Sr. Registered Nurse - Mental Health Acute Care

County Of Ventura Ventura , CA 93001

Posted 2 weeks ago


Under the direction of the Clinical Nurse Manager, has 24-hour clinical supervisory responsibility of mental health nursing services for Ventura County Mental Health Inpatient Services andcoordinates nursing services with interdisciplinary functions during assigned shifts.

CERTIFICATION PAY: Incumbents in this classification are eligible for certification pay at a rate of $0.813 per hour based on his or her scheduled work week hours and not to exceed the scheduled work week hours for each qualified certification possessed up to a maximum of five (5) certifications.

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.

BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Health Care Agency - VCMC Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Sr RN-MH-AC is represented by the California Nurses' Association (CNA) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

NOTE: Salary placement will be determined according to the current CNA memorandum of agreement.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy. The shift for the current vacancy will be determined based on the need of the unit.



CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages admissions and discharges of patients into the Inpatient Unit and/or Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU);

  • Coordinates and provides clinical/functional supervision to nursing services staff with interdisciplinary functions and motivates staff;

  • Ensures that hospital administration policies, philosophies, and nursing services procedures are interpreted, taught, and appropriately carried out by nursing personnel on all shifts;

  • Recommends unit staffing patterns and assigns personnel to provide for patient care for a 24-hour, seven-day period basis;

  • Uses evaluation data in collaboration with other health disciplines to influence the revision of the patient care treatment plan, as well as maintaining standards of care;

  • Acts as a liaison between staff and administration;

  • Writes and revises procedures for patient care;

  • Provides consultation to Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) staff regarding mentally ill patients in the hospital.

  • Provides in-service programs for staff in the mental health facility as well as the Ventura County Medical Center;

  • Works with and across multiple and complex organizational lines for planning, implementing and measuring results with divisions such as Dietary, Housekeeping, Laboratory, VCMC Nursing Administration, and Day Treatment;

  • Arranges with educational facilities for clinical experiences for students;

  • May provide community service to groups related to mental health; and

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Sr RN-MH-Acute Care requires four (4) years of full-time mental health Registered Nursing experience, one (1) year of which was in a supervisory capacity.


  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of California.

  • Must have a current, valid Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification by first day of employment.

  • Depending upon area of assignment, additional specialty experience and/or certification(s) may be required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of: the theories, techniques and practices of professional nursing; mental health nursing theories and practices, including the varied theories, techniques, and practices related to working with mentally unstable persons, and the discriminative ability in the selective use of these techniques; theory of human growth and development; current mental health treatment approaches; crisis theory and techniques and suicide prevention; community, County, State and Federal resources and their interrelationships; California Mental Health laws and their application, and other mental health laws related to patient care; effective clinical/functional supervision techniques and practices; group dynamics; interdisciplinary functioning and team building; community organization strategies and ability to apply them; and the social and political factors influencing mental health care delivery.

Working ability to: apply current theories, philosophy, and principles of effective management; provide effective functional supervision and leadership; participate in comprehensive planning in consultation with a multidisciplinary team; make independent decisions on behalf of patients; maintain confidentiality of patient/client information; implement an effective training program for non-professional and professional co-workers and other community agencies or groups; plan and give mental health consultation to non-mental health personnel and other agencies; establish and maintain the confidence of and working relationships with professional staff, patients and families, and other related entities; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Supplemental Information: Duties are performed in an inpatient facility. Tasks will range from sedentary to those that may require alertness and strength in a crisis situation. Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time, therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our website at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application and supplemental questionnaire.

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here for additional information.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - 100%: An application evaluation will be conducted. A score will be assigned to each application based on established criteria. Such score will be considered as the final score for placement on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of six (6) months.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Sam Maynard via email at or via telephone at (805) 677-5323.

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