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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, serves as the State-mandated Director of Public Health Nursing; provides policy direction, organizes, and administers the nursing activities and programs of the Public Health Department; promotes and advocates for various public health issues and initiatives; and performs other related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single position management classification in the Public Health Department. The Director of Nursing is distinguished from the Medical Services Manager and the Community Health Manager by its responsibility for developing and implementing department-wide policy regarding nursing utilization, activities, and training and by the managers' responsibility for managing the programs in the Public Health and Community Health Divisions.



Develops and implements standards of nursing practice and nursing protocols for the Public Health Department; provides nursing expertise and input into the formulation of departmental policies and participates in strategic planning for the department; approves all public health nursing and clinical nursing procedures; ensures that all public health staff are appropriately certified; develops orientation program for nursing staff.

Establishes and maintains on-going training programs for nursing staff; periodically reviews and updates departmental nursing protocols to ensure they remain current; establishes and reviews department-wide nursing performance measures and outcomes; provides direction and consultation to operations managers to improve nursing performance and outcomes; reviews medical aspects of nursing staff performance and may recommend disciplinary actions.

Analyzes the utilization of nursing staff in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of nursing staff allocations and deployments; collaborates with department managers, staff, and community groups to identify trends and needs for public health nursing; develops long range plans for nursing needs and utilization; identifies potential revenue sources and may pursue additional funding by writing grant proposals; plans, develops and may implement new projects or programs.

Collaborates with departmental program and clinic managers to identify and solve departmental issues requiring nursing expertise; works to promote and enhance quality health care for the various populations and communities served by the Public Health Department.

May coordinate a variety of public health programs such as the Maternal Child Health program; develops and implements plans to improve access to personal health care and education for high-risk individuals; trains staff in counseling and prevention techniques in order to improve the health of the various populations served by the Public Health Department.

Reviews and analyzes proposed legislation pertaining to nursing for potential impacts to the department; prepares reports, plans, and writes position papers; advises County Health Officer and other department executives and managers of appropriate action.

Represents the department on various committees, task forces and to community organizations; determines appropriateness of Public Health Department involvement in outside activities and commits department resources for appropriate efforts; forms relationships with schools of nursing and identifies ways to enhance recruitment of nursing staff.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid CA license as a Registered Nurse and a valid CA certificate as a Public Health Nurse issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and:

1. Four years of progressively responsible experience in public health nursing, including two years of administrative or supervisory experience; or
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

A master's degree in nursing, public health, or a related health care field may be substituted for one year of non-administrative or non-supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications: Candidate's qualifications must meet CA requirements for serving as Director of Public Health Nursing as contained in Title 17 of the CA Health and Safety Code, Section 1301; may require possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: public health issues such as communicable diseases, prenatal care, family violence, and accident prevention; general nursing skills and practices in the areas of maternal, child, and adult health; community needs assessment; health care needs of a diverse population from a variety of social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds; available community resources; federal, state, and local legislation and regulations related to nursing programs; project management; performance measurement; strategic planning methods and tools; principals and practices of supervision; grant writing and application process; standard English grammar; standard office software.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and community groups; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; represent the department on controversial issues with tact and diplomacy; make presentations to the public, community organizations, and various boards and committees.

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