Correctional Health Nurse I

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$54,219.36 - $90,365.81 Annually
Posted
Sep 14, 2019
Closes
Sep 28, 2019
Ref
19-02071
Function
Nurse
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This announcement may be used to fill one or more positions. 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.

Illustrative Duties

  • 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.


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.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing with a bachelor's degree in Nursing; or an associate's degree accredited by the National League for Nursing or equivalent program as determined by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Registered Nurse License (Virginia)

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, medical examination, polygraph, and psychological exam to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Prior experience working in an emergency room (ER) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU); experience working in correctional health.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Employee is required to walk, stand, sit, bend, kneel, reach, climb stairs and carry equipment up to 25 pounds in weight. Uses hands to grasp, handle or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

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.

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