Staff Nurse

Orange County Santa Ana , CA 92701

Posted 4 weeks ago



In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase

Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following date:

Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is Open to the Public and will be open for a minimum of five (5) business days and remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the needs of the County are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future vacancies within the Health Care Agency. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.


The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven (7) service areas - Administrative and Financial, Strategy and Special Projects, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Office of Care Coordination, Medical Health and Public Health - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.


Through assessment, policy development and assurance, Public Health Services provides a wide range of services aimed at reducing death and disability by reducing the transmission of communicable diseases, preventing and lessening the impact of chronic diseases, and ensuring healthy and safe environments.


Clinical Services

The Staff Nurses (Registered Nurses) assist with the investigation and treatment of reportable communicable diseases, including Tuberculosis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and food-borne or aerosolized illnesses to prevent the spread in the community.

Click here to learn more about the Clinical Services Division.

Family Health

Family Health promotes the health and well-being of all infants, children, parents, and families in Orange County through service delivery and collaboration with a range of community organizations and health professionals. The Staff Nurses (Registered Nurses) provide essential support to clinic operations within the Child Health, Family Planning, Childhood Immunization and Travel Immunization Clinics.

Click here to learn more about the Family Health Division.


The Staff Nurse makes independent nursing judgments while following orders from physicians or nursing supervisors and works within established nursing procedures for the assigned clinic.

Family Health Clinics

This position supports service delivery through administration of immunizations and providing medical care to Orange County residents. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Taking vital signs and obtaining complete patient history including present illness, past medical history, and family and social history

  • Teaching and counseling patients and families regarding specific diseases, health conditions, health maintenance and illness prevention

  • Utilizing the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) state registry system to accurately document immunizations

  • Assisting in providing nursing support during disease outbreaks

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Communicable Disease Control

The current position provides surveillance, investigation, and reporting for enteric diseases. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating with Epidemiologists to address foodborne outbreaks

  • Assessing the need for and conducting specimen collection and analysis when patients work in sensitive occupations or otherwise require clearance

  • Tracking patient status, reporting to the Medical Director and Supervising Public Health Nurse, and conducting follow up activities as directed

  • Entering case histories and supplemental information into the State's electronic system for reporting

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STD/HIV Clinic (17th Street Testing, Treatment and Care)

This position provides direct nursing services to patients seeking care in the clinic. The Staff Nurse is part of the clinic's interdisciplinary team. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performing triage and nursing assessments

  • Administering medications as ordered by physicians

  • Providing venipuncture and laboratory testing, and providing patient education

  • Performing patient specimen collection and obtaining vital signs

  • Providing patient care as well as assistance to STD/HIV clinician, while developing patient relationships

  • Utilizing an electronic health record for patient care

  • Coordinating with other Public Health clinics and community based organizations as needed for patient care

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The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following competencies:

  • Technical Knowledge | Technical Experience

  • Performing patient assessment and interviews

  • Administering medications (PO and IM) following physician's orders

  • Performing venipuncture

  • Understanding appropriate practice in documentation of medical records

  • Interpreting and applying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations

  • Using modern technology and medical equipment for appropriate diagnosis and care of patients

  • Utilizing computer skills to schedule patients, and order and review laboratory tests

  • Interpersonal Skills | Relationship Building

  • Working collaboratively with other interdisciplinary team members, programs, agencies, community based-programs and families/significant others

  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with patients, peers, supervisors, and managers to achieve program goals

  • Providing compassionate care in fulfilling nursing responsibilities

  • Decision Making/Problem Solving

  • Assessing patients and identifying appropriate clinical needs

  • Solving problems by making sound clinical decisions and critically thinking of patients' needs and their assessment

  • Identifying priorities based on patients' clinical presentation

  • Performing with an appropriate sense of urgency based on priority

  • Resolving conflicts and adapting swiftly to changing situations


Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Staff Nurse classification as well as the physical and mental requirements and the environmental and working conditions.


Physical Requirements

Independent body mobility to stand, walk, bend, stoop, sit for prolonged time and to drive a vehicle; strength to lift and carry up to 25 pounds; manual dexterity to reach, grasp, manipulate small objects and precision instruments to give injections, take pulse and blood pressure; manual dexterity to hand write or use computer keyboard; vision sufficient to see/read gauges, thermometers and calibrated measuring instruments, labels on medications, computer screen and to drive a vehicle; hear and speak well enough to communicate with patients at normal conversation level in person and over the phone.

Environmental Conditions

Will be required to work in clinic environment; wear protective equipment/clothing as required by protocol; and may work with patients who have a communicable disease. For Nurse-Family Partnership, work occurs primarily in the client's home. A high stress level is inherent in this position due to the nature and complexity of poverty and other psychosocial factors that impact the families served. Employees may have exposure to hazards in the field (driving, unfamiliar neighborhoods, inclement weather and clients). May be assigned to evenings, weekends and/or holidays.


Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)

Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Veterans Employment Preference

The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Online Assessments (Weighted 100%)

Applicants who meet desirable qualifications will be invited to participate in a series of online examinations related to the essential job functions. The most successful candidates will be placed on an eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List

Once the assessment process has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Email Notification

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Evelyn Zhao at (714) 834-4144 or


Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,

encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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