Job: Ambulatory Care Nurse (Bilingual Spanish/English Preferred) - Open

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Job Title:Ambulatory Care Nurse (Bilingual Spanish/English Preferred) - Open
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 06/05/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$52.36 - $61.89 Hourly
$4,188.80 - $4,951.20 Biweekly
$9,075.73 - $10,727.60 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California

 NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on May 30, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be June 5, 2017.

NOTE: This job announcement was amended on January 31, 2017, to update the supplemental questions.

NOTE: This job announcement was amended on November 23, 2015, to update the language requirement.

San Mateo Medical Center is seeking qualified and experienced Ambulatory Care Nurses for its outpatient clinics: Innovative Care Clinic, Ron Robinson Senior Care Center (San Mateo), Fair Oaks Health Center (Redwood City) and South San Francisco Clinic.

Under direction, Ambulatory Care Nurses perform professional nursing duties for outpatient clinic patients; treat and educate patients, their families and the public about various medical conditions; record medical histories and symptoms; perform diagnostic tests and analyze results; operate medical machinery; administer treatment and medications; assist with patient follow-up and rehabilitation; and perform other duties as assigned and required by the assigned clinical setting.

This journey level Nurse is fully competent to independently perform a full range of professional nursing duties and procedures that require the exercise of a high degree of clinical judgment.  Incumbents also provide lead direction to other nursing and paraprofessional personnel.  In addition, Ambulatory Care Nurses assigned to community clinics provide preventive care and treat patients with a variety of illnesses and injuries.

The ideal candidate has at least one year of experience in family practice addressing chronic disease management; is skilled in case management and triage assessment; has worked with the underserved population and on interdisciplinary teams. Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred. The ideal candidate is also a critical thinker, fast learner and thrives in a dynamic environment.  Computer literacy, prior experience with electronic medical records (E-Clinical Works preferred) and registries strongly preferred, as well as flexibility to work nights and weekends.  

The Innovative Care Clinic (ICC) is a fully functional primary care clinic providing an interdisciplinary and integrated model of care emphasizing collaboration across professional roles. At the ICC, the Ambulatory Care Nurse cares for a diverse adult population with a focus on chronic disease management and appropriate health resource utilization. 

The Fair Oaks Health Center offers comprehensive care for the whole family, including: adult and pediatric primary care; dental; OB/GYN; chronic disease management; optometry; a lab; and pharmacy services. For the first time, patients are able to obtain prescriptions immediately after an appointment. Safeway, the private pharmacy operator, will serve the entire community. A patient health library, mental health services, prevention education and the WIC Program are also on-site.

At our Ron Robinson Senior Care Center we focus on the health and well-being of seniors 65 and over including physical, mental, social, and lifestyle health. A team of doctors and specialists provides complete outpatient care in one location. We take the time to listen, to get to know our patients, and to explain all your treatment options.

At the South San Francisco Clinic, we provide healthcare for adults and children. Primary care, Family planning, Women's health, Optometry, Podiatry, Sexually transmitted disease screening and therapy, and Healthcare for patients with HIV.

 Examples Of Duties:

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

  • Complete patient assessments and triage, record patient histories, symptoms and observations.
  • Establish and implement nursing care plans for each patient through assessment, development, activation and evaluation.
  • Participate in patient case conferences and rounds. 
  • Organize, assign and supervise duties and responsibilities of other staff members as a team leader; orient and teach new staff members of the nursing team and students. 
  • Perform nursing care following prescribed rules, policies, protocol and procedures. 
  • Identify problems, assist in data gathering, propose solutions and participate in evaluation of quality assurance issues. 
  • Work with patient and their families to provide in-hospital and after-hospital follow-up through teaching and referral. 
  • Participate in educational programs to maintain level of expertise. 
  • Participate in non-clinical assignments, which may include maintaining records, preparing reports and/or serving on special committees. 
  • Maintain records and prepare reports. 
  • Operate a variety of medical machinery and equipment. 
  • Administer treatment and medications. 
  • Maintain knowledge of outpatient resources. 
  • Develop discharge plans for patients. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned and as required by assigned work setting, as described below.  
  • Provide preventive care and/or treatment to patients in a community or specialty clinic with a variety of conditions, illnesses and/or injuries.
  • Check vital signs, give injections, provide wound care and perform catherizations and Point of Care Testing.
  • Work with patient and their families to explain post-treatment care needs and provide clinic follow-up through teaching and referral to resources.
  • Prepare educational materials and maintain knowledge of outpatient resources.
  • Run immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars, as required.
  • Manage, monitor and adjust doses based on protocols and physician instructions.
  • Perform phlebotomy.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting.
  • Safety and infection control practices.
  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Perform nursing procedures required for assigned clinical setting.
  • Comply with clinical procedures and policies.
  • Maintain professional nurse-patient relationships.
  • Communicate with and educate patients, families, and the public who come from a diverse background.
  • Work harmoniously with other personnel.
  • Follow safety practices.
  • Assist in the instruction of other nursing and paraprofessional personnel.
  • Bend, kneel and squat as needed.
  • Occasionally use upper extremities to exert force to push and pull patients/objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more.
  • Work in a busy environment.


  • Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse or equivalent and a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
  • Some positions may require possession of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. The examination will consist of  a scored evaluation of relevant training and experience (weight: 100%) based solely on the responses to the supplemental questions.  All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. 
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process. 
Final Filing Date: June 5, 2017
Effective July 1, 2014, the County of San Mateo will no longer require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Analyst: Wendy Young (091814)    (Ambulatory Care Nurse - F014)


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