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Psychiatric Nurse, Napa, CA

Organization: County of Napa
Category: Nurse
Location: Napa, CA
Date Job Posted: January 8, 2022
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Psychiatric Nurse - Open Until Filled

Salary $94,536.00 - $113,276.80 Annually
Location CA 94558, CA
Job Type Full Time
Department Health & Human Services Agency
Job Number 19101-01-06-2022 Closing Continuous


The Napa Valley

The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

County of Napa as an Employer

The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

The Position

Under supervision, a Psychiatric Nurse provides professional nursing services to clients of the Mental Health Division. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of experience working in the nursing field, with at least one of those years working with psychiatric clients. The ideal candidate will prove an interest for caring for under-served population and will possess care and understanding for the mentally ill. A Psychiatric Nurse provides a variety of crisis counseling services and provides limited back-up and support to physicians as permitted by law. A Psychiatric Nurse also provides consultation, information and education to community groups, agencies and individuals on Mental Health programs and performs related work, as required.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment will be utilized to fill current and future full-time, part-time, limited-term and extra help vacancies for up to 12 months.

The Recruitment Process:

  1. Applications will be accepted on-line on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled. For first consideration please submit your application by January 31, 2022.
  2. Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and Subject Matter Experts will review and score responses from supplemental questions on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled. The most qualified candidates from the scoring of supplemental questions will be invited to an Oral Panel Interview.
  3. Oral Panel Interviews will be scheduled on a continuous basis by the hiring department. Only the most qualified candidates from Oral Panel Interviews will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Human Resources reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process and schedule at any time.

Example of Duties

Participates with other staff as a member of the psychiatric services; takes vital signs. Provides medication support in accordance with established Agency procedures and State law; responds to patient calls in the office; interviews individuals to determine the nature of their problems, treatment needs, and need for nursing services; plans short term treatment goals for individual cases; cooperates with other staff members and community agencies in carrying out treatment plans; makes referrals to other staff members and community agencies in carrying out treatment plans or for aftercare plans; provides individual, group, and family counseling; prepares case records and reports; evaluates individuals for voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations and performs risk assessment as needed during patient calls; provides follow up to insure continuity of care; provides consultation and support services to a variety of public and private agencies, including police, schools, and other community organizations; administers prescribed injectable medications and maintains inventory on drugs utilized by the Community Services Division. The nurse also provides support to the psychiatrist with regard to managing patient calls, refill requests and prior authorization, order labs under the direction of the patient’s psychiatrist, and input information into the REMS system.



Current concepts, techniques, and procedures used in the practice of nursing.

Psychiatric terminology, procedures and some knowledge of psychiatric medications.

Uses and effects of psychiatric medications.

Needs, problems, attitudes, and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed individuals.

Principles of group, family, and individual counseling techniques.

Various mental health program and community resources.


Interview clients and develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of emotionally disturbed patients.

Triage patient phone calls.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients’ family members, department staff, and social agencies.

Analyze crisis situations accurately and take immediate effective action.

Follow oral and written directions of a technical and professional nature.

Write and maintain clear and concise case reports, including chart documentation.

Provide ongoing nursing care for emotionally disturbed persons.

Problem-solving skills for various clinical scenarios.

Functions well independently.


Stand or sit for long periods of time.

Work with an electronic medical records system.

Potentially work overtime, nights, weekends and holidays.


To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:


Two years of professional nursing experience including one year of experience in psychiatric nursing.


Graduation from an accredited school of nursing, preferably with a BSN, or Masters in Nursing.

Required Licenses

Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

ADA Accommodation

Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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