Nurse II: COVID-19 Testing - Regular & Bilingual (English/Spanish) - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $26.47 - $32.17 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services seeks motivated Licensed Vocational Nurses and Registered Nurses for extra-help to join the fight against COVID-19 by providing public education and collecting specimens!

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) licensure: $25.95 - $31.54/hourly
Registered Nurse (RN) licensure: $42.24 - $51.35/hourly
Plus, an additional $1.15/hourly bilingual premium
Please Note: Nurse II - COVID-19 Testing is the journey (full working) level for those with six months or more of licensed nursing experience. For those with limited nursing experience, you may wish to consider applying for the lower level of Nurse I - COVID-19 Testing, for which there is a separate, concurrent recruitment.

These temporary, extra-help positions will work under the direction of the Nursing Services Director, or her designee, to perform Nasopharyngeal / Oropharyngeal specimen collection on clients who have been in close contact with a positive client or exposed at a work location. They may also work on a team that will enter nursing homes, homeless encampments, work locations, and homes of individuals who are confirmed to have, or suspected to exhibit, COVID-19 symptoms.

These positions require current California licensure as either a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Vocational Nurse and will be in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for up to an 8 hour duration at a testing site.

Duties will also include:

  • Setting-up the work-site including tables, chairs, and supplies
  • Educating the clients about COVID-19, isolation, and quarantine
  • Providing a Health Order, if appropriate
  • Documenting activities
Successful candidates will possess excellent communication and organizational skills as well as strong attention to detail. In addition, these position require the ability to:
  • Establish rapport with clients and the public
  • Document information in a detailed and timely manner
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Work in a fast-paced environment
  • Problem solve and give directions
  • Stand and wear an N95 mask for up to 8 hours
  • Swab clients who are in a seated position (in chair or in car)
  • Read and write English to complete lab slips and labels
Work schedule and requirements:
  • Work will mostly be conducted out of doors at various locations.
  • Transportation to/from a site from downtown Santa Rosa can be arranged
  • Hours may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Assignments will not be scheduled for less than 24 hours per week and may include weekends
  • Work schedule will be set by the supervisor based on availability and need

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.This recruitment is being conducted to fill regular and a basic or fluent, bilingual positions. Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. Applicants who wish to be considered for a bilingual position must indicate their level of skill in the required supplemental questionnaire. An examination will be conducted prior to employment to a bilingual position to confirm level of skill in this area. Bilingual premium pay is $1.15/hour.
The employment list established from this recruitment may also fill other extra-help regular or bilingual positions that may occur during the active status of the employment list.

The Civil Service titles for the job classes used for these positions are Licensed Vocational Nurse II and Staff Nurse II.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range.

Minimum Qualifications

Licensed Vocational Nurse II

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include graduation from and "approved" Vocational Nursing Program and at least six months of recent full-time experience as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in an acute care unit or an inpatient/outpatient program.

Professional License: Possession of a current California license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). LVN license must be maintained as a condition of employment in this classification. Possession of a current CPR and First Aid certification is desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Staff Nurse II

Education: Academic course work which directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, graduation from an approved school of nursing will meet these requirements.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience that will provide an opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, six months recent professional nursing experience in an acute care facility would provide this opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid California license as a Registered Nurse. Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Licensed Vocational Nurse II

Working knowledge of:
vocational nursing theory and practice, rules, regulations and procedures; medical vocabulary commonly used in conveying instructions and orders between doctors, nurses, and licensed psychiatric technicians; mandated client rights, and confidentiality requirements for medical information; California laws governing treatment of involuntary clients; principles of Trauma-Informed and Recovery-Oriented care; medical supplies and equipment, their care and use; basic communicable disease; infection control practices and procedures; basic emergency care; the use, administration, and effects of narcotics and medicines.

Knowledge of: behavioral patterns and symptoms of clients under the influence of alcohol and substances of abuse.

Ability to: perform physical assessments; take health histories; assess and review lab results; provide primary nursing care; detect suicidal behavior; follow oral and written directions of nursing technical and professional nature; work as part of a team; communicate with clients empathetically and compassionately; maintain and interpret medical records and reports; write progress notes to Medi-Cal standards; stand and walk for long periods and work under mental and physical strain; occasionally restrain clients; establish and maintain effective working relationships; maintain client rights and privacy as it relates to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996); and abide by established communications codes.

Staff Nurse II

Working knowledge of: the modern methods, theories, techniques and procedures used in professional nursing; all aspects of the nursing process; assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation; medical terminology, hospital routines, procedures, equipment and facilities.

Considerable knowledge of: the use, administration and effects of medicines and narcotics.

Knowledge of: safety and infection control procedures.

Skills in: performing both basic and advanced nursing techniques.

Ability to: accurately assess patient's needs and to quickly recognize and manage changes in the patient's condition; observe and report both physical and emotional symptoms and conditions of patients; function as a team leader; deal with patients and their families sympathetically and tactfully while carrying out prescribed treatment; assist patients in understanding and accepting their diagnosis, conditions and treatments; follow oral and written directions of a technical and professional nature in detail; motivate and teach patients and patients' families in assisting in their own care, treatment and health maintenance; protect the rights of patients and maintain confidentiality of all hospital and medical related matters; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and effective communication with other hospital and medical personnel; chart legibly, concisely, accurately and informatively; maintain, interpret and evaluate nursing charts, records and reports; work during weekdays, weekends, holidays, and various shift hours; comply with common hospital rules, regulations, practices and procedures; stand and walk for long periods and work under mental and physical strain.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DPHR Technician: KC

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