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Tehama County Health Services Agency

Application Deadline: August 27, 2021 at 5PM
The department currently has three (3) vacancies.
In addition, Tehama County is establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies for a Public Health Nurse I/II, as well as subsequent vacancies, which occur during the life of the eligibility list.

Public Health Nurse I: $33.34 – $40.64 Hourly / $2,667.20 – $3,251.20 Biweekly
Public Health Nurse II: $36.80 – $44.84 Hourly / $2,944.00- $3,587.20 Biweekly
Bilingual incentive pay is +7.5% above the PHN I or PHN II salary

Provides nursing services essential to the prevention of disease and disability, health promotion and maintenance and restoration of personal health. Provides prevention oriented nursing expertise in assigned program areas focused on population based policy development and education to groups and individuals in the community.


  • Investigates outbreaks as well as, plans and implements programs for the prevention and control of communicable disease.
  • Interprets public health laws and regulations to individuals, agencies and the general public.
  • Provides program specific medical consultation and technical assistance to other health care.
  • Conducts health assessments identify health abnormalities and to determine the nature and extent of nursing services required.
  • Obtains health histories, conducts interviews and makes observations of physical conditions, psycho-social status, cultural patterns/backgrounds and environmental influences on health.
  • Coordinates with local community groups to identify and develop needed health services and wellness and prevention programs; provides assistance and consultation regarding barriers to healthcare.
  • May facilitate, coordinate, attend and participate in committees and councils as needed.
  • Administers immunizations, various laboratory tests.
  • Takes medical orders, administers and secures medications and vaccines.
  • Increases access of hard to reach populations to public health and other services.
  • Provides nursing care following the nursing process.
  • Initiates California Children’s Services (CCS) case management services, processes request for services and equipment.
  • May provide leadership to staff, function as a mentor for newly hired staff as appropriate and acts as preceptor for nursing students from colleges.
  • Responds to public health emergencies and disasters as needed.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Translates, interprets and otherwise communicates with members of the Spanish speaking community.
  • Bilingual Candidates: Translates, interprets and otherwise communicates with members of the Spanish speaking community.


  • Principles, methods, procedures and current trends of nursing as applied in public health practice, preventative medicine and environmental health
  • Community aspects of nursing programs
  • Prevention and/or early detection of communicable diseases, chronic diseases, handicapping conditions, mental illnesses and other disabling conditions
  • Principles and procedures involved with family planning, sexually transmitted disease control, maternal and child health, and child growth and development
  • Environmental, sociological, and cultural factors which influence individual and community health
  • Laws, rules and regulations applicable to public health nursing
  • Available community resources; leadership concepts and principles
  • The methods, procedures, tests, equipment and tools used in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses
  • First aid care and treatment
  • Safety protocols for the use of medical equipment/instruments and the handling of patients and biomedical waste
  • Bilingual Candidates: English and Spanish usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation


  • Effectively work with individuals and families to assist them in the satisfactory solution of health problems
  • Analyze situations accurately and take effective action
  • Provide leadership in community health programs
  • Exercise independent judgment in the planning, organization and provision of community nursing services
  • Assemble and analyze information and prepare written reports and records in a clear, concise manner
  • React calmly and professionally in emergency, emotional and/or stressful situations
  • Use both Spanish and English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing
  • Bilingual Candidates: Use both Spanish and English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing.

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
  • PHN I: No experience required.
  • PHN II: One (1) year of experience in a public or community health setting.
  • Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.


  • Requires a valid California driver’s license.
  • Requires current CPR certification.
  • Requires a valid license to practice as a registered nurse and a valid public health nursing certificate issued by the State of California.
  • Must complete periodic continuing education coursework as required to maintain active licensure.
  • Must possess, or be willing to obtain, a national provider identifier (NPI).
  • Bilingual Candidates: Must pass a Merit Systems Services written and/or oral bilingual proficiency test (or other appropriate test selected by the County) to qualify.

PHN I: Applicants who have recently graduated from a Baccalaureate Nursing program, and have not taken the NCLEX-RN may apply using a California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) interim permit (IP). The IP will also serve until they receive their Public Health Certificate. The interim permit is not renewable and is in effect to the expiration date (6 months after issuance) or until the results of the examination are mailed, at which time it becomes null and void. Continued employment is dependent on receiving a passing score on the NCLEX-RN.


For questions about this recruitment contact:
Kellie Gore
530-528-3284 |

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None