Nurse Practitioner

February 6, 2024

Job Description

San Mateo County Health would like to invite you to apply for the position of Nurse Practitioner.

At San Mateo County Health, we lead by example. From our most seasoned professionals to our newest team members, everyone has the opportunity to step forward to offer their insight, opinions and ideas. As part of our teaching hospital, you’ll have the chance to explore new avenues for growth while… you meet the diverse healthcare needs of a thriving, vibrant community. If you’re ready to discover the leader in you, we invite you to discover San Mateo County Health where we are all together better. We currently have vacancies in our Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) division, Correctional Health Services division, Public Health Policy and Planning division, and the San Mateo Medical Center and Clinics.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers a broad spectrum of mental health and substance use services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults in San Mateo County in the prevention, early intervention and treatment of mental illness and/or substance use conditions. Mental health services are also available for emotionally disturbed children, older adults at risk of institutionalization, children in special education or at risk of out-of-home placement, uninsured residents of San Mateo County and people of any age in a major crisis.

Correctional Health Services provides integrated medical, dental, mental health, and chemical dependency treatment to San Mateo County’s incarcerated adults, and medical and dental care to the juvenile hall population. Medical services include health screening, treatment, education, and 24-hour emergency response for juveniles and adults.

Public Health Policy and Planning includes Edison HIV Clinic and Mobile Health Clinic/Street and Field Medicine program. Edison Clinic provides comprehensive patient-centered HIV primary care services to persons living with HIV (PLWH) within San Mateo County as well as provides services in diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to all San Mateo county residents. The Mobile Health Clinic/Street and Field Medicine program provides field-based medical care focusing on homeless, formerly incarcerated, and farmworker/farmworker family member individuals. The program provides medical care in the field at encampments and homeless congregation sites, homeless shelter, peripheral sites outside of San Mateo County Clinics, and on a mobile medical clinic vehicle that parks at scheduled sites throughout the county.

The San Mateo Medical Center is a public hospital and clinic system fully accredited by the Joint Commission. The Medical Center operates outpatient clinics throughout San Mateo County and also an acute-care hospital. We serve the healthcare needs of County residents, serving as the healthcare home for underserved and underinsured residents, with an emphasis on education and prevention. Under general supervision, Nurse Practitioners will provide services such as conducting complete physical examinations, developing diagnostic impressions, and managing care of patients working in one or more specialty areas, such as geriatric, pediatric, family health, or OB/GYN practice.

Our nurses are part of a collaborative healthcare team dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients. At the County of San Mateo you’ll find a supportive environment and opportunities to grow in your profession through training and education, including in-house Continuing Education units. Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification preferred.

Current vacancies:
• One Part-Time Extra-Help Nurse Practitioner vacancy for the Inpatient Surgical Unit, San Mateo Medical Center
• One 0.8 FTE Extra-Help Nurse Practitioner vacancy for the Medical Specialty Clinic, San Mateo Medical Center
• One 1.0 FTE Regular Nurse Practitioner vacancy for Ron Robinson Senior Care Center (RRSCC), San Mateo Medical Center, and one Extra Help Vacancy for RRSCC
• One Extra-Help Nurse Practitioner vacancy for a Lactation Consultant Nurse Practitioner with additional certification as an Advance Practice Nurse (CNM, WHNP or FNP), for OB/Gyn
• One Part-Time Extra Help Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Vacancy, Bilingual Spanish and English Required for Fair Oaks Health Center’s Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic
• One 0.5 FTE Regular Nurse Practitioner Vacancy in Mental Health Primary Care to provide integrated primary care for patients with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) during their stay at Cordilleras, a Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Redwood City.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
Under general supervision, provide health care services, such as conducting complete physical examinations, developing diagnostic impressions and managing care of patients working in one or more areas such as adult primary, geriatric, pediatric, family health, OB/GYN or specialty practice (surgical/medical subspecialties).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
Nurse Practitioner is an advanced specialist level fully competent to independently perform a variety of primary health care services and other clinical procedures. Nurse Practitioners differ from Staff Nurse in that Nurse Practitioners provide primary health care services and other clinical procedures that require specialized licensure, as well as, a high degree of clinical judgment in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.

NOTE: The list of eligible candidates created from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future part-time, full-time, permanent, extra-help, per diem, relief, and/or temporary vacancies in any of the three correctional facilities.Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assess the health of patients to determine their physical, emotional and social status by taking a complete medical history, doing a physical examination, initiating screening and diagnostic procedures etc. evaluate results of clinical findings and laboratory tests; report any abnormalities to a physician.
• Identify and manage in collaboration with a physician, common illnesses and/or other health problems and refer these problems or illnesses that require immediate medical attention to the appropriate practicing physician; assume on-going responsibility for follow-ups.
• Collaborate with physicians and other health professionals regarding health problems and illnesses following established protocol relative to diagnosis and treatment of patients.
• Counsel parents or other family members regarding health maintenance in the area of specialization.
• Coordinate and facilitate referrals to other health or social agencies.
• Maintain accurate records of assessments, follow-ups and evaluations.
• Supervise the work of subordinate health workers and participate in professional and administrative meetings.
• Actively participate in quality improvement process within work area.
• Perform related duties as assigned.
NOTE: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.

Knowledge of:
• Principles, practices and procedures used in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of common health problems as related to the clinical specialty.
• Fundamentals of clinical medicine as related to clinical specialty.
• Drugs commonly used in the area of specialty including the indications of their use, anticipated therapeutic effect, side effects and untoward reactions and contraindications.
• Safety and infection control practices and procedures.
• Normal and abnormal values of laboratory tests and their clinical significance.
• Operations and care of medical equipment and instruments used in the area of specialty.
• Laws and regulations pertinent to the practice of nursing and medicine applicable to assigned specialty.
• Community resources and referral systems.
• Provisions of the Nurse Practice Act.
Skill/Ability to:
• Assess the health status of patients.
• Provide health care services including the taking of a complete medical history, doing complete physical examination and other related clinical procedures.
• Identify and manage health problems common in the area of specialty.
• Develop and implement treatment plans for patients according to policies and protocol.
• Analyze and interpret health information/data including results of laboratory testing.
• Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, professional staff and others.
• Follow safety practices and procedures.
• Maintain accurate records and preparing reports.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.
Education: Completion of an advanced nursing degree from a program accredited by the Commission on the Collegiate of Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) with emphasis in a Nurse Practitioner’s specialty area.
Experience: Minimum one (1) year of paid experience in acute and/or ambulatory care setting.

Licensure:
• Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse.
• Possession of a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Nurse Practitioner License.
• Possession of a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Furnishing Number.
• Possession of a DEA Number.
• For positions assigned to OB-GYN, a Nurse Practitioner License may be substituted with Nurse Midwife License and at least one certification in women’s health specialty.
Special Certification: Depending on assignment, position requires certification in at least one of the following specialty areas:
Pediatric: Primary health care for patients 17 years of age and under.
Family: Primary health care for patients of all ages.
Geriatric: Primary health care for older patients.
OB/GYN: Women’s health or primary health care for obstetric and gynecologic patients.
Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. The examination will consist of a scored evaluation of relevant training and experience (weight: 100%) based solely on the responses to the supplemental questions. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply Online”. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to http://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

~TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE~
This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Apply Online at: https://jobs.smcgov.org

The County of San Mateo may require that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff, and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy.

San Mateo County is centrally located between San Francisco, San Jose, and the East Bay. With over 750,000 residents, San Mateo is one of the largest and most diverse counties in California and serves a multitude of culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. The County of San Mateo is committed to advancing equity in order to ensure that all employees are welcomed in a safe and inclusive environment. The County seeks to hire, support, and retain employees who reflect our diverse community. We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply. Eighty percent of employees surveyed stated that they would recommend the County as a great place to work. County of San Mateo is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels.

Analyst: Carolyn Burns (090723) (Nurse Practitioner – F009