Revised: 06/79
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under general supervision, to perform a variety of tasks relating to community and public health nursing services in the home, clinics, schools and other social service agencies and institutions; to participate in public health agency or other social service program activities as a professional member of a total health care team providing services in the community; and to do other work as required.


The Community Health Nurse series is primarily oriented to performing a wide variety of nursing assignments which require independent judgment and skillful application of accepted, current nursing techniques and the implementation of program activities according to accepted Public Health policies and standards.  The community health nursing services and programs are designed to promote good hygiene and health, to teach preventative and rehabilitative health care and techniques to patients, and to provide direct patient care and treatment when necessary.

Community Health Nurse 1 is the entry-level classification in the Community Health Nurse series.  Incumbents of this classification perform professional general nursing duties under the supervision or direction of an advanced level nurse or physician.  Assignments and duties may be of a general nature in a broad program or clinical area or of a specific, limited scope.  Assignments involve moderately difficult processes and diagnoses which require satisfactory judgment and skills.  The next higher level in the series is Community Health Nurse 2 which represents the journey-level professional nurse who is capable of providing full nursing services of a general nature with minimal supervision or guidance.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Promotes and maintains health of individuals, families and the community through teaching, counseling and appropriate preventative and rehabilitative measures.
  2. Identifies patients who have physical and emotional illnesses and/or disabilities through observation and analysis of records and helps secure appropriate care.
  3. Assists in planning and operation of health department clinics; interviews and takes case histories of patients; performs diagnostic tests; gives prescribed treatments; records dates and makes necessary referrals.
  4. Provides nursing service in homes, schools, clinics and other institutions; demonstrates and teaches simple nursing care to others to administer to patients.
  5. May participate in epidemiologic investigations in the community.
  6. Participates as a member of a total health care professional team to treat individuals and groups.
  7. Maintains records of nursing services and makes reports as required.
  8. Utilizes community resources and promotes understanding of public health nursing services.


General knowledge of: Principles, methods and procedures of nursing as applied to community and public health; the community resources, their functions, and how to best utilize them for clients; preventative medicine and sanitation; causes, treatment, prevention and early detection of diseases, handicapping conditions, mental illness, and the principles of mental health; current professional nursing trends and treatment.

Working knowledge of: Office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to: Work effectively with individual patients and their families; Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and other agency/community groups; administer high quality nursing care; to make accurate observations of health related problems; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; keep records and write reports as necessary; operate computer software and other office equipment.


Possession of a license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the State of Oregon.

Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate.

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving may be necessary for County business.  For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.  For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Possession of a license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the State of Oregon; and any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 11/17