Nurse Residency Program
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. The 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.
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.
For more information phone (619) 285-6480 or send us an email.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
When are applications made available?
The Public Health Nurse (PHN) Residency Program offers two cohorts every year. Applications are opened around April for the Fall cohort in the same year, and around September for the Spring cohort the following year. You may visit the County of San Diego website and sign up for future job openings/notifications at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sdcounty
Can I apply before I graduate from my nursing program, or before I get a
Registered Nurse (RN) license from the California Board of Registered Nursing?
Yes, you can submit your application before graduating from a nursing program or before getting an RN license. Possession of a valid and current RN license by the California Board of Registered Nursing is required at the time of appointment or your official start date.
Do I need to possess a PHN certificate from the California Board of
Registered Nursing during application?
No. Possession of a PHN certificate from the California Board of Registered Nursing is highly recommended by the time of appointment or your official start date. The PHN certificate is required by completion of the PHN Residency Program so that you can get promoted and be placed as a PHN within the county.
I am not a recent graduate but am interested to transition to public
health nursing. Can I apply if I have over one year of nursing experience?
Yes. The program is open to both new graduate nurses and experienced nurses who may be new to public health. Our goal is to recruit and develop nurses who want to launch their career in public health.