Correctional Health Nurse I
The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing world-class public safety with honor, courage, and a dedication to service. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is the largest Sheriff's Office in Virginia with over 600 professional men and women. We serve a population of over 1.1 million citizens in one of the most diverse counties in the nation. We are looking for medical professionals who want to contribute to the outstanding quality of life that Fairfax County residents currently enjoy.
Works as a member of the Medical Services Branch located in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. 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.
Will be assigned to a day or evening shift and works 15 days per month to equal 87.5 hours per two-week pay period, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays. May receive additional pay, such as night and evening differential, foreign language stipend, holidays, environmental stipend, and/or annual performance increases as allowed by the county budget.
- Provides direct health care services to Adult Detention Center inmates;
- Conducts admission interviews to gather medical, mental health and social histories;
- Performs medical, dental and mental health screenings and/or assessments;
- Provides therapeutic nursing services including administers tests (e.g., PPD, pregnancy testing) and injections, dispensing medications, and collecting vital signs;
- Reviews and interprets laboratory and diagnostic test results for advanced level practitioner follow-up;
- Assesses and identifies contributing or co-occurring mental health issues, determines risk of harm to self and/or others;
- Monitors medical status of patients through the acute and chronic disease management and the withdrawal/detoxification of alcohol and drugs processes;
- Triages and refers the patients to the staff physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, mental health or substance use disorder professional;
- Administers medication as ordered by the authorizing authority and in accordance with standard operating procedures;
- Documents all treatment and counseling on the appropriate records;
- Ensures proper protective equipment is worn or used;
- Maintains universal precautions, and promotes their observance by all agency staff.
- 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.
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 check, driving record check, medical examination, polygraph examination, psychological 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.
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 and require the ability to quickly assess an emergency and respond appropriately using physical strength and/or agility.
All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview. As part of the interview process a written, oral, technical exercise may be administered.
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.