Correctional Health Nurse III

Location
FAIRFAX (FJ23), VA
Salary
$62,734.67 - $104,557.86 yr
Posted
Oct 09, 2017
Closes
Nov 03, 2017
Function
Nurse
Hours
Full Time
Position is located in the medical section of the adult detention facility.
As the team supervisor, counsels, guides, directs, and supervises subordinates in the administration of appropriate and effective inmate health care, and participates in the development of procedures for delivery of health care. Oversees and administers routine and emergency health care delivered by team to inmates. Ensures that: subordinates adhere to agency operating procedures and health care standards; there is adequate staff coverage for all medical work stations; medications are properly receipted, stored, distributed, administered, and documented; and proper protective equipment is worn and used by staff. Oversees the proper disposal and destruction of soiled and contaminated clothing and equipment. Evaluates the work performance of subordinates. Serves as a liaison with community and family members. Illustrative Duties (The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • As the team supervisor, counsels, guides, directs, and supervises subordinates in the administration of appropriate and effective inmate health care, and participates in the development of procedures for delivery of health care;
  • Oversees and administers routine and emergency health care to inmates;
  • 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 (NCCHC);
  • Ensures adequate staff coverage for all medical work stations;
  • Ensures preliminary physical examinations are completed as mandated by NCCHC;
  • Ensures blood for DNA analysis is drawn;
  • Ensures medications are properly receipted, stored, distributed, administered, and documented;
  • Reviews orders directed by the staff physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, or psychiatrist, and manages the administration of such orders;
  • Serves as the resource nurse for the health care team, and as quality improvement nurse as designated;
  • Makes final decision regarding care or treatment of inmates that can be resolved at the shift level, deferring to higher level medical personnel as needed;
  • Discusses and counsels inmates on complaints and grievances related to health care;
  • Educates and counsels inmates on special health care needs;
  • Consults with inmate's families and attorneys regarding health care delivery;
  • Ensures that proper protective equipment is worn and used by staff, and oversees the proper disposal and destruction of soiled and/or contaminated clothing and equipment;
  • Evaluates the work performance of subordinates.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities (The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of nursing standards, theories, principles, practices, methods, and protocols;
  • Through knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, policy and procedures relating to the nursing services provision;
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of supervision and training;
  • Knowledge of general operations in the Adult Detention Center;
  • Knowledge of available community resources for referral, continuity of care and/or community reintegration;
  • 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 effectively supervise, guide, educate and motivate nursing personnel;
  • 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.
Employment Standards MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing with a bachelor's degree in nursing; plus three years of post-licensure experience as a nurse, including two years in an equivalent health care setting; plus at least one year of supervisory experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Possession of a current license or a multi state 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This position's duties are performed in a correctional facility medical environment. Must have the ability to effectively supervise the work of subordinate health care professionals; and must be able to quickly assess an emergency and respond appropriately and maintain the physical requirements needed to perform duties. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Emergency room or critical care nursing experience preferred.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
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.