Job Description

Payroll Title:
Full Salary Range
$29.13 - $36.20 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
EX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#120025 (LVN) Licensed Vocational Nurse

Filing Deadline: Wed 11/30/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/21/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/30/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas, which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

Under close supervision, the Licensed Vocational Nurse will contribute to multiple research projects including but not limited studies on people with HIV and neurological disorders, studies evaluating pharmaceutical and cannabis treatments, cognitive functioning, effects of illicit drug use and effects of HIV on the brain and peripheral nervous system. Supervised Licensed Vocational Nurse will assist in five main areas: Clinical Assessment, Clinical Procedures, Quality Assurance, Research Support, and Maintenance of Equipment and Supplies.

Clinical Procedures duties include administering study drug based on protocol and State/Federal guidelines, assessing for side effects of drug, inserting indwelling IV catheters, drawing blood by fingerstick, standard venipuncture and/or withdrawal through indwelling catheter, obtaining vital signs, performing point-of-care testing, processing and inventorying specimens, working with the processing laboratories, documenting all services in the participant case report forms or logs.

Clinical Assessment duties include performing participant interviews in-person and by phone for the purpose of data collection, following-up with clinicians and other neuromedical staff to complete case report forms, preparing data for entry.

Quality Assurance duties include thoroughly reviewing case report forms to identify discrepancies and missing information, downloading and reviewing electronic data (as scheduled) to identify discrepancies and missing information, taking the appropriate steps to correct discrepancies and filling-in missing information, maintaining records of QA activities and providing periodic reports of the volume and types of errors and resolutions.

Research Support and admin duties include attending study meetings, assisting in the preparation of progress reports/grant submissions/manuscripts, assisting with data analysis, and assisting with study coordination.

Maintenance of Equipment and Supplies duties include maintaining sterilization or disinfection of instruments, maintaining equipment in good working order, including maintenance checks as required, ordering/stocking/re-stocking of supplies.


  • Must possess current license issued by State of California Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners and current CPR Certification.

  • Proficiency and certificate for phlebotomy and IVs. Phlebotomy experience required for clients of adult age.

  • Valid CA driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

  • Knowledge of nursing procedures for administering study drug, observing and recording reactions; performing outlined procedures, including phlebotomy.

  • Experience with taking/recording vital signs and dispensing medications.

  • Proven experience with interviewing in a research or clinical setting.

  • Ability to obtain and respond to complex health information obtained in person or over the phone.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and basic medical equipment.

  • Computer (PC and Mac) knowledge to effectively use spreadsheets, databases, word processing programs, and electronic mail, and navigate the internet. Experience using MS Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, as well as analytical programs, e.g. JMP.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work effectively with a diverse study population and staff. Cultural competency working with diverse populations including ethnic and cultural minorities, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV, and people recovering from substance abuse.

  • Demonstrated skills in teamwork and cooperation.

  • Strong demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, maintain accurate records, and show consistent attention to detail.


  • Ability to read, write and speak fluent Spanish.

  • Experience with quality assurance.

  • Experience with research support duties (e.g., assistance with literature reviews, preparing abstracts/manuscripts, progress reports, etc.).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be willing to work occasional Saturdays.

  • Willing to travel offsite to perform duties in a mobile van.

  • May be required to perform assessments offsite in a mobile van.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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