Position Title: Public Health Nurse - Family & Child Health

RN: Annual: $64,708.80
BSN: Annual: $65,020.80
MSN: Annual: $65,332.80

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

License Requirement: Possession of a license as a registered nurse as issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners.

NOTE: Nurses with a BSN or MSN receive an additional 15¢ per hour (Official transcript must be submitted for verification).

Education & College Transcripts

If you are claiming education to meet minimum requirements or as a part of your application, including supplemental questions, you must submit or attach a copy of your official college transcripts for your claim to be accepted. Unofficial Transcripts will not be accepted. 

Condition of Employment

It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status.

Child Protection Clearances (formerly “Act 153 Clearances”)

The following clearances and background checks are required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH)
  • FBI Criminal Record Check, from fingerprinting
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance (PACA)


Employees will be reimbursed for costs of clearances upon start of the position.

Failure to complete the required clearances will result in termination as these clearances/credentials are a requirement of the position. 

Employment Type

  • Full-Time, Associate Level.
  • This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Relevant Experience

You will receive a score based on the experience you report on your application for employment. It is therefore important that you provide complete and accurate information. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application or result in a lower than deserved score or disqualification. Call our Office of Human Resource Management if you have any questions.

Who is Eligible

Applications will be accepted from certified Merit System employees of the Allegheny County Health Department and outside candidates who possess the experience and training listed in this announcement and who are capable of performing the duties of this position.


  • Minimum Requirements - 60%
  • Experience and Training - 40%

Allegheny County Civil Service Employees (Non-ACHD)

Regular or probationary employees of County Departments currently in this classification, hired under a State Civil Service System, who apply for this position will not be considered as Open Competitive applicants. Those employees selected for transfer to the Allegheny County Health Department will be considered to have resigned their Civil Service status from the Department in which they are currently working and will be required to complete a probationary period with the Health Department.

This announcement may be modified, amended or canceled by the Allegheny County Health Department at any time.


To establish open competitive and promotional eligible lists for use in making merit system appointments in the Allegheny County Health Department. The list will contain the names of successful candidates ranked in the order of final earned ratings. The list will be in effect for one (1) year unless previously exhausted or superseded.

In the ranking, open competitive applicants qualifying for Veteran’s Preference receive an additional ten points on the final earned rating. Form DD-214 must be attached to the application form for consideration for Veteran’s Preference. Determination of Veteran’s Preference is made in accordance with State Civil Service Policy.

If you are claiming veteran's preference, then proof of eligibility; DD-214 Form or other comparable military document must be submitted for initial claim. The document must show dates of entry and separation and character of service.

Credit for a degree or college coursework can only be accepted from an official transcript submitted directly from the college or university to Allegheny County Health Department.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position Summary:

This is advanced professional public health nursing work with team leader components.

An employee in this class provides public health nursing services at the full performance level to individuals and their families by teaching and demonstrating principles and techniques of healthful living in clinics and homes. Work is done on a generalized public health nursing basis in an assigned service area or clinic and includes assisting with the guidance of new staff and nursing students. Work is performed independently with guidance and/or advice from a supervisor on unusual or complex problems, who observes work performed and reviews records and reports.


Fringe Benefits

  • Paid holidays, personal days, vacation and sick leave benefits, medical coverage and dental benefits, a retirement plan, life insurance and a deferred compensation plan after eligibility requirements have been met.

Perks Working for ACHD

  • Professional growth through training opportunities (CPR, First AID, Public Health Preparedness, Dignity and Respect, Points of Dispensing, and more); ability to advance in county system; job security; meaningfulness in daily work derived from public service; eligible for federal loan forgiveness; organizational commitment to ACHD’s mission to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents, particularly the most vulnerable.


  • Teaches and demonstrates principles and techniques of disease prevention and health maintenance.
  • Takes and evaluates a health history; attains and maintains specific skills in performing basic physical assessments.
  • Recognizes health needs, stressing importance of prevention of illness, and giving anticipatory guidance in growth and development.
  • Advocates continuing treatment and health supervision in chronic illness and assists patients in securing medical and related services.
  • Assists patients in following prescribed health care, assessing family situation and making appropriate nursing care plan.
  • Participates in communicable disease programs, doing epidemiologic studies, and assisting with patient care, and interpreting the transmission of disease.
  • Coordinates health services in hospitals, agencies and the community.
  • Works with community groups and organizations on public health nursing aspects of public health programs.
  • Participates in planning and conducting educational programs for staff, students, observers, etc.
  • Response to Public Health Emergency as requested.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the basic principles, practices and techniques of professional nursing.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of public health nursing, their application to specific diseases and their implications of social conditions.
  • Knowledge of the resource available to persons in need of health services and ability to use them.
  • Knowledge of the effects of illness on patients and family and on home environmental conditions.

Skill in:

  • Nursing 
  • Case Management 
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Medical Education 
  • Consultation 
  • Nursing Documentation 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Data Entry 
  • Policy Analysis 
  • Team Building 
  • Microsoft Office 

Ability to:

  • Ability to teach basic principles of home nursing care and prevention of disease.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, patients and families.
  • Ability to delegate tasks and provide guidance to other staff or students.
  • Ability to orient inexperienced staff and other personnel to public health nursing practice.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare statistical reports.
  • Ability to work with community groups and organizations.
  • Ability to travel to and from work locations to carry out assigned responsibilities.
  • Competent knowledge and use of Microsoft Office programs including Access, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and other database programs.
  • Competent knowledge and use of electronic medical record keeping.
  • Ability to represent ideas effectively, concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing and present themselves in a professional manner.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies.

Residency: Allegheny County within 1 year.
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.