Evaluates health care needs and requirements of inmates in a Correctional Facility to develop plans of care to meet those needs. Coordinates the medical treatment and provides nursing care for inmates. Provides clinical/administrative supervision for nursing staff and collaboration with other health care/non-health care staff on duty.
This is the fifth in a series of five nursing-related job classifications within the Medical job family. This classification practices under the guidelines of the Texas Nurse Practice Act in collaboration with physicians and other staff. Incumbents perform administrative and nursing duties of advanced complexity that require a high degree of initiative and independent judgment. This classification is distinguished from the Registered Nurse II in that incumbents plan, perform and evaluate nursing/patient care functions, and provide clinical and administrative supervision to other on-site nursing staff. This classification may require work in secure facilities. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assigns nursing schedules, duties and responsibilities to Certified Nursing Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Registered Nurses. Oversees clinic scheduling. Conducts annual evaluations for subordinate nursing personnel.
- Assesses, prioritizes and responds to all categories of patient emergent medical needs. Assigns nursing staff on duty to provide treatment accordingly.
- Provides clinical supervision to nursing staff on duty.
- Reviews treatment programs and assesses overall effectiveness.
- Consults with clinical and administrative staff about patient health care issues.
- Provides direct health care to patients, including wound care, medication administration, monitoring of vital signs and laboratory procedures. Documents patient's condition.
- Coordinates with other medical staff about all aspects of patient health care.
- Reviews medical records to ensure continuity of care.
- Practices and trains healthcare staff in safety, environmental and/or infection control methods.
- Provides health care instruction and counseling to residents.
- Answers medical questions from staff, patient's relatives and others as appropriate.
- May process patients into the facility by screening and evaluating their medical and mental histories.
- May assist patients with activities of daily living, including bathing and feeding.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited Registered Nursing program AND two (2) years of Registered Nursing experience, including one (1) year of lead or supervisory experience.
Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas.
Current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.
Seven (7) Positions Available
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
- Standard nursing and other healthcare practices.
- Policies, practices, procedures and terminology related to nursing and healthcare.
- Federal, State, Local and County nursing and other healthcare laws and requirements.
- Diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and injuries.
- Proper dosages and expected results of medication.
- Proper infection control techniques.
- Principles and procedures of medical documentation and record keeping.
- Administering daily patient care, including using stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer and other medical instruments.
- Scheduling health care staffing in a high volume setting.
- Administering Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.
- Performing medical tests and recording results accurately.
- Prioritizing patient needs.
- Problem-solving and decision-making.
- Both verbal and written communication.
- Plan, assign, supervise and review the work of subordinates.
- Work efficiently both independently and as part of a medical team.
- Recognize and identify health symptoms.
- Exercise sound judgment and react quickly in emergency situations.
- Manage time well and perform multiple tasks.
- Understand and precisely follow both verbal and written instructions and communicate in a concise and effective manner.
- Work effectively and courteously under high-pressure circumstances.
- Work in a secure environment.
- Deal effectively with mentally disturbed, hostile and aggressive individuals.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical and other County employees and officials, and the general public.
Work Environment & Other Information:
Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 35-100 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. Subject to contact with communicable diseases, radiation, hazardous waste, human fecal matter and foul odors.
This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
*Shift work, 40 hours/week, Evening or Night Shift
*Works some holidays, nights and weekends
*Includes up to 15% Shift Differential.
Location: Varies, 3614 Bill Price Rd., Del Valle or 509 W. 11th St., Austin
Drug and Alcohol Test Required
Criminal, Credit, Driving, Education and Employment Background Check Required