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Senior Registered Nurse - Break Relief Nurse

Company: County of Ventura
Location: Ventura
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


What We Offer

The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, subject to eligibility requirements, that includes:

  • Educational Incentive for completion of: 2.5% for an Associate's degree, 3.5% for a Bachelor's degree, or 5% for a Master's degree.
  • Certification Pay: $0.813 per hour based on scheduled work week hours for each qualified certification up to a maximum of five (5) certifications.
  • Evening Shift Differential - 7.5%
  • Night Shift Differential - 15%
  • Weekend Shift Differential - $1.50 per hour
  • Continuous County Service Incentive Pay: 1% for 7 years, 1.25% for 12 years and 1.5% for 17 years
  • Preceptor Pay - $1.00 per hour
  • House Supervisor Pay - $3.00 per hour
  • Charge Nurse Premium Pay - $1.50 per hour
  • Float Nurse Premium Pay - $2.50 per hour
  • In-House Registry Pay:
  • Non-overtime is 1.75 times base pay
  • Overtime is 2 times base pay

Standby Premium Pay - of regular hourly wage or Federal minimum wage (whichever is greater) Flexible Credit Allowance: Biweekly contribution towards medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from authorized plans. Pension Plan: Participation in the County's defined benefit plan.

Under general direction and following established medically-approved policies and procedures, implements specialized skilled nursing processes in designated hospital units of Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Senior Registered Nurse-Hospital is distinguished from other staff nursing classifications in that incumbents demonstrate advanced competency skills reflecting specialized knowledge specific to the assigned hospital unit; participate in performance improvement processes; and provide technical direction.

The Senior Registered Nurse - Break Relief Nurse has orientation in multiple specific areas. This nurse should be available to respond to areas of the hospital that are in need of assistance with specific tasks due to temporary circumstances. Incumbents are expected to work at the full scope of their licensure/specialty area with a decreasing amount of supervision commensurate with their experience.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Health Care Agency - Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital

Senior Registered Nurse-Hospital is represented by the California's Nurse's Association (CNA) and is eligible for overtime compensation. Salary placement will be determined according to the current CNA memorandum of agreement.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies. There are currently six (6) Regular vacancies.


OPENING DATE: October 27, 2020

CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs. Examples Of Duties

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists various nursing units during their lunches and breaks;
  • Implements nursing processes (assessment, planning, implementation of care plan, evaluation of patient response); revises plans as needed;
  • Administers basic and advanced competency nursing care in accordance with VCMC/SPH policies and procedures and Patient Bill of Rights;
  • Provides direction to others regarding complex health and patient problems;
  • Provides patient and staff education including the coordination of educational programs;
  • Participates in hospital and/or nursing administration care committee;
  • Reviews, identifies, reports, and corrects deficiencies in practices, products, or equipment as necessary;
  • Develops, implements and documents performance improvement processes;
  • Recognizes problem situations and takes appropriate steps leading to correction.
  • Coordinates patient care conferences;
  • Serves as a preceptor for new graduates, re-entry nurses, etc., and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Requires two (2) years of full-time professional registered nursing experience demonstrating current competencies and maintaining current certifications necessary to work in the assigned units/clusters. Depending upon area of assignment, additional specialty experience and/or certification(s) may be required.


  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of California.
  • Must have a current, valid Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification by first day of employment.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule to cover all shifts and weekends, as hospital needs demand.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of: the principles, practices, and techniques used in advanced nursing care of specialized units.

Working knowledge of: performance improvement processes, hospital based/nursing committee practices, and patient and staff education methods.

Working ability to: provide direction to others; self-direct continuing education needs, provide a positive role model and public image; work proficiently in emergency and/or stressful situations; maintain confidentiality of patient/client information; effectively establish and maintain working relationships with medical staff, co-workers, patients and the public; and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here for additional information.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - 100%: An application evaluation will be conducted. A score will be assigned to each application based on established criteria. Such score will be considered as the final score for placement on the eligible list.

Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record may be required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Tamara Madueno via email at or by telephone at (805) 677-5313.

Keywords: County of Ventura, Ventura , Senior Registered Nurse - Break Relief Nurse, Other , Ventura, California

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