Correctional Health Nurse Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$66,148.16 - $110,247.07 Annually
Nov 20, 2021
Dec 16, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

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 a dynamic treatment team. Position is located in the Medical Section of the Adult Detention Facility.

Schedule: The incumbent will be assigned to 12.5 hours night shift on a squad schedule, will work 15 days per month, equal to 87.5 hours per two-week pay period. ( Night shift from 6:30 pm to 7:00 am). The incumbent will receive additional pay, such as night and evening differential, foreign language stipend, holidays, environmental stipend. May receive annual performance increases as allowed by the county budget.

This position includes a signing bonus for new hires of $2000 (full-time) or $1000 (part-time).

Note: This job announcement is being readvertised. If you previously applied to 21-01785 you do not need to reapply in order to be considered.

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


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.

Emergency Room or Critical Care nursing experience preferred.

  • Possession of a current license or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Required)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) (Required)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) (Required within 12 months)
  • CCHP-RN Certification-(Required within 12 months)


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, driving records check, pre-employment medical evaluation, polygraph exam, psychological exam, and tuberculosis test to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

  • Duties are performed in a correctional facility medical environment.
  • Ability to effectively supervise the work of subordinate health care professionals; 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 military status 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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