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Public Health Nurse - Access to City Employment (ACE) (2830)

Recruitment: REF3177J

Published: December 28, 2022


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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 2830-Public Health Nurse
Salary range: $149,682.00 - $199,394.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under general supervision, performs public health nursing duties in clinics, health centers and individual homes; teaches general hygiene and disease prevention methods; assists in the prevention of communicable diseases; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: Carrying out, interpreting and enforcing existing policies, methods and procedures with reference to public health nursing activities; achieving moderate economies and/or preventing moderate losses through efficient handling of equipment, material and supplies; making regular contacts with the general public, persons in other departments or outside organizations, for furnishing or obtaining information or making explanations of specialized matters; gathering, preparing and maintaining operation, statistical and case record data concerning various aspects of public health nursing.

Distinguishing Features: This class is the journeyman level of public health nurse; employees are certified both as Registered Nurses and Public Health Nurses and perform public health nursing services requiring professional skill, knowledge of the community and its resources, independent judgment and initiative. Supervision is received from the Nurse Manager and involves review of completed work, regular conferences and discussions of problem cases.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list. 1. Renders public health nursing services in the field of maternal and child health; conducts home visits to expectant mothers in assigned district; interprets medical orders and assists mothers; explains nutritional needs, hygiene and safety measures; advises mothers after delivery to give postpartum care and explains how to obtain emergency medical assistance; inspects and observes physical condition and development of newborn infants and assists new mothers with the care of the infants. 2. Renders direct nursing service to aged, infirm, chronically ill, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed individuals or families in the assigned district; obtains medical care as needed; refers cases to appropriate welfare and social agencies; maintains supervision of cases and keeps appropriate records of nursing and other services rendered. 3. Renders nursing services and care in connection with the control of infections and non-infectious diseases; interviews cases and those suspected of active infections in their homes, in the assigned district or at the district health center; interprets medical advice in regard to care and treatment and instructs patients how to assist themselves. 4. Applies concepts of community organization in working with communities to meet their health needs and refers patients and families to proper agency for financial assistance, casework service, and other human services for continued patient care. 5. Performs case finding in a variety of settings, maintains related case records of visits and services rendered, and makes such information available to medical and administrative staff. 6. Prepares and maintains individual case records of patients and cases in family folders; uses related forms for referrals, consent reports, narrative and statistical records and for other purposes; prepares various statistical information such as clinic attendance, tests and immunizations given and other pertinent records. 7. Assists with health promotion/risk reduction intervention and provides health teaching, screening, advocacy, and counseling to clients of all ages, including high risk populations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: Modern nursing techniques and principles of public health nursing; community resources available to persons in need of health services; epidemiological principles; public health concepts; case management; socio-behavioral concepts; effects of illness on individuals and on home environmental conditions; mechanical, chemical and biological effects of substances on the health of individuals, families, and communities. Ability to: Work with the general public; plan, organize and execute public health nursing routines on own initiative and responsibility; apply time management practices; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and prepare and maintain related professional and technical reports and case histories.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Experience: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,000 hours) of verifiable experience as a Registered Nurse in an acute hospital, primary care facility, home health agency, and/or public health agency within the last five (5) years.

License and Certification: Requires possession of a valid permanent or temporary license as a registered nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing AND

Possession of a valid Public Health Nurse Certificate issued by the California State Department of Health AND

Possession of a valid California driver’s license

What else should I know?

Notes: Amended: 10/6/1969; 6/4/2015

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as: Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code. Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.