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City of New York Junior Public Health Nurse, Bureau of Public Health Clinics in New York, New York

Job Description

Established in 1805, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (the NYC Health Department) is the oldest and largest health department in the country. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of all New Yorkers, in service of a vision of a city in which all New Yorkers can realize their full health potential, regardless of who they are, how old they are, where they are from, or where they live.

As a world-renowned public health agency with a history of building transformative public health programming and infrastructure, innovating in science and scholarship to advance public health knowledge, and responding to urgent public health crises from New York City’s yellow fever outbreak in 1822, to the COVID-19 pandemic we are a hub for public health innovation, expertise, and programs, and services. We serve as the population health strategist, and policy, and planning authority for the City of New York, while also having a vast impact on national and international public policy, including programs and services focused on food and nutrition, anti-tobacco support, chronic disease prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment, family and child health, environmental health, mental health, and racial and social justice work, among others.

Our Agency’s five strategic priorities, building off a recently-completed strategic planning process emerging from the COVID-19 emergency, are:

1) To re-envision how the Health Department prepares for and responds to health emergencies, with a focus on building a “response-ready” organization, with faster decision-making, transparent public communications, and stronger surveillance and bridges to healthcare systems 2) Address and prevent chronic and diet-related disease, including addressing rising rates of childhood obesity and the impact of diabetes, and transforming our food systems to improve nutrition and enhance access to healthy foods

3) Address the second pandemic of mental illness including: reducing overdose deaths, strengthening our youth mental health systems, and supporting people with serious mental illness

4) Reduce black maternal mortality and make New York a model city for women’s health

5) Mobilize against and combat the health impacts of climate change

Our 7,000-plus team members bring extraordinary diversity to the work of public health. True to our value of equity as a foundational element of all of our work, and a critical foundation to achieving population health impact in New York City, the NYC Health Department has been a leader in recognizing and dismantling racism’s impacts on the health of New Yorkers and beyond. In 2021, the NYC Board of Health declared racism as a public health crisis. With commitment to advance anti-racist public health practices that dismantle systems that perpetuate inequitable power, opportunity and access, the NYC Health Department continues to work in and with communities and community organizations to increase their access to health services and decrease avoidable health outcomes.


The Bureau of Public Health Clinics has the mission of improving the sexual heath of all New Yorkers. To achieve this the Bureau provides direct clinic services to people seeking sexual health care, and services to sex partners; monitors disease trends; provides education and training to providers and community groups, conducts research, and develop policies to improve sexual health and wellness. The Bureau of Public Health Clinics operates 8 STI clinics throughout New York City (NYC). The Bureau of Public Health Clinics is seeking two Junior Public Health Nurses.

The BOI is recruiting for a Junior Public Health Nurse (JPHN).

The JPHN will administer immunizations to individuals ages 4 years and older at the clinic as well as at community events as needed, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice recommendations. The incumbent will report to the Director of Clinical Services and will also participate in quality improvement activities in accordance with Article 28 regulations.


Provide immunization services to patients, including evaluation for qualifying indications, screening for precautions and contraindications to vaccination, vaccine administration, post-vaccination observation, and administration of emergency medication, when necessary, according to DOHMH instruction and non-patient specific (standing) orders.

Provide strong recommendations for vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to all eligible patients.

Deliver immunization services in a culturally competent and linguistically appropriate manner.

Provide medical support for the routine medical screening activities, answering medically related questions about immunizations from patients and caregivers.

Ensure visit details and vaccines administered are entered into the Electronic Medical Record.

Monitor vaccine storage units, including the temperature monitoring devices, to ensure vaccine is stored properly.

Assist the Director of Clinical Service in developing, implementing, directing, and evaluating quality improvement activities that support the BOI's goals and objectives in the delivery of quality immunization services.

Assist in the training of new BOI Clinic staff.

Assist in the training and orientation of agency nurses hired for the back-to-school rush and flu vaccination season.

Assist with enhancement of, and training on, the Electronic Medical Record.

When indicated, and in accordance with ACIP guidelines, serve as an on-site reference and guide for appropriate immunization practice.

When indicated, act as on-site coordinator for emergency procedures and treatment (such as for anaphylaxis.

May assume duties of the Director of Clinical Services when assigned.

Participate in other projects and programs with BOI, including but not limited to emergency preparedness and response activities, when assigned.


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.

  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.

  • Current Resume

  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at



  1. Possession of a valid New York State license as a Registered Nurse is required.

Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.