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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is professional nursing work involving assessment of health needs, development of plan of care, and provision of health/wellness education for individuals and families.  Responsibilities include periodic re‑evaluation of individual and family as well as support of community nursing needs. Work may be performed at patients’ homes or in clinic settings. Special work duty outside of normal work hours (such as on holidays or weekends) may be required. Work is performed under general supervision of higher level Health Department staff. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Performs complete physical assessment by careful interviewing and use of nursing skills such as checking blood pressure, auscultation of lungs and heart;
  • Performs skilled nursing care and prescribed treatments to patients in their homes and clinics and demonstrates nursing care to patients and families;
  • Coordinates plans for service with Registered Professional Nurses, nutritionists, social workers, physicians and other professional workers concerned with individual and family health care;
  • Provides health and wellness education for to individuals and families;  
  • Counsels, guides and teaches individuals and families towards self‑help in recognition and solution of physical, emotional and environmental health problems;
  • Provides nursing services in clinics, immunization, blood pressure screening and monitoring, flu vaccines, chest and other special clinics;
  • May teach classes, addresses groups, and participates in community planning related to nursing and health;
  • Participates in the conduct of surveys and studies related to health matters;
  • Documents services provided through records and referral forms, etc.;
  • May provide for the continuity of patient care by promoting referral of hospital and clinic patients to appropriate community agencies;
  • May provide maternal and child health guidance;
  • May provide Public Health Nurse services at migrant camps, and related referrals to the appropriate agencies;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Thorough knowledge of current public health nursing practice; working knowledge of the administrative organization of community facilities; skill in the application of current nursing procedures and techniques of patient care; ability to plan and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families and groups and supervise nursing personnel assigned to assist with this care; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; ability to accept and utilize guidance; ability to perform duties in accordance with American Nurses Association (ANA) Code for Professional Nurses.


Bachelor’s degree in nursing

PLEASE NOTEYour degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


  1. Possession of a license and current registration issued by New York State to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse at the time of appointment.
  2. Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.

*  Per New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Title 10, Part 11, §11.41.


11/82; 9/97; 5/99; 11/07; 1/09; 9/10; 4/18

Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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