Under close supervision, incumbents apply the theoretical concepts of nursing in order to perform routine nursing patient care within established nursing policies and procedures in controlled patient care situations; and develop the skills, knowledge and techniques of acute nursing. This is the entry-level class in the series.

Registered Nurses (RN) have an opportunity to continue their education in our Clinical Nurse Specialty Training Programs. The Clinical Nurse Specialty Training Programs are comprehensive including both didactic (classroom) and clinical orientation time with a skilled preceptor. Training program cohorts are scheduled as needed for Critical Care, Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical, Operating Room, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, and other specialty departments. Depending on the specialty area, programs usually occur 2-4 times a year. The training programs are intended for Registered Nurses with less than one year of acute care RN experience in the specialty area.

To qualify, candidates must have a California (CA) RN license or CA RN Interim Permit . Applications without the required license or permit will be rejected. Clinical Nurse Specialty Training Programs occur at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O'Connor Hospital , and St. Louise Regional Hospital.

The Clinical Nurse Specialty Training Program is a full-time opportunity while in the training program. Upon completing and passing the Clinical Nurse Specialty Training Program the nurses will be eligible to be hired for a coded position in a specialty unit with a defined shift (Day, Eves, Nights), shift length (8 hr and 12 hr) and code size (part-time through full-time).

Please indicate your preferences for hospital(s), specialty areas, unit(s), shift(s) and shift length(s) in the supplemental questions. Upon meeting the employment standards, applications are referred to desired specialty training programs based on selections in the supplemental questions.

Recruitment Process for Unclassified Training Program

  • Apply to the Clinical Nurse I - Unclassified - Specialty Training Programs
  • Meet the employment standards
  • Take and pass the exam
  • After passing the exam, candidates are eligible to be hired as a Clinical Nurse I – Unclassified
  • If selected, candidates will be appointed as a Clinical Nurse I – Unclassified employees and enter a Clinical Nurse Specialty Training Program. Unclassified-coded appointments are eligible for benefits including paid time off (PTO), sick time off (STO), medical benefits, dental benefits and life insurance programs. Review Santa Clara County Benefits for additional information.
  • If candidates are appointed to a coded-permanent position, the newly appointment coded-permanent Clinical Nurse I must successfully complete a nine (9) month probationary period.

Typical Tasks


  • Obtains data for nursing assessment from patient and/or family;
  • Learns to utilize assessment data to formulate nursing diagnosis;
  • Observes patient behavior and documents in a clear, concise manner.
  • Identifies obvious patient care problems and established priorities for care based on nursing and medical diagnoses;
  • Under direction initiates a patient care plan and collaborates with other staff members when appropriate; may suggest revisions to a patient care plan dependent upon the changing needs of the patient;
  • Contributes to the development of unit standards of care;
  • Under direction, plans patient teaching activities.
  • Complies with external and internal licensure regulations and accreditation body standards pertaining to nursing practice;
  • Recognizes and implements legal and ethical responsibilities and duties of registered nurses;
  • Establishes priorities and gives nursing care based on the patient care plan;
  • Accepts accountability for all nursing care provided;
  • Monitors compliance with safety standards and care protocols for self and others;
  • Documents nursing care given and patient's response to care;
  • Assists in coordinating the activities needed to implement the patient care plan;
  • Participates in implementation of patient discharge plan;
  • Under direction teaches patient and families.
  • Seeks supervision and guidance in developing nursing skills, in performing procedures not yet mastered and when functioning in unfamiliar situations.
  • Evaluates the patient's response to care provided;
  • Communicates evaluation outcomes to appropriate staff;
  • Evaluates teaching provided by self and others.

Employment Standards

Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a Registered Nurse or RN Interim Permittee as determined by the California Board of Registered Nursing and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position as indicated above.

Experience Note: An entry candidate typically would acquire the qualifications listed for this position by possessing a valid California Registered Nurse License and less than one year acute care nursing experience, or California Interim Permit issued to a graduate of a registered nurse program. A re-entry candidate would typically have past acute care nursing experience, have just completed a registered nurse refresher program, and have an active California Registered Nurse License.

  • Company:
    The County of Santa Clara - Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Job Type:
  • Posting Date:
    11th May 2022
  • Valid through:
    11th Jun 2022
  • Location:
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