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Under general direction, within the Contract Counties Health Services Section, Preventive Medical Services Branch, State Department of Health Services, to plan, organize, and direct the contract nursing program and the work of the State public health nurses assigned to counties contracting with the State Department of Health for health services; and to do other related work.
Under direction, plans, supervises, staffs, and reviews the public health nursing programs of counties contracting with the State for local public health services; deve1ops, tests, and evaluates a variety of approaches in providing effective community health nursing services in sparsely populated rural areas and makes findings available to departmental consultant staff for application in locally administered public health programs; formulates policies and procedures and maintains professional standards of nursing service in the contract counties; prepares manuals and other guides for nursing activities; supervises the work, reviews progress toward goals and evaluates performance of assigned nursing personnel; evaluates needs for in-service training and develops programs to meet these needs; assists in the planning for nursing services where contract services are under consideration; evaluates effectiveness of nursing programs in contract counties and recommends programs and staffing suitab1e to local conditions; collaborates with community health organizations in carrying out balanced and integrated public health programs; meets with interested groups in contract counties and interprets community health nursing needs, problems, and activities; consults with other State Department of Health personnel as indicated; prepares reports.
Possession of a valid license as a registered nurse and a certificate as a public health nurse in California. (Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be admitted to the examination, but they must secure the required license and certificate before they will be considered eligible for appointment.) and Either I Two years of public health nursing experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Public Health Nurse IV or of a class at least equivalent in level to Nursing Consultant II. Or II Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience in public health nursing, at least two years of which shall have been in a generalized program in an organized health department. This experience must have included or been supplemented by at least three years of experience in a supervisory, consultative, or administrative capacity in public health nursing in a local health department; and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college including or supplemented by completion of a university or collegiate program of study approved for public health nursing; and one year of approved graduate post baccalaureate academic study in public health nursing supervision or administration or in public health administration.
Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and practices of public health nursing and public health nursing administration; principles of effective supervision; environmental, sociological, and psychological problems encountered in carrying on a rural community health nursing program; current literature and trends in public health nursing; work of other social and health agencies and functions of other professions as related to public health nursing; functions and purposes of the California State Department of Health; fiscal planning and management; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Act as a leader in community health development; address an audience effectively; conduct educational programs in the field of public health nursing; secure the cooperation of and work effectively with individuals and agencies; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare reports; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Demonstrated leadership ability; pleasing personality and appearance; tact; willingness to travel throughout the State and to work irregular hours; demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and direct community health nursing activities including field studies and program evaluations.