Public Health Nurse III (Family Health Services)

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $105,081.60 - $127,732.80 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

Newly hired full-time nurses will be eligible to receive a Retention Bonus for up to $3,000 in three (3) installments. The payments will be made in installments as listed below:

$1,000.00 after 12 calendar months of full time employment.

$1,000.00 after 24 calendar months of full time employment.

$1,000.00 after 36 calendar months of full time employment.

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The Health Services Agency (HSA) is looking to fill two (2) Public Health Nurse III positions within the PH - Family Health Services division. The ideal candidates have experience working with community partners in a collaborative fashion, experience with home visiting, and have the patience, persistence, determination, and desire to work toward a long-term vision for the health and wellbeing of families in Stanislaus County.


One position will oversee home visiting case management programs where the PHN III is responsible for supervising staff and ensuring program and grant deliverables are achieved. These duties include, and are not limited to, weekly meetings with case management staff, data management and analysis, and report writing. The home visiting programs provide comprehensive assessment, case management, and education to high risk pregnant and parenting adults and teens. Staff working in these programs include PHN II’s and Community Health Worker III’s.

One position will serve as the county Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Coordinator. This PHN III will work with the MCAH Director to assess the MCAH population and system, perform program planning, and implement the MCAH Title V Scope of Work. Staff supervised by this position could include PHN II, Social Worker IV or V, Health Educator, Community Health Worker III, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the California Nurses’ Association (CNA) bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.

Incumbents may also be subject to overtime, standby, callback, weekend, holiday and shift assignments as identified in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under the "Disability" tab.

Typical Tasks
  • Depending on program assignment the Public Health Nurse III may perform in one or more of the following activities or similar activities within Public Health Nursing practice that may occur in individual homes, the community, an office, a clinic or other locations applicable to the activity;
  • Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates personnel; provides and/or coordinates staff training;
  • Works with employees to facilitate high productivity and positive program outcomes;
  • Develops and/or adapts public health programs in coordination with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and granting agencies;
  • Directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for staff;
  • Meets with staff to identify and resolve problems;
  • Assigns work activities; monitors workflow;
  • Reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures;
  • Reviews case management reports and provides feedback to case managers prior to submitting final reports to internal public health partners and state public health branches;
  • Participates in strategic planning, capacity and resource planning for the program;
  • Prepares and analyzes reports and statistical data regarding health care services, investigations, program operations and activities;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the assigned function;
  • Develops and monitors protocols and standards for disease surveillance and control;
  • Recommends and implements policies and procedures;
  • Responds to emergency operations;
  • Participates in the development of the assigned program budget;
  • Forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies;
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings;
  • Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public health and health care;
  • May serve on a variety of committees internally and externally as assigned;
  • Prepares and conducts presentations at schools, outside organizations, medical and community agencies regarding a variety of public health issues;
  • Establishes positive working relationships with local clinics and physicians;
  • Oversees the coordination of client care with health professionals and paraprofessionals to improve client's health;
  • Referrals of clients and/or families to appropriate community or public agencies to obtain services or assistance to improve or maintain social functioning health and referrals of clients to physicians when medical intervention is indicated;
  • Coordinates and participates in public health outreach programs targeting specific populations or in response to disease outbreaks;
  • Interviews and counsels patients;
  • Conducts health screenings and assessments;
  • Provides direct public health nursing services to clients and their families during routine and outbreak investigations;
  • Act as a resource for nursing problems and program-related issues, assigned to the Public Health program;
  • Plan, develop and oversee one or more Public Health programs including but not limited to assuring contract compliance, completion of reports and participation in grant applications; and
  • Plan and oversee provision of direct client education on health maintenance, disease and injury prevention.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education/Experience)
  • Assess individuals and families including, physical assessment, health status and history, social support system and environment;
  • Identify Public Health related nursing diagnoses and identify appropriate outcomes;
  • Develop service plans with individuals, families and members of interdisciplinary teams;
  • Initiate and follow through with activities;
  • Administer medications, oral and injectable;
  • Maintain client and program related documentation;
  • Learn to utilize various types of information systems used by the agency or program; Communicate information to individuals and groups;
  • Understand and interpret laws and regulation applicable to performance of responsibilities;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships;
  • Provide professional leadership and direction of personnel in a specific program and/or clinic, necessary to maintain the efficient delivery of effective Public Health care services;
  • Direct the care/service given to a group of patients that includes coordinating the activities of the nursing clinic and/or program staff;
  • Train, direct, check, review, assign and organize the work of other personnel, which may include Public Health Nurses I and II, Staff Nurses, Community Health Workers, Administrative Clerks, Health Educators, Public Health students, and/or volunteers;
  • Employ critical thinking skills including analysis of data, problem solving and logical decision-making to address public health related issues;
  • Analyze data, problem solve and make logical decisions; and
  • Write and prepare statistical and narrative reports.

  • Principles and practices of public health nursing;
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules;
  • Basic principles of epidemiology;
  • Pharmaceuticals, side effects, and possible complications of use;
  • Health counseling methods;
  • Standard nursing procedures;
  • Interviewing techniques, and the methods used to gather data;
  • Community resources likely to be needed by the client population served;
  • First aid procedures;
  • Prevention, detection, reporting and treatment of child abuse and neglect;
  • Federal and State laws and regulations governing public health programs;
  • Physiological, cultural, environmental, sociological and psychological differences and problems encountered in public health nursing;
  • Disease investigation, control and prevention as related to chronic and communicable diseases and illnesses and injuries;
  • Principles of program management and budgeting; and
  • Principles of employee supervision, staff development and personnel policies.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing; AND
  • Four (4) years' experience as a Nurse, of which two (2) years is in Public Health as a Nurse. (An advanced degree in nursing, or a public health related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.); OR
  • Three (3) years' of increasingly responsible nursing experience in a public or private health care setting, with one (1) year as a case manager or public health nurse. (An advanced degree in nursing, or public health related field, may be substituted for one year of the required experience in case management or public health nursing); AND
  • Current valid California license to practice as a Registered Nurse; AND
  • Current valid California Public Health Nurse certificate; AND
  • Current valid BLS/CPR provider certificate; AND
  • Willingness to complete a certified child abuse detection course as required by the State of California.

Proof of education may be required for verification purposes after the eligible list has been established as part of the selection interview process. Proof of education (transcripts and/or degree) may be attached at the time of online application submission if available.
Application and Selection Procedures
Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.

Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months.

Application Deadline: Continuous
Oral Examination/Selection Interview: Interviews will be scheduled as applications are screened.

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part- time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver’s license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.

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Benefits associated with this position can be found at Benefits Summary .

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map