Senior Public Health Nurse

Sonoma County, CA
September 28, 2020
Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type


Position Information

Make a positive impact on the communityby joining the County of Sonoma'sPublic Health team!

Starting Salary up to $57.59/hour ($120,197/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month.*

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services seekscandidates for Senior Public Health Nurse positions in Adult Protective Services (APS), and the Home and Community Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver Program.

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, and 12 paid holidays per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

Adult Protective Services (APS)

The APS SeniorPublic Health Nurse (PHN)works both independently and in close participation with the APS Social Work team and Mental Health liaisons. The primary responsibility of the Senior PHN is to assist CountySocial Workers with investigation of reports of abuse and neglect/self-neglect,in particular those areas pertaining to the health and safety of elders and dependent adults, whileworking ina fast paced environment. The Senior PHN is available for home and facility visits, phone consults, and other consultations when a nursing medical opinion is needed ora recommendation for services indicated to protect the client. The Senior PHN helps to identify immediate and ongoing risk factors and protective issues related to the health, safety, capacity, and ability to protect self while identifying possible resources to reduce risk in order to support the client in the least restrictive environment and strengthen client capacity for self-maintenance. The Senior PHN performs any combination of comprehensive nursing assessment, intervention, and coordination of care through home or institutional visits in addition to providing consultation and education to multidisciplinary teams and community partners, The Senior PHN will not carry a caseload but instead provide a collaborative and consultative role to theCounty Social Workers.

Home and Community BasedAlternatives (HCBA) Waiver Program

The HCBA Senior PHN plays a lead role in the local administration of the state-wide HCBA waiver care management program. The HCBA Senior PHN provides comprehensive case management services to medically fragile individuals in the community and is responsible for conducting home visits addressing physical, cognitive, functional, psycho-social, nutritional, medical, nursing, and rehab needs. The Senior PHN works independently utilizing nursing assessment and problem solving skills relevant to provide case management services, as well as recommendations and interventions to promote the overall health, safety, and support of the HCBA client at home. The Senior PHN helps to identify immediate and ongoing risk factors while identifying possible resources to reduce risk, in order to support the client in their home. The HCBA Senior PHN provides advocacy and education to community partners and the multidisciplinary team of care providers regarding ongoing health care needs.

The ideal candidates for these positions will possess:

  • Experience working in community settings with elders, dependent adults,and/ormedically fragile individuals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of modern public health practices and community based resources
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Experience conducting home visits to vulnerable populations in the community
  • The ability to work independently and in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU).

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary)positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for futurepositions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the Sonoma County class of Public Health Nurse II.


Two years of public health nursing experience obtained after receipt of a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.


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

Considerable 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; principles and practices of public health program planning including environmental, social, physical, and psychological issues; Federal, State and local laws and regulations governing public health and nursing practices; community aspects of public health nursing programs. Procedures and practices used to promote maternal and child health and to assess infant, child, adolescent development and other special programs; principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases, differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery of and acceptance of health care services; and various preventive and early diagnostic techniques.

Working Knowledge of: Principles and practices of supervision; techniques of organizing and conducting classes and training sessions on a variety of health subjects; services and functions of other social and health agencies and providers relative to public health nursing; and demographic, bio-statistical and data collection methods utilized in evaluating public health needs and problems.

Ability to: Plan, control and direct the activities of nursing and other staff in an specialized public health nursing program area; train, assign, review, evaluate, and lead oversee the work of subordinate staff, consult with other staff and/or manage complex cases requiring advanced public health nursing skills and knowledge, assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures, assist in the evaluation of public health nursing program effectiveness, determine abnormalities in laboratory test reports; ability to differentiate medical problems that require immediate consultation with the physician rather than a deferred consultation; follow established protocols set up by physicians and to consult with physicians and other medical personnel; identify community health needs through analysis of demographic and bio-statistical data and information, write and speak effectively and prepare and maintain clear and concise records and reports; 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 practices; work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner; use a computer, calculator, typewrite, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine, and audio-visual equipment; and use clinical and instructional supplies and equipment including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, audiometer, syringes and needles.

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 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 hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


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. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Continuousrecruitmentsmay 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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