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Community Mental Health Nurse

Minimum Qualifications

In order for County Personnel to determine a candidate's eligibility for a position the applicant must document in writing on the application how they meet the minimum qualifications related to the position.


(a)  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing; OR

(b)  Completion of a course of study approved by the New York State Education Department as qualifying for Registered Professional Nurse AND two years of full time paid (or the equivalent part-time and/or volunteer) experience as a registered nurse, counselor, caseworker, or other related direct service title in a human service program or in a psychiatric program in a hospital or other health care facility.

Tompkins County is Committed to Equity and Inclusion. We encourage those with similar values to apply.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:   Eligibility for a New York State Registered Professional Nurse's license at time of application.  Possession of license and current registration at time of appointment.

NOTECompletion of a minimum 60 semester hours in a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with major coursework (15 Semester hours minimum) in social science, human services or resources, education or a closely related field may be substituted for the two years of experience in (b) above.  The education must be in addition to that completed as part of the nursing program.

NOTE:  Nursing experience in a hospital, doctors office, nursing home or other clinical setting is not qualifying in (b) above unless the experience was specifically in a psychiatric program.  Other nursing experience is not qualifying.