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ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Public Health Nurse III (8209)

ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Public Health Nurse III

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TJ90
  • Class Code: 8209
  • Established: 09/21/1961
  • Revised: 10/16/1974
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to plan, develop, conduct, coordinate, and supervise community public health nursing services for a local public agency contracting with the State Departments of Health Services or Developmental Services for health services; to supervise a public health nursing staff; or to provide equivalent service to a State agency; and to do other work as required.

Typical Tasks

Within the framework of State policy, plans, develops, conducts, coordinates, and supervises the community public health nursing services in a county, multi-county, or other specified area being provided health services by the State; evaluates needs of the area for expansion of services and works with local agencies, and the health officers to develop programs for providing needed services and coordinates such programs with the work of public and community health, social, and educational agencies and institutions; instructs, trains, and supervises subordinate nursing personnel, assigns responsibilities, and reviews and evaluates work; within the policies of the Contract Counties Health Services Section, provides for public health nursing services to families and to various community agencies of a contracting local jurisdiction, or provides equivalent services in a State agency; performs public health nursing activities in connection with the promotion of maternal and child health and the rehabilitation of crippled or handicapped persons; plans and organizes crippled children's diagnostic clinics; carries on the work of safeguarding the health of school children and works with physicians and community groups to establish and carry on prenatal clinics and child health conferences; assists with the prevention and control of communicable diseases including tuberculosis, venereal diseases, and acute communicable diseases, by carrying out epidemiological investigations, and by giving instruction for the safe care of patients and application of procedures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases; performs public health nursing services in occupational and chronic disease programs; confers with public health administrators and others, and participates in conferences and institutes on community health problems; correlates community public health nursing activities with the work of other social and health agencies; addresses interested groups on public health subjects; keeps records and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid license as a registered nurse and a valid 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 One year of experience performing the duties of a Public Health Nurse II in the California state service. Or II ​Experience: Three years of experience as a public health nurse in a generalized program, at least one year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity or two years of which must have included responsibility for exercising independent judgment within a framework of general policies; 


Education: Completion of a university or a collegiate program of study approved for public health nursing.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of nursing as applied to public health practice and of preventive medicine; community aspects of nursing programs including provisions for continuity of patient care, nursing services in school health programs, and nursing care in the home including teaching the preventive aspects; causes and means of transmission and methods of control of communicable diseases, including tuberculosis and venereal disease; child growth and development and procedures involved in promotion of maternal and child health; environmental, sociological, and psychological problems encountered in carrying on a rural public health program; current literature and trends in community public health nursing; work of other social and health agencies and functions of other professions as related to public health nursing; principles of mental health; principles of effective supervision; 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: Exercise independent judgment and plan, develop, conduct, and supervise public health nursing activities in a local area or in a State agency; work effectively with individuals or families to assist them in satisfactory solution of health problems; secure the cooperation of and work effectively with individuals and agencies; provide leadership in community health programs; plan and supervise the work of others; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; speak and write effectively; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Demonstrated leadership ability; pleasing personality and appearance; tact; willingness to live and work in a rural area or an institutional facility; willingness to travel.

  Updated: 9/12/2017
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