Buncombe County Employment

Job TitlePublic Health Nurse II
AgencySocial Services Dept
Salary Range$59,546 - $62,225
Job Location Buncombe County Health and Human Services/Communicable Disease
Closing Date4/22/2015
Job Details

General Statement of Duties
The Public Health Nurse II provides professional nursing services to clients in disease control activities, preventive health and outreach (HIV counseling/testing), TB support services, STD and Immunizations. Client education, counseling, motivation, and utilization of community resources are major responsibilities. The PHN II conducts investigative interviews, counsels and teaches clients, responds to telephone calls from clients and community partners, makes appropriate referrals, provides needed immunizations, and applies public health nursing principles in working with the community to reduce the incidence and prevalence for infectious disease. This position also requires rotating On-Call responsibilities #(1941) 

Special Requirements
Must be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina.
Successful completion of NC State Communicable Disease course is preferred.

Examples of Work
This position provides direct public health nursing services; services include assessment, education and non-judgmental counseling, administering medications and treatments, developing individualized plan of care, and coordination of community resources. Interview clients to update history, request laboratory tests, diagnostic procedures and immunizations as per Buncombe County Department of Health Standing Orders. Establish and maintain an accurate database through extensive health history of client; prioritizes areas of concern and communicates findings via client medical record or other appropriate document. Assess client’s physical, mental and social conditions. Interview clients and caregivers to assure that the client understand his/her diagnosis and the recommended treatment, and has resources so that he/she may adhere to the plan. Considerable client education and counsel is required. Make referrals to community agencies as well as community physicians, and prepares and instructs the client about the referral. Provide immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases and education of parents/clients regarding immunization laws, schedules, and care following immunizations. Assesses client’s needs related to immunization, provides education, counseling and referrals and administers appropriate immunization. Included in this are both required and recommended vaccines, and vaccines needed for travel abroad. Enter record of vaccination into NCIR and M&M. Provide follow-up on all reportable infectious diseases as appropriate. Provide clients and contacts with control measures necessary to prevent spread of disease as required by North Carolina General Statutes. Assures clients understand plan of care and the importance of compliance. Provide Public Health services at BCDH outreach events. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of public health and nursing services are essential. The ability to relate well with people including clients of all ages, caregivers of clients, professional and clerical staff, and outside agencies; skills in observing, listening, organizing, and prioritizing and communicating are required. Ability to efficiently and effectively interact with co-workers to accomplish common tasks; ability to have efficient and courteous interaction with the employer’s customers; ability to function in highly stressful circumstances; ability to maintain high level of professionalism and to conduct business in an ethical manner at all times. 

Minimum Education and Experience
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a B.S. in Nursing which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation and one year of Public Health Nursing experience; or Master’s in Public Health and graduation from a school of professional nursing and one year of professional nursing experience; or graduation from a school of professional nursing and two years of professional nursing experience including one year of Public Health Nursing experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  

Additional Information
All applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement. No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training, and experience. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title. If work history involves part time work, you must state the number of hours per week to receive credit. 

ATTENTION LIFEGUARDS: Buncombe County pools are now under the management of Swim Club Management.  Applicants interested in working at the pools should apply on their website at lifeguardasheville.com, or contact Sarah McKenzie at (828) 348-4770.

How can I apply for County Employment?

Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. Please apply online. Paper applications are not accepted.

The full application package contains the Buncombe County application for employment, work history continuation sheet, Buncombe County authorization for release of personal and confidential information and the Buncombe County drug screening through urinalysis applicant consent form.

A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801

Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at 828-250-4166.


  • Resumes are not accepted in place of applications and will not be accepted via e-mail. A resume may accompany a completed application for a posted vacancy.
  • Drug screen consent & personal information release documents are required with all applications.
  • To apply for more than one position, you must submit a separate application for each position.
  • Be sure to indicate on the application the specific position for which you are applying.