The County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency is currently accepting applications for
SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE
Senior Public Health Nurses perform professional public health nursing in homes, public health centers, and other community settings. As a Senior Public Health Nurse, you will act as a lead nurse providing consultation, conducting home visits in urban and rural communities, assessing and identifying individual and community health needs, and providing case management to high-risk populations.
This position will be heavily involved in conducting outreach, including making community program presentations and collaborating with area schools, community clinics, family resource centers, etc. to promote and support the County's Live Well, San Diego initiative. This position also supports the Nurse Family Partnership program in North Inland.
Public Health Nurse Certification Applicants must at least be in the process of obtaining their Public Health Nurse Certificate at the time of interview. Visit the California Board of Nursing website to obtain the application and information on the application process. You may also contact the California Board of Registered Nursing at (916) 322-3350.
Public Health Preparedness & Response (PHPR) Option
The PHPR branch effectively responds to public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural and manmade disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. The branch collaborates with public and private health agencies, healthcare providers, and community partners to monitor and plan responses. PHPR also administers a variety of hospital, skilled nursing facility, clinics, and other healthcare provider emergency preparedness activities funded through the Hospital Preparedness Program. PHPR establishes, sustains, and further builds healthcare coalition capabilities based on the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response national capabilities through Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control programs.
· Responsible for training nurses and other health professionals throughout the County of San Diego.
Develops and maintains a trained and prepared health professional team
Ensures that the county’s healthcare staff receives the appropriate training, specifically NIMS, HICS, and other emergency preparedness programs on a regular basis
Maintains all team training records and documentation
Acts as a liaison with the County’s Regions
Assists with additional branch duties as needed and serves as a back-up to other members of the team.
Serves in an emergency management role during disasters and public health emergencies.
Participates in emergency planning and program development.
Maternal, Child, Family Health Services (MCFHS) Option
MCFHS works with community and Health and Human Services Agency partners to promote health, and protect and support pregnant women, children, families, and communities. Key priorities include: disease prevention, health promotion, access to medical and dental care, and promotion of health equity. MCFHS is comprised of three main units: (1) Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP), (2) Chronic Disease and Health Equity, and (3) Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health.
MCFHS Healthcare Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC)
HCPCFC is a statewide program which provides Public Health Nurses (PHNs) to provide consultation and health care coordination services for youth in out-of-home care (foster care). The PHNs work directly with social workers and probation officers and other members of the foster care team including; medical providers/clinics, resource families (foster care parents), and community agencies to ensure youth in foster care receive timely physical, dental, developmental, and mental health care, including appropriate treatment of identified needs.
· Responsible for ensuring HCPCFC activities are completed throughout the county
Utilizes Public Health Nursing expertise in meeting the medical, dental, mental, and developmental health needs of children and youth in court-ordered out-of-home placement in foster care.
Provides education and guidance to staff, caregivers, and community partners to facilitate access to needed medical and behavioral services for children and youth in out-of-home placement.
Ensures children in out-of-home placement received health exams and dental exams according to CHDP periodicity.
Records medical information in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System in order to report compliance data to the State and create the Health and Education Passport.
EISB joins together four distinct programs with the mission to protect community health, prevent communicable disease, and provide a record of vital life events. The four programs are Vital Records, Epidemiology, Immunizations, and the Public Health Laboratory.
· Conduct investigations of reportable diseases, including collection of specimens, and document in electronic disease registry.
Coordinates post exposure prophylaxis events and administers medication as needed during communicable disease investigations.
Provides vaccines as needed during disease investigations.
Provide blood draws as needed for specimen collection in outbreak situations.
Participate in Phone Duty rotation to manage incoming calls from medical community, schools, and general public about 80+ reportable diseases.
Participate in Duty Officer rotation to respond to reportable diseases during evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Provide infection control recommendations to healthcare providers on communicable diseases
Develop and conduct trainings on vaccine preventable diseases, and vaccine storage and handling.
Coordinate and/or participate in administration and documentation of vaccinations in mass vaccination clinics.
Coordinate influenza and other vaccine distribution.
Develop subject matter expertise on one or more reportable diseases and maintain investigation guidelines and tools, and provide trainings as requested.
Lead and participate in surge activities to respond to large outbreaks.
Coordinate State-required programs such as Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention and Prenatal Tdap.
Maintain readiness to respond to emerging public health threats.
Provide case management to children with elevated blood levels.
Serve in an emergency management role during disasters and public health emergencies.
Tuberculosis Control and Refugee Health (TBRH) Option
The Tuberculosis (TB) Control & Refugee Health Branch’s intake, clinic, and field units operate in concert to detect and prevent the spread of TB in our community. As the core of our case-management program, field teams collaborate with businesses, schools, community programs, and health providers to ensure patients and their contacts get a full course of recommended treatment and conduct targeted contact investigation and treatment.
These positions would serve as resource nurses throughout the branch in the following capacities:
Provide patient centered Case Management to TB cases and suspect TB cases including patient education, nursing assessment, addressing barriers to treatment completion and monitoring during entire treatment course.
Lead interdisciplinary teams that include Communicable Disease Investigators, Social Service Aides, and Public Health Nurses to provide whole-patient care during treatment.
Conducts TB epidemiological investigation for close contacts to TB cases/suspect cases, ensuring proper screening and treatment if indicated.
Coordinate treatment services between patient, physician, community services, and the Agency.
Manage medications for TB cases/suspects including Directly Observed Therapy and side effect management.
Performs home visits and technical nursing procedures (TB skin test, phlebotomy, injections and specimen collection) in the field setting.
Receive and respond to reports of infectious TB, including advice on initial assessment and treatment of suspected cases.
Provide TB education to local partners such as schools, businesses, community programs and medical providers.
Manage complex medical issues and ensure follow-up of other medical conditions.
Assess/refer for other health/social issues as needed for cases/suspects/contacts.
Uses personal protective equipment such as N95 mask and gloves when appropriate in the performance of functions.
Advise and help implement best practices for risk-based TB testing and treatment to achieve the goal of TB elimination.
Serve in an emergency management role during disasters and public health emergencies.
Required Education and Experience
Valid California Registered Nurse License is required at time of application; AND,
Valid Public Health Nurse Certificate from a State Public Health Nursing or other regulatory agency is required at time of appointment; AND,
A bachelor of science degree in nursing from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, AND,
Three (3) years of experience as a Registered Nurse with at least two (2) years under the direct supervision of an official public health agency with a generalized public health nursing program; OR,
Three (3) years of experience as a Registered Nurse working with at least one (1) of the following groups: pregnant women, infants and toddlers, parents, adults and children with tuberculosis, community groups regarding maternal and child health issues and communicable disease; OR.
A master of science degree in nursing from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, AND,
Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Nurse with at least one (1) year under the direct supervision of an official public health agency with a generalized public health nursing program; OR,
Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Nurse working with at least one (1) of the following groups: pregnant women, infants and toddlers, parents, adults and children with tuberculosis, community groups regarding maternal and child health issues and communicable disease.
The County of San Diego is one of the most progressive County's in the United States and has been voted an employer of choice. The mission of the County of San Diego is to provide the residents of San Diego County with superior County services in terms of quality, timeliness, and value, in order to improve the regional population’s Quality of Life.