Staff Nurse, Senior
Salary: $30.97-$37.81 hourly / $5,387-$6,576 monthly /
DEFINITION: Under direction, provides professional nursing
services and is responsible for the operational activities of
primary care and/or public health clinics; and performs related
duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is characterized by the
responsibility to act in a lead nursing capacity and to assist a
Nurse Clinic Coordinator or Regional Clinic Administrator in
planning, organizing, and evaluating clinic operations, activities,
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Assesses the physical and psychosocial needs of patients and
makes appropriate nursing interventions; assists physicians and
health care practitioners with examinations, treatments, and other
2. Educates and counsels patients and their families on procedures,
medical care, and sensitive health issues, including need for
follow-up; provides informational literature and makes referrals to
mental health, social services, and other agencies as needed; serves
as liaison to other county departments and outside agencies.
3. Obtains and prepares a variety of specimens for laboratory
analysis; schedules, administers, and interprets results of
pregnancy, PPD's, hearing, glucose, and other tests; administers
medications and immunizations; performs special treatments, such as
mistogens, updrafts, wound care, and catheterizations.
4. Assists with clinic and office operations to ensure that
appropriate records and patient traffic flow are maintained,
referrals and follow-up appointments are made, accurate information
is disseminated and that clinics are conducted in an orderly
fashion; ensures adequate inventory of medical supplies,
medications, and vaccines; ensures that examination and/or
consultation rooms are properly equipped and supplied.
5. Assists in the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation
of professional and nonprofessional personnel in specific clinic
operations, programs, and technical procedures.
6. Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of
nursing service policies and clinic activities and makes
recommendation for better utilization of facilities, services, and
staff; prepares written procedures related to routine and emergency
clerical operations and activities; prepares and maintains a variety
of pertinent records reflecting patient's condition, medication, and
treatment and other records required by state and federal
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Registered Nurse license
issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and two
years of clinical nursing experience including some responsibility
for clinic operations and activities.
Additional Qualifications: Independent travel may be required.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be
required. Selectees for employment must, as a condition of
employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166
of the California Penal Code relating to child abuse,
elder/dependent adult abuse, and physical violence abuse reporting.
Knowledge of: the principles, practices and skilled techniques of
nursing; symptomology and disease processes; general nutrition;
medical equipment operation; use and effects of medications and
immunizations; legal environment of nursing; health education
techniques and practices; interviewing and counseling techniques;
community health and social services; medical recordkeeping
practices; clinic organization and operations; supervisory
Ability to: evaluate and assess the need for nursing and/or medical
services; exercise independent judgment; work with individuals and
families in a clinical setting to resolve health problems; perform
skilled nursing tasks; anticipate patient's needs; plan, organize,
coordinate and supervise clinical nursing and support services; lead
the work of others engaged in nursing and clinical support
activities; identify and analyze administrative problems and
implement operational changes; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, patience
and compassion; establish and maintain cooperative working
relations; comply with nursing policies, protocols and program
regulations; prepare and maintain medical records of appropriate
documentation; recognize and respect limits of authority and
responsibility; maintain confidentiality of information; make
referrals to local and regional providers of social, medical and/or
other special services; communicate effectively with people of
diverse socio-economic and ethnic origins.