2830 Public Health Nurse

Recruitment #TPV-2830-094526


2830 Public Health Nurse (PHN)


Amended on 2/28/19 to update the essential duties


This recruitment may close at any time, but no sooner than March 7, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.


Appointment TypeTemporary Provisional (TPV).  A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.


LOCATION: This recruitment may be used to fill positions at any of the following units/programs:




Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH):


Black Infant Health Program

1290 Fillmore St.

San Francisco, CA

California Children’s Services (CCS)

30 Van Ness Ave., Suite 210

San Francisco, CA


170 Otis St.

San Francisco, CA

Child Care Health Program

30 Van Ness Ave., Suite 210

San Francisco, CA

Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP)

30 Van Ness Ave., Suite 210

San Francisco, CA

Family and Children’s Services/Foster Care Public Health Nurse Unit

3801 Third St.

San Francisco, CA


170 Otis St.

San Francisco, CA


375 Woodside Ave.

San Francisco, CA

Field Home Visiting*

30 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco, CA

Nurse Family Partnership Program*

30 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco, CA

PreConception and Young Women’s Health

30 Van Ness Ave., Suite 210

San Francisco, CA

Additional Units/Programs:


Communicable Disease Control

25 Van Ness, Suite 500

San Francisco, CA

Family Mosaic Project

1309 Evans St.

San Francisco, CA

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR)

30 Van Ness, Suite 2300

San Francisco, CA

Shelter Health and Navigation Centers*

101 Grove. St.

San Francisco, CA

Transitions Care Coordination*

887 Potrero Ave.

San Francisco, CA



The location listed is a home office; however, work may performed throughout San Francisco in client homes and/or other locations.


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


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


Essential duties include:

1. Renders public health nursing services in the field of maternal and child health; conducts home visits to expectant mothers in assigned district; interprets medical orders and assists mothers; explains nutritional needs, hygiene and safety measures; advises 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. Renders direct nursing service to aged, infirm, chronically ill, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed individuals or families in the assigned district; 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. Renders nursing services and care in connection with the control of infections and non-infectious diseases; interviews cases and those suspected of active infections in their homes, in the assigned district or at the district health center; 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. Prepares and maintains individual case records of patients and cases in family folders; 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 2830 Public Health Nurse performs other duties as assigned/required.

Minimum Qualifications

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.



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.


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


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

Information regarding salary placement


Verification of Experience: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification  Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.


Verification of Education: If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements


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.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.


·         Select the desired job announcement

·         Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·         Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

·         Follow instructions on the screen


Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or the application process, please contact the Exam Analyst, Emma Perez, by telephone at 415-554-2918 or by email at Emma.Perez@sfdph.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire 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 Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.


Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. Only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:


·         Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

·         Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.


Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.


If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.


Licensure/Certification/Registration: Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.


Valid Licensure: If appointed, employees possessing interim permits or temporary licenses must present full, and unrestricted (not temporary) California Registered Nurse licenses prior to completion of the probationary period.


         Information regarding California Registered Nurse (RN) licenses may be obtained from the California Board of Registered Nursing, 400 R Street, Suite 4030, P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100, telephone: (916) 322-3350. Web address: http://www.rn.ca.gov

         Information regarding California Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificates can be obtained from the California Board of Registered Nursing, 400 R Street, Suite 4030, P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100, telephone: (916) 322-3350. Web address: http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/ad-pract.shtml#phn/


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate Requirement / Provision: Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate issued by the American Heart Association is required as a provision to employment for all positions. Candidates who do not possess such a certification may participate in this examination process and be appointed to a position(s), but will be required to obtain the certificate within two (2) weeks of hire date and maintain validity throughout length of employment. A photocopy of the valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate must be provided to the appropriate supervisor of the appointment within the allotted time frame. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of valid certification within two (2) weeks of hire date and throughout length of employment may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.


Condition of Employment: Highest Educational Achievement: Due to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment 1988, all applicants who are selected for a position will be required to provide verification of highest level of education achieved. Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:


1. Have earned a doctoral, master's, or bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science (including nursing), or medical technology from an accredited institution; OR

2. Have earned an associate degree in a chemical, physical or biological science (including nursing) or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution.


Note on ICARE: Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions.  For more information on ICARE, please visit https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/about-us/


Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.


Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.


Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.


Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20


Copies of Application Documents: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#copies/


Right to Work: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#identification/


Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities





Issued: February 28, 2019, Amended 2/28/19 

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TVP-2830-094526

DPH/EP/415-554-2918, Pos. 01117569


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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