Sep 16, 2021

Community Nurse (Part Time, 8 hour, Days)

  • Cottage Health
  • Goleta, CA, USA
General Nursing

Job Description

Provides basic medical care for patients experiencing homelessness as part of a new collaborative community program. Serves as the clinical liaison with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and community partners.


This is not an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees will be required to perform any job, with related instruction given by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.
1. Clinical Practice Functions:
Triage patients presenting to the Santa Barbara Connect Home program.
Assess and intervene with patients per established hospital protocols.
Assess and refer patients as appropriate.
Performs initial assessments, patient education, coordination with a primary care
provider, assisting patients with medications, and documenting and tracking patient medical needs and activities.
Provide clear documentation related to patient care and condition, and maintains medical records.

2. Coordination and Collaboration Functions:
Collaborate with Santa Barbara Connect Home partners to conduct street outreach, including rounds with City Net, SB City Police Department, SB City Fire Department, and/or other partners.
Provide patient care management across the health care continuum including preventive care relevant to patients.
Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams when necessary.
Facilitate follow up appointments
Arrange appropriate referrals to outside facility dependent upon patient condition. Communicate clearly with accepting facility for ongoing care, as appropriate.
Provide documentation for disability, insurance agencies, workers compensation, work releases and medical supply agencies.
Assist with development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines.
Work with Santa Barbara Connect Home outreach team to review analytics and patient satisfaction scores and adjust protocols when necessary.
Communicates with consultants as needed and serves as a patient and family

3. Electronic Documentation:
Update electronic documentation and provide clinical guidance on evaluation data collection.

Create individual medical care plans for patients in the program.

Minimum: Associate's Degree in Nursing RN
Preferred: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing BSN

Minimum: Current, nonrestricted California Registered Nurse license for RN. Valid class "C" California Driver License. Verification of acceptable driving record from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Minimum: Knowledge of advanced clinical standards, practices, and procedures for managing highrisk/atrisk patient populations; Knowledge of, and skill in, the use of personal computer and related software; Knowledge of the normal signs of aging, including growth and development, and ability to provide age appropriate care.

Preferred: Fluency in Spanish. Other advanced knowledge of computers including EHR software, Excel, PowerPoint and other degrees or certifications useful in health
related fields.


Minimum: A minimum of two years direct patient care experience in an acute care setting or managing high-risk patient populations in like programming is preferred.

Preferred: Previous work with patients experiencing homelessness or Psych nursing experience. Have an understanding that most illnesses and premature deaths are the results of lifestyle choices about diet, exercise, substance abuse, violence, and risk-taking behaviors.
Cottage Health is a leading acute care hospital system, located on the central coast of California, widely known for our superior patient care, innovation, medical research and education. Our health system operates primarily in Santa Barbara, Ca, since 1888, and consists of three acute care hospitals, a Rehabilitation Hospital, multiple clinics and a multi-site Urgent Care system. Our mission is to serve the central coast communities with excellence, integrity, and compassion. Every day we touch thousands of lives in many different ways, resolute in our mission to put patients first. We take pride in helping our patients get back to living their lives - in the places they love.
Cottage Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Cottage Health applicants are considered solely based on their qualifications, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, transgender, gender expression and identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of the relationship between Cottage Health and an applicant or employee. Cottage Health is committed to upholding discrimination-free hiring practices.  We strive to cultivate an environment where exceptional people bring diverse perspectives and find belonging, support and connection to their work.