Public Health Nurse 3 - 4


This position is located in the Clinical Services Division with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD).  The Public Health Nurse may work at various satellite clinics that maybe established within the Oklahoma City/County area.  The employee provides professional nursing services, including health assessments and health education to clients in clinic settings, specialized clinics, public meetings and home visits. 



This is a summary of the duties and responsibilities commonly found within this classification. All employees must maintain a commitment to the OCCHD's mission, vision and strategic goals.  This summary is not meant to be all-inclusive, thus, other related activities or tasks may be assigned.

This position functions at the intermediate level (Tier 2) as defined by the Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. An emphasis on the following domains is important in this role:

  • Analytic Assessment Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Competency Skills
  • Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Public Health Sciences Skills



  1. Performing physical and developmental examinations and assessments.
  2. Generating reports.
  3. Evaluating health history and status of client.
  4. Determining appropriate treatments and immunizations.
  5. Administering treatments and immunizations.
  6. Counseling caregivers and clients.
  7. Documenting charts.
  8. Performing venipuncture and collecting specimens.
  9. Monitoring tests and evaluating results.
  10. Providing instructions.
  11. Providing case management of clinic clients, including regular follow-up.
  12. Driving to off-site locations to perform job duties as needed.
  13. In addition, at the direction of OCCHD Executive Director or designee, the employee will be assigned a variety of specific job duties and responsibilities as a member of the OCCHD Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Team (i.e. Bioterrorism Response Program).As a member of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Team, the employee is required to complete all necessary emergency responder training and may be designated as a member of the first-responder team.
  14. Completes required training in support of duties and responsibilities of this position.
  15. In accordance with our designation of a PHAB Accredited health department and explicit commitment to a culture of continuous quality improvement, employees will receive Quality Improvement (QI) training deemed necessary by their supervisor.



-Valid Oklahoma Registered Nurse License required

-BSN or ADN or Diploma in Nursing

-Valid Oklahoma driver license required

-Certified in CPR

LEVEL 3 - one year of professional nursing experience required - $2,235 semi-monthly

LEVEL 4 - two years of professional nursing experience required - $2,413 semi-monthly



-Skill in performing physical examinations

-Skill in using appropriate medical tools and equipment

-Skill in obtaining and recording information accurately

-Knowledge of nursing practice legal issues

-Knowledge of laboratory methods and investigative techniques

-Ability and willingness to use a personal computer

-Ability and willingness to maintain confidentiality

-Ability and willingness to communicate with persons of diverse backgrounds both orally and in writing using tact and diplomacy

-Ability and willingness to develop and maintain effective working relationships

-Ability and willingness to follow safe working practices and procedures

-Ability and willingness to follow established policies, procedures, guidelines and orders

-Ability and willingness to assume responsibility for work product



-Primarily indoors in climate-controlled building

-No smoking or use of non-smoking tobacco products is allowed at any time while conducting agency business or in agency vehicles

-No use of cell phones or the use of electronic wireless communications devices used to write, send or read a text-based communication while driving a motor vehicle on agency business

-Subject to driving to off-site locations in varying weather to perform job duties

-Subject to exposure to infectious diseases

-Subject to prolonged periods of standing and/or walking

-May be required to wear protective equipment

-May be required to wear a HEPA filter mask if working in the TB Control Clinic; in which case, limited facial hair is allowed

-OSHA category: performs tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues



-Arm/hand steadiness and digital dexterity enough to perform procedures such as venipuncture and injections, to draft documents and to fill out forms such as reports, make entries in charts, etc.; by hand or by operating a keyboard

-Vision enough to read written communications such as computer printouts, instructions, hand- or machine-generated documents, etc., as well as print on a computer monitor and gradation markings on syringes

-Flexibility and coordination enough to operate a motor vehicle as needed

-Speech and hearing enough to communicate face-to-face, via telephone and in a public place

-Flexibility and strength enough to lift objects weighing up to 35 pounds, and move and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 35 pounds

-Flexibility enough to bend over exam table, stoop to pick up objects from floor etc.

-Ability and willingness to be fitted for and wear a HEPA filter mask, if required



This position requires frequent contact with various personnel to give and receive information, as well as with clients/caregivers to provide services.  The employee also may have contact with state and community agency employees, hospital and clinic personnel, and with physicians.  The employee interacts with a broad spectrum of socio-economic groups.  Tact and diplomacy are required in the performance of duties.  The employee may be required to deal with hostile persons on occasion.



The employee performs job duties under the direction of an immediate supervisor.  Work product is subject to both specific and general review.  The employee has no supervisory responsibilities and has no direct accountability for budget, money or materials.



-Must have an operating vehicle available for use when field duties are required

-May be required to take the smallpox vaccination, and other vaccinations or inoculations, as a member of the first-responder team

-This position requires working some evenings and weekends


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