Nursing Department Manager -Inpatient (#RH1300)
$70.71-$85.95 Hourly / $12,255.98-$14,897.22 Monthly / $147,071.77-$178,766.66 Yearly


Under direction, manages a hospital or health facility inpatient or outpatient unit or units; performs professional nursing care and treatment of the physically and mentally ill; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the management level class in the Registered Nurse series. An employee in this class is responsible for the management of a nursing service unit or units (including, where applicable, twenty-four hour services) and for coordination of the unit(s) with other departments or services. Employees may be responsible for overall management of the Division of Nursing Services and other hospital divisions on the evening or night shift.


  • Sets unit philosophy and develops new plans and programs which are congruent with the mission and objectives of the Department of Health Care Services; participates in formulating, interpreting, implementing, and evaluating policies, procedures and standards of nursing care.
  • Coordinates the services of the nursing unit(s) with other departments and divisions through committees and staff meetings.
  • Prepares, presents and controls the department budget; prepares special reports and correspondence; controls the use and requisitioning of supplies for the unit; prepares and maintains records and/or statistical data.
  • Plans, implements, and monitors staffing schedules in order to assure optimal patient care.
  • Interviews and selects applicants for employment; assures appropriate orientation, teaching, supervision and evaluation of personnel on the unit; initiates and follows through with appropriate disciplinary measures when warranted.
  • Supervises the planning and implementation of nursing assignments to effectively utilize skills of professional and para-professional personnel and to maintain high quality patient care.
  • Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the preparation and implementation of nursing care plans; participates in patient education and rehabilitation.
  • Provides a unit environment conducive to well-being of patients and personnel.
  • May perform therapeutic measures prescribed by medical authority within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act and department policy.
  • Participates on committees as assigned; may represent the hospital to outside agencies.


Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience as a registered nurse in an acute care facility including one year of full-time supervisory or charge experience.

Substitution: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Health Science, Business Administration or other closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required non-supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Current registration as a nurse in the State of California.

Special Requirements: (1) Successful completion of a San Joaquin General Hospital inservice or comparable training program in nursing preceptorships may be required prior to completion of the probationary period and periodically thereafter. (2) Possession of a San Joaquin County Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN) certificate, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate, completion of an approved ICU/CCU training course, or other approved training or experience may be required for assignment or continued assignment to specialized nursing units.


Professional nursing theory and techniques; hospital functions; goals of patient care; hospital safety practices and principles; current medical treatment methods, standards, equipment and supplies; current trends and developments in the practice of nursing; principles and practices of management and supervision; budgetary principles and practices nursing staffing patterns.


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: RH1300; EST: 8/1/1958; REV: 10/12/1994;