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Nursing Services

Nursing Administration is responsible for the professional practice of approximately 130 licensed nursing personnel throughout the Department of Public Health.

Nursing Administration’s vision and mission align with the County's strategic goals of workforce excellence, service excellence, and organizational effectiveness.

The Nursing Director leads a core group of professional nursing staff in:

bullet Nursing recruitment and retention activities
bullet Nursing information systems development and support
bullet Administration of a comprehensive student nurse training program for community health
bullet Nursing with university affiliates
bullet Nursing education and professional development programs
bullet Development of nursing policies and procedures and standards of nursing practice
bullet Review of relevant legislation and regulations pertinent to nursing practice
bullet Representing management during collective bargaining
bullet Providing nursing consultative services to programs within the County of San Bernardino


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Public Health Nurses

Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are Registered Nurses who have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Public Health Nurse Certificate issued by the state of California. Many of our PHNs also have a master’s degree in Nursing or Public Health, as well as other specialties.

Public Health Nursing promotes the well-being of the community and seeks to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death. PHNs strive to improve the quality of neighborhood life by working in partnership with community residents and partners to create the conditions that ensure healthy lifestyles. The PHN may focus on a specific geographical area or on a special needs population.

Ask the Nurse

Public Health Nurses can be found at various community sites and at other places where large numbers of people gather. The nurses work with community agencies to ensure families and individuals receive services they need through
on-site and telephone consultation. The nurses involve other disciplines, such as, health education, nutrition or environmental health specialists when needed.


PHNs work closely with other members of the Public Health Team to address community concerns that affect the health and quality of life of residents in their neighborhoods; building on existing community strengths and assets. PHNs seek to reduce health problems or increase neighborhood resiliency and capacity by promoting changes in community norms, attitudes, awareness, beliefs, practices, and behavior. Whenever possible, PHNs assist the community to bring its concerns to policy makers and organizations in order to achieve long term improvement in community health.



Families and Individuals

Through their focus on Healthy People 2010, PHNs improve the health and well-being of community members. Some of the areas of focus include:

bullet Physical activity
bullet Tobacco use
bullet Mental health
bullet Environmental quality
bullet Access to health care
bullet Overweight & obesity
bullet Substance abuse
bullet Immunizations
bullet Responsible sexual behavior

Public Health Nurses provide additional information to individuals and families to address concerns about communicable diseases, lead poisoning, sudden infant death syndrome, pool safety, safe surrender laws and pregnancy