Staff Nurse
Butte County, CA - Chico, CA

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Under general supervision, provides a variety of professional nursing and patient care services to support the functions and operation of the Public Health or Behavioral Health Departments clinics, acute facilities and programs.

Essential Job Functions:

Essential Job Functions : Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledges, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

· Administers general nursing care to patients in a clinic or community setting; performs nursing procedures such as administering medications and prescribed medical treatments; observes patients' conditions and behavior; reports significant changes to supervisor or physician and records nursing notes on patient chart; gives first aid as needed.

· Interviews and observes patients to ascertain medical history and current condition; reviews patients’ records; takes vital signs, assesses current condition, and records and reports all information.

· Assembles treatment supplies, prepares patients for examination, and assists in examination and treatment of patient.

· May provide direct patient treatment per written clinic protocols, policies, and procedures.

· Performs various tests and treatments; administers injections and other medications; collects, labels and logs specimens.

· Counsels patients, giving supportive care; may lead individual or group therapy sessions with patients.

· Reads and evaluates written information such as admission reports, physicians’ evaluations and diagnosis, and staff notes; evaluates problem presented by clients and develops treatment plans.

· Instructs individual patients on follow-up care, birth control, communicable disease prevention, hygiene, general health care, and treatment of specific medical conditions.

· Maintains records, inventory and physical security of drugs and medical supplies; sets up and stocks medication cart, crash cart, and supplies; orders and requests supplies as needed.

· Prepares records and reports; may prepare statistical reports to document immunizations administered for purposes of funding grant programs.

· Performs simple laboratory work, and prepares specimens for laboratory; obtains tests results, and notifies patients of test results, following departmental and program guidelines.

· Performs Tuberculosis testing; screens clients with positive Tuberculosis skin tests; coordinates referrals for chest X-rays; works closely with public health nurses on communicable disease control and treatment. clients with positive Tuberculosis skin tests

· Collects and enters immunization data into computer registry.

· Performs administrative duties; receives, logs in and files a variety of reports, client charts, client interactions and other documents; responds to and refers incoming telephone calls.

· Prepares room and equipment for use by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians; assures sterilization and cleanliness of instruments and the environment.

· Provide medical case management for eligible clients per specific program guidelines

· Provides client centered education and counseling services regarding a variety of health topics as required per Department protocols.

· Screens and administers immunizations for children and adults; may advise clients regarding required and recommended immunizations for children and travel destinations.

· Conduct training, technical assistance and quality assurance activities with county, public and private health care providers; schools and community agencies per specific program guidelines.

· Provide specific necessary health education to clients as needed.

· Participate in program development, analysis, and outreach.

· Assists Public Health Assistants and volunteers as appropriate.

· Adheres to the confidentiality standards of the Privacy Act of 1974, {U.S.C. § 552A} as amended.

· Performs other related duties as assigned.

Staff Nurse - Acute Assignment – Additional essential job functions:

Acute assignment nurses may be eligible to receive a ten (10%) percent pay differential under the terms of the Professional Employees’ Association’s Memorandum of Understanding.

· Ability to quickly assess medical issues complicating psychiatric care.

· Observes and reports patients’ mental and physical condition and behavior to physician and mental health treatment team as part of overall assessment and treatment planning; implements assigned parts of treatment plan.

· Ability to rapidly interpret and understand laboratory values in relation to psychiatric conditions.

· Performs on-going nursing assessments of patients on the daily census or census by shift.

· Demonstrates fundamental knowledge of psychotropic, mood management and related medications – their benefits, side effects, and a correct therapeutic dosage.

· Ability to present clearly and effectively patient history, assessment or care plans to a judge in Reese hearing or other court settings in a competent, concise and accurate manner.

· Acclimates patients to a health facility routine, encourages patients to participate and guides patients in personal hygiene as part of overall treatment and rehabilitation.

· Assesses, treats and monitors patients’ physical medical needs and condition; and explains treatment procedures to patients.

· Maintains medication supplies and records; inventory and physical security of drugs and medical supplies; dispenses prescribed medications; administers medications, noting reactions and results; and consults with medical staff regarding individual patients’ medications.

· Maintains complete charts and records of patients’ condition, treatment, and reactions.

· Manage incidents of assaultive or inappropriate behavior.

· Provides direction of nursing related work to paraprofessional staff in the provisions of patient care.

· Assists in providing education to non-medical mental health staff regarding proper procedures used in the care of client’s medical needs.

· Participates in the process of uniting medical and non-medical staff members to work together as a team in the best interest of the patient.

· Ability to diagnosis medical conditions from psychiatric symptoms.

· Coordinate and explain 1:1 (one to one) patient medical management plans.

· Requires a foundational knowledge of and facility with the laws relating to Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services.

· Transports individual patients to and from facilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree in Nursing, and one (1) year of professional experience as a Registered Nurse preferred.

· Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse from the State of California, and remain active with all annual licensing requirements.

· Possession of a current valid CPR certification.

· Must possess a valid State of California Driver's license.

Staff Nurse - Acute Assignment

· Requires a Bachelor’s degree and one (1) year experience performing the duties of a Registered Nurse in a psychiatric or other acute care nursing setting.

· Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse from the State of California, and remain active with all annual licensing requirements.

· Must pass a pre-employment physical.

· Possession of a current valid CPR certification.

· Must possess a valid State of California Driver's license.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:

· Working conditions are basic Clinic and community settings; full manual dexterity and visual acuity required.

· Work involves the potential for exposure to hostile and infectious diseases; some non-standard work hours are required.

· Acute assignment: Work is performed in crisis in-patient facilities; full manual dexterity and visual acuity required.

· Acute assignment: Work involves the potential for exposure to high risk physical situations, and patients; and infectious diseases; some non-standard work hours are required.

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