Clinical Nurse- Limited Term-Public Health Policy and Planning (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development Public Health
  • Salary: $133,244.80 - $157,497.60 Annually USD

Job Description

San Mateo County Health is seeking well-qualified individuals for the position of Clinical Nurse-Limited Term.

There are currently four (4) limited term vacancies: three (3) are Spanish speaking requiredand one (1) is Spanish, Tagalog or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) speaking preferred. The positions are in the Public Health, Policy and Planning Division and are located in San Mateo, CA, but will travel/drive throughout the County to perform duties of the job. The successful hires are primarily responsible for field-based COVID-19 testing at apartment complexes, congregate living facilities, neighborhoods, households, and/or close contacts identified by Epidemiology and/or Communicable Disease Control. The Clinical Nurse will be paired with a Community Worker II to provide outreach to the community through telephone calls, fliers, knocking on doors, communicating with building management, communicating with community organizations, etc. in order to maximize community engagement. The Clinical Nurse will administer nasopharyngeal (NP), oropharyngeal (OP) and/or nasal mid-turbinate swabbing, and in collaboration with the CW II, provide education on how the resident will receive results, basic information on COVID-19, recommendations regarding quarantine and/or isolation. The Clinical Nurse/CW II team will transport specimens back to the Public Health Lab and submit all necessary documentation for specimens.

Clinical Nurses in Public Health are responsible for the planning and implementation of field-based testing; the education of individuals about infection, prevention, and control; and the transportation of field-based testing specimens to the Public Health Lab.

There are currently four (4) full -time limited term Clinical Nurse vacancies in Public Health Policy and Planning.

Clinical Nurse will be responsible for:
  • Providing outreach to identified communities where field-based COVID-19 testing will be provided
  • Distributing fliers for COVID-19 field-based testing to neighborhoods and/or apartment complexes where field-based testing will be provided
  • Providing field-based testing of COVID-19; performing nasopharyngeal (NP), oropharyngeal (OP) and nasal mid-turbinate swabbing
  • Providing basic health education to residents receiving field-based testing for COVID-19Utilizing the appropriate use of PPE for field-based testing
  • Perform related duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will have clinical experience providing field-based education and testing as well as engagement with community members. Bachelor's in nursing preferred.

This is a limited term, at-will position. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Information for current County employees: Current and regular County of San Mateo Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit application materials and compete in the selection process. If you are successful in the selection process and are being considered for the assignment, HR will work directly with you and/or your department for options. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be allowed by your department to rotate into this assignment nor are your departments obligated to allow you to take on this assignment. The salary range for this position is "as is" and non-negotiable.
  • A California license as a Registered Nurse.
  • A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification as specified below.

Education and Experience:
  • Associate Degree in Nursing with two years clinical experience including one year in a clinical specialty area, or
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing or a health-related field with one year of clinical experience including six months in a clinical specialty area, or
  • Master's degree in nursing.

Knowledge of:
  • Advanced principles and practices in specialty areas.
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting.
  • Safety and infection control practices.
  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.
  • Modern principles, techniques, and procedures of nursing.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Use and maintenance of medical instruments and equipment.
  • Use and effects of medicines.
  • Public health principles.
  • Health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Medical research principles and practices.
  • Principles of training and education.
  • Lean principles and methodologies.
  • Data abstraction and utilization.
  • Basic statistics for reporting purposes.
  • Report writing.
  • Regulatory and accreditation requirements for assigned area.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide leadership and direction to multi-disciplinary medical teams.
  • Give direction to staff.
  • Evaluate the work of others.
  • Develop and present training and continuing education programs.
  • Design, evaluate, construct and modify research models; carry out research and present findings.
  • Perform the full range of nursing duties and responsibilities.
  • Prepare clear and concise medical record documentation.
  • Write articles for publication on areas of specialty.
  • Identify problems or discrepancies and make suggestions for corrective actions.
  • Teach and orient staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with patients and staff members.
  • Communicate effectively.

If you are interested in being considered for this limited term position the following items must be submitted via e-mail:
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Resume

Supplemental Questions:
  1. Do you have a current California RN license in good standing? Please provide license number and expiration date.
  2. Describe a time when you provided a health education message to a member of the community. What was the message, how did you choose the target population, how did you communicate the message, and how did you measure the impact of the education? Be specific.
  3. Describe your experience administering nasopharyngeal (NP), oropharyngeal (OP) and nasal mid-turbinate swabbing. Be specific.
  4. Describe your experience working in a team. How many members were on the team, what was your role, what was the task, what did you learn from the experience? Be specific.
  5. Describe a time you tried to provide a service to someone but they were reluctant to engage with you. What techniques did you use to work with that person and what was the outcome? Be specific.

Please include the words Clinical Nurse - Limited Term - Public Health Policy and Planning Position in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Please submit the above listed materials via email to:

Matthew Geltmaker, Clinical Services Manager - Public Health

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (responses to supplemental questions and a resume) will not be considered.

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions.
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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