Job: Community Mental Health Nurse-Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (Open & Promotional)

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Job Title:Community Mental Health Nurse-Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 04/03/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$56.56 - $63.24 Hourly
$9,803.73 - $10,961.60 Monthly
$117,644.80 - $131,539.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on March 29, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be April 3, 2017.

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on February 6, 2017 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been change to "Continuous."

NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on January 31, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be February 6, 2017.
San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division has an exciting opportunity for an experienced psychiatric nurse to work in Behavioral Health and Recovery Services as a member of an interdisciplinary team.  This position is within one of the outpatient regional clinics within San Mateo County, providing services for adult clients with serious mental illness, co-occurring disorders and complex medical conditions.  The nurse will provide psychiatric assessment, clinical case management services, medication therapy and individual, group and family counseling. This nurse will work with acute hospitals and community resources to coordinate clients' clinical care and recovery services.

This current full time vacancy is located in our East Palo Alto Behavioral Health clinic.
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing. 
  • BRN Certification as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families and consumers.
  • Knowledge of current psychiatric nursing practice including psycho pharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Experience in providing individual and group skill-based psycho-education and C.B.T. services. 
  • Experience working in an outpatient community mental health setting.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team as a direct service provider.

 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform initial intake assessments and formulate diagnoses.
  • Provide case management services.
  • Conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions.
  • Participate in diagnostic and treatment aspects of patient care with interdisciplinary care team; assess progress of clients on a selected basis and propose treatment plan modifications.
  • Dispense, administer and supervise clients' medication.
  • Establish and utilize knowledge of community resources for mentally or emotionally unstable clients.
  • Interview patient and relatives in order to gather case history data.
  • Observe, record, and report clinically significant changes in the client's condition.
  • Participate in individual client and program conferences, staff development, and professional growth activities.
  • Provide crisis intervention services including evaluating clients and referring clients to appropriate resources.
  • Conduct home visits when needed and appropriate.
  • Provide physical and mental health information services on a formal or informal basis.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health service programs.
  • Provide psycho-education to clients and families.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Nursing.

One year of psychiatric nursing experience.

California license as a Registered Nurse.
Knowledge of: 
  • Current psychiatric nursing practices including psychopharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Principles of hygiene, nutrition, parenting and health practices.
  • Social and physical aspects of mental and emotional disturbances.
  • Basic techniques and dynamics of individual and group therapy.
  • Community resources available for treatment of clients.
  • Laws that govern psychiatric mental health nursing and the treatment of the mentally ill.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Apply the techniques used in individual and group therapy.
  • Develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with serious mental illness.
  • Obtain and record social, medical, psychiatric, education and work histories.
  • Write clear, accurate and concise reports.
  • Conduct group and individual counseling.
  • Establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients.
  • Verbally present materials and information to a variety of groups.
  • Skillfully utilize clinical case management services and techniques to assist clients in their recovery process

Open and Promotional:
Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. 

The examination process will consist of a subject matter expert (SME) review/evaluation (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. The screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. Because of this screening process, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of the examination process. Candidates who pass the SME review/application screening will be placed on an eligible list. The top candidates will be offered an opportunity to interview with the hiring department. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form

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" 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.

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.

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst:  Carolyn Burns (102616)  (Community Mental Health Nurse - F049)

Keywords: Registered nurse, RN, psychiatric nurse, rehabilitation, recovery, mental health, case management, behavioral health, community services, behavioral health and Recovery Services

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