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Community Health Nurse – Cottage Health (Santa Barbara, CA)

Located on the central coast of California, Cottage Health is a leading acute care hospital system widely known for superior patient care, innovation, medical research, and education. Our mission is to serve the central coast communities with excellence, integrity, and compassion. Every day, we touch thousands of lives, 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.

We are seeking a Community Health Nurse to join our Population Health team, to further medical care outreach to patients experiencing homelessness. This position serves as a member of multiple-faceted, multiple organizational collaborative community programs. In this role, the incumbent serves as the clinical liaison to this population and as a representative of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and our community partners.


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 the 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.

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 the patient.
  • Facilitate follow up appointments
  • Provide documentation for disability, insurance agencies, workers compensation, work releases and medical supply agencies.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines.
  • Communicates with consultants as needed and serves as a patient and family liaison.
  • Create individual medical care plans for patients in the program.

Patient Education Functions:

  • Provide information to patient and patient’s care team related to injuries, illness, prognosis and follow-up, and referral.
  • Identify high-risk groups and make appropriate referrals for Social Services and drug/alcohol programs.
  • Promote self-care in patients through education and support of self-care behaviors, counsel patients toward optimal physical, social, and psychological adjustment. Act as a patient advocate, supporter, and counselor.


Associate degree in Nursing with preference to a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Current, non-restricted California Registered Nurse license. Valid class “C” California Driver License. Verification of acceptable driving record from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Knowledge of advanced clinical standards, practices, and procedures for managing high-risk/at-risk patient populations; Knowledge of the normal signs of aging, including growth and development, and ability to provide age-appropriate care.

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

A minimum of two years 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.

Bilingual with fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.

Apply here or contact Charles Carson II for more information.

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