Placer Employment Opportunities

Psychiatric Nurse - I

Recruitment #2020-14329-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn.   For more information about Placer County, please visit


The department of Health and Human Services, Adult System of Care division is currently accepting applications for Psychiatric Nurse I/II to fill one full-time vacancy that will report to offices in Auburn, CA and/or Roseville, CA. This position may be filled at either level and will provide mental health and medical outpatient services to an adult population.

Each level in this job series has different minimum qualifications. To participate in the recruitment at Level I, Level II or both levels, you must complete and submit separate applications for each recruitment.

The eligible list established for this recruitment may be used to fill additional permanent and extra-help vacancies as they become available. Temporary/Extra-help assignments are limited to 28 hours per week with a cap of 999 hours or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits. Extra-help appointments made from this eligible list may transition to permanent status, should vacancies arise.

This recruitment is open until filled. In order to be considered during the first round of screening please submit your application by 5pm on Friday, October 30th. Following this date, applications will be screened on a bi-weekly basis.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

Click here to view Professional benefits

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To provide professional psychiatric nursing care and other nursing care to emotionally disturbed or mentally ill patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis.


This is the entry level class in the Psychiatric Nurse series.  This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under general supervision while learning job tasks.


Receives general supervision from assigned management staff or a Supervising Psychiatric Nurse. 


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

  • 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 developing a 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.
  • Make home visits; make site visits to contracting providers to provide clients with medication supervision and instruction.
  • 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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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: No professional experience is required.

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

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:

  • General and psychiatric nursing principles and practices.
  • General legal and regulatory issues involved in treating the mentally ill.
  • Pharmacology and the use and purpose of psychotropic medications.
  • Crisis intervention and conflict resolution techniques, including management of assaultive behavior.
  • Principles and practices of instruction.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, 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 a desk for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, climb, twist and reach while making site visits or making educational presentations.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift light weight.
  • Provide professional psychiatric nursing care; administer and handle medications.
  • Provide instruction regarding use, purpose, and side effects of various psychotropic medications.
  • Observe, assess, and record client behavior as related to psychiatric condition/treatment.
  • Provide crisis intervention as necessary.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interview; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, dictation machine, facsimile machine, postage meter, and photocopy machine.
  • Use nursing care and clinical supplies and equipment, including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, syringes, and needles.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.

Powered by JobAps