Community Mental Health Nurse-Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (Open & Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Apr 28, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health Public Safety
  • Salary: $123,531.20 - $138,112.00 Annually

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on April 8, 2019to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

San Mateo County Health's Behavioral Health and RecoveryServices (BHRS) Division has an exciting opportunity for an experienced psychiatric nurse to work in Behavioral Health and Recovery Services as a member of an interdisciplinary team. This position is within one of the outpatient regional clinics within San Mateo County, providing services for adult clients with serious mental illness, co-occurring disorders and complex medical conditions. The nurse will provide psychiatric assessment, clinical case management services, medication therapy and individual, group and family counseling. This nurse will work with acute hospitals and community resources to coordinate clients' clinical care and recovery services.

This current full time vacancyis located in our Redwood City Behavioral Health clinic.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing is preferred but not required.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families and consumers.
  • Knowledge of current psychiatric nursing practice including psychopharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Experience in providing individual and group skill-based psycho-education.
  • Experience working in an outpatient community mental health setting.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team as a direct service provider.
  • Minimum of one year experience in outpatient community mental health setting.

NOTE: The eligible listgenerated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified,and regular classifiedvacancies.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform initial intake assessments and formulate diagnoses.
  • Provide case management services.
  • Conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions.
  • Participate in diagnostic and treatment aspects of patient care with interdisciplinary care team; assess progress of clients on a selected basis and propose treatment plan modifications.
  • Dispense, administer and supervise clients' medication.
  • Establish and utilize knowledge of community resources for mentally or emotionally unstable clients.
  • Interview patient and relatives in order to gather case history data.
  • Observe, record, and report clinically significant changes in the client's condition.
  • Participate in individual client and program conferences, staff development, and professional growth activities.
  • Provide crisis intervention services including evaluating clients and referring clients to appropriate resources.
  • Conduct home visits when needed and appropriate.
  • Provide physical and mental health information services on a formal or informal basis.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health service programs.
  • Provide psycho-education to clients and families.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Nursing.

One year of nursing experience in outpatient community mental health setting.

California license as a Registered Nurse.

Knowledge of:
  • Current psychiatric nursing practices including psychopharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Principles of hygiene, nutrition, parenting and health practices.
  • Social and physical aspects of mental and emotional disturbances.
  • Basic techniques and dynamics of individual and group therapy.
  • Community resources available for treatment of clients.
  • Laws that govern psychiatric mental health nursing and the treatment of the mentally ill.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide individual and group skill-based psychoeducation.
  • Work in an outpatient community mental health setting and within a multidisciplinary team as a direct service provider.
  • Engage, establish and maintain productive working relationships with families and consumers.
  • Apply the techniques used in individual and group therapy.
  • Develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals withserious mental illness.
  • Obtain and record social, medical, psychiatric, education and work histories.
  • Write clear, accurate and concise reports.
  • Conduct group and individual counseling.
  • Establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients.
  • Speak effectively before groups.


Open & Promotional.Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with atleast 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.
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" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.



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.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

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 (031819)(Community Mental Health Nurse - F049)