MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: |
- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing
- Five (5) years nursing experience with at least one year in a lead worker or supervisory position
- Registration as a professional nurse in the State of Minnesota
- Current BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification
SELECTION TECHNIQUE: Your training and experience will be rated based on the required application material submitted and the top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.
- Paid work experience in a hospital, emergency room, triage, or primary care clinic
- Paid work experience in a correctional facility
- Master's degree in Nursing or Public Health
- Current certification as a correctional health nurse (CCHP)
RESPONSIBILITIES: Management and supervision of correctional health services in the Washington County Jail Medical Unit. Work also includes direct delivery of health care services to jail inmates.
HOURS / DAYS: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.
This is advanced correctional health nursing work of a varied nature. Work involves responsibility for coordinating and supervising an assigned group of employees in the correctional health area. Work includes orienting and evaluating assigned employees and acting as a liaison between correctional health and jail administration. Work involves evaluation of level and need for services and assignment of employee work. Work may include other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director. Work is performed independently with limited supervision and under the general direction of the Deputy Director within limitations provided by departmental policy and procedure and in accordance with established practice standards.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and five (5) years of nursing experience with a minimum of one year in a lead worker or supervisory position is required. Master’s Degree in Nursing or Public Health desired, but it does not substitute for experience. Registration as a professional nurse in the State of Minnesota is required. Current BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification required. Work experience in triage, primary care clinics, emergency room, or hospital setting is highly desired. Work experience in a correctional health facility is desired.
Must have own means of reliable transportation for business purposes; individuals operating a motor vehicle for county business must possess a valid driver’s license.
Final offer of employment will be contingent upon: 1) Successfully passing a criminal history check; 2) Passing a fingerprint criminal background check; 3) Completion of a tuberculosis screen; 4) Drug screen testing; and 5) Receipt of favorable responses to Sexual Exploitation inquiries per MN Statute 148A.
Knowledge: Considerable knowledge of the principles and methods of professional nursing practice; knowledge of health care quality assurance and quality improvement practices; knowledge of correctional health nursing practice and correctional health programs; knowledge of the current trends in the delivery of health care services and effective delivery of correctional health care; knowledge of the functions of public health services plus other health and social service agencies; knowledge of the resources available in the area of dealing with health problems of inmates; and knowledge of the effective use of electronic medical records.
Ability to: Establish and maintain cooperative and meaningful relationships with members of health and correctional staff, representatives of other agencies, inmates, physicians, and other associated providers; ability to evaluate the performance of staff members and to provide constructive feedback for performance improvement; ability to evaluate the effectiveness of correctional health services; ability to orient and train nursing personnel; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to accept and use supervision; ability to work with others as a member of a team; ability to make independent decisions; ability to demonstrate good leadership and supervision skills; ability to report to work on a regular and timely basis.
As a member of county management, the incumbent is responsible and accountable for knowing and following all county policies.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
1. Performs all functions of a Correctional Health Nurse; plans, coordinates, evaluates and participates in the delivery of health care services for jail inmates with other agencies/entities, e.g., Department of Corrections, other counties/contracted agencies, hospitals, contract vendors, physicians.
2. Assigns work to other employees; determines staffing schedule and makes adjustments when necessary; directs work of unit staff; provides supervision and case consultation to staff.
3. Interviews and recommends hiring of correctional health personnel; provides for regular meetings of employees; completes job performance evaluations, orients and trains assigned staff; adjusts staff complaints or grievances as they arise; recommends action on employee discipline, suspension or discharge.
4. Updates or prepares unit protocols and procedures; compiles data to determine utilization of services and costs; prepares and monitors the maintenance of statistical reports and expenditures; monitors correctional health care unit goals and objectives.
5. Provides leadership in the administration and quality improvement of correctional health care to inmates; participates in problem-solving administrative meetings with correctional staff, jail administration, contracted agencies and vendors.
6. Assists in the negotiation and preparation of contracts with service providers. Monitors quality of services provided by contract providers and makes recommendations to the director as needed.
7. Provides input into the development of departmental policies related to correctional health; provides input to department director on program planning and evaluation; prepares jail health budget and recommends to director.
8. Serves on task forces and committees to provide information and expertise in the area of correctional health nursing.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The essential functions for this classification are numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as stated herein.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Semi sedentary involving work in a secure jail facility providing health care to inmates incarcerated for criminal activities ranging from misdemeanor to felony offenses. This position may encounter threatening or hostile situations or persons with behavioral challenges. Lifting requirement may include occasional lifting of 10 to 50 pounds, including carrying 10 to 50 pounds and pushing or pulling 50 to 75 pounds. Exposures may include, but are not limited to, disagreeable odors, elevated noise levels, communicable diseases, body fluids, mentally unstable individuals and individuals under the influence of controlled substances. This position is required to follow facility security rules and procedures. Use of general office equipment including telephone, personal computer, calculator, beeper, radio communicator. Use of medical related equipment including weight scale, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, percussion hammer, intravenous blood drawing/IV therapy, and simple laboratory diagnostic procedures. Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position’s essential functions.
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This description is intended to describe the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty being performed by people assigned to this classification. The list of responsibilities is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
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