Director of Nursing (Correctional Health Nurse IV)

Location
FAIRFAX (FJ23), VA
Salary
$72,335.54 - $120,559.71 yr
Posted
Apr 17, 2017
Closes
May 08, 2017
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is seeking a dynamic, innovative, executive-level nursing professional that is a proven leader with a stellar track record to spearhead the specialty area of correctional nursing, which requires expertise in acute, behavioral and public health nursing. If these areas are your strengths and passion, qualified applicants are encouraged to apply! The Director of Nursing position is located in the medical section of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Coordinates medical care activities to ensure compliance with medical orders, and current agency policies and procedures. Participates in planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing services. Interprets accrediting agency standards for subordinates. Directly supervises assigned personnel, assigning caseloads, reviewing reports and evaluating performance; train, evaluates and supervises nursing personnel; monitors conduct and behavior of nursing staff, providing counseling and recommending/initiating disciplinary action when appropriate; establishes and approves work schedules that provide adequate coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Assesses training, orientation needs for correctional health programs, and develops evaluation tools. Ensures that inmates complaints and grievances relative to health care are investigated and responded to; consults with inmates' family regarding health care services available. Ensures that subordinates adhere to agency operating procedures and health care standards adopted by the Virginia Board of Corrections, The American Correctional Association, The Virginia Board of Health Professionals, and The National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Coordinates with and serves as the resource nurse for health care team supervisors to ensure completion of operational goals and objectives; ensures designated staff representatives participate in the Institutional Classification Committee Hearings.

Illustrative Duties
  • As the primary liaison with the Correctional Health Services Administrator and staff physician, dentist, psychiatrist, and nurse practitioner, coordinates Health Care Section activities to ensure compliance with current orders, procedures and policies and to ensure completion of operational goals and objectives;
  • With the Correctional Health Services Administrator, periodically updates policies and procedures, informing staff of upcoming changes and coordinating their implementation;
  • Prepares documentation needed to meet the standards set by the Virginia Board of Corrections, the Virginia Board of Health Professionals, the American Correctional Association, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care;
  • Participates in preparing the Section's budget request for additional equipment and/or staff;
  • Monitors the conduct and behavior of staff, providing counseling and recommending/initiating disciplinary action when appropriate;
  • Ensures medical records are properly maintained and remain confidential;
  • Establishes/approves work schedules that provide adequate staff coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Consults with inmates' families and attorneys regarding health care delivery and services available;
  • Reviews performance evaluations of lower-level staff, establishes individual action plans to improve performance and/or efficiency, and seeks training opportunities for subordinates;
  • Serves as the resource nurse for the Correctional Health Nurse III (shift supervisor) positions;
  • Makes the final decision on health care issues that can be resolved at the section level, deferring to the Correctional Health Services Administrator, physician, nurse practitioner, dentist or psychiatrist as needed;
  • Ensures that inmate complaints and grievances related to health care are investigated and addressed;
  • Reviews and revises contract specifications and vendor contracts for health care services.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of nursing policies, procedures, practices, and protocols;
  • Thorough knowledge of agency operating procedures and health care standards adopted by the American Correctional Association, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, the Virginia Board of Corrections, and the Virginia Board of Health Professionals;
  • Extensive knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, techniques, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of County personnel, budgeting, and procurement policies and procedures;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, subordinates, other staff members, inmates, and their families and attorneys;
  • Ability to effectively supervise the work of subordinate health care professionals;
  • Ability to quickly assess an emergency and respond appropriately.
Employment Standards EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing with a bachelor's degree in nursing; plus six years of post-licensure experience as a nurse, plus at least one year of supervisory experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Possession of a current license or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Prior to appointment, must successfully complete a criminal background investigation, a polygraph examination, and a psychological examination, medical examination, and clearance from the National Practitioners Data Base. Must obtain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) certifications within 1 year after the appointment. Must undergo a medical screening prior to starting work.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience working in an Emergency Room (ER) or an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Background working in correctional health.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Duties are performed in a correctional facility medical environment and require the ability to quickly assess an emergency and respond appropriately using physical strength and/or agility. Duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview, may include written exercise

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. Fairfax County is proud to offer employees an attractive and comprehensive benefits program, including the following:
  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Leave (Sick and Vacation)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees' Child Care Center and Fitness Center
  • Flexible Schedule and Telework Options
  • Transportation Subsidy
  • Discount Educational Programs
For additional details please visit the County's benefits webpage.
01 Which best describes your level of education in nursing?
  • Some School
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • None of the above
02 How many years of post-licensure experience do you have as a nurse?
  • Zero to less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five to less than six years
  • Six years or more
03 Do you have a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia or a multi-state licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in Virginia?
  • Yes
  • No
04 In reference to question #3, please indicate the license number and the expiration date.
05 How many years of full-time professional nursing supervisory experience do you possess?
  • Zero to less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four years or more
06 How many years of experience do you have working in an Emergency Room (ER) or an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three
  • Three to less than four
  • Four or more years
07 This position could involve working on a night shift that starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 7:00 a.m. Are you able to work this shift?
  • Yes
  • No
08 This position requires staff to work weekends and holidays. Are you willing and able to work weekends and holidays?
  • Yes
  • No
09 Do you have experience working as a nurse in a correctional facility?
  • Yes
  • No
10 How many years of experience do you have providing hands-on health care?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three
  • Three to less than four
  • Four or more years
11 Do you have any experience working as a nurse in critical care?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question