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Trauma Nurse Clinician - Amended

Staff Nurse IV-Inpatient

Recruitment #0817-RH1104-AC

Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to join a Designated, Level III Trauma Team at San Joaquin General Hospital (SJGH). SJGH’s Trauma Team is seeking a dynamic and experienced Trauma Nurse Clinician to join a team of experts that consist of dedicated Emergency Physicians, Trauma Surgeons, Nurse Practitioners, intensive care nurses, emergency department nurses, and respiratory and radiology technicians.

The Trauma Nurse Clinician coordinates the care of trauma patients in the emergency room, and assists and monitors the care of the patient through the hospital continuum of care. The position also coordinates care with various disciplines and ensures that protocols, processes, and care are implemented for the trauma patient. The Trauma Nurse applies knowledge of the nursing process to trauma patients to ensure appropriate care.  The work schedule will include working nights, weekends, and holidays.  For information regarding San Joaquin General Hospital, please visit our website at www.sjgeneral.org

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.

TYPICAL DUTIES

·        Initiates the trauma nursing process and performs advanced level clinical patient care, including complex and difficult therapeutic measures prescribed by medical authority within the limits of Nurse Practice Act and department policy.

·        Continuously monitors trauma bays to ensure readiness of equipment and supplies. Follows-up and coordinates with other departments to ensure support is provided to ensure readiness of trauma bays.

·        Responds to each Trauma Activation immediately upon notification. Assumes responsibility for patient by receiving report from Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN) and determines if activation level is appropriate. Identifies and prepares essential staff for incoming trauma cases. Monitors sound levels to ensure patient status and care is accurately communicated.

·        Oversees initial resuscitation of trauma patient, ensures scribe accurately, and completely documents the assessment of the patient. Reviews and ensures other required documentation is complete and accurate. May assist in the resuscitation of patients.

·        Initiates and oversees all aspects of trauma patient care. As required, coordinates call of Operating Room staff. Monitors proper access of Massive Transfusion Protocol (MTP) refrigerator and ensures blood units are scanned and monitored. Ensures patient receives medication for pain, antibiotics, and other required interventions.

·        Coordinates care with medical staff and ensures appropriate monitoring of patient based on severity of trauma. Maintains readiness of staff and monitors patient care by accompanying patient throughout the hospital. Follows and accompanies patient's movements, e.g. to ancillary services for testing and diagnostics.

·        Coordinates with other hospital staff to ensure ongoing assessment of patient by other staff and that documentation of trauma patient care is complete and accurate. Follows patients to operating room and assists if required. Monitors blood usage. Responds to Post Anesthesia Care Staff (PACU) to assist with continued resuscitation, as needed. Coordinates post care with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and may assist with recovery of patient in ICU. Monitors patient until adequate staff is available to care for patient in ICU.

·        Rounds on trauma patients and ensures that all orders written have been carried out and documented in logs and other records. Determines status of discharge planning and follows up with appropriate staff.

·        Participates in Performance Improvement by checking for needed audits. Audits patient care records identified through the PI process and makes notes for the Trauma Program Director (TPD) and Trauma Medical Director (TMD).

·        As required assists Emergency Department by providing professional registered nurse duties. Serves as a resource in house and responds with Nursing Supervisor, if needed, to help assess, stabilize, or help Rapid Response Team.

·        Maintains and updates knowledge base and nursing skills by reading literature, attending workshops, lectures, conferences, and classes as may be required.

·        Participates on committees as assigned.

·        Prepares and presents, within established guidelines, clinical projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Note: The following special requirements were approved by the Civil Service Commission on June 13, 2018.

Note: Supplemental application must be submitted with employment application.

Either I

Experience: Two years of progressively responsible advanced critical care registered nursing experience in a high volume (a minimum of 2500 ER visits per month) Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, PACU (Recovery Room), or as a Flight Nurse or Trauma Nurse Clinician.

Certification: Possession of 1) Current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and BLS certification, 2) A certificate of completion of Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC) and 3) Pediatric Life Support (PALS) or Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC).

OR II

Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Health Science, or closely related field.

Experience: One year of progressively responsible advanced critical care registered nursing experience in a high volume (a minimum of 2500 ER visits per month) Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, PACU (Recovery Room), or as a Flight Nurse or Trauma Nurse Clinician.

Certification:  Possession of 1) Current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and BLS certification, 2) A certificate of completion of Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC) and 3) Pediatric Life Support (PALS) or Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC).

AND

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

Special Requirements: Must successfully complete the Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJEMSA), Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN), AND Trauma Care after Resuscitation Course (TCAR) or Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course (TNATC) within one year from date of employment with San Joaquin General Hospital.

KNOWLEDGE

Demonstrate in depth knowledge of resuscitation and care of critically injured patients; theory, techniques, and practices of trauma nursing; new developments in patient care, particularly in area of trauma; skills specific to clinical scope of practice; the nursing process; health care safety principles and practices.

ABILITY

Ability to show initiative, work effectively, and collaboratively with hospital staff; ability to be self-directed and work well under pressure, meet deadlines and use judgment in balancing work priorities; demonstrate proficiency with continuous bedside monitoring and telemetry, vasoactive medications, hemodynamic monitoring and pressure lines, as well as patients receiving mechanical ventilation; maintain accurate records and prepare routine reports; accurately follow oral and written instructions of technical and professional nature; coordinate the care of the trauma patient with other disciplines and the family.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

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 emergency situations, including trauma, grief and death, decision making, working weekends and nights; occasional work at heights, working alone and overtimeEnvironmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to assaultive behavior by clients; occasional exposure to noise, cold/heat, and hazardous materials, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes and poor ventilation.

BENEFITS

Health Insurance:  San Joaquin County provides full-time employees and part-time employees eligible for benefits with a choice of three health plans:  a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan. Employees pay a portion of the cost of the premiums. Dependent coverage is available for all plans.

Dental Insurance:  The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans:  Delta Dental and United Health Care-Select Managed Care Direct Compensation Plan.  There is no cost for employee only coverage in either plan; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

Vision Insurance:  The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP).  There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at www.sjgov.org under Human Resources/Benefits.

Life Insurance:  The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows:

1 but less than 3 years of continuous service:                   $1,000
3 but less than 5 years of continuous service:                   $3,000
5 but less than 10 years of continuous service:                 $5,000
10 years of continuous service or more:                           $10,000

Employees may purchase additional term life insurance up to a maximum of $200,000 at the group rate.

125 Flexible Benefits Plan:  This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit with a $500 carry over); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit). 

Retirement Plan:  Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Act of 1937.  Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at www.sjcera.org for more information.  NOTE:  If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Employees’ Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.

Deferred Compensation The County maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less.  Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000. The Roth IRA (after tax) is also now available.

Vacation:  Maximum earned vacation is 15 days each year up to 10 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years.  Accrual rate is prorated for part-time employees eligible for benefits.

Holiday:  14 paid holidays per year.

Educational Leave:  Each fiscal year, department heads grant 40 hours to full-time employees or 24 hours to part-time employees eligible for benefits of educational leave that are not carried beyond the end of the fiscal year.

Sick Leave:  12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation.  Sick leave incentive: An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one-half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue.  The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year.

Bereavement Leave:  3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child.

Merit Salary Increase:  New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range.  After employees serve 52 weeks (2080 hours) on each step of the range (1840 hours for part-time employees), they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step. 

Standby Pay:  Employees designated by appointing authority to be in standby status is compensated at 33.33% of their regular hourly rate.

Educational Supplement: Any bargaining unit nurse who meets at least one of the following criteria will receive an Educational Supplement equal to 5% of their base salary:

  • For those classifications that require an Associate's Degree of Nursing, the nurse has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. (Nurses who work in Mental Health may substitute a Bachelor's Degree in Pyschology or Social Worker for a degree in Nursing.)
  • For those classifications that require a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, the nurse has a Master's of Science in Nursing.
  • Possess National or approved International certification in the specialty area in which the nurse currently is assigned.
  • Possess CCRN Certification and active ACLS Certificate.
  • Provide proof of completion of a critical care class and active ACLS Certificate.

License/Certificate FeesThe County provides reimbursement for specific classifications under the CNA MOU for fees required to renew State required license/certification.  Fees associated with initial license/certification will not be covered.

Pre-Employment Physical Exam:  If required, will be conducted at San Joaquin County General Hospital at no cost to the employee.

Job Sharing:  Any regular, permanent full-time employee may agree to job-share a position, subject to approval by a Department Head and the Director of Human Resources.

Educational Reimbursement Program:  The County offers an Educational Reimbursement Program.  Eligible employees (civil service and part-time eligible for benefits) may be reimbursed for career-related course work taken on the employee’s own time up to $850 per fiscal year; an employee enrolled in an approved degree program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year per fiscal year.

Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton:  The County contributes up to $17 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.

School Activities:  Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.

Selection Procedures

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will go through the following examination process:

  • Written Exam: The civil service written exam is a multiple choice format.  If the written exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
     
  • Oral Exam:   The oral exam is a structured interview process that will assess the candidate’s education, training, and experience and may include a practical exercise.   The oral exam selection process is not a hiring interview.   A panel of up to four people will determine the candidate’s score and rank for placement on the eligible list.  Top candidates from the eligible list are referred for hiring interviews.  If the oral exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
     
  • Written & Oral Exam:  If both a written exam and an oral exam is administered, the written exam is weighted at 60% and the oral exam is weighted at 40% unless otherwise indicated on the announcement.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% on each examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.
     
  • Rate-out:  A rate-out is an examination that involves a paper rating of the candidate’s application using the following criteria: education, training, and experience. Candidates will not be scheduled for the rate-out process. 

 Note:  The rating of 70 referred to may be the same or other than an arithmetic 70% of the total possible points.

Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date.   

Veteran’s Points:  Eligible veterans, unmarried widows and widowers of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged and who have served during wartime shall be given veteran’s points in initial appointment to County service.  Eligible veterans receive 5 points and eligible disabled veterans receive 10 points. Disabled veterans must submit a recent award letter stating a 10% service connected disability issued by the United States Veterans Administration.  Note:  A copy of your DD214 showing the discharge type must be received in the Human Resources by the date of the examination.

Acceptable wartime service dates:

  • September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946

  • June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

  • August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

  • Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.

Eligible Lists:   Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification.  Eligible lists are effective for one year, but may be extended up to two additional years by the Civil Service Commission.

Certification/Referral: Names from the eligible list will be referred to the hiring department by the following methods.

  • Rule of the Rank: The top three ranks will be referred for hiring interviews.  If there are less than 5 names in the top three ranks the next rank is referred.  This applies only to open competitive recruitments.
  • Rule of Five:  The top five names will be referred for hiring interviews.  This applies only to department or countywide promotional examination.

Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination. The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

Pre-Employment Drug Screening Exam:  Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.

Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grand parent, grand child or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when;

  • They are related to the Appointing Authority or

  • The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other.

Department Head may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.

Proof of Eligibility:  If you are offered a job you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S. 

HOW TO APPLY

Apply Online:

www.sjgov.org/department/hr
By mail or in person:  

San Joaquin County Human Resources

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, Ca 95202

 

Office hours: 
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 

Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to
www.sjgov.org/department/hr/eeo.



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