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Staff Nurse, Supervising

Salary: $32.55-$39.74 hourly / $5,662-$6,912 monthly / Range: 6316

DEFINITION: Under general direction, directs and supervises professional and unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in the provision of direct patient care in the regional community health clinics; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a first-line supervisory classification. It is distinguished from Staff Nurse by its emphasis on providing direction and supervision as opposed to direct patient care. It is further distinguished from the Staff Nurse, Senior, by the latter classification's focus on using specialized nursing knowledge to provide nursing services to a specific targeted program or population.


1. Directs professional nurses and UAP in providing direct patient care in the Public Health Department's regional clinics; supervises and reviews the quality of health care provided to patients and ensures that all policies, procedures, and protocols are adhered to by staff; ensures that nursing care is performed to acceptable professional standards and in accordance with physician's orders.
2. Evaluates the work of subordinate staff in order to ensure that quality assurance standards are met; documents performance and takes appropriate action, including implementing discipline when necessary; establishes expectations and performance goals and supports staff in the attainment of those goals.
3. Develops and maintains staffing schedules for the clinic; ensures that provider, clinic, and hospital call schedules are accurate and communicated to staff, the hospital, and the answering service; maintains and distributes schedules for various specialty clinics.
4. Ensures that appropriate records and patient traffic flow are maintained, referrals and follow-up appointments are made, accurate information is communicated to patients, and clinics are conducted in an orderly fashion; an adequate inventory of medical supplies, medications, and vaccines is maintained; examination and/or consultation rooms are properly equipped and supplied; and notifies the Regional Clinic Manager of equipment failure and recommends repair and/or replacement of broken equipment.
5. Conducts regular nursing staff meetings; communicates procedural or other changes to staff; obtains feedback from staff regarding clinic services and needs and informs the Regional Clinic Manager; communicates safety tips and updates to staff and maintains sign-in sheets that verify staff's receipt of safety information.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of California; and,

1. three years of professional nursing experience that included some lead experience, such as assigning and reviewing the work of staff; or,
2. three years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Staff Nurse with Santa Barbara County including some lead experience such as assigning and reviewing the work of staff; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

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 medical services; medical recordkeeping and privacy 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 backgrounds.

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