School Health - Public Health Nurse Iii

Health Department, Virginia
$72,190.56 - $120,316.98 Annually
Dec 03, 2022
Dec 17, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job opportunity is being re-announced. If you applied previously, you do not need to re-apply to be considered.

The Fairfax County Health Department is the largest public health department in Virginia, serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds throughout Fairfax County, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. With more than 100 years of leadership in the public health field, we are committed to protecting, promoting, and improving the health and quality of life for all in our community.

Promotes and supports population health by providing leadership, management, and nursing expertise to the school community. Leads and supervises a team of public health nurses and paraprofessional staff in providing school health services that include but are not limited to: professional development, emergency response operations, meetings, planning, and training of Health Department and school staff.

As a working supervisor, provides public health services including care coordination of students’ health needs and health promotion activities. In collaboration with the Public Health Nurse (PHN) IV assigned to school health, ensures that school health program activities are implemented and evaluated. The Assistant School Health Manager, participates in the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring process of new public health staff for the school program and plans orientation to assimilate new staff into the program and culture of the Health Department. Participates in agency marketing and outreach activities to increase public health awareness in the community. Participates in programs to enhance community health services and education. Promotes individual and population health by assuring the quality and accessibility of health services, preventing the spread of disease, promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors, and responding to disasters and assisting communities in recovery.

Note: Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of public health nursing theories, principles, practices, methods, processes, and procedures required to provide quality patient care;
Knowledge of human growth and development, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, preventive medicine, epidemiology, and nutrition;
Knowledge of current practices; literature, and trends in public health nursing to include environmental, economic, psychological, social (e.g., family and group dynamics), cultural and linguistic issues or barriers impacting assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of nursing services to the community;
Knowledge of documentation, nursing diagnosis, and quality assurance;
Ability to perform technical and advanced nursing procedures (e.g., injections, venipuncture, blood pressure screening, STD check, tube feeding, nebulizations), and using medical equipment in delivering specialized services to the clients as appropriate within assigned area or specialty program;
Knowledge of medical and legal policies, guidelines, principles, practices, and standards governing public health nursing as well as nursing specialization;
Extensive knowledge of available community resources for referral and follow-up;
Ability to manage human and/or facility emergencies and perform emergency treatments related to life-threatening conditions;
Ability to interpret and apply the professional standards of nursing practice, County health department policies and procedures and applicable federal, state, and County laws and regulations;
Ability to build, maintain, and promote effective partnerships (e.g., health care providers) that support planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of health care services;
Ability to relate well to clients from varied backgrounds and different situations;
Ability to manage or diffuse situations involving clients or county staff that may appear difficult, hostile, or distressed;
Ability to identify problems and make sound, well-informed, and objective decisions or
judgments relating to client health care;
Ability to assess the quality, appropriateness, implications, and impact of decisions or judgments made by others and identify courses of corrective action, where appropriate;
Ability to provide health training to clients and families with complex, multiple health needs, using knowledge of adult learning concepts;
Ability to use technology to retrieve and analyze data, and communicate or share public health information in the appropriate format with stakeholders, other relevant parties, and the community;
Ability to implement public health nursing programs;
Ability to identify and advocate the need for changes in the County's public health care delivery system;
Ability to assign and supervise the work of professionals, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and/or students;
Ability to develop, plan, and coordinate services with other disciplines and health care providers;
Ability to develop budget for the specialty program (e.g., TB).

Employment Standards

Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with a bachelor's degree in Nursing; Plus three years of post-licensure experience as a nurse in an equivalent health care setting whose focus was primarily prevention services and community education, including two years in a public health/community health setting; Plus at least one year experience in a public health/community health specialty area or supervisory responsibilities.

  • Possession of current license or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR (Required within 60 days)
  • AED (Required within 60 days)
  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.


  • Preferred candidates will have three or more years of school health experience in a public health model providing health services to school aged children in ethnically diverse populations.
  • Must have a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information and professionalism in dealing with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal abilities to communicate effectively and clearly with a diverse population.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative connections with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work independently, and on interdisciplinary teams.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and other software applications.
  • Experience working in health promotion, prevention, or education in the school setting.
  • Three years supervision of paraprofessional and/or professional staff.

Employee is required to walk, stand, sit, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, climb stairs and carry equipment or young children up to 25 pounds in weight. Uses hands to grasp, handle or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Ability to drive a vehicle. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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