Staff Nurse I - Inpatient (#RH1101)
$48.32-$58.73 Hourly / $8,375.47-$10,179.87 Monthly / $100,505.60-$122,158.40 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, performs entry level professional nursing care and treatment of the physically and mentally ill in an inpatient or outpatient setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Staff Nurse series. Incumbents work under close supervision while they develop proficiency in nursing skills.


  • Initiates the nursing process and performs entry level nursing care, including therapeutic measures prescribed by medical authority within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act and department policy.
  • Participates in the evaluation of the total nursing needs of the patient including physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural and socio-economic; participates in the planning, coordinating, and administering of total patient care; participates in preparation and implementation of written nursing care plans for individual patients; may participate in therapy groups.
  • Keeps records of patients' health care treatment and/or hospital stay; prepares reports and standard forms.
  • May consult with therapeutic multi-disciplinary team in reviewing patient progress and success of treatment plans.
  • May provide crisis intervention, crisis stabilization and follow-up therapy; may make crisis referrals as required.
  • Participates in teaching patients the principles of health and self care.
  • May facilitate insurance billing and other reimbursement-related procedures by processing appropriate paperwork and making necessary internal and external contacts.
  • Maintains and updates knowledge base and nursing skills by reading literature, attending workshops, lectures, conferences, and classes as may be required by the Administration of the Department of Health Care Services.


Licenses & Certificates: Current registration as a nurse in the State of California or possession of an interim permit issued by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.


Theory, practices and techniques of nursing; safety principles and practices, applicable Federal and State laws as related to patient care.


Assist members of the health care team; maintain a high standard of care; deal with patients empathetically and respectfully while performing treatments prescribed; instruct patients in self care and preventative health strategies; follow oral and written instructions of technical and professional nature accurately; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; maintain a safe facility environment; maintain cohesiveness and communication as a team during high stress; establish and maintain effective customer service; maintain accurate records and prepare routine reports; participate effectively in performance improvement processes.


Mobility-Constant walking; frequent operation of a keyboard; standing for long periods of time, pushing/pulling, bending and squatting; occasional sitting for long periods of time, running, climbing stairs and climbing; Frequency of Lifting-Frequent restraining lifting/turning of heavy objects or people; Visual Requirements-Constant need for overall vision, color and depth perception, hand/eye coordination, and field of vision/peripheral vision; frequent reading and close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech; frequent hearing and talking on telephone or radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds and talking over public address; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant concentration and public contact; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; frequent exposure to emergency situations, including trauma, grief and death, decision making, working weekends and nights; occasional work at heights, working alone and overtime; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to assaultive behavior by clients; occasional exposure to noise, cold/heat, and hazardous materials, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes and poor ventilation.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH1101; EST: 3/1/1965; REV: 6/14/2000;