Medical Care Services Division

Office of Nursing Excellence


To promote professional nursing practice by supporting quality nursing services to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities.

Our role is to support quality, timely, and evidence-based care and services provided by nurses throughout the Health and Human Services Agency. This includes development, implementing and updating policies and standards of practice.

For more information contact us at (619) 285-6480 or send us an email.


Office of Nursing Excellence collects and analyzes data to develop processes that support the delivery of excellent services and to monitor service delivery and quality indicators. We support our stakeholders in developing process improvement initiatives.

Practice and Policy

Office of Nursing Excellence develops and provides oversight for HHSA nursing standards and practices. We ensure HHSA nursing policies are evidence-based and align with the Live Well San Diego vision. Develop and implement the HHSA Nursing Professional Practice Model.

Links and Resources

Board of Registered Nursing (CA)

American Nurses Association

Association of Public Health Nurses

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Education and Professional Development

Office of Nursing Excellence formulates and executes the education and professional development plan including partnering with area schools of nursing to develop the future nursing workforce.

Public Health Nurse Residency Program

The 10-week program provides a comprehensive overview of the County’s public health and social services to nurses in their transition to public health nursing.

Click here for details.

For more information phone (619) 285-6480 or send us an email.


Nurse Residency Program Graduates November 2019

Clinical Placements

Office of Nursing Excellence coordinates the placement of student nurses who are enrolled in academic programs that have a formal agreement with County of San Diego. 

CEU Provider

Office of Nursing Excellence is a Continuing Education Provider as approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. We support educators and presenters in delivering CEU approved courses

To learn more about CEU requirements through the State of California BRN, please visit their site at


For current nursing employment opportunities please visit the Department of Human Resources Job Postings.

Home Visiting Referrals

Office of Nursing Excellence maintains the referral portal for the Nurse Family Partnership and Maternal Child Health home visiting programs. To enter a home visiting referral please click here to obtain a log-in for the Persimmony® referral portal.