Public Health Nursing Services

The mission of the Kern County Department of the Public Health Nursing Program is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of all Kern County residents through combined disciplines of nursing, social work, and public health.

nurseandchildPublic Health Nursing services are provided by a team which consists of:

  • Public Health Nurses (Registered Nurses who have completed a four year University Program with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, state certified in Public Health Nursing)
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Health Education Assistants with Bachelor Degrees
  • Public Health Aides
  • Medical Social Workers

All have received education in community health, disease prevention and health promotion.

Public Health Home Services

Public health nurses promote health in the home by:

  • Assessing an individual’s ability to manage care at home and offer support and education to the client and family.
  • Responding to reports of infectious diseases in the home and community, such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, food poisoning, and vaccine preventable disease outbreaks.
  • Assisting clients to arrange for and coordinate available community resources for family planning, high risk pregnancy issues, and parenting problems.
  • Case management for families with chronic disease, high risk infants, teen pregnancies, drug exposed infants, AIDS, the frail elderly, and Foster Care children.
  • Acting as an advocate for persons who have multiple medical/social problems and are served by many agencies.
  • Providing health and prevention information for lead exposure, obesity, anemia, HIV, and tobacco cessation.
  • Providing information and assistance on immunizations, including perinatal hepatitis B, and counseling following Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Assisting the county wide team in response to a disaster.

Public Health Nursing Clinic Services

Public health nursing provides the following clinic services:

  • AIDS Education and Prevention
  • HIV Testing and Counseling
  • Well Child and CHDP Screenings
  • Head Lice / Scabies Examination and Treatment
  • Family Planning – Education, Counseling, and Treatment
  • Immunizations for Adults and Children
  • Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Treatment
  • Travel Vaccination and Information
  • Tuberculosis Case Management
  • Tuberculosis Skin Testing


Note: There are low fees for some clinic services if patients are not eligible for free state programs.


Anyone can make a referral including individuals, family members, friends, neighbors, nurses, physicians, or community agencies. You may print and use this referral form if you wish.

Telephone or Fax the Bakersfield Office at:
Office – (661) 868-0502 Fax – (661) 868-0218
Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Written referrals may be sent to:
Kern County Department of Public Health
Public Health Nursing
1800 Mt. Vernon Ave. 2nd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93306

Referral information should include:

  1. Name, Address, Telephone number, Birthdate, Name of family head
  2. Reason for referral
  3. Source of referral (Name, Agency, and Phone Number)
  4. Name and telephone number of referred person’s medical care provider, if any
  5. And pertinent health information

Note: Public Health Nursing cannot accept referrals for Home Health Care or Services outside of Kern County.