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Public Health Nurse

Company: Santa Barbara County, CA
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:



$44.86 - $54.04 Hourly

$7,802.00 - $9,398.82 Monthly

$93,624.03 - $112,785.88 Annually

We are seeking Public Health Nurses with a passion for promoting community health and wellness to fill multiple vacancies in Santa Barbara (SB) and Santa Maria (SM) for the Public Health Department and Social Services Department with the following programs:

* Public Health: Disease Control & Prevention - 3 FT vacancies
* Public Health: CHDP Foster Care - 1 FT vacancy
* Public Health: Health Care for the Homeless - 1 (1414) vacancy
* Social Services: Adult Services - 1 FT vacancy

We are also accepting applications to fill future full-time, part-time, extra-help (temporary) and 1414* vacancies in Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara, for multiple programs, which may include Disease Control & Prevention, California Children's Services, Child Health & Disability Prevention, Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care, and Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health.

Select all locations and departments you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, your name will be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) and department(s) where you have expressed you are willing to work.

* Positions vacated as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department. BENEFITS: The 1414 position is eligible for Full- Time benefits.

Benefits: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, click on the Benefits Tab above or CLICK HERE to view more information.

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

* Retirement reciprocity
* Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate

The County may provide reimbursement for reasonable relocation expenses and, at the discretion of the CEO, can provide flexible relocation assistance, housing and student loan offsets, cash incentives, and/or vacation and sick leave pre-accruals in the interest of attracting the best talent to the organization.


Under general direction, the Public Health Nurse promotes community health through detection, prevention, and control of disease; provides assessment, education, and counseling in the care and prevention of illness and injury; promotes wellness; and performs related duties as required.

The Current Vacancies:

Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) program in Santa Barbara. The DCP Program works to prevent and control communicable disease outbreaks, promote health, and monitor the health status of our communities. Preventing epidemics and controlling communicable disease is one of the core functions of public health. Disease Control staff respond to single cases, clusters and outbreaks of reportable communicable diseases in order to prevent spread within the community.

The DCP Program of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is comprised of the Tuberculosis, Communicable Disease, Sexually Transmitted Disease, HIV/AIDS, and Immunization Programs. Click here to find out more about the services provided by the Disease Control & Prevention Program.

CHDP Foster Care - Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) have approximately 600 children in foster care in Santa Barbara County. Most of these children have special health care needs. For this reason, the CHDP Program has a Public Health Nurse assigned to Santa Barbara County Children's Welfare Services and Juvenile Probation Divisions. Our mission is to assist these agencies in promoting preventive healthcare and treatment of identified health problems. The Public Health Nurse serves as a resource in the development and implementation of health service plans, advocates for the health care needs of the child, and assists caseworkers to obtain health care services for children in foster care. Click here to find out more about the services provided by Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC).

Health Care for the Homeless program in Santa Barbara provides resources, care, and advocacy to patients experiencing homelessness in our community. This position covers a wide demographic area, providing outreach nursing services and case management to Carpentaria's, Santa Barbara's, and Goleta's homeless population. Click here to find out more about the services provided by Health Care for the Homeless program.

Adult Services- Department of Social Services. The Public Health Nurse provides collaboration and support to the Adult Services Division, including but not limited to the following: Reviewing medical records for the IHSS/APS programs, accessing and reviewing medical records from hospitals, medical personnel, to assist Adult Services staff in their implementation of case plans, to include assisting Adult Services staff in determining program eligibility. In addition, the Public Health Nurse will assist when appropriate with the development of any specialized training to the Adult Services as needed.

For those individuals interested in Department of Social Services, they must be able to complete information and referral by telephone for those clients/families who can follow through with recommendations; Consult monthly and as needed with supervising PHN to review clinical assessment and care plans on a selection of client cases. Participate as available in community outreach and education efforts. Participate in appropriate training through the Employees' University, Staff Development opportunities, and/or other professional enrichment programs intended to expand knowledge and expertise. Coordinate with other agencies and referral sources to maximize services to clients. Provide direction in programmatic changes, policies, and procedures and review program activities. Report program progress and/or problems to the CWS/Adult Services Division Chief. Participate in other meetings that relate to PHN services or as requested by the CWS/Adult Services Division Chief. Receive and review referrals from Child Welfare Services (CWS)/APS/IHSS to the CWS/Adult Services PHN program. Provide assessment, short-term case management, information, and referral to clients, their families and other professionals in the community, as it relates to physical, social and psychological issues. Assess the physical, psychosocial, and health care status and needs of families and/or individual clients; and manage a caseload of countywide PHN clients, while prioritizing those needing home visits

Ideal Candidate will possess:

* Community or Public Health experience
* Case Management experience
* Knowledge of community resources
* Strong planning & organizational skills
* Bilingual (Spanish) preferred, but not required

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Examples of Duties

* Educates and counsels clients and their families in health maintenance and promotion and disease prevention in order to enhance the individual's ability to recognize the need for and to seek treatment to meet health care and general social needs; and demonstrates basic nursing techniques for the ill or injured in the field.
* Assesses the physical, psycho-social and health care status and needs of families and/or individual clients; interviews client and/or family, collecting a health history and data regarding current health status and life situations; observes client and client-family interaction in the home; develops plan of care; detects cases of physical and/or emotional illness; and participates in epidemiological studies and communicable disease control by conducting community investigations.
* Coordinates client care with other health professionals to improve client's health; refers clients and/or families to appropriate community or public agencies to obtain services or assistance to improve or maintain social functioning and health; and refers clients to physicians when medical intervention is indicated.
* Manages a caseload of clients requiring prioritization of patient care; records patient data; completes state forms and nursing daily reports; develops care plans; documents client and family-based assessments, interventions; plans and evaluations; provides written referrals to other agencies; plans and organizes caseload to ensure that service is delivered according to program and professional guidelines; ensures caseload is covered during short periods of absence; and acts as client advocate with health care providers.
* Coordinates and participates in public health clinics or outreach programs targeting specific populations or in response to epidemic outbreaks and disaster operations; interviews and counsels patients; conducts health screenings and assessments; directs the daily work activities of support staff and volunteers; aware of and utilizes community resources and efforts that effect the population served; provides health education presentations to schools and other community groups.
* Coordinates health and related services in categorical programs; determines eligibility according to program guidelines; manages an assigned caseload, including needs assessment, care coordination, and service authorization; interprets and explains program guidelines to beneficiaries, service providers, and community agencies; refers beneficiaries to other appropriate community services; maintains case records according to program requirements.

Employment Standards

Possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing AND certification in Public Health Nursing.

Additional Qualifications:

* Possess a valid California Cass C Driver's License at the time of appointment. Incumbents may be required to travel independently to clinic sites
* Incumbents must be able to work in an environment which may include exposure to communicable diseases and a variety of field conditions,
* Selectees for employment must, as a condition of employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 of the California Penal Code (relating to child abuse and elder/dependent adult abuse reporting) and Sections 11160 - 11163 (relating to domestic violence reporting).
* May be required to work evenings and weekends.
* The ability to speak/read/write Spanish fluently may be required for some positions.

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of general clinical and public health nursing, including community nursing programs; case management and provisions for continuity in patient care; health promotion techniques; laws and regulations governing public health nursing; causes and means of transmission and methods of control for communicable diseases, including tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases; maternal and child health; child abuse and neglect detection practices; gerontology and the sociological aspects of aging; environmental, sociological and psychological problems encountered in disease processes; contemporary health management principles; current trends in public health nursing; work of other social and health agencies, as well as functions of other professions related to public health nursing; sociological and emotional problems involved in care of those with special needs and medical conditions; principles of mental health nursing; use and effects of medicines; principles of nutrition and personal hygiene practices; cultural differences affecting health care service delivery and public health; effective counseling and coaching techniques; and principles of clinical health screening including charting histories and system reviews.

Ability to: exercise independent judgment; plan, organize, and carry out public health nursing activities in a local area; apply public health nursing laws and regulations; work effectively with individuals and families to assist them in satisfactory solution of health problems; perform assessments of health status determining the need for and level of nursing and/or medical care; identify problems and develop a plan for follow-up; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; maintain accurate records and document actions taken; prepare clear and concise reports; work with groups; direct work of support staff; make home visits in assigned geographic areas; deal with clients of various socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments; provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services; demonstrate tact, diplomacy and compassion; respond appropriately in emergency high-risk and/or stressful situations; provide nursing assessment and care in a disaster; identify and report domestic violence and adult abuse and neglect; refer clients to social service agencies and health care providers; act as patient advocate; collect and analyze data to draw logical conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; interview and counsel clients on health and related matters; and maintain confidentiality of information. Supplemental Information


* Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
* Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Applications that meet the employment standards will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by the information provided on their supplemental questionnaire.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire ranking to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

Veteran's Preference Points: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability.

To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department on or before the closing date, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The preference points will be added to your final test score

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider, or learning institution.

Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

The Public Health Department (PHD) requires all employees working in direct contact with patients or clients in a high-risk environment to comply with the PHD Employee Immunizations policy. This can be accomplished by providing documentation of immunizations, submitting laboratory immune titers demonstrating adequate immunity, or obtaining required vaccinations. A list of requirements, based on the specific program, will be sent at the time an offer letter is presented to the selected candidate(s) and initial documentation will be required at this time.

Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. The appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information

Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental Code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.


The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices, and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, health care, housing, the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal and California state laws and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at

Jasmine Gaytan, Recruiter, Department of Social Services

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