MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : Completion of a professional nursing program, registration as a Professional Nurse in the State of Minnesota and one year of work experience as a registered nurse. Current BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification required. |
Final offers of employment will be contingent upon the following requirements: 1) receiving favorable response to Sexual Exploitation inquiries; 2) passing a fingerprint criminal background check; 3) passing a drug screening test; and 4) completion of a tuberculosis screen .
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.
RESPONSIBILITIES : Perform nursing assessment, skilled nursing care, health screening and health education for inmates in the Washington County Jail.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE :
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 triage, emergency room, hospital, primary care clinic, or a correctional facility
- Bachelor's degree in nursing
- Certification as a public health nurse or correctional health nurse
HOURS / DAYS : Work schedule varies; includes day, evening and occasional weekend shifts. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.
ANTICIPATED HIRING RATE : $27.54 - $32.62/hour
This is professional skilled nursing work of a varied nature. Work involves the responsibility for performing a variety of nursing duties in a secure correctional institution setting. Work involves participation with physicians, ancillary health care workers, correctional personnel, inmates, and other health and social service agencies. Work involves performing nursing assessment, skilled nursing care and delegated medical functions, health screening and health education in the housing unit as well as in the correctional infirmary area. Work involves day and evening shifts and work on weekends and holidays. Work is performed independently under the supervision of the Correctional Health Nurse Coordinator and within the parameters of written medical protocols and in accordance with departmental policies, procedures and established practice standards.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Education and Experience:
Work experience in triage, emergency room, hospital, primary care clinic, or a correctional facility highly desired; bachelor's degree in nursing desired; certification as a public health nurse or correctional health nurse desired.
- Completion of a professional nursing program and registration as a professional nurse in the State of Minnesota
- Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification
- One year of nursing experience
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 offers of employment will be contingent upon the following requirements: 1) receiving favorable response to Sexual Exploitation inquiries; 2) passing a fingerprint criminal background check; 3) passing a drug screening test; and 4) completion of a tuberculosis screen.
Knowledge: Considerable knowledge of the application of nursing practice; considerable knowledge and practice of triage, nursing assessment, skilled nursing tasks, and independent nursing judgment.
Ability: Demonstrated ability to use simple diagnostic instruments; ability to give skilled nursing care to inmates; ability to establish and maintain cooperative and meaningful relationships with physicians, other correctional and nursing staff members, representatives of other agencies, and ancillary medical personnel; ability to handle difficult and behaviorally challenged persons; ability to remain calm in tense and potentially threatening situations; ability to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills to new situations; ability to accept and use supervision; ability to work with others as a member of a team; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to accurately and completely document nursing observations and treatments; ability to efficiently use an electronic medical record; ability to assess nursing and medical needs and to carry out medical treatment plans; ability to work rotating shifts, weekends and holidays; ability to use a personal computer; ability to report to work on a regular and timely basis.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
1. Reviews all intake health questionnaire forms on newly incarcerated inmates; identifies any potential health problems and initiates medical screening if warranted; reviews and assess all prescribed medications brought in by inmates.
2. Conducts "sick call" in the inmate housing unit; performs physical assessments as required based on inmate complaint; reports findings to the nurse practitioner/physician in accordance with established protocol; initiates treatments as appropriate according to established standing orders or orders received after nurse practitioner/physician consultation; monitors inmate health, treatment and medical regimens.
3. Makes arrangements for further health care as deemed necessary including appointments for dental, medical, psychological, laboratory and other treatment modalities; draws laboratory samples as ordered by the nurse practitioner/physician; assists physician, dentist or other medical personnel during on-site visits by the persons as deemed necessary.
4. Prepares medications carts for medication distribution by the correctional officers to inmates in the housing units; educates inmates and correctional staff regarding medication side effects or symptoms of allergic reaction; inventories medications no less than weekly with the exception of scheduled, controlled medications which are inventoried no less than daily.
5. Maintains all medical records related to health/medical screening and medical treatment administered to inmates while incarcerated; if possible prior to release, provides health education and discharge instructions to any inmate who received medical treatment during incarceration; provides follow-up and/or appropriate referral to other agencies as necessary upon release.
6. Provides consultation to correctional officers and instructs correctional officers in health needs of the inmates; provides consultation on the appropriate use of and release from restraints; provides instruction to correctional officers on any treatment regimen which must be continued in the housing unit.
7. Institutes communicable disease screening measures as directed in standing orders for the correctional institution; reports any suspected communicable diseases to the Epidemiologist and arranges for immediate placement of the inmate in infirmary isolation as deemed appropriate; follows the directions of the Epidemiologist in investigating and screening for communicable disease contacts.
8. Performs as the infirmary nurse when inmates are confined to that area; institutes medical treatment as ordered by the nurse practitioner/physician and provides skilled nursing care.
9. Participates in staff meetings and conferences with agencies/personnel relevant to providing services to the inmates; keeps self abreast of trends in correctional health nursing through attendance at training courses and through personal study.
10. Responds to medical emergencies in the jail facility when on duty.
11. Performs other related duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The essential functions for this classification are 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 10.
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 and persons with severe behavioral challenges. Lifting requirement may include occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, carrying up to 25 pounds, and pushing or pulling up to 75 pounds. Exposures may include, but are not limited to, disagreeable odors, elevated noise levels, communicable diseases (e.g. tuberculosis, AIDS, hepatitis), body fluids, mentally unstable individuals and individuals under the influence of controlled substances. This position is required to follow security rules and procedures. Use of medical equipment including weight scale, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, percussion hammer, intravenous blood drawing/IV therapy, and simple laboratory diagnostic procedures. Use of general office equipment including telephone, communications radio, personal computer, and calculator. Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR - Correctional Health Nurse Supervisor
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 persons so classified.