Registered Nurse I, (11/12 pay plan) (104993)

  • Sonoma State Unversity
  • Rohnert Park, California
  • Feb 26, 2020
Full Time Public Health

Job Description

Department Name
Student Health Center

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt probationary position scheduled to work 11 months each year. The compensation for the 11 months of work will be paid out over 12 months with the month of May observed. Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and will not exceed $72,228 annually.

In accordance with the California State University 11/12 pay plan, the salary earned for months worked will ultimately be pro-rated to an 11/12 salary schedule and paid over 12 months in equal increments, with benefits covered for the entire 12 months. Under the 11/12 schedule, the anticipated starting salary placement will not exceed $5,517 per month, paid over 12 months with continuous benefits eligibility. Should the starting date not coincide with a standard 11/12 pay plan cycle, the employee will start at an equivalent full time 12 month salary rate with the month of May off and be converted to the 11/12 rate in June 2020.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the View Benefits Summary link or by request from SSU Human Resources.

Application Deadline
This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on Tuesday, March 10. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.

Conditions of Employment
This is a full time, exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

The Sonoma State University Student Health Center (SHC) is a pleasant, busy, nationally accredited campus clinic providing outpatient medical, lab, x-ray, pharmacy and health promotion services to the approximately 9,000 students enrolled at Sonoma State University (SSU), a public liberal arts and sciences university located in beautiful Sonoma County. SSU is a member of the 23 campus California State University system.

Working under the direct supervision of the Interim Director of the Student Health Center, with additional lead work direction from the Registered Nurse III, and working as an integral part of the health care team, the Registered Nurse (RN) I performs a full range of standard outpatient nursing care while following established procedures and protocols of the Student Health Center (SHC). The incumbent works independently and collaboratively within the scope of a California RN license and with physician/NP/PA oversight and consultation. The incumbent demonstrates professionalism and sound judgment; interacts in an inclusive, caring and supportive manner; applies high ethical and medical care standards; and demonstrates commitment to the quality and continuity of medical care and the mission of the SSU SHC.

Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Patient Care:
- Participate in and assist with coordinating patient care with physicians, NPs, PAs, senior RNs, medical assistants, and technical/professional staff in order to assure quality and continuity of care;
- Respond to the clinical and emotional needs of patients at the level of a competent CA licensed RN I;
- Facilitate productivity and patient flow among clinical providers;
- Perform initial screening and rooming of patients upon their arrival to the SHC clinical area, including determining chief medical complaint, brief pertinent history, and apparent physical/emotional health status and provides emotional support to patient as indicated;
- Obtain and record vital signs and other basic medical information such as LNMP, medications, allergies, TB screening/testing, smoking status, visual acuity, and previous lab/x-ray results. Prepare patient to be seen by MD, NP or PA, anticipate the needs of the visit, and assist during exam or procedures as needed;
- As ordered by MD/NP/PA or outlined in standing orders, perform EKGs, audiograms, ear lavage, breathing treatments, wound care, splinting, crutch training, blood draw, TB testing, etc.;
- Collect lab specimens, including phlebotomy; perform CLIA waived lab testing, assist in securing lab, x-ray, consultations, referrals, patient transport, etc.;
- Start IVs, give injections and medications as ordered by MD/NP/PA or indicated in SHC RN protocols;
- Monitor patients in Observation Rooms in conjunction with MD/NP/PA or senior RNs;
- Provide patients with general health information as well as instructions/clarification of medical plans and procedures and assists providers with patient case management;
- As appropriate, provide patient education during patient triage, injections, or preparing patient to be seen by MD/NP/PA;
- Provide first aid or nursing advice for minor injuries and patient concerns, and responds at an RN I level to medical emergencies;
- Stock nursing station, exam, and treatment rooms; keep clinical areas, lab coats, etc. clean; clean, sterilizes, and help monitor and maintain medical instruments and equipment; check for outdates on medications and supplies;
- Assist in medical records functions, quality improvement, inspections, & compliance with legal, regulatory, and national accreditation standards;
- Demonstrate and stay up-to-date with applicable RN I clinical competencies for self and colleagues;
- Ensure appropriate consultation with senior RNs, MDs/NPs/PAs in all clinical work endeavors.

- Evaluate walk-in patients, obtain pertinent medical history, and address emotional issues using established protocols, sound nursing judgment, evidence-based approaches, and consultation with senior RNs, MD/NP/PA. Perform brief physical assessment and plans clinical response in accordance with nursing protocols, consulting with MD/NP/PA, and/or senior RNs, as appropriate;
- Respond to telephone inquiries from patients; gather clinical information, and give appropriate RN I level telephone advice or information according to protocol and/or in consultation with MD/NP/PA, or RN III;
- Provide services consistent with SHC RN standing orders, RN and MA procedures, and other applicable SHC processes and procedures;
- Process infectious material according to local, state, and federal regulations; follow all other safety guidelines;
- Maintain familiarity with on and off campus medical, mental health, and similar resources;
- Document all clinically related interactions (including phone conversations) in the medical record;
- Assure the medical record are up to date.

Performs other secondary duties as assigned.

Duties take place mostly in a busy out-patient on-campus student health clinic at Sonoma State University; frequent phone & face to face interactions in sometimes intense circumstances; potential exposure to infection; shared, cramped and/or expansive work areas; lifting of patients/equipment. Attire, grooming, name tags must be appropriate to public contact in a healthcare setting. Physically demanding including sitting, standing, moving & responding quickly; confidentiality, discretion, professionalism, universal precautions and other safety and risk management practices must be followed. As an exempt employee, you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be prepared to remain on duty until the completion of essential patient care can be assured. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. This position will require occasional travel, by automobile or airplane, and overnight stay to travel to trainings and meetings off campus. This position requires with or without reasonable accommodations the ability of visual acuity and manual dexterity sufficient to perform diagnostic procedures, the ability to speak and hear clearly, respond to a medical emergency, and sit or stand for extended periods of time.


This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Completion of a professional nursing program in an approved school of nursing or by additional preparation as approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. No experience is required as this is an entry-level registered nursing classification for recently licensed registered nurses. Must possess and maintain a valid license as a Registered Nurse in the State of California, and certification in CPR/AED. Thorough knowledge of professional nursing principles, methods and procedures; anatomy and physiology applicable to assigned duties; medical supplies and equipment used in nursing practice; and the uses and effects of medications and narcotics required. Working knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to registered nursing and the scope of practice limitations of clinic support staff required. Intermediate proficiencies with Standard office and medical setting computer hardware and software, including but not limited to automated/computer based health care scheduling and medical record systems; (familiarity with PeopleSoft preferred);computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) required. Knowledge of and experience with electronic health records (Point and Click), medical record systems and healthcare scheduling preferred.

Preferred Skills and Knowledge:

- Previous experience in college health, public health, or urgent care/emergency room.
- Knowledge of professional nursing principles, practices, and procedures applicable to assigned duties, including but not limited to, patient interactions and assessment as well as the use of medical supplies and equipment for outpatient clinic settings; medical conditions, devices, treatment and procedures sufficient to evaluate patients and administer treatment to patients within an RN I's scope of responsibility.
- The use, effects, and side effects of vaccines as well as prescription and over the counter medications.
- Applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to medical settings and the scope of RN practice.
- Ethical and evidence-based standards for medical care.
- Safe work practices including universal precautions, respiratory precautions, sterile technique, OSHA standards, fire regulations, and other health/safety/risk management practices typical of an accredited outpatient primary medical care college health center.
- Ability to respond at an RN I level to urgent medical circumstances - Healthcare provider level CPR with automatic defibrillator.
- Accurately observe and document patient medical history, symptoms, behaviors, and responses to treatment at the level of RN I nursing assessment.
- Skillfully and consistently apply nursing knowledge, techniques and skills in performing and prioritizing assigned duties.
- Analyze and respond promptly to the clinical needs of patients (including in urgent and emergency situations) at the level of a competent, licensed Registered Nurse; understand & apply applicable guidelines, protocols, standing orders, laws, and regulations, as well as ethical and medical practice standards.
- Maintain patient privacy and confidentiality.
- Work effectively with colleagues and college students including individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
- Provide emotional support to patients and prevent, diffuse, or resolve misunderstandings and conflicts as appropriate.
- Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and project an image of competence, professionalism and sensitivity to patient concerns.
- Learn and quickly use electronic scheduling and electronic health record software.
- Adapt to change in the work environment, handle multiple tasks, and maintain effective workflow despite interruptions. Work efficiently, be organized and productive in a busy and sometimes physically and emotionally demanding clinic setting.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; articulate information to patients & co-workers in an understandable fashion.
- Demonstrate visual acuity sufficient to give injections, apply dressings, evaluate patients, take and record vital signs, read TB skin tests, dipsticks, microscope slides, etc.

Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.

Application Process
Please visit to apply to this position, materials submitted with your application will not be returned. For questions related to the application process, please reach out to Human Resources ( | 707.664.3100).

Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

The ADA Coordinator is available at 707.664.2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Other Information
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.

Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.

Sonoma State University's Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is available at; Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Rohnert Park, California 94928 United States View Map