REGISTERED NURSE (SAFETY) - RETIRED ANNUITANT Job at Department of State Hospitals, San Luis Obispo County, CA

  • Department of State Hospitals
  • San Luis Obispo County, CA

Job Description

Job Description and Duties

The Registered Nurse (Safety) will be directed by the Unit Supervisor, Senior Psychiatric Technician, RN Shift Lead or Health Services Specialist depending on the shift/program assigned at the Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero (ASH). The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties but not limited to:

• Helps to create a clean, safe and therapeutic environment for patients or inmates; apply mental health principles and relationship security with patients or inmates;supervise patient activities
• Performs nursing procedures such as administering medications including oral medications and hypodermic injection, observing and assessing patients or inmates physical condition and behavior and reporting significant changes to the shift lead or physician and recording nursing notes in the patients or inmate record
• Assesses and records patient acuity ratings; assessing and authorizing Restraint and Seclusion, determining Nursing Diagnosis and preparing Nursing Care Plans; CPR, and following infection control procedures
• Supervises patient activities,shakedown; i.e., searching for drugs, contraband, weapons and inspecting facilities to identify security breaches that could lead to the escape of a patient or inmate
• Observes and intervenes in patient behavior that may injure people, damage property or signal impending escape attempts,
• Applies and demonstrates knowledge of correct methods in Therapeutic Strategies and Interventions (TSI), that includes patient containment, heavy lifting, applying restraints, and responding to emergency situations throughout the hospital.

*Minimum qualifications will be verified prior to being scheduled for an interview. Please provide proof of minimum qualifications with your application submission, which may include a copy of your unofficial college transcripts .

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a professional Registered Nurse in California AND must be a retired State Civil Service employee.

Click on the link to complete the Department of State Hospitals Recruitment Survey: DSH Recruitment Survey

You will find additional information about the job in the .

Working Conditions

Maximum of 960 hours per Fiscal Year.

This position requires you to work within the Secured Treatment Area (STA). This position is Limited Term (12 months); it may be extended or may be canceled at any time.

There are multiple vacancies for this classification. Positions filled may be assigned to any shift and any unit according to hospital need.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Drug Screening be passed prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.

You MUST be retired from State Civil Service to be eligible for this position. You MUST provide your current California Registered Nurse License Number on your application. Only applicants who have a Registered Nurse license free and clear of disciplinary action will be offered an interview.


There are many benefits to joining our team! The State of California has a generous benefits package including:

• Medical Benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance
• Paid Holidays and leave
• Defined benefit retirement program
• Savings Plus Program (401(k), 457)
• Commute Program
• Employee Wellness Program
• Employee Assistance Program

Additional benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Additional Application Requirements

All interested candidates must submit a Standard State Application Form (STD. 678), with original signature, and indicate RA/INT Registered Nurse (Safety) AND 455-000-8094-902 AND JC-434927in the Examination/Job Title Section AND You MUST provide your current California Registered Nurse License Number, free and cleared of disciplinary action, on your application.

You MUST be retired from State Civil Service to be eligible for this position.

*Applications postmarked on the final filing date will be accepted. Scanned, copied or faxed applications will not be accepted.
*Applications will be screened and only the most competitive will be offered an interview.

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other - You MUST provide your current California Registered Nurse License Number on your application.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Shift work,

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