offers are based on successful completion of any preappointment
background investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.
ABOUT THE POSITION: Classes in this series provide psychiatric
and other professional nursing care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed
patients; and do other related work as required. Mental Health
Nurse I: Under general supervision, assists in the
performance or performs professional nursing care duties. Mental Health Nurse II:
Under general direction, provides a
program of professional psychiatric nursing care, including psychotherapy
treatment. Work assignments may involve
the direction and supervision of other community mental health workers. May act as a consultant and
resource person for staff and community agencies. Responsible for completion
of admission and discharge procedures including financial information.
TYPICAL TASKS: Gives
professional nursing care to patients in a Community Mental Health Center;
conducts preliminary evaluations of emotionally disturbed patients; formulates
and carries out nursing treatment plans; observes patients and reports and
records their condition and behavior; gives all types of oral, intramuscular and other medications and treatments and
records such actions; explains and participates in treatment procedures; may
provide individual, family, or group psychotherapy; participates in crisis
intervention activities; works in conjunction with other members of the
treatment team; may direct or oversee the performance of other workers;
maintains a safe and secure environment by observing and removing physical
hazards, drugs, or medications; may conduct quality assurance
review of patient records.
THE REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of:
Modern methods, techniques and procedures used in general and
psychiatric professional nursing; medical and psychiatric terminology, hospital
routines, procedures, equipment and facilities; the uses and effects of
medicines and narcotics; principles and techniques of psychotherapy and a
variety of treatment modalities. Ability to: Apply psychiatric nursing
care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients; observe and record
psychiatric and physical behavior; follow oral and written directions of a
technical and professional nature; establish and maintain cooperative working
relationships with patients, staff and the public; maintain and interpret
charts, records, and reports.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Valid
California State License as a Registered Nurse. AND: Mental
Health Nurse I: Either A: Two years of
experience in a mental health setting; or B: Bachelor of Science degree
from an accredited institution in Nursing and one year experience in a mental
health setting; or C: Master's
degree from an accredited institution in Psychiatric Nursing or Community
Mental Health Nursing and no experience.
Mental Health Nurse II: AND: Two years of experience as a Mental
Health Nurse I, or a Mental Health Therapist II, or an equivalent position.
IN ADDITION: Incumbent will need to possess the ability to assist
in the containment of physically out-of-control patients.
NOTE: This is only a partial job description. For a
complete job description of this classification or career series, please refer
to http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/hr or contact the Personnel
Department at 805-781-5959.
IN ADDITION: This class specification generally describes
duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this
class. Duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary
from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential
functions of a particular position (whether it be a
multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by
medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have
questions about the duties or working conditions of the position, please
contact the Personnel Department at 805-781-5959.
AGENCY SHOP: Employees hired into classes represented by SLOCEA
labor contracts are covered by Agency Shop provisions which require that new
employees become SLOCEA dues paying members or pay an agency shop service fee
in lieu of dues.
NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified 6-8 weeks after
the final filing date. However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the
type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will be sent by US mail and/or email.
Therefore, notify the Personnel
Department of any mailing address or email address changes for all applications
PENSION BENEFIT INFORMATION: Effective
January 1, 2013 the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA or
AB340), makes substantial changes to public employee pension plans. PEPRA
impacts the pension benefits of current employees (employees hired on or
before 12/31/12) and all future hires (those hired on or after 1/1/13).
Please refer to our website for additional information including summary of
impacts and FAQs at: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/hr.htm
Should you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources staff at
805.781.5959 or email email@example.com.
Note: Those employees with reciprocity who are returning or
entering into SLO County employment within a 6 month break in service, may be
eligible to enter into the SLO County pension plan that was in existence for new
hires as of December 31, 2012 for that bargaining unit. Contact Pension Trust
for specific questions related to reciprocity (805.781.5465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other questions should be directed to HR.
SELECTION PROCESS: Non-Competitive
Exam. Candidates who meet license or certification requirements will be
referred to the department for hiring interviews. New employees are required to complete an INS
Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship or legal
residency and authorization to work.
Essential functions of a job for purposes of the Americans with
Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the filling of each vacant
position. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of the
disabled and the religious needs of an applicant. If you require special arrangements to
participate in the recruitment process, you must inform the County Personnel
Department in writing of the type and extent of accommodation no later than
the final filing deadline. Information relating to the essential duties
of a position are identified and used by medical examiners and hiring
authorities in the selection process and is available upon request for review
during a recruitment.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE