Registered Nurses (RN) provide a full range of nursing services to inmates including assessing, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementing, and evaluating the medical condition of inmate patients. RNs provide information to other health care team members and contribute to the maintenance or restoration of health status. Along with all other correctional institution employees, the incumbent is also charged with responsibility of maintaining the security of the institution.
Essential Job Duties:
✓ Assesses and identifies health problems of new inmates and initiates medical records and special needs POR’s.
✓ Administers prescribed treatment and medication to patients as needed and medically required.
✓ Responsible for responding to day to day medical issues with patients.
✓ Respond to medical emergencies, administers the appropriate medical care and supervises the emergency scene as required.
✓ Prepares medical equipment and assists physician or mid-level providers during examination and treatment.
✓ Prepares records and room for examination of patients.
✓ Documents medical history, education and treatment of patients, using standard medical records procedures.
✓ Provides sound pharmacology practices, including drug action/interaction, side effects and assures proper dosage. Receives physicians’ orders following through with ordering medications.
✓ Documents all prescription drug use for patients according to established medication record-keeping practices.
✓ Prepares client for IV therapy, maintenance of central lines and administration of IV antibiotics when required (if applicable).
✓ Meets regularly with the HSA to review medical services administered to patients. May serve as Charge Nurse or Acting Supervisor in the absence of the HSA and would be responsible for delegation of assignments among staff.
✓ Actively participates in cost containment measures and Continuous Quality Improvement programs.
✓ Maintains confidentiality and security of health records and protected health information (PHI) in compliance with HIPAA requirements.
✓ Is aware of emergency procedures in the event of emergency or crisis situations and the appropriate plan of action governed by triage and written guidelines.
✓ Capable of giving CPR instructions and able to take charge in a CPR emergency. If trained and able, would also be responsible for using AED equipment.
✓ Educates patients with regard to diet, hygiene and methods of prevention of chronic medical diseases.
✓ Provides clear and concise communication (written and verbal) to coworkers, supervisors, jail administration and patients
✓ Maintain positive work relationships with all coworkers, supervisors, jail administration and inmates.
✓ Willing to assist coworkers in job duties and work overtime if required. May act as a resource to other coworkers.
✓ Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Educational/Experience Requirements:
Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally-designated state accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Applicant required to be currently CPR certified. Must have and maintain a current and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse. Experience in correctional healthcare preferred, but not required.
✓ Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation by the company.
✓ Must comply with all requirements of the company substance abuse policy.
✓ Must obtain and maintain security clearance with the client as a requisite for initial and/or continued employment.
✓ Must maintain all certifications, educational requirements, licensing, etc. for this position.
✓ Must be trained in CPR and AED and maintain certification.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Candidates must demonstrate they have the following to successfully perform their job as a Registered Nurse:
✓ Knowledge of nursing care principles, practices, and procedures.
✓ Knowledge of safety principles and infection control in the patient care environment.
✓ Ability to assess patients' needs and coordinate appropriate nursing care plan with a multidisciplinary team that includes, but is not limited to, health services and security.
✓ Ability to communicate effectively in an oral or written manner.
✓ Knowledge of rehabilitative nursing, pre- and post-operative care and chronic disease management.
✓ Must demonstrate ability to appropriately and safely use standard medical equipment including, but not limited to, AED, EKG, blood pressure device, oxygen, and sterilization, Glucometer, Doppler and Pulse Oximeter.
✓ Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems and delegates tasks appropriately to lower level licensure employees.
✓ Skill in relating to demanding patients in stressful situations.
✓ Ability to follow instructions from Nursing Protocols, Procedure Manuals, Physicians, etc.
✓ Must be able to use computer systems to enter or compose reports, store and access data.
✓ Must have the ability to comply with all CorrHealth policies and procedures.
Must be able to perform all the essential elements of the position with or without an accommodation. This position routinely requires (but is not limited to) the following:
✓ Frequent walking throughout site
✓ Walking up and down flights of stairs
✓ Pushing or pulling carts
✓ Routinely lifting objects less than 20 pounds
✓ May lift up to 50 pounds periodically, but not every day
✓ Bending/stooping/reaching/climbing and/or crawling
✓ Speech recognition – the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
✓ Speech clarity – the ability to speak clearly so that others can understand you
✓ Vision – the ability to see details at close range
✓ Written comprehension – the ability to read and understand information and ideas that are presented in writing
✓ Deductive reasoning – the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
✓ Occasional running when responding to emergencies
Work is performed inside a correctional facility. Employees are exposed to some level of risk and/or harm by inmates including exposure to blood borne pathogens. Employee is expected to work in accordance with all security rules and regulations to minimize the risk of danger and/or harm to themselves or other employees.
Employee will be operating or working around equipment that could cause a small level of risk for injury and harm.
Employee must comply with all current and future County, State, Federal and Local laws and regulations, court orders, Administrative Directives and standards and policies and procedures of the site at where assigned.