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Staff Nurse, Senior

Salary: $30.97-$37.81 hourly / $5,387-$6,576 monthly / Range: 6216

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, and staff.


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 procedures.
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 governments.

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 practices.

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.

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