Staff Nurse

Santa Barbara County, CA Santa Barbara , CA 93101

Posted 3 weeks ago



$42.13 - $50.71 Hourly

$87,932.45 - $105,842.03 Annually

NOTICE OF CHANGE: We will be accepting applications until all vacancies are filled.

The Public Health Department is currently accepting applications to fill several full-time vacancies located at Santa Maria Health Care Center and the Santa Barbara Franklin Health Care Center.

We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-Time, Part-Time, and Extra Help (temporary) and *1414 vacancies for Staff Nurse in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Santa Maria and Lompoc.

  • 1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.

Please be sure to indicate on your application all the locations you are willing to accept employment for this and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, your name will be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) you have expressed you are willing to work.

NOTE: The County may provide reimbursement for reasonable relocation expenses, and, at the discretion of the CEO, can provide flexible relocation assistance, housing and student loan offsets, cash incentives, and/or vacation and sick leave pre-accruals in the interest of attracting the best talent to the organization.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, click on Benefits Tab above or CLICK HERE to view more information.

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity

  • Time and service credit towards for an advanced vacation accrual rate


Under direction, the Staff Nurse provides professional nursing services and is responsible for the operational activities of primary care and/or public health clinics and performs related duties as required.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Care Centers provide primary care health services in addition to specialty services. There are five Federally Qualified Health Centers located throughout Santa Barbara County which offer the following wide variety of services for adults, teens, children and infants:

  • Primary Care, Internal Medicine and Specialty Services

  • Clinical Laboratory

  • Pharmacy

  • Immunization

  • Women's Services to include Obstetrical, Family Planning, Gynecology

  • Well Child Exams

  • Physicals (school, GR, DMV, specialty) Health Care Reform Enrollment

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess:

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • High level of professionalism

  • Two (2) or more years of nursing experience in OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Pediatrics or Ambulatory care (but we encourage new grads and those with less experience to apply, as our health care centers are wonderful settings for nurses with the motivation and capacity to learn)

  • The ability to be adaptable and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment and

  • Experience working with under-served populations

Click on the image below to find out why our nurses love their jobs and why they feel they're making a big impact as part of the Public Health Department Team.

County of Santa Barbara Health Care Centers:

Santa Maria Health Care Center, 2115 S. Centerpointe Parkway, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Lompoc Health Care Center, 301 North R Street, Lompoc, CA 93436

Franklin Health Care Center, 1136 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Carpinteria Health Care Center, 931 Walnut Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Santa Barbara Health Care Center, 345 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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Examples of Duties

1.Assesses physical and psychosocial needs of patients and makes appropriate nursing interventions; assists physicians and health care practitioners with examinations, treatments and other procedures.

2.Educates and counsels patients and their families on procedures, medical care and sensitive health issues, including need for follow up; provides informational literature and makes referrals to mental health, social services and other agencies as needed.

3.Obtains and prepares a variety of specimens for laboratory analysis; schedules, administers, and interprets results of pregnancy, PPD's, hearing, glucose, and other tests; administers medications and immunizations; performs special treatment such as mistogens, updrafts, wound care and catheterization.

4.Prepares and maintains a variety of pertinent records reflecting patient's condition, medication and treatment, and other records required by state and federal governments.

5.Assists in the orientation and training of professional and nonprofessional personnel in specific clinic operations and, as necessary, technical procedures.

6.Maintains inventory of medical supplies, medications, and vaccines; ensures that examination and/or consultation rooms are properly equipped and supplied.

7.Deploys in response to public health disasters, e.g. collecting specimens in response to a pandemic, including communicable disease specimens, such as covid-19, or providing care at a medical shelter in response to an earthquake.

Employment Standards

Possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

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; laws governing nursing; health education techniques and practices; interviewing and counseling techniques; community health and social services; clinic operation and procedures.

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; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, patience, and compassion; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; comply with nursing policies, protocols, and program regulations; prepare and maintain accurate medical records with appropriate documentation; recognize and respect limits of confidential information; learn and make referrals to local and regional providers of social, medical, and/or other specialized services; communicate effectively with people of diverse socio-economic and ethnic origins.

Supplemental Information

The Public Health Department (PHD) requires all employees working in direct contact with patients or clients in a high-risk environment to comply with the PHD Employee Immunizations policy. This can be accomplished by providing documentation of immunizations, submitting laboratory immune titers demonstrating adequate immunity, or obtaining required vaccinations. A list of requirements, based on the specific program, will be sent at the time an offer letter is presented to the selected candidate(s) and initial documentation will be required at this time.

Selectees for employment must, as a condition of employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 of the California Penal Code relating to child abuse, elder/dependent adult abuse, and physical violence abuse reporting.


  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaires to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.

  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire ranking to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI.

Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability.

To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The preference points will be added to your final test score.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider, or learning institution.

Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks.

The appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.

Disaster Service Workers: Pursuant to Governmental Code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.


The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems.

The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.


Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at

Reginald Vaughan, Recruiter, Public Health Department,

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