Public Health Nurse

Job Description





RESPONSIBLE TO:            Director of Nursing and Community Health


JOB SUMMARY:                 This is a professional public health nursing position. A registered nurse in this category performs the full range of nursing duties at the Mahoning County Public Health clinic sites, and/or performs the full range of nursing duties in specialized areas of nursing services.




  1. Participate in programs of the Nursing and Community Health Division, i.e., Cribs for Kids Safe Sleep, Get Vaccinated Ohio, Infectious Disease Surveillance, Well Child Clinics, Children with Medical Handicaps, Immunization Clinics, Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan implementation, community education, and WIC Clinics.


  2. Visit homes in designated areas that require follow-up for Children’s Services Board, hospitals, physicians, schools, T.B. Clinic, WIC, and others.


  3. Participate in the comprehensive school health program and assist school nurses as needed.


  4. Recognize and report the medical service needs in designated areas to appropriate people.


    5.Counsel, instruct, and monitor the health of individuals and families in designated areas.


6.Cooperate with other community agencies to provide health education and promote health services.


7.Maintain records on activities according to defined procedures.


8. Assist with vision, hearing, and other screening in Mahoning County schools as needed.


         9.Follow up on communicable diseases.


10.ssist with mandated Ohio Department of Health required programs.


      11. Assume responsibilities of co-workers in their absences.


12.Continuing education to update knowledge in all phases of public health nursing.


13.Serve on relevant local community and interagency committees. E.g., participates with management and staff for Continuous                    Quality Improvement (CQI), Strategic Planning, and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) committees.


14. Adhere to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.


15. Adhere to the Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.


16. Perform other duties as assigned.




Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related field. Possession of a current, valid, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Ohio. Current CPR BLS Certification. Knowledge of principles and objectives of public health nursing. Knowledge of relevant social and economic forces that affect health. Knowledge of family and inter-group relations. Knowledge of nature and use of other community health resources. Valid driver’s license required.




Analytic/Assessment Skills

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

Communication Skills

Cultural Competency Skills

Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

Financial Planning and Management Skills

Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills 


*Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, Council on Linkages Between

Academia and Practice.