Nurse Manager, Medical-surgical Nursing

County of Santa Clara
Full Time $235,218 - $301,425 Per year CA County of Santa Clara Employee Services Agency, 70 W Hedding St, East Wing, 70 W Hedding St 8th Floor, San Jose, CA 95110, United States Apply before 7/5/2024 11:59


Under direction of the Healthcare Service Line Director - Patient flow to manage one or more medical-surgical nursing units on a 24 hour basis.

Nurse Manager - Medical Surgical 
Positions available include:

Transfer Center - Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

The eligible list will be used for future openings within this competency area. The competency area includes the position listed above.

Better Health for All!
The County of Santa Clara owns and operates a Hospitals and Clinics Delivery System that includes Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O'Connor Hospital, and St. Louise Regional Hospital.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - 731 bed tertiary level acute care hospital provides the highest level of adult and pediatric emergency medical and trauma services, a regional high risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an ACS-verified Burn Trauma Center, a Primary Stroke Center, a CARF-accredited Rehabilitation Center, emergency and acute inpatient psychiatric services, as well as a range of other specialized services – in some cases the only such treatment in the region.

O'Connor Hospital -358 bed acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty programs to more than 1 million residents of San Jose. O'Connor Hospital was founded in 1889 as one of the first hospitals in Santa Clara County.

St. Louise Regional Hospital - 93 bed acute care facility, affectionately known as South County's community hospital, is a Designated Primary Stroke Center, and is the only acute care hospital in the area. Located in Gilroy, St. Louise is one of the largest employers in the community.

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Typical Tasks


  • Analyzes utilization of staff and distribution of workloads with respect to organization, fiscal management, and social, political, professional and specialization trends in nursing practice within area of responsibility;
  • Assesses and identifies the educational needs of staff as well as the quality of nursing care delivered, as these relate to nursing care standards;
  • Identifies situations requiring corrective action and organizes, analyzes and presents appropriate documentation.
  • Develops staffing patterns that provide for quality patient care;
  • Collaborates with the Director, Inpatient Acute Nursing, to influence institutional goal setting by identifying and communicating problems, pressures and trends;
  • Collaborates with appropriate levels of nursing staff to determine policies and procedures to be used within nursing;
  • Collaborates with other nursing staff in planning and executing approaches to nursing process in response to changing needs;
  • Participates in long range planning and establishes goals and objectives to facilitate the delivery of quality patient care;
  • In collaboration, plans a systematic approach to staff development for the purpose of recruitment and retention;
  • Assists in the development of a budget to support the established clinical care standards.
  • Participates in the process of identification, supervision, and implementation of departmental goals;
  • Facilitates the formulation of patient care standards;
  • Uses systematic methods to resolve patient care and nursing problems; initiates planned change, evaluates outcomes, and implements corrective action through conscious, deliberate and collaborative efforts;
  • Participates in resolving unusual or complex interdepartmental problems as they relate to the delivery of quality nursing care;
  • Serves as mediator for personnel concerns which cannot be resolved at a lower level in the nursing organizations;
  • Facilitates communication between departmental staff;
  • Meets regularly with medical staff to share information and problem solve;
  • Participates in directing and implementing policies and procedures for appointment, transfer, and termination of personnel;
  • Participates in selection of candidates for available position through initial interviews based upon the specific technical and psychosocial competencies required on individual nursing unit. Determines skill level and compatibility with health care team through personal interview and other means;
  • In collaboration with Clinical and Administrative staff developers, implements and evaluates orientation programs;
  • Participates in development and teaching of leadership and management skills;
  • Assists in implementing the most cost-effective utilization of staff;
  • Promotes compliance with Federal, State and local regulatory standards, and J.C.A.H.O.;
  • Collaborates with the Director, Inpatient Acute Nursing, to identify need for corrective action of an employee and initiates action when necessary.
  • Periodically reviews organization structure, policies and procedures to enhance administrative effectiveness and support goal attainment of the clinical programs;
  • Directs and implements utilization of nursing care evaluation tools;
  • Participates in the evaluation of the delivery of support services necessary to facilitate quality nursing care;
  • Reviews incident reports to identify and correct common problems;
  • Annually evaluates own personal performance and job satisfaction based on attainment of goals.

Employment Standards

Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Possession of the knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Relevant education, training and experience and demonstrated current competence in the nursing care of adult medical-surgical patients would typically be obtained through:

  • A minimum of two years of recent adult acute medical and/or surgical nursing experience;
  • A minimum of two years of progressive nursing management experience and;
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing or a management discipline, or
  • Some equivalent combination of training and experience.