Registered Nurse I/ Relief Nurse

Los Angeles County Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 2 months ago

Position/Program Information

REGISTERED NURSE I: $6910.04 - $10066.60 MONTHLY







The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through its integrated system of 27 health centers and four hospitals - and expanded network of community partner clinics

  • DHS annually provides direct care for 600,000 unique patients, employs over 23,000 staff, and has an annual budget of over $6.2 billion. For additional information regarding DHS please visit

Through academic affiliations with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences (CDU), DHS hospitals are training sites for physicians completing their Graduate Medical Education in nearly every medical specialty and subspecialty. In addition to its direct clinical services, DHS also runs the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and the County's 911 emergency response system, as well as Housing for Health and the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, each with a critical role in connecting vulnerable populations, including those released from correctional and institutional settings, to supportive housing.


To advance the health of our patients and our communities by providing extraordinary care.


Positions allocable to this class typically report to higher-level nurses or providers. Incumbents apply recognized nursing principles and practices in providing professional nursing care and/or services under close supervision in a variety of settings. Duties are performed in accordance with specific instructions, departmental policies and procedures and established general written standards of nursing care. Positions are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care as part of an interdisciplinary team. Incumbents serve as professional role models and may provide direction to others. Nursing practice at this level demonstrates the application of basic assessment skills; independent judgment and action; and adherence to patient privacy, confidentiality, and security guidelines.


This class provides professional nursing care and services to patients in a variety of settings.

Essential Job Functions

Follows established policies and procedures within their scope of practice.

Complies with licensing and accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements.

Conducts self-assessment of performance and identifies own learning needs.

Consistently seeks assistance and feedback regarding patient and clinical practice issues.

Accepts personal accountability and demonstrates initiative in continuing to develop nursing knowledge and skills.

Communicates and collaborates effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team as needed.

Participates in patient care conferences, committee meetings, staff development, and education programs to increase or maintain professional competency.

Seeks experiences that reflect current clinical practice to achieve and enhance professional and clinical skills and competencies.

Remains up-to-date on current professional skills, trends, and issues.

Participates in performance improvement activities.

Maintains courteous and respectful relationships with patients, families, and co-workers.

Provides care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner.

Respects patient rights; adheres to and protects patient privacy, confidentiality, and security guidelines.

Completes and maintains accurate and legible documentation and records in a clear, concise, and timely manner.

Reports and may intervene in incidents involving patients, visitors, or employees.

Delegates, assigns, and/or supervises as needed the assigned work of others including Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), nursing attendants, technicians, clerical staff, and students.


An ongoing process which is continuous for the duration of the patient's stay.

Interviews patient and other individuals to collect information.

Observes physical condition including physically examining the patient.

Identifies economic, educational, and cultural barriers; patient values and beliefs; spiritual influences; and age specific and biophysical needs according to accepted standards of practice.

Reviews all available information, including medical records, patient history, and other documentation.

Documents all findings and observations.

Initiates reassessment of patients as necessary when a patient is currently or potentially at physiologic, psychological, and psychosocial risk.


Formulates nursing care plans upon assessment and in accordance with provider orders, procedures and/or protocols.

Prioritizes patient care needs and activities as a member of an interdisciplinary patient care team.

Modifies plans of patient care based on reassessment findings, specific patient care needs, and/or changes in interdisciplinary treatment plan.

Assists in discharge planning needs.


Provides individualized and specialized nursing care and administers medications and treatments to patients as prescribed.

Observes patient's response to interventions and treatments and monitors for side effects of medication administration.

Recognizes and responds to changes in patient status timely and appropriately. Intervenes when situations call for immediate action.

Communicates identified needs and patient responses to members of the interdisciplinary team.


Observes, evaluates, and communicates the effects of treatments and interventions.

Reassesses and revises plan of care in collaboration with other members of the health care team.

Communicates with patients and care givers regarding changes in patient care and treatment plans.



    1. A license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

  • AND-

2.Current certification issued by the American Heart Association's Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) Program.

(Please see Special Requirement Information)

PHYSICAL CLASS III - Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.


License and Certification Information

To compete in this examination process, applicants must have a license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing

  • OR- have a license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by a State Government Board of Registered Nursing, within the United States of America.

Applicants who have a license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by a State Government Board of Registered Nursing, within the United States of America, may compete in this examination. However, the names of such candidates will be withheld from the certification list pending receipt of the required license authorized by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Please ensure the License and Certification Section of the application is completed. Provide the title(s) of your required license(s), the number(s), date(s) of issue, date(s) of expiration and the name(s) of the issuing agency for the required license as specified in the Selection Requirements.

  • The original license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing and BLS certification must be presented during the selection process and/or prior to appointment.

Applicants must attach a legible photocopy of their BLS certification to their application at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days from the application filing date. Applications submitted without the required evidence of BLS certification will be rejected.

The required license and certification MUST be current and unrestricted; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license or certification will NOT be accepted.

Additional Information


The examination content will consist of:

An unproctored, multiple choice test, weighted 100%, covering the following areas:

  • Professional Potential

  • Achievement

  • Working Relationships

  • Analyzing Information

  • Learning Quickly

  • Generating New Ideas

  • Using Time Efficiently

  • Working to High Quality Standards

  • Adapting to Change

  • Coping with Uncertainty

  • Willingness to Learn

  • Responsibility

  • Deductive Reasoning


Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and pass the unproctored, multiple choice written examination with a score of 70% or higher in order to be added to the eligible register.

Notification Letters and other correspondences will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add and to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.


Applicants that have taken identical written test part(s) for other exams within the last 12 months, will have their written test responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.

This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your scores will be transferred to the new examination and you may not be allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least 12 months.


Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at:

You may also access test preparation materials for the computerized portion of the test by going to the website: While these study guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary.


Applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

The names of the candidates receiving a passing grade on the examination will be added to the eligible register without indication of relative standing in the exam. Successful candidates will remain on the register for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION in accordance with TITLE 5 - PERSONNEL, APPENDIX 1 (Civil Service Rule 11.03) of the Los Angeles County Code, selective certification may be used for some positions that require special skills and/or training. The following areas may require Selective Certification.

1.Adult Critical Care and Burn Unit

2.Emergency Room

3.Operating Room

Specific knowledge of the specialized functional areas may be the subject of the departmental hiring interview.


Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.




The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Health Services as they occur.


Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted. Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing will not be accepted.

Apply online by clicking the green "APPLY" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time with or without advance notice.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of you application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the REQUIREMENTS. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.


  • All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

NOTE: If you are unable to attach documents to your application, you must email the documents to the Exam Analyst, Darlene Beamon-Thomas at within 15 calendar days of filing online. Please ensure to reference your attachment(s) by including your full name (as it appears on your application), examination number and examination title in the subject of your email.


Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.


All applicants must file their applications online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.


The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.


(323) 914-7111


(800) 735-2922


Darlene Beamon-Thomas, Exam Analyst

(323) 914-5213

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Registered Nurse I/ Relief Nurse

Los Angeles County