Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$125,590.40 - $148,470.39 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
San Mateo Medical Center
Job Number

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on December 5, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

San Mateo Medical Center is seeking an experienced Charge Nurse for its Psychiatric Emergency Services Unit.

At San Mateo Medical Center, we're always seeking ways to enhance the already impressive services we offer. This dedication to excellence is reflected in the exceptional care we provide, and the extraordinary professionals who provide it. Here, you'll have the chance to develop your talents with a skilled team of people who actively support and encourage each other's success. If you're ready to open new doors for your career, join us today.

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) is a 24-hour unit which opened in 1985. It is staffed by registered nurses, medical services assistants, and a psychiatrist on duty around the clock. The service evaluates over 200 patients per month, and provides short-term treatment and referral as needed. Patients present multiple problems ranging from crisis intervention needs and drug-related issues to hospital admission. Services are provided to any age group in need of immediate psychiatric care.

Under general supervision, the Charge Nurse for Psychiatric Emergency Services coordinates the functioning of the nursing unit for night shift; supervises 10 to 12 licensed and non-licensed nursing staff and may perform all aspects of patient care; and participates in the development and implementation of unit or clinic goals.

The ideal candidate has at least one year of Psychiatric Emergency nursing and/or two years acute medical/surgical or inpatient psychiatric nursing, and at least one year of supervisory experience. The ideal candidate is also experienced in providing education and updates to staff, as well as in scheduling for multiple shifts, and has excellent communication skills.  Knowledge of quality improvement processes and community outpatient mental health systems is strongly preferred. A Crisis Prevention Institute certification is strongly preferred. Current BLS certification is a must.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Examples Of Duties

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

  • Assess, evaluate and direct nursing activities on an assigned shift to provide quality care to patients in compliance with prescribed standards and in conjunction with nursing management.
  • Supervise and perform nursing assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of patient care on the unit.
  • Work in conjunction with nursing management to coordinate adequate unit staffing for the assigned shift.
  • Participate with unit nursing management in interviewing, hiring, completing evaluations and performing disciplinary counseling of staff.
  • Coordinate with outpatient mental health and substance abuse providers to manage total patient care.
  • Supervise the work of professional and paraprofessional nursing staff.
  • Work with nursing management to identify staff development needs and to implement continuing education programs.
  • Assist nursing management in planning unit or clinic budget.
  • Interpret policies and procedures to nursing staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and relevant assigned committees.
  • Coordinate with ancillary support departments to coordinate total patient care.
  • Maintain and evaluate medical records.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Licensure/Certification:  Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Knowledge of:

  • Nurse Practice Act and professional and governmental standards or regulations pertaining to nursing.
  • Nursing theories, principles, methods and practices.
  • Safety and infection control principles.
  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.
  • Principles of staff development.
  • Supervisory principles.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Perform and evaluate the performance of nursing procedures required for the assigned shift and clinical setting.
  • Plan, organize, supervise and evaluate the work of nursing staff.
  • Comprehend, interpret, and implement nursing policies and procedures.
  • Instruct and train professional and paraprofessional employees.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain professional nurse-patient and nurse-physician relationships.
  • Prepare reports and maintain accurate records.


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.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. 

The examination will consist of an interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application materials. Because of this screening process, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

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 Date for Filing: Continuous
Application Screening: TBD
Panel Interviews:  TBD

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.  The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Analyst: Carolyn Burns (111518) (Charge Nurse - F012)

Application Instructions

To learn more about the position and/or to apply, please click the link below. If link is not available, please read the information above for detailed instructions on how to apply.

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