Health Care Practitioner

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $122,169 - $147,511 Per year CA 300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States


Notice of Change: Additional position(s) have been added to the recruitment.

$58.54 - $70.68 Hourly

$122,169.57 - $147,511.38 Annually

Bilingual allowance, when applicable 
The County of Santa Barbara is currently seeking dedicated and compassionate Health Care Practitioners to join our team. As a Health Care Practitioner, you will play a crucial role in providing high-quality care to our patients. This position offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment, collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to deliver comprehensive services.

The Public Health Department is presently seeking to fill two (2) full-time vacancies and one (1) part-time vacancy for Health Care Practitioner, including positions for Physician Assistants, Certified Nurse Practitioners, or Certified Nurse Midwives. One (1)  full-time position is available at the Lompoc Health Care Center, one (1) full-time position is open at the Santa Maria Health Care Center, and one (1) 32 hour, Bilingual English/ Spanish position is open at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center.
We are also accepting applications to establish one employment list for future Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Health Care Practitioners in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Carpinteria. The employment list will also be utilized by the Behavioral Wellness Department for future vacancies. 
 *1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department. 
Please select the location(s) and department(s) you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, your name will be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) and department(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.

The Health Care Practitioner, under the supervision of a physician/psychiatristperforms examinations and evaluations of patient health/mental state; performs diagnostic and therapeutic tasks in the care and treatment of patients; and performs related duties as required.
The current Health Care Practitioner vacancies with the Public Health Department are as follows: one (1) position will provide Adult Primary and Urgent Care at the Lompoc Health Care Center and one (1) position will provide Primary Care at the Santa Maria Health Care Center. Health Care Practitioner positions within the Public Health Department may vary according to department needs. Practitioners could be allocated to Primary Care, Women’s Health, or Pediatrics. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners commonly serve in Urgent Care roles, supervised by a Physician.
Future Health Care Practitioner vacancies with the Behavioral Wellness Department willperform examinations and evaluations of patient health/mental state; perform diagnostic and therapeutic tasks in the care and treatment of patients; and related duties as required. Incumbents perform license-appropriate diagnostic and treatment tasks under the supervision of a licensed physician or psychiatrist. Incumbents are either: 1) registered nurses who have completed an approved nurse practitioner training program in family practice, family planning, pediatrics, mental health/psychiatric nursing, or other specialty; 2) licensed physician assistants assigned to areas of clinical or psychiatric specialty; or 3) certified nurse midwives. Nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives may furnish drugs and devices according to State regulations. Physician assistants may assist physicians in ordering drugs and supplies.
The Ideal Candidate will possess: 
  • Experience working in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Community Health Center (CHC) with underserved populations. 
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience providing Primary or Urgent Care services.  
  • Ability to work independently and follow protocols when the supervising physician is off-site.
  • Bilingual skills in English/Spanish preferred, but not required, for this position.  
    • NOTE:The hiring department may test you on your fluency.
About the Departments:

Public Health Department (PHD): Our mission is to improve the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting wellness and ensuring access to needed health care, and our vision is healthier communities through leadership, partnership and science. With a staff of 500+ and a budget of approximately $83 million, Public Health serves a population of about 420,000 residents in Santa Barbara County.

The Department’s range of responsibilities is vast and includes:
  • Investigating disease outbreaks
  • Conducting health education campaigns
  • Inspecting food establishments
  • Working with high risk mothers and children
  • Operating health clinics for the underserved
  • Staffing medical shelters during emergency evacuations
  • Caring for our four-legged friends through our animal control program and many other programs and services.
  • learn more about the Health Care Centers.
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Department of Behavioral Wellness (BWell): Founded in 1962, it is our mission to promote the prevention of and recovery from mental illness and addiction among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers.

The Department’s decisions and service delivery are guided by the following values:
  • Quality services for persons of all ages with mental illness and/or substance abuse 
  • Integrity in individual and organizational actions 
  • Dignity, respect, and compassion for all persons 
  • Active involvement of clients and families in treatment, recovery, and policy development 
  • Diversity throughout our organization and cultural competency in service delivery 
  • A system of care and recovery that is clearly defined and promotes recovery and resiliency 
  • Emphasis on prevention and treatment 
  • Teamwork among department employees in an atmosphere that is respectful and creative 
  • Continuous quality improvement in service delivery and administration 
  • Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and resilient 
  • Safety for everyone 
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Examples of Duties

  1. Takes complete and detailed patient histories; performs physical examinations, records pertinent data, and makes evaluations; identifies abnormalities and develops treatment plans or makes referrals for further diagnosis and/or treatment; instructs and counsels patients and their families regarding matters pertaining to their physical and/or mental health; orders and interprets laboratory tests under the supervision of a physician; identifies patients who require the immediate attention of a physician; performs routine screening and laboratory techniques; and assists physicians in providing services to patients requiring continuing care, including reviewing and implementing treatment and therapy plans.
  2. Gives technical direction to and works with the nursing staff of treatment team; performs emergency medical treatment; evaluates medical conditions of patients in a clinical setting; participates with other disciplines in case management of individuals and families who present multiple health problems; evaluates client's needs for other departmental services and refers patients to other community resources; works with other agencies to plan for the patient's continuity of care.
  3. Under the supervision of a physician, performs routine therapeutic and minor surgical procedures such as applying casts for simple fractures, administering injections, incising and draining superficial skin infections, removing impacted ear wax, debridement and care of superficial wounds and burns, removal of foreign bodies from the skin, suturing, and administering of subcutaneous local anesthesia.
  4. Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing technical expertise and assists with oversight of nursing staff; and may provide supervision oversight of Licensed Pharmacy Technicians, Medical Assistants performing authorized supportive services in community clinic settings.
  5. Under the supervision of a psychiatrist performs routine mental state examinations, mental health supportive counseling and interventions, including medication evaluation, evaluate medication refills, and administering injections.
  6. Participates in medical staff peer review and quality assurance activities/procedures.
  7. Provides follow-up to patients with continuing health care or mental health needs, which may include counseling, health teaching, and home visits to patients and families.

Employment Standards

  1. Possession of valid license to practice as a Physician Assistant issued by the State Board of Medical Quality Assurance, as required by State law; or,
  2. possession of a valid California Registered Nurse license, California Nurse Practitioner Certificate, and active furnishing number issued by the California Board of Registered Nurses; or,
  3. possession of a valid California Certified Nurse Midwife license and active furnishing number issued by the California Board of Registered Nurses. 

Additional Qualification:  Some positions may require a United States Drug Enforcement Administration furnishing number.  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. 

Knowledge of: techniques and procedures used in diagnosis and treatment of personal health / mental health problems; ethics and laws under which medicine is practiced and governed; services commonly provided by local health / mental health agencies; roles of the various health occupations; and social economic and cultural factors which influence public health/mental health.

Ability to: identify abnormal health conditions/mental disorders; gather complete, detailed and accurate medical or psychiatric histories; communicate effectively with physicians/psychiatrists, patients, and other health professionals; follow established procedures and protocols; recognize and evaluate situations which require the immediate attention of a physician; develop and maintain therapeutic plans for the management of identified health / mental health problems; and interview, instruct and counsel patients on health care matters.