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Minimum USD Salary: 111,300
Maximum USD Salary: 111,300

Industry: Health & Human Serv Agcy; Medical Care Services

Company: County of San Diego, CA

Salary: $111,300.80 Annually

Location : County of San Diego, CA

Job Type: Regular – Full time

Job Number: 24453806PH

Department: Health & Human Serv Agcy

Division: Medical Care Services

Opening Date: 07/02/2024

Closing Date: 7/31/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Summary

The County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency is looking for California Nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree to take the next step toward a career in Public Health Nursing.


Interviews will take place on September 10, 2024 and September 11, 2024.

Job offers will be by September 11, 2024.

The County is recruiting new graduate nurses, or nurses new to public health, who have a Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing to launch their career in the challenging and meaningful specialty of public health. You will have a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in a Public Health Nurse (PHN) Residency program while you learn and work as a Staff Nurse. Upon receipt of your PHN certification, you may be eligible to apply for promotion to Public Health Nurse.
The ideal candidatewill have completed the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and have applied or are planning to apply for a California license for Public Health Nurse (PHN). In addition, the ideal candidate will have a minimum of 90 hours of supervised clinical experience in a public health setting(s) at time of appointment.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will be bilingual in any of the following languages: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Somali, Persian, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitian-Creole.

Click here for the complete job description including minimum requirements and required licenses, more information on duties, working conditions, and probationary period.

To learn more about Public Health Services of the Health and Human Services Agency, see the Strategic Plan: Public Health Services Strategic Plan-2023-24 and 2024-25.

***Effective September 9, 2022, this hard to recruit position qualifies for the Employee Referral Reward Program. If a current County of San Diego employee referred you to apply for this position, please indicate the employee’s name on your job application in the space provided. ***

Hiring Timelines and Dates:
Interviews will take place on September 10 and September 11, 2024. Job offers for selected candidates will be made the same week. Candidates should be prepared to immediately complete background paperwork, upon receipt of a job offer.

The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below. Please note that dates are approximate and are dependent upon the successful completion of each step of the process.

  • Job Offer: September 11, 2024.
  • Background Process begins: shortly after job offers.
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results.
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of background or other mutually agreed upon date.

If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.

Possession of a valid and current Registered Nurse license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing is required at time of appointment.

Please attach a copy of your transcript to your application for verification of degree completion or current enrollment in a BSN or MSN program.


  • Some experience or course work in the areas of skilled, communicable diseases, pediatric, and/or public health clinic nursing is highly desirable.
  • A valid California Class C driver’s license, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel, is required at time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this class.
  • A valid CPR card is required at the time of appointment.
  • A valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI) is required at the time of employment.

The Department of Human Resources removes personally identifiable information from all recruitments. This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, hides a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process helps contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview. Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.
Condition of Employment: As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position. Current County employees may be excluded from this process.


Qualified applicants will be placed on a three (3) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in the supplemental questionnaire. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.

Veteran’s Preference PolicyThe County of San Diego offerspreferential credits for military service to assist qualified applicants in transitioning from military to civilian careers with the County of San Diego.

Military Skills TranslatorDo you need assistance translating your military experience into civilian experience? This tool can help!

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a that will create a County that works for all.

Under California Government Code Sections 3100 – 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers. The term “public employees” includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district. Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law.

The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number one priority.

Click here to see the Non-Management Benefits Summary


Are you currently licensed by the State of California as a Registered Nurse?

  • Yes, I am currently licensed
  • I have applied and am waiting to receive my license
  • No, I am waiting for my degree/final transcript
  • I have not applied for a CA RN license


Please provide your registered nurse license number and expiration date in the box below. If you are waiting to receive your RN license, please indicate n/a.


Do you possess a current Healthcare Provider CPR card or are you currently in the process of obtaining one?

Note: A current CPR card is required at time of employment.

  • Yes
  • No


Do you possess a National Provider Identification number (NPI)? If yes, please provide your number. If no, please enter “n/a.”

Note: A current NPI number is required at time of employment.


Do you possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing?

Please attach a copy of your degree, final transcript, or letter of completion for verification of degree completion or a copy of your transcript for verification of current enrollment in a BSN or MSN program.

  • Yes, I have a BS or MS in Nursing
  • I have completed all required coursework but have not yet received my degree or final transcript
  • No, I do not have a BS or MS in Nursing


Do you have a certification, or have you applied for certification as a Public Health Nurse with the State of California?

  • I have a PHN certification
  • I have applied for certification and am waiting for the response
  • I am in the process of applying for PHN certification
  • I am waiting for my degree/final transcript
  • None of the above


This question pertains to the working conditions of Staff Nurse positions. You must be able to respond “Yes” in order to meet part of the minimum qualifications for this job.

I understand that incumbents in staff nurse positions may be exposed to patients with communicable diseases and/or persons that may be hostile or violent.

  • Yes
  • No


From the following list, please select all that apply.

  • Completed a minimum of ninety (90) hours of supervised clinical experience in a public health setting(s)
  • I have a baccalaureate in nursing or higher from a nursing school in the state of California
  • I have a baccalaureate in nursing from a nursing school accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • I have an entry to practice master’s degree in nursing from a nursing school accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Completed coursework in public health nursing
  • None of the above


Do you have recent nursing experience in any of the following areas?Note: Please give detailed information regarding your paid nursing experience in the work history section of the application.

  • Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing/Rehab
  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Public Health
  • I do not have recent nursing experience in any of the areas listed above.


Where did you hear about this job opportunity?

  • San Diego County website
  • Veteran Outreach / FFSC
  • Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR)
  • Mana de San Diego
  • Family, Neighbors, Friends
  • County Employee Resources Group
  • College/University Career Site/Handshake
  • County Social Media
  • San Diego National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • San Diego Voice & Viewpoint
  • Linkedin
  • Other


If you selected “Other” above, please tell us how you first heard about this job opportunity. Please indicate “n/a” if not applicable.


Were you referred by a County employee to apply for this position? Note: effective September 9, 2022, County employees are eligible to earn cash awards for any candidates they refer to hard to recruit positions that are then hired.

  • Yes
  • No


If you responded “Yes” to the above, in the space provided please list the name of the County employee that referred you.

Required Question

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