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Vocational Nurse (PACT)

Company: US Veterans Health Administration
Location: Corpus Christi
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

THE CURRENT VACANCY IS IN BUSINESS AND SUPPORT SERVICES BRANCH OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY THIS IS NOT A DIRECT CLINICAL SERVICE POSITION (See Ideal Candidate Below) ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 2021 SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE STATEMENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS FINAL FILING DATE: JANUARY 16, 2021 AT 5:00 PM SALARY INFORMATION STAFF NURSE I: $5,965 - $7,614 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $34.41 - $43.93 APPROXIMATE HOURLY* STAFF NURSE II: $6,264 - $7,996 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $36.14 - $46.13 APPROXIMATE HOURLY* *Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases* Please visit https://co.shasta.ca.us/MOUs ABOUT SHASTA COUNTY Shasta County offers all of the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small town atmosphere. With its natural beauty, diversified culture, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Health and Human Services Agency The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) partners with communities to protect and improve the health and well-being of Shasta County residents. Established in 2006, the HHSA is organized into four branches: Children's Services, Adult Services, Public Health and Economic Mobility, with a centralized administration. The HHSA promotes optimal health for all. The frail, the abused, the mentally ill and those without resources look to the HHSA for services and resources to meet their basic needs, and to protect their health and safety. This transformation improves efficiency, avoids unnecessary duplication of effort, encourages collaboration among programs and organizes the HHSA's services to be more responsive to the needs of the public. Administrative Services include the HHSA Director's Office, Business and Support Services, Outcomes, Planning and Evaluation, and Community Relations and Education. Each of these groups supports the branches to help them achieve their goals. ABOUT THE POSITION Staff Nurse I: Under general supervision, to perform professional nursing services for patients in the mental health programs of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and to perform related work as required. Staff Nurse II: In addition to the above, under direction to instruct and supervise other assigned medical personnel; and to perform related work as required. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Staff Nurse I: This is the entry level for Registered Nurses who have recently graduated from a basic nursing program, or for those Registered Nurses who do not have recent nursing experience. Incumbents in this class typically remain Staff Nurse I for six months. Assignments are in the mental health programs within the various branches of the HHSA. Typically, assignments in the Public Health Branch would not require the training and experience of a Public Health Nurse. Staff Nurse II: Similar to Staff Nurse I, additionally: This is the journey-level class for Registered Nurses who have recent professional nursing experience. EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Staff Nurse I: Assists in and personally administers general nursing care to assess patients at the Mental Health Clinic or in the field (e.g., hospital emergency rooms, local shelters, board and care facilities, homes, etc.) to determine if they are a danger to themselves and others or gravely disabled; assess for signs of adverse effects of medications and for compliance with medication instructions; work closely with community agencies (e.g., Crisis Centers, hospital emergency room staff, law enforcement, and psychiatric hospitals); make preliminary observations of patients' conditions and prepare them for medical treatment; assist physicians in treatment and examinations and may record instructions as emergency orders; provide for carrying out prescribed tests and treatments, and personally handles the less difficult cases or treatments; observe patient for symptoms, progress, and results of medical and nursing treatments; report unusual occurrences and conditions of patients to supervisors; administer special medications; instruct patients or their relatives concerning home care; render first aid; keep charts and records; and periodically attend in-service meetings. Staff Nurse II: Similar to Staff Nurse I, additionally: Administers general nursing care to assess patients at the Mental Health Clinic or in the field (e.g., hospital emergency rooms, local shelters, board and care facilities, homes, etc.) to determine if they are a danger to themselves and others or gravely disabled. TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following: Staff Nurse I: Knowledge of: Current nursing principles, methods, and procedures; medical terminology, hospital routines, and equipment. Ability to: Administer treatments, medicines, and narcotics; maintain a sympathetic understanding of the patients under care and supervision; follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. These standards are typically attained with graduation from an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, or another equivalent program. Staff Nurse II: Similar to Staff Nurse I, additionally: Knowledge of: Hospital policies and procedures Ability to: Keep records and prepare clear and concise reports; supervise and train other nursing personnel. These standards are typically attained with a minimum of six months of experience performing the duties of a Registered Nurse. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Staff Nurse I:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing and Nurse Registration or possession of RN license within 120 days of the date of employment; OR
    • Possession of a temporary license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing and possession of RN license within 120 days of the date of employment. OR
      • Possession of an Interim Nursing Permit. Staff Nurse II:
        • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing and Nurse Registration. IDEAL CANDIDATE The Managed Care/Compliance Staff Nurse I/II will possess the ability to perform the following:
          • Utilization review activities for Mental Health Alcohol & Drug Treatment programs and services.
          • Clinical documentation auditing and feedback for internal and organizational providers.
          • Establishing written documentation standards and contract monitoring protocols for quality assurance purposes and conformance with the Shasta County Mental Health Plan Contract.
          • Provide training, troubleshooting, and clarification of compliance and managed care requirements and other activities that support quality and continuity of client care.
          • Research existing and new federal, state and local regulations governing the delivery of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug treatment services.
          • The Managed Care Staff Nurse must have six months experience performing the duties of a Registered Nurse. SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.
            • Do you have a valid license as a Registered Nurse or a valid Intern Nursing Permit issued by the California Board of Nursing Education and Nurse Registration or the possession of an Interim Nursing Permit? Yes __No __
              • If yes to question #1, what is your license or permit number? If no, please type "n/a."
              • If you do not have a valid license as a Registered Nurse or a valid Intern Nursing Permit, do you have the ability to obtain a Registered Nurse license within 120 days of the date of employment? Y__ N__
              • Do you have any experience in the field of substance use disorders? If so, please describe. If no applicable experience, please type "n/a." PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
                • All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
                • Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
                • Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
                • As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.
                • Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.
                • Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here (Download PDF reader). If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flier.
                • In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
                • Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) - Professional Unit.
                • Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute up to 7.75% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page at Employee Benefits for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County's website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County's website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern. APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00p.m., on January 16, 2021. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, "Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter," or "See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter" the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered. Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof. Veterans' Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at https://agency.governmentjobs.com/shasta/default.cfm or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office. Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345. SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Shasta County Personnel 1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515 NOTE: Various bargaining units may have benefits that alter from this general summary. This summary of benefits is not a binding document and is provided as a courtesy. Refer to labor agreements (MOUs) for specific benefit information. THESE BENEFITS DO NOT APPLY TO EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES Holidays: 12 paid holidays (96 hours) per year. Vacation: 10 working days a year during the first three years of service; 15 working days a year - 4 through 9 years of service; 17 working days a year - 10 through 15 years of service; 20 working days a year - 16 or more years of service. Note - accrued vacation leave may not be used until after six months of employment. For purposes of vacation accrual, a working day is no more than 8 hours. Sick Leave: 96 hours of sick leave are earned each year with no maximum accrual. Employees terminating in good standing after completion of 5 years of continuous service will receive a pro-rata payoff of accumulated sick leave. Unused sick leave may be converted to PERS service credit upon retirement. Note - accrued sick leave may not be used until after three months of employment. Accrued paid leave benefits are used in conjunction with FMLA/CFRA as appropriate. Bereavement: Maximum of 24 hours for each non-concurrent death in the immediate family. Health Plan: Shasta County contracts with PERS for medical insurance and has an alternative Blue Cross plan. Employees in the Teamsters bargaing unit are insured through a Teamsters Trust plan. Depending on the plan selected, the County pays most, or all, of the employee premium, and contributes a portion of the dependent premium. Contributions are made for a portion of a retiree's insurance premium. Dental Plan: The County pays a portion of the employee's and dependents' premium for dental insurance. The employee pays the full premium during the first six months of coverage. Vision Plan: The County pays the employee premium and employees may enroll dependents at their own expense. Life Insurance: The County pays the premium for life insurance for most employees. The amount of coverage varies by bargaining unit. Retirement:The County is in the Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) coordinated with Social Security (note - not all Safety members' benefits are coordinated with Social Security). Members hired prior to May 8, 2011 are covered under the Safety retirement provisions with a 2% @ 55 benefit. Members hired after May 8, 2011 but before January 1, 2013 are covered under the Safety retirement provisions with a 2% @ 60 benefit. Members hired after January 1, 2013 are covered under the California Public Employees Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) with a benefit formula of 2% @ 62. Please review the specific MOU for stipulated retirement formulas. Employees pay 7.75% of his or her salary, on a pre-tax basis for a period of time as specified in his or her labor contact, or Personnel Rules as appropriate. Miscellaneous:
                • Deferred C

Keywords: US Veterans Health Administration, Corpus Christi , Vocational Nurse (PACT), Healthcare , Corpus Christi, Texas

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