County of Ventura - Health Care Agency
Work Schedule
Job Open until Filled
Job Description
THE POSITION: Under the direction of the Director Perioperative Services, the Per Diem Registered Nurse III – Recovery PACU is responsible for providing professional direct or indirect nursing care to patients. Post-anesthesia care unit nurses (PACU) care for patients who are waking up from anesthesia after surgery. Patients may have difficulty regaining consciousness or endure side effects from anesthesia including pain, confusion, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Patients might be unable to articulate their pain so the PACU nurse will proactively observe and act accordingly. They will monitor post-operation vital signs, levels of consciousness, and assure patients safely wake from anesthesia. PACU nurses work in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment, requiring quick decisions.
IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate for this position has previous experience caring for Post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) patients and has a professional background working in critical care and/or an emergency department. The candidate will also demonstrate dedication to providing the highest level of care and service towards every patient.
Distinguishing Characteristics:
The Per Diem Nurse is distinguished from the Registered Nurse classification in that Per Diem Nurses are scheduled to work on an as-needed basis (intermittent) to supplement staffing needs.

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE:  Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive pay in addition to the adjusted base rate of pay in the noted amounts for educational attainments which are not specifically required for the classification:

Bachelor's Degree $1.25/hr
Graduate's Degree $1.75/hr 
BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department.  In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination. 

PAYROLL TITLE: Per Diem Registered Nurse III

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY:  Health Care Agency – Santa Paula Hospital
Nursing practice at this level demonstrates the application of intermediate assessment skills; independent judgment and action; and adherence to patient privacy, confidentiality, and security guidelines. Incumbents are expected to work at the full scope of their licensure providing clinical care with a decreasing amount of supervision commensurate with their experience.
Per Diem Registered Nurse III is represented by the California Nurse's Association (CNA) and is eligible for overtime compensation. Salary placement will be determined according to the current CNA Per Diem Unit memorandum of agreement.
NOTE:  Salary placement will be determined according to the current CNA memorandum of agreement, found here. (Download PDF reader) 
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies for these positions only.  There is currently one (1) Per Diem (Intermittent) vacancy at Santa Paula Hospital.
OPENING DATE:  April 20, 2023
CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.  It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Implements nursing processes (assessment, planning, implementation of care plan, evaluation of patient response); revises plans as needed;
Follows prescribed doctors' orders concerning treatments and medications;
Makes patient observations, records and reports all pertinent information; provides follow-through on judgement.
Assists doctors in examination and treatment;
Provides unit organization and is responsible for completion of all delegated and indicated nursing duties by the end of the assigned shift;
Assists in training, supervision and evaluation of ancillary personnel and in the training of new personnel;
As surgical nurse, orders, arranges and provides operating room instruments and supplies for surgeons, maintains sterility, positions patients for surgery, obtains x-rays and medications, maintains records and prepares reports;
In Ambulatory Medicine areas, provides physician assistance and patient care as indicated and required;
Administers basic and advanced competency nursing care in accordance with VCMC/SPH policies and procedures and Patient Bill of Rights;
Provides direction to others regarding complex health and patient problems;
Provides patient and staff education including the coordination of educational programs;
Participates in hospital and/or nursing administration care committee;
Reviews, identifies, reports and corrects deficiencies in practices, products or equipment as necessary;
Develops, implements and documents performance improvement processes; 
Recognizes problem situations and takes appropriate steps leading to correction;
Coordinates patient care conferences; and 
Performs other related duties as required.
Typical Qualifications
These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
Per Diem Registered Nurse III - requires at least five (5) years of experience, including two (2) years of full-time experience in a Critical Care Unit. Successful completion of the Health Care Agency Pharmacology examination within three (3) months of employment is mandatory. These employees may be appointed to work on specialized short-term projects such as hospital accreditation or on other projects that require specialized administrative duties and responsibilities.

Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
Must possess and maintain a current, valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of California, or Registered Nurse licensure in another state with California licensure pending.
Must possess a valid Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) Certificate PRIOR to the first day of employment.
Must possess a valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certificate PRIOR to the first day of employment.
Possession of current, valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification PRIOR to the first day of employment. 
Possession of current, valid Trauma Care after Resuscitation (TCAR) Certification within six (6) months of employment.
Possession of current, valid Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) Certification within six (6) months of employment. 
Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN).
Previous professional experience working in PACU and caring for PACU patients.
This position may require an on-call component. 
Previous professional experience working in critical care and/or emergency department.
*These competency requirements are in conformance with the California Board of Registered Nurses nursing requirements.  
This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. These requirements are a condition of employment. Depending on assignment and work location(s), successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination and/or booster against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process.
Thorough knowledge of: the theory, techniques, and practices of professional nursing; medical terminology and hospital routine and equipment; and medicines and narcotics.
Working ability to: plan and organize nursing care; train and supervise non-professional staff; establish and maintain the confidence of patients and staff; maintain confidentiality of patient/client information; work effectively in different healthcare and/or hospital departments or shifts as required; establish and maintain effective interpersonal relations with other staff members, patients, and their families; communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Recruitment Process
FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

To Apply Please Visit: www.ventura.org/jobs or for further information about this recruitment, please contact via email: Veronica.Gonzalez@ventura.org or by telephone: at (805) 677-5315.