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Public Health Nurse II (8210)

Public Health Nurse II

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TK10
  • Class Code: 8210
  • Established: 07/08/1955
  • Revised: 10/16/1974
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to plan and provide public health nursing services for a local public agency contracting with the State Department of Health Services for health services; or to provide equivalent services within the Department of Health Services or to another State agency; and to do other work as required.

Typical Tasks

Provides public health nursing services to the families and various community agencies of a contracting local jurisdiction or for 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 disease, and acute communicable diseases, by carrying out epidemiological investigations, and by giving instruction for the care of patients and application of procedures designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases; performs public health nursing services in occupational and chronic disease programs; carries on health education and interprets public health to the community; 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 IOne year of experience performing the duties of a Public Health Nurse I in the California state service. Or IIExperience: Two years of experience as a public health nurse in a generalized public health nursing program; and


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

Knowledges and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of nursing as applied to public health practice, and preventive medicine and sanitation; 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 promoting maternal and child health and in providing for health needs of the school child; principles and purposes of public health programs; environmental, sociological, and psychological problems encountered in carrying on a rural health 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; sociological and emotional problems involved in care of handicapped and crippled children and other afflicted persons and those accompanying the occurrence of tuberculosis, venereal disease, and chronic diseases; principles of mental health.


Ability to: Exercise independent judgment and plan, organize, and carry out community public health nursing activities in a local area or in an institution; work effectively with individuals or families to assist them in satisfactory solution of health problems; provide leadership in community health programs; secure the cooperation of and work effectively with individuals and agencies; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; speak and write effectively.

Special Personal Characteristics

Tact; pleasing personality and appearance; discretion; willingness to live and work in a rural area or in an institutional facility; willingness to travel.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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