Director of Nursing (CORRECTIONAL HEALTH NURSE IV)
Works as a part of the medical section of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Must be 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Must obtain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) certifications within 1 year after the appointment.
- Appointee must complete a credit check, driving record check, criminal background investigation, and public safety background check (a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, medical examination, and clearance from the National Practitioners Data Base) prior to appointment and to the satisfaction of the employer.
- 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.
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. EEO/AA/TTY.