Vocational Nurse I/II - Ambulatory Surgery Clinic - Bilingual (English/Spanish) Preferred

Kern County Hospital Authority

Posted : 2023-10-20

Vocational Nurse I/II - Ambulatory Surgery Clinic - Bilingual (English/Spanish) Preferred

Kern Medical strives to recruit the highest quality candidates, resulting in a high performance workforce that consistently delivers quality patient care.

Career Opportunities within Kern Medical for qualifying positions include many benefits such as:

  • New Hire Premium: +6% of base rate of pay matched up to 6% if contributed to Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • A Comprehensive Benefits Package: includes Holidays, Vacation, Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance.


The estimated pay for this position is $22.7859 to $31.9039. The rates shown include a 6% premium pay (base= $-$ plus 6%). This reflects only a portion of the total compensation package for this position. Additional compensation may be available for this role through differentials, incentives, and bonuses. In addition, this position may be eligible for participation and company contributions into the Kern County Employees’ Retirement Plan.

Job Description

Under general supervision, to provide patient care as assigned in a hospital, clinic, or correctional facility.


Vocational Nurse I is distinguished from Vocational Nurse II by the latter's completion of a course approved by the nursing board certifying the individual to start peripheral intravenous infusions. Vocational Nurse II's assigned to Psychiatric Nursing or Correctional Nursing must have one (1) year of applicable experience in a particular specialty such as inpatient acute psychiatry, or correctional medicine in lieu of the intravenous infusion certification.

Promotions within the series are considered on a merit basis when recommended by the Department Head and approved by the Vice President of Human Resources.

Essential Functions:

General Nursing:

  • Performs the more responsible patient care functions utilizing broad knowledge in the techniques, methods, procedures and equipment required in support of the registered nurse and medical staff in patient treatment;
  • Demonstrates knowledge and use of the nursing process;
  • Performs general nursing care in various departments;
  • Uses the mechanical lift in moving patients;
  • Performs minor dressing changes, cauterizations, deep tracheal suction, tracheotomy care, bathing, colostomy care, and traction care;
  • Takes and records temperature, pulse and respiration;
  • Observes and keeps records and reports unusual conditions or behavior;
  • Participates in development of nursing care plans;
  • Maintains records reflecting patient's condition, medication, and treatment;
  • Prepares patients for examinations and treatments;
  • Administers special diets, and treatments as prescribed; gives medications if certified;
  • Assists staff with dressings;
  • Dependent upon area of practice or department assignments, demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care of the newborn, infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient ranging up to 100+ years of age.

Employment Standards:

General Nursing: Education:

Completion of a basic pre-service Vocational Nurse curriculum accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician examiners. OR completion of a educational program leading to an Associate degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. License: Possession of a current valid license as a Vocational Nurse as issued by the State of California OR possession of a temporary license as a Vocational Nurse issued by the State of California OR possession of an interim permit to practice as a Vocational Nurse issued by the State of California. Vocational Nurse II is required to be State certified to start intravenous infusions. Probationary employees possessing a temporary license OR an interim permit must acquire their California Vocational Nurse license during their 6-month probationary period or fail probation.

Possess a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card at time of hire. As a continued condition of employment, employee must maintain RQI Provider certification and competency.

Physical Requirements: Ability to stand and walk for lengthy periods; ability to sit, bend, squat, kneel and/or twist; ability to push and pull heavy and bulky objects; ability to perform tasks requiring simple grasping and fine finger manipulation; ability to reach and manipulate objects above shoulder height; ability to lift and carry unassisted objects weighing up to 70 lbs. (objects are generally carried distances up to 100 feet); ability to assist with lifting and carrying objects weighing in excess of 100 lbs.; good visual and auditory acuity; ability to work in areas with extended exposure to noise, injury, disease, and death.

Dependent upon assignment, applicants may be required to pass an extensive background check and be fingerprinted. Felony convictions will be disqualifying and convictions for misdemeanors and traffic offenses will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please attach a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Certificate issued by Bakersfield College to your application. Use the following link for information about obtaining a Bilingual Certificate(s): Bilingual Certificate(s) information


  • Employees must maintain all health requirements designated by Kern Medical;
  • Depending on assignment incumbents may be required to possess and maintain specific certificates of competency as a condition of employment;
  • A background check may be required for this classification.

All Kern Medical employees are designated “Disaster Service Workers”. In the event of a disaster or civil disorder, all Kern Medical employees are to remain at work or to report to work in a safe and practicable manner.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Vocational Nurse
  • AHA Basic Life Support


  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
  • Loyal: Shows firm and constant support to a cause


  • Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals
Job Location
Bakersfield, California, United States
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