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Nurse Instructor (8154)

Nurse Instructor

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TI55
  • Class Code: 8154
  • Established: 07/09/1969
  • Revised: 10/16/1996
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, in a State hospital, developmental center, correctional facility, or the Veterans Home and Medical Center, to teach, give training, and provide direction to nursing service staff and student professional nurses in a staff development and continuing education program; and do other related duties.

Typical Tasks

1. In a State hospital/developmental center setting, teaches theory and clinical practice to Psychiatric Technician Trainees in a course designed to prepare them as Psychiatric Technicians and gives training to other nursing staff and student professional nurses; supervises and reviews on-the-job training of Psychiatric Technician Trainees; confers with the Psychiatric Nursing Education Director.


2. In a correctional facility or the Veterans Home and Medical Center, gives training, teaches theory and clinical practice to nursing staff and student professional nurses; may conduct


orientation and evaluation of new nursing staff in relation to geriatric education; researches and develops classroom teaching modules.


In addition to the above, receives instructions, and makes reports and recommendations on the training of Psychiatric Technician Trainees and/or other nursing service personnel; participates in the evaluation of education programs and in the development of education policies; plans and evaluates students' overall educational experience; confers with ward and/or section supervisors and advises them on training principles and practices; and keeps records and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a professional nurse in California as determined by the California Board of Registered Nurses. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Board of Registered Nurses will be admitted to the examination, but they must possess all legal requirements as determined by the Board before they will be eligible for appointments.) and Either I Possession of a valid California standard designated subjects teaching credential with specialization in vocational trade and technical teaching or equivalent credential. (Applicants who do not possess the required credential may take the examination, but before appointment must have on file with the State Department of Education an application to secure the credential and must secure the credential within 90 working days after appointment. After issuance, the credential must be maintained by completion of any examinations and course work required.)



Two years of experience as a registered nurse in teaching nursing, one year of which must have been in teaching psychiatric nursing in one or a combination of the following settings:


1. In a California state hospital under the direction of a Psychiatric Nursing Education Director. or


2. In a State hospital or any other state of the United States under the direction of a Nursing Education Director who holds similar qualifications to those employed in California's state hospitals. or


3. In the California State Veterans Home and Medical Center under the direction of a Nursing Education Director, Veterans Home and Medical Center. or


4. In a school of professional nursing in any state of the United States which is accredited by a state board. or


5. In a California Department of Corrections institution under the direction of a Chief Medical Officer, Correctional Facility, or designee.



Experience: One year of working experience in a nursing classification comparable in level of responsibility to a Registered Nurse, Range B. (Possession of a Master's Degree in Nursing may be substituted for the required experience.) and


Education: Graduation from a recognized college or university.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: General and psychiatric nursing principles and techniques in planning, organizing, and conducting educational courses in general and psychiatric nursing and related subjects; and medical and psychiatric terminology.


Ability to: Apply the principles, methods, and techniques involved in conducting training courses in general and psychiatric nursing and related subjects; supervise on-the-job training of students; evaluate the progress of students; communicate effectively; and keep records and prepare reports.

Special Personal Characteristics

Aptitude for and interest in teaching nursing; sympathetic understanding of mental patients, inmates, or wards; emotional stability; patience, tact, and alertness.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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