Correctional Health Nurse I

$24.97 - $41.62 hr
Oct 09, 2017
Nov 06, 2017
Full Time
Works part-time in the nurse pool of the Medical Services Branch located in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Works as an individual and team contributor, provides patients with routine and emergency health care. Duties may include obtaining health histories on newly-incarcerated patients and, when necessary, making referrals of patients to the staff physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, mental health professional, or specialist in alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment. Ensures all medication is administered in accordance with standard operating procedures and as ordered by the authorizing authority. Position is assigned to a day or evening shift, and provides staffing coverage on a periodic basis, not to exceed 900 hours in a calendar year.

Note: This is a non-benefits part-time position. Multiple position may be filled from this ad. Illustrative Duties
  • Provides inmates with routine and emergency health care;
  • Assists other members of the medical team with providing inmate medical care;
  • Conducts health histories on newly-admitted inmates and recidivists; when necessary, makes referrals of inmates to the staff physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, mental health professional, or specialist in alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment;
  • Determines the need for emergency hospital care;
  • Ensures all medication is administered in accordance with standard operating procedures and as ordered by the authorizing authority;
  • Documents all treatment and counseling on the appropriate records;
  • Reviews requests for sick call treatment;
  • Ensures proper protective equipment is worn or used;
  • Maintains universal precautions, and promotes their observance by all agency staff;
  • Complies with 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;
  • On a need-to-know basis, communicates with other sections in the Office of the Sheriff as to special conditions and management status of inmates with special health concerns;
  • Serves as a member of the Institutional Classification Committee;
  • Responds to questions from inmates, their families, and other health care providers.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of nursing standards, theories, principles, practices, methods, and protocols;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, policy and procedures relating to the nursing services provision;
  • Knowledge of human growth and development, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology (e.g., medication therapeutic use, side effects, contraindications), preventive medicine, epidemiology, and nutrition;
  • Knowledge of federal and state pharmacology regulations specific to the storage, dispensing and administration of medications;
  • Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders, addiction signs and symptoms, assessment techniques, and applicable treatment interventions;
  • Ability to perform technical and complex nursing procedures (e.g., injections, venipuncture, blood pressure screening, STD testing, tube feeding, nebulization treatment, wound care assessment and dressing, and use of various medical equipment in delivering services to clients;
  • Ability to apply emergency medical techniques such as CPR, control of bleeding and airway maintenance;
  • Ability to assess and monitor the effects of medical and psychiatric medications;
  • Ability to maintain security of the work environment and comply with facility rules, regulations, policies and directives;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private organizations, and community medical and mental health providers;
  • Ability to maintain composure in fast-paced, potentially stressful situations.
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing with a bachelor's degree in nursing; plus one year of post-licensure experience as a nurse; or an associate's degree accredited by the National League for Nursing or equivalent program as determined by the Virginia State Board of Nursing; plus two years of post-licensure experience as a nurse.
Possession of a current license or a multi-state licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a credit check, a driving record check, a pre-employment physical and a TB test to the satisfaction of the employer. Must successfully complete a polygraph examination, and a psychological examination. Must undergo a medical screening prior to starting work.
Experience working in an Emergency Room (ER) or an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Background working in correctional health.
Duties are performed in a correctional facility medical environment. Quickly assess an emergency and respond appropriately. Maintain physical requirements needed to perform duties. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodation.
Panel interview.
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. EEO/AA/TTY.

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