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Public Health Nurse - Department of Public Health (2830)

City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Closing date
Aug 6, 2022

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Nursing, General Nursing
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Company Description

The Mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans. SFDPH strives to achieve its mission through the work of two main Divisions - the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health.

The San Francisco Health Network is the City's only complete system of care and has locations throughout the City, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG), Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LHH), and over 15 primary care health centers.

The list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill Public Health Nurse positions for the next six months.

SHIFTS: Varied. Days, evening, nights, weekends and/or holiday shifts may be required, depending on position.

Location: Please click here for program area and location information.

Compensation: $149,682- $199,394 Annually

Job Description

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision, the Public Health Nurse performs professional nursing duties.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:
  1. Provides public health nursing services in the field of maternal and child health; conducts home visits to expectant mothers; interprets medical orders and assists mothers; explains nutritional needs, hygiene and safety measures; advises and/or informs 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. Provides direct nursing service to aged, infirm, chronically ill, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed individuals or families; 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. Provides nursing services, care, investigation or consultation in connection with the control of communicable diseases and outbreaks; interviews cases and those suspected of active infections in their homes, in the assigned unit/area or at a health center or over the phone; 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. Uses Electronic Health Record and other documentation systems to prepare and maintain individual case records of patients and cases; 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; AND
  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. Maintains current, legible records according to legal guidelines.

The Public Health Nurse performs other duties as assigned/required.


1. LICENSE: Possession of a valid permanent/temporary California license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing; AND

2. CERTIFICATE: Possession of a valid Public Health Nurse Certificate issued by the California State Department of Health; AND

3. 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; AND

4. LICENSE: Possession of a valid current California Driver's License issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

NOTE: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Special Conditions: Some positions may require special conditions, including but not limited to Bilingual Proficiency: Some positions may require bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the department's bilingual needs. Only those eligible candidates who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for bilingual positions. Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency. Special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

As of October 14, 2016, in order to place you at the appropriate salary step your application must contain verifiable RN and NP employment history for up to 21 years. A resume cannot substitute for the need to fully complete your employment application.

Information regarding salary placementcan be found on the Staff and Per Diem Nurses, SEIU Local 1021 MOU at (see Appointment Above Entrance Rate)

Additional Information

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) [Weight: Qualifying]:
Candidates will be required to submit an MQSQ at any point in the application, examination, or departmental selection process. Applicants must also complete the Preliminary Questions. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. Please provide proof of your of licenses and certifications by uploading them to your application.

Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) [Weight: 100%]: The SQ will be sent to those qualified candidates who demonstrate they meet the minimum qualifications. Candidates will be required to submit the completed SQ in the time frame indicated and responses on the SQ cannot be changed once submitted. A passing score must be achieved on the SQ in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List. Candidates will be placed in rank order according to their final score on the SQ.

The SQ will be evaluated to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: 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.

All relevant experience, education, training, licenses and/or certifications must be included in the application to be reviewed during the scoring process. The information provided on the supplemental questionnaire must be complete and accurate. All statements made on the application and supplemental questionnaire are subject to verification and must be consistent. After the confidential eligible list/score report is adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.

Eligible List Duration: The list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months.
Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores.

Terms of Announcement: The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the diversity of its workforce. All employees are required to participate in the Department of Public Health's work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity through:
  • Commitment to providing exceptional care and services to all residents of the City and County of San Francisco service population, with heightened awareness of responsiveness to racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse members of the service population and the DPH workforce.
  • Desire and commitment to lead and participate in anti-racism, racial justice, and equity work that improves quality of patient care and employee experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to drive change in these areas.
  • Desire to work with, relate to, serve, and support a diverse service population and workforce.
  • Commitment to health equity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

COVID-19 Policies
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Medical Examination Prior to Hiring
Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Other Conditions of Employment and Information
Information About the Hiring Process
Conviction History
Employee Benefits Overview
Equal Employment Opportunity
Disaster Service Worker
ADA Accommodations
Veteran's Preference
Right to Work
Copies of Application Documents
Diversity Statement

Open Date: 7/8/22
Close Date:
Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time
Pos. # 00101992, 01082723, 01125276 CBT-2830-234567, E

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.
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