Licensed Vocational Nurse II - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • May 11, 2021
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $26.47 - $32.17 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services seeks motivated Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) for intermittent, extra-help Behavioral Health positions! Multiple positions available!

Starting salary up to $31.54/Hour*
  • Extra-Help Premium - 10% premium in addition to the employee's base hourly rate of pay for each hour assigned and actually worked as an extra-help LVN II
  • Facility Assignment Premium - 5% premium for hours worked in the CSU
  • Shift Differential Premium - A premium may be available for qualifying hours worked on an evening shift or night shift
NOTE: These positions will be filled at the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that classification.

About the Positions

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking licensed professionals to work in the Behavioral Health Division's Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU ). LVNs assigned to the CSU are responsible for administering scheduled and emergency medications under the direction of a psychiatrist, and monitoring patients for side effects and responses, including vital signs and behaviors. LVNs also document patient behavioral health medical records and provide compassionate, recovery-oriented client care, including assistance with activities of daily living, such as making beds and preparing meals. Additionally, LVNs participate in various meetings as directed by the unit manager, and order and maintain the inventory of psychiatric medications. These positions will have access to sensitive medical information and adhere to state and federal requirements such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other regulations.

The LVN II positions require possession of, or eligibility for, a current CA LVN license. The ideal candidates will also possess:
  • Experience working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of psychiatric nursing best practices
  • A familiarity with the Recovery Model
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A strong desire to work in the public behavioral health system of care
  • The ability to work evenings, weekends, and holiday shifts

About the CSU

The CSU's dedicated team of licensed mental health clinicians, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists provide crisis intervention, medication assessment, stabilization, and information and referral services 24-hours a day/7 days a week for adults, children, and families experiencing a mental health crisis.

The CSU provides up to 23-hours of supportive care, including medications for individuals in an acute mental health crisis. For those needing a higher level of care, voluntary crisis residential services or inpatient hospitalization are arranged.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range.

The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include graduation from and "approved" Vocational Nursing Program and at least six months of recent full-time experience as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in an acute care unit or an inpatient/outpatient program.

Professional License: Possession of a current California license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). LVN license must be maintained as a condition of employment in this classification. Possession of a current CPR and First Aid certification is desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: vocational nursing theory and practice, rules, regulations and procedures; medical vocabulary commonly used in conveying instructions and orders between doctors, nurses, and licensed psychiatric technicians; mandated client rights, and confidentiality requirements for medical information; California laws governing treatment of involuntary clients; principles of Trauma-Informed and Recovery-Oriented care; medical supplies and equipment, their care and use; basic communicable disease; infection control practices and procedures; basic emergency care; the use, administration, and effects of narcotics and medicines.

Knowledge of: behavioral patterns and symptoms of clients under the influence of alcohol and substances of abuse.

Ability to: perform physical assessments; take health histories; assess and review lab results; provide primary nursing care; detect suicidal behavior; follow oral and written directions of nursing technical and professional nature; work as part of a team; communicate with clients empathetically and compassionately; maintain and interpret medical records and reports; write progress notes to Medi-Cal standards; stand and walk for long periods and work under mental and physical strain; occasionally restrain clients; establish and maintain effective working relationships; maintain client rights and privacy as it relates to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996); and abide by established communications codes.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map