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Senior Registered Nurse Hospital - Break Relief, Ventura, CA

Organization: Ventura County Health Care Agency
Category: Nurse
Location: Ventura, CA
Date Job Posted: February 22, 2023
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Under general direction and following established medically-approved policies and procedures, implements specialized skilled nursing processes in designated hospital units of Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital.


The Senior Registered Nurse - Break Relief Nurse has orientation in multiple specific areas. This nurse should be available to respond to areas of the hospital that are in need of assistance with specific tasks due to temporary circumstances. Incumbents are expected to work at the full scope of their licensure/specialty area with a decreasing amount of supervision commensurate with their experience.

The Senior Registered Nurse-Hospital is distinguished from other staff nursing classifications in that incumbents demonstrate advanced competency skills reflecting specialized knowledge specific to the assigned hospital unit; participate in performance improvement processes; and provide technical direction. The ideal candidate will promote excellence and safety in professional nursing practice, while maintaining high ethical standards.

PAYROLL TITLE: Senior Registered Nurse- Hospital


The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, subject to eligibility requirements, that includes:

NEW HIRE INCENTIVE: New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of up to $7,000.00.

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination.

Certification Pay: $0.813 per hour based on scheduled work week hours for each qualified certification up to a maximum of five (5) certifications. One of the five certifications may be paid at $2.00 per hour for a National Certification.
Evening Shift Differential - 7.5%
Night Shift Differential – 15%
Weekend Shift Differential - $2.00 per hour
Continuous County Service Incentive Pay: 1% for 7 years, 1.25% for 12 years and 1.5% for 17 years
Preceptor Pay – $2.50 per hour
House Supervisor Pay - $4.00 per hour
Charge Nurse Premium Pay - $2.50 per hour
Float Nurse Premium Pay - $2.50 per hour
In-House Registry Pay:
Non-overtime is 1.75 straight time base hourly rate
Overtime is 2 times base pay straight time base hourly rate
Standby Premium Pay – ¼ of regular hourly wage or Federal minimum wage (whichever is greater)
Flexible Credit Allowance: Biweekly contribution towards medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from authorized plans.
Pension Plan: Participation in the County's defined benefit plan.
To learn more about the benefits, please follow the link below: (Download PDF reader)

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Health Care Agency – Ventura County Medical Center and/or Santa Paula Hospital

Sr. Registered Nurse-Hospital is represented by the California Nurses' Association (CNA) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

NOTE: Salary placement will be determined according to the current CNA memorandum of agreement.

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. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy at the Ventura County Medical Center.

OPENING DATE: Friday, February 10, 2023
CLOSING DATE: Friday, February 24, 2023

Examples Of Duties

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists various nursing units during their lunches and breaks;
  • Implements nursing processes (assessment, planning, implementation of care plan, evaluation of patient response); revises plans as needed;
  • 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;
  • Serves as a preceptor for new graduates, re-entry nurses, etc., and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Requires two (2) years of full-time professional registered nursing experience demonstrating current competencies and maintaining current certifications necessary to work in the assigned units/clusters. Depending upon area of assignment, additional specialty experience and/or certification(s) may be required.


  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of California.
  • Must have a current, valid Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) and Advanced Life Support (ACLS) certification by first day of employment.
  • Depending upon area of assignment, additional specialty experience and/or certification(s) may be required.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule to cover all shifts and weekends, as hospital needs demand.


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.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing


Comprehensive knowledge of: the principles, practices, and techniques used in advanced nursing care of specialized units.

Working knowledge of: performance improvement processes, hospital based/nursing committee practices, and patient and staff education methods.

Working ability to: provide direction to others; self-direct continuing education needs, provide a positive role model and public image; work proficiently in emergency and/or stressful situations; maintain confidentiality of patient/client information; effectively establish and maintain working relationships with medical staff, co-workers, patients and the public; and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Recruitment Process


FINAL FILING DATE: Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at 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.

LATERAL TRANSFER OPTION: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader) for additional information.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - Pass/Fail: An application evaluation will be conducted to determine whether or not each applicant possesses the required licensure and certification for this recruitment. Those candidates who do will be placed on the eligible list.

Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record may be required for this position.


The County of Ventura is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Veronica Gonzalez via email at or by telephone at (805) 677-5313.

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