Public Health Nurse I - COVID-19 - Extra Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $42.83 - $52.06 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join our team to improve the public health of our community!

Starting salary up to $51.03/hour!
Plus, an additional $1.15/hour bilingual premium for bilingual assignments

Bilingual Spanish/English skills are highly desired, but not required for all positions. An examination will be conducted prior to employment to confirm skill level for bilingual positions. The bilingual premium pay begins upon the assignment of bilingual work.

Please Note: This is a continuous recruitment. It may close without notice, at any time, once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

These positions will be filled at either the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that level.

The Public Health Nurse I is the entry-level classification in the Public Health Nurse series, where incumbents apply the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities in learning to perform the full scope of public health nursing duties. This level requires possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.

These temporary, extra-help positions will work under the direction of the Nursing Services Director, or her designee.

Assignments may include providing direct COVID-19 testing services while assigned to a mobile team working throughout the County at both indoor and outdoor locations. Staff may be required to work onsite and/or perform telework. These positions will perform Nasopharyngeal / Oropharyngeal specimen collection on clients who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive client or exposed at a work location. They may also work on a team that will enter nursing homes, homeless encampments, work locations, and homes of individuals who are confirmed to have, or suspected to exhibit, COVID-19 symptoms. Testing duties will also include:
  • Setting-up the work-site including tables, chairs, and supplies
  • Educating the clients about COVID-19, isolation, and quarantine
  • Distributing a Health Order, if appropriate
  • Documenting activities
Assignments may include providing COVID-19 telework conducting case management and outbreak management activities which include:
  • Initiating phone calls to affected parties
  • Determining the infectious period
  • Providing education on disease mitigation
  • Making referrals and providing resources to the public
  • Following up with clients on health status and testing
Successful candidates will possess excellent communication and organizational skills as well as strong attention to detail. In addition, these position require the ability to:
  • Establish rapport with clients and the public
  • Document information in a detailed and timely manner
  • Work in a fast-paced environment
  • Problem solve and give directions
  • Stand and wear an N95 mask for up to 8 hours
  • Swab clients who are in a seated position (in chair or in car)
  • Read and write English to complete lab slips and labels

For COVID-19 testing services, the Public Health Nurse I positions will need to be Fit-tested for N95 (DHS provides on-site), and wear full PPE when swabbing. They may be required to drive a van to a testing location, carry 10-15 pound items to/from the van to the testing location, and stand for long periods.

For COVID-19 case management services, the Public Health Nurse I position will be required to wear a face covering while participating within the Public Health offices.
  • Schedules will vary; however, coverage will be 7 days a week between the hours of 8am and 6pm
  • Hours may include evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Assignments will not be scheduled for less than 32 hours per week and may include weekends (full-time preferred)
  • Work schedule will be set by the supervisor based on availability and need

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

The Civil Service title for this classification is Public Health Nurse I.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Driver's License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Working Conditions: Duties may require exposure to hostile, emotionally disturbed or mentally ill persons and/or confrontational interpersonal situations; intermittently sit at a desk for long periods of time while reviewing patient charts and histories and preparing patient charts and reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend, climb and reach while making field visits, conducting clinics or making educational presentations or demonstrations; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or treatment areas; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see and hear with sufficient acuity to examine and assess patient conditions; lift moderate weight; may work in dangerous, high crime areas of the community; and/or standby, callback and work during non-routine hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working Knowledge of:Modern principles, methods, and practices of public health nursing, including preventive medicine, epidemiology, public health education, gerontology, and sociological problems involved in public health nursing. Community aspects of public health nursing programs. Prevention, detection and treatment of communicable and chronic disease, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions; environmental, sociological, and psychological problems related to public health nursing programs. Principles and procedures involved in family planning, sexually transmitted disease control, and pre and post-natal care; and current literature and trends in community health.
Ability to: Organize and carry out public health nursing activities in assigned district or program; differentiate medical problems requiring immediate consultation with a physician rather than a deferred consultation; to follow prescribed protocols set up by physicians and to consult with physicians and other medical personnel; work effectively with families and individuals to assist them in solution to health problems; develop and maintain effective public relations with clients, staff, community groups and organizations; exercise independent judgment, analyze and evaluate situations independently and take appropriate actions; instruct in the prevention of disease and promotion of public health; and write and speak effectively and prepare and maintain clear and concise records and reports.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

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