Psychiatric Registered Nurse - Inpatient Locked Unit
Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Type: Full Time
Required Education: RN
Salary: $85,786.89-$108,194.21 Annual
Hospital, Public and Private
Psychiatric Nurse I: $85,786.89 - $103,260.26 Annually
Psychiatric Nurse II: $89,831.73 - $108,194.21 Annually
Bilingual allowance when applicable.
Special Duty Assignment allowance when regularly assigned to the Psychiatric Health Facility.
Shift differentials as agreed upon with Local Union.
2 openings available.
Internal Number: 22-6147-02 (O)
We are currently accepting applications for Psychiatric Nurse positions at the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) located in Santa Barbara, California.
The Facility is a 24-hour,16-bed locked inpatient unit which requires shift work including weekends, holidays, evening, and overnights. The PHF schedule is based on 12-hour shifts. Incumbents work with adult patients who can be a danger to themselves or others due to a mental illness.
Under general supervision, provides professional psychiatric nursing care to acutely and chronically ill patients; performs related duties as required. Psychiatric Nurse I/II is a flexibly staffed series.
Psychiatric Nurse I is the entry-level class in this series. Incumbents learn to perform the range of psychiatric nursing duties required to care for primarily high risk, mentally ill patients in a locked institutional setting.
Psychiatric Nurse II is the journey-level class in this series. Incumbents perform the full range of psychiatric nursing duties. Work assignments require a thorough knowledge of mental health practices and procedures, laws and regulations, the ability to work independently, and involve team leader responsibility over other nursing and mental health workers.
The link to the official job descriptions can be found here:
Possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and;
one year of experience in an acute psychiatric care or outpatient community mental health facility; or,
one year of experience performing duties equivalent to those of Psychiatric Nurse I with Santa Barbara County; or,
a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Fingerprinting: for the purpose of a criminal record check as authorized by Section 16501 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and Section 11105.3 of the California Penal Code is required.
Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.
Knowledge of: the laws and regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing; the various methods, techniques, and procedures used in psychiatric nursing; the uses and effects of psychotropic drugs and narcotics; patient safety practices and facility security; symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy; mental health community resources and services; the principles, practices, and laws of professional nursing; health education; common illnesses, diseases, disabilities, injuries, and nutrition.
Working Conditions: Incumbents must be able to restrain patients in crisis and other situations, and work shifts.
Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law. Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.
About Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers. The Department’s decisions and service delivery are guided by the following values:
Quality services for persons of all ages with mental illness and/or substance abuse;
Integrity in individual and organizational actions;
Dignity, respect, and compassion for all persons;
Active involvement of clients and families in treatment, recovery, and policy development;
Diversity throughout our organization and cultural competency in service delivery;
A system of care and recovery that is clearly defined and promotes recovery and resiliency;
Emphasis on prevention and treatment;
Teamwork among department employees in an atmosph...ere that is respectful and creative;
Continuous quality improvement in service delivery and administration;
Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and resilient;
Safety for everyone.