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Senior Registered Nurse - Utilization Review

at Ventura County

Pay: $42.6787 to $51.0298/hour
$42.6787 - $51.0298
Posted: 9/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2544196
Keywords: nursing

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


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. Incumbents are expected to work at the full scope of their licensure/specialty area with a decreasing amount of supervision commensurate with their experience.

PAYROLL TITLE: Senior Registered Nurse - Hospital

CERTIFICATION PAY: Incumbents in this classification are eligible for certification pay at a rate of $0.813 per hour based on this 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.

EDUCATIONAL 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. 
BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department.  In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.
Senior Registered Nurse-Hospital is represented by the California Nurses' Association (CNA) and is eligible for overtime compensation. 
NOTE:  Salary placement will be determined according to the current CNA memorandum of agreement.
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 for these positions only.  There are currently two (2) vacancies.  One (1) is Regular and one (1) is temporary to fill behind a leave of absence.

OPENING DATE:  August 21, 2019
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:

  • Implements nursing processes (assessment, planning, implementation of care plan, evaluation of patient response) and 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 in Case Management in an acute hospital setting.

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.
Must obtain Certified Case Manager (CCM) certification within 2 years.

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 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: 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.

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. 
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 six (6) months.
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 more information about this recruitment, please contact Sam Maynard by telephone at (805) 677-5323 or by e-mail at