services is the School Nursing Program, one component of the School Health Services provided by the City of New Haven. The majority of the Public Health Nurses serve as school nurses for the schools located in New Haven.


This is a position as a Public Health Nurse in the Department of Health, City of New Haven. The Public Health Nurse will assume responsibility for providing professional nursing care and expertise to individuals and their families in one or more public schools, non-public schools, and in the community.

Primary emphasis will be on the health needs of school age children and youth. In this capacity, the nurse strengthens the educational process by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning, and by promoting optimal levels of wellness for students and families. The Public Health Nurse implements state laws, local boards of health and education policies and procedures relative to school and community health services, and adheres to standard nursing practice.


As a provider of health services, the public health nurse utilizes a distinctive clinical knowledge base, and a systematic approach to problem-solving/decision-making. The Public Health Nurse applies appropriate theories from nursing as well as the physical, behavioral, public health and social sciences.
The Public Health Nurse responsibilities include:
  • Implementing program objectives;
  • Collecting data regarding the health and developmental status of the individual;
  • Identifying and evaluating individual chronic health needs and referring as appropriate;
  • Assessing and making referrals for injuries (including first aid) and acute illnesses;
  • Coordinating and implementing mandated screening tests;
  • Discussing and counseling students and parents/guardians on findings and implications of health assessments/screenings;
  • Administering medication and providing specialized physical health care procedures as prescribed;
  • Communicating with parents/guardians and health care providers regarding student’s response to medication and procedures;
  • Collaborating with evaluation/intervention teams to discuss and plan for health, safety and educational needs of individual students in the school community;
  • Providing health information/in-services in the schools and community;
  • Acting as a mentor and providing direction and guidance to newly assigned nursing staff;
  • Carrying out selective home visits on behalf of school-aged children and youth;
  • Maintaining school health and immunization records;
  • Responsibility for the training and supervising of the administration of medication by school personnel;
  • Responsibility for the training and delegating of specialized physical health care to other school personnel;
  • Collaborating with other health care providers and educators to identify, design, implement, and evaluate health curriculum;
  • Assuming responsibility for pursuing continued professional growth and development through education and national certification;
  • Participating in research concerning school and community, including the collection of health data, evaluation and outcomes;
  • Acting as an advocate for the health rights of individuals and their families in the school setting and community at large;
  • Other duties as assigned.
The Pubic Health Nurse adheres to and incorporates the Standards of School Nursing Practice while performing his/her responsibilities, as adopted by the National Association of School Nursing.


  • Possession of a valid, current Registered Nurse license issued by the State of Connecticut.
  • Graduation from an accredited National League of Nursing (N.L.N.) program with a Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing or, a diploma from a three-year hospital school of nursing, or an Associates Degree in nursing.
  • Two years full-time employment in nursing within the past five years, preferably one year in public health, pediatric, or emergency room nursing or related specialty.


  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification;
  • Valid and current Connecticut drivers license;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices and techniques of professional nursing, including growth and development of school-aged child and youth;
  • Ability to provide direction and guidance to others on the health team;
  • Knowledge of current community health issues;
  • Knowledge of functions and services of other community agencies and resources.


This is a "General Fund" non-tested position.

This position is included in a collective bargaining agreement with Local 1303-467, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Salary schedule effective July 1, 2023
Years of Service   
 Hire - 2
 1 $66,390
 3-4  2 $71,718
 5-6  3  $76,184
 7+  4  $84,466

Salary schedule effective July 1, 2024
Years of Service   
 Hire - 2
 1 $67,883
 3-4  2 $72,719
 5-6  3  $77,898
 7+  4  $86,367

Salary schedule effective July 1, 2025
Years of Service   
 Hire - 2
 1 $69,411
 3-4  2 $74,355
 5-6  3  $79,651
 7+  4  $88,310

General Funded hires into this class are not covered by Social Security and will not pay Social Security taxes. They instead participate in the City Pension; the employee contribution rate is 9% of pay.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of: (1) a pre-employment background check, (2) a pre-employment physical examination, including pre-employment drug screening in accordance with the City’s Drug Free Workplace Policy*, and (3) a 90-day probationary period. Fingerprinting will also be required. Instructions and information on this pre-employment process are included in Conditional Offer of Employment.

*Pursuant to the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, The City of New Haven has a adopted a Drug Free Workplace Policy. The City of New Haven requires a pre-employment drug test, which includes screening for marijuana.

Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Human Resources and the hiring department.

It is critical that you complete the application thoroughly, as the information you provide will be used to ascertain if you are eligible to move forward in the selection process, and in some cases, this information may be used to determine the eligibility list.

Information regarding the employment and selection process can be found HERE.

Please note that the only method of communication with applicants for this position will be by email. You must provide a valid, working email address and you will need to monitor your email, including spam/junk folders, for correspondence from the New Haven Human Resources Department.


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