Correctional Health Nurse Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,679.36 - $99,466.43 Annually
Oct 10, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job is being re-advertised. Previous applicants do not need to re-apply to be considered.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing world-class public safety with honor, courage, and a dedication to service. We are 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 citizens 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. Serves as an assistant team supervisor; assists with the supervision of subordinate medical personnel and guides them in matters of policy, procedures, protocol, and discipline. Serves as the medical team training officer. 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

(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.)
  • Serves as the team leader of the medical team on a 12.5-hour rotating shift;
  • Provides guidance and support to lower-level medical staff in the administration of appropriate and effective medical care to inmates;
  • Performs quality audits to ensure staff adheres to agency operating procedures and health care standards adopted by the American Correctional Association, the National Commission of Correctional Health Care, the Virginia Board of Corrections, and the Virginia Board of Health Professionals;
  • Conducts new hire orientation, peer monitoring and training;
  • Assists the supervisor with scheduling and the delegation of assignments;
  • Assists the supervisor with developing and implementing new initiatives, operational processes, and/or procedures;
  • 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

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • 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 training principles and techniques;
  • 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 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

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; plus two years of post-licensure experience as a nurse.

  • Possession of a current license or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

Prior to appointment, must successfully complete a criminal background 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; Must be able to work a shift work schedule which includes evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

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. Ability to quickly assess an emergency and respond appropriately. Maintain physical requirements needed to perform duties. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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