Correctional Health Nurse (Open)
County of San Mateo - San Mateo County, CA

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San Mateo County Health System's Correctional Health Services is seeking qualified and experienced Correctional Health Nurses to perform varied professional nursing duties with primary emphasis on professional nursing care for inmates within a locked correctional facility; treat and educate patients about various medical conditions; record medical histories and symptoms; perform diagnostic tests and analyze results; operate medical machinery; administer treatment and medications; assist with patient follow-up and rehabilitation; and perform other duties as assigned and required. Correctional facilities include the Youth Services Center (San Mateo), Maguire Correctional Facility (Redwood City), and Women's Correctional Facility (Redwood City).
Under general direction, the Correctional Health Nurse is fully competent to independently perform a full range of professional nursing duties and procedures that require the exercise of a high degree of clinical judgment. Incumbents also provide lead direction to other nursing and paraprofessional personnel.
Correctional Health Services provides integrated medical, dental, mental health, and chemical dependency treatment to the incarcerated adult population and medical and dental care to the juvenile hall population of San Mateo County. Services include:
  • Medical services include health screening, treatment, education, and 24-hour emergency response for adults;
  • Clinic appointments are available by referral and upon request and include chronic care for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and HIV; obstetric, orthopedic, and urgent care;
  • Dental services, including treatment and medication for urgent dental conditions and extractions, for adults and juveniles;
  • Mental health services include crisis intervention, evaluation, treatment, psychiatric medication, behavior management, and continuing care referrals;
  • Day treatment services are provided to mentally ill men and women in the Life Skills Program at the Maguire and Women's Correctional Facilities;
  • Acute psychiatric care services are contracted through the Santa Clara County Correctional Treatment Center;
  • Weekly group therapy;
  • Cognitive behavioral approach to addiction and recovery; and
  • Re-entry services for those transitioning back into the community.
The ideal candidate is well-rounded, Spanish Speaking, and will have at least one year of paid work experience working in a correctional setting, Emergency Room or ICU experience, or a strong Med/Surg and Telemetry foundation experience. Ob/Gyn and psychiatric care experience are also ideal. Candidates must be willing to work with inmates in a locked correctional facility, and on weekends.

NOTE: The list of eligible candidates created from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future part-time, full-time, permanent, extra-help, per diem, relief, and/or temporary vacancies in any of the three correctional facilities.

Examples Of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Complete patient assessments and triage, record patient histories, symptoms and observations.
  • Establish and implement nursing care plans for each patient through assessment, development, activation and evaluation.
  • Participate in patient case conferences and rounds.
  • Organize, assign and supervise duties and responsibilities of other staff members as a team leader; orient and teach new staff members of the nursing team and students.
  • Perform nursing care following prescribed rules, policies, protocol and procedures.
  • Identify problems, assist in data gathering, propose solutions and participate in evaluation of quality assurance issues.
  • Work with patient and their families to provide in-hospital and after-hospital follow-up through teaching and referral.
  • Participate in educational programs to maintain level of expertise.
  • Participate in non-clinical assignments, which may include maintaining records, preparing reports and/or serving on special committees.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Operate a variety of medical machinery and equipment.
  • Administer treatment and medications.
  • Maintain knowledge of outpatient resources.
  • Develop discharge plans for patients.
  • Perform related duties as assigned and as required by assigned work setting, as described below.
Ambulatory Care Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following, depending on nature of clinic assignment:
  • Provide preventive care and/or treatment to patients in a community or specialty clinic with a variety of conditions, illnesses and/or injuries.
  • Check vital signs, give injections, provide wound care and perform catherizations and Point of Care Testing.
  • Work with patient and their families to explain post-treatment care needs and provide clinic follow-up through teaching and referral to resources.
  • Prepare educational materials and maintain knowledge of outpatient resources.
  • Run immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars, as required.
  • Manage, monitor and adjust doses based on protocols and physician instructions.
  • Perform phlebotomy.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Correctional Health Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Perform professional nursing duties within a locked correctional facility.
  • Check vital signs, give injections, and perform catherizations, IZ Registry and Point of Care Testing.
  • Start, maintain and discontinue intravenous lines.
  • Monitor patient rehabilitation.
  • Perform mental status exams and implement plan of care based on assessment findings.
  • Monitor patients in restraint and seclusion and maintain patient safety.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
    Recognize symptoms of major psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Critical Care Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Record, assess and observe patient progress, reactions and symptoms.
  • Monitor patient rehabilitation.
  • Monitor life support equipment.
  • Attend to wound dressings.
  • Monitor patients in restraint and seclusion and maintain patient safety.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
  • Recognize symptoms of major psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Infusion Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Administer medications, fluids, and blood to patients through injections into patients' veins.
  • Administer medications such as antibiotics, cardiac and chemotherapy.
  • Check vital signs, give injections, provide wound care and perform catherizations and Point of Care Testing.
  • Monitor patient rehabilitation and manage schedules for treatment regimens.
  • Maintain vascular access device.
  • Coordinate schedules for treatment regimens and patient appointments.
  • Coordinate services with laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, medical clinic, medical-surgical unit and emergency department.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Long Term Care Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Provide continuing care to patients with chronic physical or mental disorders confined in a long-term care nursing facility.
  • Assess needs of patients and develop plan of care based on assessment.
  • Check vital signs, give injections and perform catherization and Point of Care Testing.
  • Wound care.
  • Manage pain.
  • Room patients.
  • Manage inventory.
  • Operate a variety of medical machinery and equipment.
  • Intensive care and evaluation of patients on an almost continuous basis.
  • Monitor patients in restraint and seclusion and maintain patient safety.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
  • Recognize symptoms of major psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Educate patients in preparation for discharge to lower level of care.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Medical-Surgical Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Provide care to patients after illness, injury or surgery or with acute health conditions or patients who are being treated with pharmaceuticals.
  • Record, assess and observe patient progress, reactions and symptoms.
  • Assesses needs of patient and develop plan of care based on assessment.
  • Check vital signs, give injections and perform catherizations and Point of Care Testing.
  • Coordinate referrals and interagency communication.
  • Manage pain.
  • Monitor patients in restraint and seclusion and maintain patient safety.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Perioperative Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Perform pre-, intra- and post-operative nursing duties.
  • Assist surgeons in selecting and handling of instruments, controlling bleeding, and suturing incisions.
  • Perform scrubbing and circulating duties.
  • Collect, interpret, record and communicate pertinent data relevant to the patient’s care in surgery.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
  • Assist in the positioning of patients for surgery.
  • Transfer patients to and from bed, gurney and/or operating table.
  • Organize and coordinate schedules based on changes to patient status, the environment and procedures being administered.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Psychiatric Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Provide care to psychiatric/mental health patients, including suicidal, potentially violent, confused and dementia patients.
  • Complete patient assessments and triage, recording patient histories, symptoms and observations.
  • Room patients, check vital signs, and give injections and Point of Care Testing.
  • Provide intensive care and evaluation on an almost continuous basis.
  • Perform mental status exam and implement plan of care based on assessment findings.
  • Monitor patients in restraint and seclusion and maintain patient safety.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
  • Recognize symptoms of major psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Work with patient and their families to explain post-treatment care needs and provide follow-up referrals to resources.
  • Respond to patients in crisis situation, with unpredictable violence and de-escalate situation using the least restrictive measures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Licensure/Certification: Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse or equivalent and a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

Knowledge of:
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting.
  • Safety and infection control practices.
  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Perform nursing procedures required for assigned clinical setting.
  • Comply with clinical procedures and policies.
  • Maintain professional nurse-patient relationships.
  • Communicate with and educate patients, families, and the public who come from a diverse background.
  • Work harmoniously with other personnel.
  • Follow safety practices.
  • Assist in the instruction of other nursing and paraprofessional personnel.
  • Bend, kneel and squat as needed.
  • Occasionally use upper extremities to exert force to push and pull patients/objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more.
  • Work in a busy environment.
Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • Some positions may require possession of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
Critical Care Nurse
  • Possession of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
  • Positions assigned to Emergency Room require a Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
  • Positions assigned to Emergency Room require a Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certification within three months of hire.
Infusion Nurse
  • Possession of Oncology Nursing certification.
  • Completion of competency requirements as chemotherapy nurse within a specified period of time.
Perioperative Nurse
  • Possession of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
Psychiatric Nurse
  • Must be Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certificate within three months of hire.

Application/Examination:

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination may consist of an interview (weight: 100%), which may include a written and/or performance exercise. Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application documents. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to www.smcgov.org/hr/jobs to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date. Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

** TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE **
Final Filing Deadline: TBD
Application Screening: TBD
Interviews: TBD


San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Ericka Gosha (020813) (Correctional Health Nurse- F018)

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