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Nurse Practitioner/Physician's Assistant

Company:
County Of Sonoma
Location:
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Post Date:
September 12, 2021
Job Status:
Full-Time
Description:

Position Information



The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is seeking California-licensed candidates to fill a full-time Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant position in the Behavioral Health Division.
Starting Salary up to $62.76/hour ($130,987/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $3.45/hour*


Working at the County offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, theability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment thatprovides continuous training, education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to betterour communities. You can alsolook forward to some excellent benefits*, including:


  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $600 and ongoing education/training opportunities

  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year

  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options

  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range


Under the direct supervision of a licensed Physician, the Nurse Practitioner/Physician's Assistant assesses complex youth and adult clients in need of medication evaluation, prescribes psychoactive medications, and monitors clients for side effects and treatment effects. This position interacts with multi-disciplinary treatment teams to plan a course of treatment and manages presenting symptoms of clients related to medication support; collaborates and integrates treatment with medical providers; assesses and evaluates changes in mental status and risk, taking appropriate actions; participates in case conferences related to complex treatment issues; participates in trainings and lectures required by the Behavioral Health Division; and may be assigned to work irregular hours and days. The ideal candidate will possess:


  • Experience working as an independent prescriber in the behavioral health system with anunderstanding of integrated behavioral healthcare

  • A proven track record of working with evidence-based practices and recovery-oriented, trauma informed care in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • A demonstrated history working in a high-risk clinical position as a mandated reporter

  • Experience working with adults and youth in behavioral health settings either as a Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse

  • The availability to work evening, night, weekend, or holiday shifts, and manage a fast-paced work environment


This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.
* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU).


APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.



Minimum Qualifications



For a Nurse Practitioner:
Education: Normally, graduation from an approved school of Nursing and completion of a State approved Nurse Practitioner program that includes a clinical preceptorship.


Experience: Some experience in an acute care hospital, primary care health clinic, physician office, psychiatric facility, or outpatient services is highly desirable.


Licenses: Possession of a valid California license as a Registered Nurse and a certificate as a Nurse Practitioner issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing; some assignments may require a specialized certification.


Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required, depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.


For assignments that include the ordering or furnishing of drugs:


Possession of, or ability to obtain with one year of appointment, a current Furnishing Number issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Possession of, or ability to obtain with one year of appointment, a current Department of Drug Enforcement number to order Schedule II, III, IV, V drugs.
For a Physician's Assistant:
Education: Normally, graduation from an accredited primary care Physician's Assistant program that includes a clinical preceptorship and training in all of the tasks listed so that proficiency can be demonstrated to the Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Division of Allied Health Professions.


Experience: Some experience in an acute care hospital, a primary care health clinic, physician office, psychiatric facility, or psychiatric office/clinic is highly desirable.


Licenses: Possession of a certificate or letter of approval to practice as a Physician's Assistant issued by the California Board of Medical Examiners, or any other license or approval that may be required by law to practice as a Physician's Assistant. Advanced cardiac life support certification issued by the American Heart Association is desired.


Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required, depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.


For assignments that include the ordering or furnishing of drugs:


Possession of, or ability to obtain with one year of appointment, a current Department of Drug Enforcement number to order Schedule II, III, IV, V drugs.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities



Thorough knowledge of: the methods, techniques and procedures used in health services; medical and behavioral health terminology, hospital routines, procedures, equipment and facilities.


Working knowledge of:the roles of various health personnel; common medical and behavioral conditions and the procedures involved in treatment and diagnosis of these conditions; the uses and affects of medicine and narcotics; various preventive and early diagnostic techniques; basic laboratory procedures; physiology of diseases, disabling conditions, mental illness and addiction; community and regulatory standards for the documentation of patient care; environmental, sociological, psychological and physical conditions relevant to advanced practice nursing; Federal, State and local laws and regulations governing nursing; uses and side effects of medications; comprehensive physical, behavioral and social assessment methodologies to identify physical illness, mental illness, and the physical and mental symptoms associated with abuse, neglect and addiction.


Ability to: take complete and accurate physical and behavioral health assessments and examinations; compile complete and accurate medical, behavioral, and social histories of patients; diagnose common medical and behavioral health conditions; competently perform all of the therapeutic, laboratory and screening procedures listed under typical duties; follow established protocols set up by physicians; consult with physicians, nurse practitioners and other members of the staff and other agencies; observe and evaluate the patient's emotional conditions; differentiate medical and surgical problems that require immediate consultation with the physician rather than a deferred consultation; determine abnormalities in laboratory test reports; provide health counseling and guidance to patients; safely administer medications; analyze and interpret findings resulting from histories taken, assessments and tests ordered and/or conducted; formulate appropriate treatment plans; work effectively with individuals and families to assist them in satisfactory resolution and/or management of medical, behavioral, and substance use disorders and conditions; teach physical and behavioral health care techniques to individuals and families; refer individuals as expediently as possible to appropriate resources; and prepare and maintain clear, concise and complete records, reports and charts.



Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying




  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.

  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.

  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.

  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.



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