The City of Berkeley Public Health Division collaborates with community members and partners to achieve health equity and optimal health for all people in Berkeley. This is accomplished through policy, institutional systems change, service provision, and by working in partnership with our diverse communities.
Public health works to promote healthy behaviors and environments, prevent illness and injury, protect against disease and other emerging health threats, eliminate health inequities, and advocate for social and environmental justice. Our Division consists of doctors, nurses, clinicians, practitioners, health educators, program administrators, analysts, support staff, volunteers, and other dedicated individuals with a common goal -- to deliver effective and innovative programs and services that ensure the health and well-being of our community.
Public Health Nurses provide a range of public health nursing services to individuals or families in homes, in group settings, in clinics, in public health centers; or, assisting in a public health program. Public Health Nurses utilize nursing intervention skills to prevent disease, promote healthful behavior, and alleviate conditions adversely affecting the health and safety of individuals, families and the community.
Typical duties include:
Participating on a health team with other professionals and paraprofessionals in the delivery of public health nursing services;
Making home visits in assigned areas to provide health education, assessment and counseling to clients;
Identifying and assessing physical, mental and emotional problems of client and family unit utilizing observation, history taking and data collection skills;
Analyzing information obtained to determine areas of follow up and referral; developing nursing care plans;
Acting as client liaison and advocate to medical and other community resources;
Following up on treatment recommendations with client and other involved agencies to ensure effective care and guidance to individuals and families;
Providing group and individual teaching relating to disease prevention, health promotion, treatment maintenance and rehabilitation;
Acting as telephone advice nurse
Performing selected diagnostic tests, under standardized procedures and gives prescribed treatment;
Utilizing nursing intervention skills to prevent disease, promote healthy behavior and alleviate conditions adversely affecting the health and safety of individuals, families and the community;
Providing prenatal and postpartum nursing care and conducts well child clinics;
Evaluating the needs of special population groups including the elderly, recent immigrants, those choosing alternate lifestyles and other cultural and economic groups;
Acting as health consultant to community groups and participates on a variety of health planning and educational committees;
Performing related duties as assigned.
Education Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing, with major course work in public health nursing
Experience One (1) year of nursing experience
Other Requirements Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must possess a valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of California, and a valid California State Public Health Nursing Certificate. Some positions require bilingual or bicultural skills. Must be willing to work evenings or weekends.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of public health nursing and the California Nurse Practice Act rules and regulations; principles of Nutrition and its affect on varying age groups; pathophysiology of the major causes of illness and handicapping conditions; normal growth and development including the aging process; demographic, biostatistical and data collection methods utilized in evaluating public health needs and problems; principles and practices of public health education and teaching; principles, practices and methods of control and prevention of communicable and chronic disease; maternal, child and adolescent health principles and practices; methods of prevention of accidents and abuse and neglect of children, spouses and the elderly; methods of evaluating normal and abnormal behavior patterns City,county, state, welfare and social service agencies services and facilities; financial support resources and the costs of public health care services State & local health codes; current trends in public health and public health nursing.
Skill in: Managing a caseload and establishing priorities for care management, treatment and referrals; applying the principles of epidemiology to a wide range of social and health problems; performing nursing assessments and selected diagnostic tests and giving prescribed treatments; identifying community health needs through analysis of demographic and biostatistical data and information; exercising sound independent judgment within established guidelines; assessing abnormal health and behavior, finding and developing effective treatment and referral plans; communicating clear and accurate information regarding clients to physicians, health providers and other health members; following up on recommended treatment plans to ensure effective resolution of health and related problems; identifying the impact of cultural differences on community health care practices; preparing clear, complete and accurate documentation, reports, and other written correspondence.
Internal Number: PHN
About City of Berkeley
Our mission is to provide quality service to our diverse community; promote an accessible, safe, healthy, environmentally sound and culturally rich city; initiate innovative solutions; embrace respectful democratic participation; respond quickly and effectively to neighborhood and commercial concerns, and do so in a fiscally sound manner.