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Public Health Nurse

Public Health Nurses at the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) engage in a variety of population-based and individual nursing activities in homes, schools, clinics and community settings designed to assure that health care is accessible and available to residents. Nursing assignments may be in one of the following programs: Empowering Families of Milwaukee (EFM), Parents Nurturing and Caring for their Children (PNCC), Communicable Disease, Tuberculosis Prevention and Care, Home Environmental Health, Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness and Sexual and Reproductive Health.



Empowering Families of Milwaukee (EFM)

  • Conduct in-person, virtual and telephonic home visits and work intensively with at-risk population including pregnant women, or newly delivered mothers and their infants, and family support systems in order to improve maternal/child health and to provide health related education including: breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, and early childhood health, development, and well-being.
  • Provide evidence-based parenting curriculum and health education via the Parents as Teachers model. Program offers up to three years of services for eligible families.

Parents Nurturing and Caring for their Children (PNCC)

  • Conduct in-person, virtual and telephonic home visits and work intensively with at-risk pregnant women in order to improve maternal/child health and to provide health related education including that related to breastfeeding support, prenatal support, birth planning and referral services.
  • Provide short term home visitation services to improve birth outcomes, curtail child maltreatment and decrease infant and maternal mortality.

Home Environmental Health - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

  • Provide family-centered case management to assess early childhood developmental, nutritional and medical needs of children testing positive for lead poisoning.
  • Provide education on lead hazards and strategies to reduce exposure.
  • Conduct in-person, virtual and telephonic home visits to engage families to develop and.


Communicable Disease Program

  • Perform communicable disease control activities such as detection, intervention, surveillance, education and referral in order to prevent the further spread of infection of reportable communicable diseases (e.g. enteric illnesses, vaccine preventable diseases, water or vector borne infections, and new emerging infections).
  • Work collaboratively with MHD programs to investigate reportable communicable disease outbreak.

Tuberculosis Prevention and Care Clinic

  • Perform TB screening and assessment, and provide treatment to patients using established medical protocols and in consultation with the medical consultant.
  • Conduct and evaluate TB case investigations.

Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program

  • Provide breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible women, coordinate diagnostic services, and enroll women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer into Medicaid to pay for treatment.
  • Provide services that support cardiovascular risk reduction to clients who are enrolled in Wisconsin Well Women Program. This program also covers some treatment services for women with abnormal test results for high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Program

  • Perform STI and HIV screening, assessment, counseling; treat clients seeking services using established medical protocols.
  • Participate in the prevention of STI, HIV and other communicable disease through one on one counseling, group education and community outreach.


  • Work standard hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, on rotating Mondays and Thursdays, the schedule is 10:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.
  • Must wear industry related personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, facemask or face shield.
  • May travel outside the City of Milwaukee, occasionally overnight, in order to attend training and conferences.
  • May be required to carry a mobile device during business hours.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 25 lbs.
  • While performing the duties of this job, employees may be exposed to infectious agents or toxins.
  • The Public Health Nurse is considered essential staff during the current public health emergency.
  • The preplacement medical requirements for this title include:
    • Physical/lift test
    • Audiogram
    • Vision
    • TB Test; annually throughout employment
    • Hep B Vaccine
    • MMR Vaccine
    • Varicella Vaccine
    • Medical evaluation for respirator
    • Respirator fit test
    • Non-DOT drug test


  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program. (Note: Students in their final year in school may participate in the selection process but may not be hired until the degree has been completed.)
  2. Current permit or license to practice professional nursing in Wisconsin OR eligibility to receive such permit or license. License must be obtained by the time of appointment and maintained throughout employment.
  3. Valid driver's license and possession of a properly insured vehicle for use on the job is required at time of appointment and throughout employment. Mileage reimbursement is provided.


The current salary range (2DN) is $66,810-$74,974 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $68,814-$77,223 annually. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.



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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.