Placer County

Psychiatric Nurse - Supervising (#13560)

$41.52-$51.86 Hourly / $7,196.80-$8,989.07 Monthly / $86,361.60-$107,868.80 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct and supervise psychiatric nursing activities and programs within the Department of Health Services; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervising level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from assigned management personnel.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, clerical and technical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for clinical activities and programs; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in providing public mental health services.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Oversee medication crisis telephone calls and walk-ins; provide assessment of and intervention with clients who are medication-only patients.
  • Provide monitoring of medication-only clients; provide specific medication counseling and education to clients regarding the need, purpose, and effects of prescribed medications.
  • Provide direct medication treatment (under psychiatrist's orders); assist in preparing medication-only treatment plans.
  • Assist in development of medication education program; assist in developing standards and procedures for medication monitoring by nursing staff; plan and provide in-service training for division staff as directed.
  • Assess needs/situation of selected new clients and provide case management and supportive therapy through observation, history taking, physical examination, analysis, documentation of findings, and consultation with psychiatrist.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible experience in psychiatric nursing.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nursing or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of psychiatric nursing.
  • Services and functions of other social and health agencies/providers relative to psychiatric nursing.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Policies and procedures of a health services department, especially as related to the assigned division.
  • Principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • Differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery and acceptance of mental health care services.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct psychiatric nursing activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, patient charts, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift moderate weight.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 13560; EST: 4/1/1997; REV: ;