Behavioral Health Nurse II*

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $83,678.40 - $113,942.40 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

Be an agent of change and make a difference in delivering health and wellness to millions of residents.

Join a team that is passionate about the services they provide and is committed to making a difference throughout San Bernardino County.

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health invites qualified professionals to apply for the position of Behavioral Health Nurse II* who will be responsible for treating and caring for physically and mentally ill patients in an outpatient behavioral health clinic. Duties may include: performing assessments of patients' physical and emotional needs and providing patient care; participating in group therapy sessions; administering psychotropic medications; observing, recording, and reporting medications and treatments; assisting with referrals if a medical condition needs follow-up; managing a clinic medication room including logging, storage and disposal of medications; coordinating and tracking Pharmacy Assistance Program applications; assisting physicians in responding to documentation corrections required by chart audits; and assisting with field visits to ensure medication compliance.

Immediate vacancies currently exist in Fontana, Ontario, San Bernardino, and Barstow. Please indicate your availability for referral to each location in the Supplemental Questionnaire.

*Official Title: Mental Health Nurse II

For additional details, please refer to the Mental Health Nurse II job description.

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is responsible for providing mental health and substance use disorder services to county residents who are experiencing major mental illness or substance abuse related issues. DBH provides mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to all age groups, with a primary emphasis on treating children/youth who may be seriously emotionally disturbed, adults who are experiencing a serious and persistent mental illness, and individuals who are experiencing substance use disorders. DBH also provides an array of outreach/engagement, prevention, and early intervention services. DBH's core values are service, integrity, accountability, and trust.

DBH is a unique County Department comprised of six (6) service areas: Outpatient Clinics and Youth Services; Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services; 24-Hour and Emergency Services; Forensic and Homeless Services; Administrative Services; and Program Support Services. The Department currently has a workforce in excess of 1000 positions and an approximate $700 million-dollar annual budget.

Click HERE to learn more about the Department of Behavioral Health

Click HERE to learn more about San Bernardino County

The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies as they occur throughout the Department.


Background Check: Prior to appointment, applicants must pass a background investigation, which includes fingerprinting, and medical exam, which may include drug and/or TB testing. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent U.S. resident.

Travel: Travel throughout the County is required. Employees will be required to make provision for transportation (mileage reimbursement is available at current IRS rates). A valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced and maintained for the individual providing the transportation.

Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.

Minimum Requirements

Candidate must meet ALL of the following requirements:

License: Must possess and maintain a current license, in good standing, as a Registered Nurse with the California Board of Registered Nursing.


Certification: Must possess and maintain a Healthcare Provider level Basic Life Support certification.


Experience: One (1) year of Registered Nursing experience.

Education Substitution: A completed bachelor's degree in nursing, obtained from an accredited college/university, may substitute for up to six (6) months of the required experience.

Alternate Experience Substitution: One (1) year of experience working in a psychiatric setting as a Psychiatric Technician or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) may substitute for up to (6) months of the required experience.

Note: Qualifying degree must have been completed at a college or university accredited by an association recognized by the United States Department of Education. Degrees completed outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an evaluation report from a reputable credential evaluation service showing equivalency to degrees or coursework completed at a college or university accredited by an association recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants fluent in American Sign Language, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and/or Vietnamese are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional compensation is associated with positions requiring the use of bilingual skills. Testing of bilingual skills may be required to receive additional compensation.

The ideal candidate will possess at least one (1) year of experience as a registered nurse working with both children and adults in an outpatient behavioral health clinic.

Selection Process

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application and the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience , as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department. Please ensure all relevant experience is indicated in the Application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, as resumes and other attachments will not be reviewed for the competitive evaluation.

Completing your application with statements such as "see/refer to resume" or "see attached" rather than completing your work history may affect your eligibility or competitive evaluation score. Be sure to clearly describe your experience in meeting the minimum requirements.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by computer or browser used to submit the application.

EEO/ADA: S an Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation:
If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form (Download PDF reader) within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans’ Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans’ Preference points. Click HERE for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .

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The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked.

For a summary of benefits,* please click here .

Refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County's Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at .

*Retirement benefits subject to change.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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