Under general direction of the Director of Palliative Care
Services and the Chief Nursing Director, 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. The Palliative Care
Nurse Coordinator, in collaboration with palliative care physicians
and other palliative care team members, provides holistic
compassionate care within the palliative care (PC) team structure
that embraces the patient and family as a unit and recognizes
cultural ethnic and spiritual differences. The Palliative Care
team's aim is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life
during any state in the course of a life-threatening illness, from
diagnosis through the end of life and bereavement. Acts as liaison
with community professionals, support services and others as needs
AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Health Care Agency - Ventura County Medical
PAYROLL TITLE: Senior Registered Nurse - Hospital
Senior Registered Nurse-Hospital is represented by the
California Nurses' Association (CNA) and is eligible for overtime
compensation. Salary placement will be determined according to the
current CNA memorandum of agreement.
CERTIFICATION PAY: Incumbents in this classification are
eligible for certification pay at a rate of $0.813 per hour based
on his or her scheduled work week hours and not to exceed the
scheduled work week hours for each qualified certification
possessed up to a maximum of five (5) certifications. Additionally,
Incumbents in the Emergency Room are eligible for a sixth (6)
certificate pay, if it includes the MICN certificate.
EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible
for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5%
for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an
Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required
for the classification.Incumbents may also be eligible for
bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and
certification of skill.
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used
to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and
Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies. There is
currently one (1) Regular vacancy.
Examples Of Duties
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Collaborates with the Palliative Care Team while utilizing the
nursing process approachto provide consultation in symptom
management and supportive care toprospectively and concurrently
execute plans for health care services for the patient and
- Coordinates care and evaluations consistent with the VCMC
palliative care model.
- Attends and facilitates patient/family meetings with the
interdisciplinary palliative care team toclarify patient and family
- Acts as a consultant to patients, families, the acute care team
and other involved providers to contribute to the plan of
- Collaborates in development of clinical practice guidelines,
standards and policies in support of quality palliative care
- Provides education and training to facility's staff (i.e.
nurses, social service, medical staff, interns and residents and
other ancillary staff as needed) as well as the community regarding
palliative care and associated services.
- Assists with the maintenance of the operational, personnel and
financial aspects of the palliative care program.
- Acts as a resource for professionals and non-professionals
involved in palliative care within the community.
- Facilitates access to appropriate support models of care (i.e.,
hospice, rehabilitation, on-going aggressive treatment).
- Prepares and maintains accurate patient records, charts and
documents to support sound nursing practice as related to
palliative care services.
- Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients,
families, staff and the organization.
- Develops and maintains effective liaison with community
professionals, support services and other palliative care
- Participates in on-going data collection, analysis and
- Promotes the philosophy and mission of Ventura County Health
- Performs other related duties as required.
These are entrance requirements to the examination process and
assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an
EDUCATION, TRAINING, andEXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of full-time professional Registered Nursing
clinical experience in an acute care, oncology, ambulatory care,
pain management and/or Palliative Care setting.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
- 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 able to work collaboratively with the Multidisciplinary
team, multitask and work in a fast pace environment.
- Successful completion of palliative care training required,
including pain and symptom management nutrition and hydration,
psychosocial spiritual care, hospice and end of life care within 1
year or employment.
- Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN) mandatory
within 1 year of employment.
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 no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing
To apply online, please refer to our web site at
www.ventura.org/jobs. 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.
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; however, it/they may not be
submitted in lieu of the application and supplemental
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 clickhere for additional
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are
required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this
examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire
may be used throughout the examination process to assist in
determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for
the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will
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 examination 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
Sabrina Anderson via email at Sabrina.Anderson@ventura.org or by
telephone at (805) 654-2642.