County of Santa ClaraSan Jose 95128
Full Time

Training and at least two years of experience in rehabilitation nursing (CA Title XXII, Section 70599 (b) requirement);.

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Nurse Manager

County of Santa Clara
Full Time Santa Clara Valley Medical Ctr, 751 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128, United States


Under direction of the Director, Inpatient Acute Nursing, to manage one or more rehabilitation nursing units on a 24 hour basis.

VMC Rehabilitation comes alive each day with activity that few other centers in the country can match.  As a comprehensive, acute care center, VMC operates specialized units for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, strokes and other conditions that might require rehabilitation care.  Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Recreational Therapists, Case Managers, Psychologists and others bring enormous expertise and compassion to their work.

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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 rehabilitation patients would typically be obtained through:

  • Training and at least two years of experience in rehabilitation nursing (CA Title XXII, Section 70599 (b) requirement);
  • A minimum of two years of recent adult acute care 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.