Exam Bulletin - Supervising Registered Nurse

Department of Veterans Affairs

Multiple Testing Departments. Please see list of Departments.

Exam Code: EX-1291

Examination Plans Included:


Final Filing Date: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Classification Details

SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE: $6,996.00 - $9,331.00 (A) per Month
SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE: $5,830.00 - $7,775.83 (F) per Month
SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE: $9,341.00 - $12,086.00 (S) per Month
SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE: $9,651.00 - $12,086.00 (T) per Month

View the SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE classification specification.

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Who Should Apply:

The information below will help you determine which classification(s) is(are) appropriate for you. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated on this bulletin to compete in this examination.

Open and Open, Non-Promotional Examination(s):


For all Classifications, once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 12 months:

Exam Code(s):


For SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE, once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 12 months:

Exam Code(s):

  • EX-01291

How To Apply:

Submit an Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) to apply for this examination.

Electronic applications can be submitted through your account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov.

The following items must be submitted with your Examination/Employment Application form. Failure to submit these items may result in rejection of your application.

  • License - California Registered Nurse License

Special Testing Arrangements:

If you require assistance or alternative testing arrangements due to a disability, indicate on your application that you need reasonable accommodation. You will be contacted by a representative of the testing department to make the necessary arrangements. If you have not been contacted by the time you receive notification of testing, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

If you are unable to submit your application or complete the test due to a disability, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated on this exam bulletin to be accepted to the examination.

Unless otherwise stated in the Minimum Qualifications, qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated below include more than one pattern and are distinguished as "Either" 1, "or" 2, "or" 3, etc. For example, applicants possessing qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern 1 and additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern 2 may be accepted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirement.


Require possession of the legal requirements to practice as a professional Registered Nurse in California.

Either I
Experience: One year of experience in California state service performing the duties of a nursing classification comparable in level of responsibility to a Registered Nurse, Range B.

Experience: Two years of professional nursing experience in a facility licensed for inpatient care. (Possession of a Master's Degree in Nursing may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)

(Candidates for Supervising Registered Nurse who are within six months of completing the experience requirements will be admitted to the examination, but they must complete all requirements before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)

Position Description


Under direction, is responsible for the overall management and supervision of an organized nursing unit on a 24-hour basis; is responsible for the nursing care and practices of an organized nursing unit or equivalent responsibility for a nursing service; plans, implements, evaluates, and provides for continuity of client/patient care; works with other disciplines to integrate nursing services with the total treatment program; teaches, plans for, directs, coordinates, and evaluates nursing personnel.

For information regarding position location(s), please refer to the Eligible List Information section.

Examination Information

This examination consists of the following components:

  • Online Exam : A passing score must be achieved and is weighted 100% of the final score.

A final score of 70% must be attained to be placed on the eligible list.

In addition to evaluating the applicant's relative knowledge, skill and ability as demonstrated by quality and breadth of education/experience, emphasis in each test component will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each applicant's:

Knowledge of: 

1. Techniques of effective supervision. 
2. Unit management. 
3. The interrelationships of all treatment activities in a hospital setting. 
4. The department's Affirmative Action Program objectives. 
5. A supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives. 

Ability to: 
1. Effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives. 

Eligible List Information

A Servicewide Open eligible list for the SUPERVISING REGISTERED NURSE Classification will be established for:

  • State of California

The names of successful competitors will be merged onto the eligible list(s) in order of final score regardless of test date. Eligibility expires 12 months after it is established. Applicants must then retake the examination to reestablish eligibility.

Resulting Eligibility List(s) will be used to fill vacancies throughout the State of California.

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. Veterans' Preference is an assistance program for veterans, veteran widows and widowers, and spouses of 100% disabled veterans who seek employment with the state. Veterans' Preference is also extended to currently serving military members nearing their retirement or separation date.

You are not eligible for Veteran's Preference if you are:

  • A veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released.
  • A veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran who currently has permanent civil service status. (Permanent civil service status is the status of an employee who is lawfully retained in his/her position after completion of the applicable probationary period. This does not include limited term).

Veterans' Preference is codified in Government Code Sections 18973 – 18979.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Directions to apply for Veterans' Preference are on the Veterans' Preference Application (Std. Form 1093), which is available at www.CalCareers.ca.gov, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Career Credits are not granted for examination(s) administered on an Open basis or a Promotional basis.

Supervising Registered Nurse Training and Experience Preview


Rate your experience performing specific job-related tasks.

In responding to each statement, you may refer to your WORK EXPERIENCE, whether paid or volunteer, your EDUCATION, and/or FORMAL TRAINING COURSES you have completed.

PLEASE NOTE:  This examination is designed to gain an overall assessment of your education, training, and experience as it directly relates to the duties and the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.  Possession of specific education is not required to be successful in this examination; however, such achievements may substitute for desirable levels of experience.  All components of this examination have been carefully validated by tying them directly to job requirements and documenting their relevance to the position.

1. Supervise subordinate nursing staff in performing their duties.
2. Monitor and review patient care plans.
3. Conduct quality assurance monitoring.
4. Ensure a therapeutic environment where patients are treated in a professional, empathetic, and tactful manner contributing to their health and well-being in accordance with professional ethics.
5. Audit patient charts for completeness and accuracy.
6. Review clinical records, bedside charts, progress records, and consult with medical officers concerning special cases.
7. Oversee a comprehensive and on-going appropriate infection control practice in the absence of Infection Control Specialist.
8. Coordinate interdisciplinary care team meetings.
9. Consult with members of interdisciplinary care team for information sharing, training, and identifying goals.
10. Assist staff in identifying rehabilitative potential of individual patients and care plans.
11. Assess training needs of nursing staff.

Knowledge, Skill, Ability:
1. Thorough knowledge of professional nursing principles and techniques.
2. Thorough knowledge of medical and nursing terminology.
3. Intermediate knowledge of facility routine and equipment.
4. Thorough knowledge of proper medication administration.
5. Intermediate knowledge of medicines and narcotics.
6. Thorough knowledge of mathematical conversions (e.g., milligrams to grams, etc.).
7. Thorough knowledge of current developments and professional nursing standards.
8. Thorough knowledge of nursing processes including assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating patient condition.
9. Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective supervision.
10. Intermediate knowledge of the interrelationships of all treatment activities in a long term residential care facility setting.
11. General knowledge of the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program objectives.

Testing Departments

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • State of California

Contact Information

Questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs - Human Resources Division
1227 O Street, Room 404
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2535

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Drug Free Statement

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State work place. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective, because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

General Information

Examination and/or Employment Application (STD 678) forms are available at the California Department of Human Resources, local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer Account (www.CalCareers.ca.gov).

If you meet the requirements stated on this examination bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described in this bulletin will be rated against a predetermined job-related rating, and all applicants who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

Department of Veterans Affairs reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all applicants will be notified.

General Qualifications: Applicants must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the competitor is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.

Accepted applicants must provide proof of identification at each in-person test session. Acceptable identification consists of a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Your CalCareer Account)