Pay Range 425
This classification provides daily, primary nursing services to persons incarcerated in the Douglas County correctional facility in performing physical assessments, implementing a treatment plan per protocol or refer to physician, and then evaluate results; train medical support staff; interpret policy and procedure.
EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES
(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)
Perform physical assessment of newly admitted inmates and evaluate nature and severity of medical problems, disease or injury, and treat within scope of practice per protocol or refer to physician.
Assist provider in medical and dental clinic areas by providing medical charts, charting orders, assist with minor surgery and dental procedures, maintaining examination room and equipment. Schedule lab tests, x-rays, dental visits, etc.
Prepare and dispense medications; order medications and related supplies; maintain inventory and related recordkeeping.
4. Establish and maintain inmate medical records.
5. Interpret department medical policy and procedures, report forms, medical records. Train less experienced medical staff.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION
Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of professional nursing theories, principles, practices and procedures as applied in a correctional facility; considerable knowledge of public health laws and regulations that govern medical services provided through a correctional facility; considerable knowledge of medications provided within the facility.
Skill in: Interviewing and counseling techniques; administering immunizations, medications and performing lab tests. Ability to:
Communicate effectively in
both oral and written forms;
utilize screening and
assessment skills to evaluate
nature and severity of medical
condition, disease or injury,
and treat appropriately;
plan/consult with physicians
and correction deputies; work
within a correctional facility
setting under stressful
situations; make decisions
independently in accordance
with established policies,
establish new policy when
applicable, and use initiative
and judgment in carrying out
tasks and responsibilities;
manage time efficiently;
establish and maintain
records, reports, and
statistical data; courteously
meet and deal effectively with
other employees, clients and
families, physicians and
Education, experience and training: Associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing services which provides required knowledge and skills necessary to perform duties of position. At time of appointment, must possess current Oregon RN license.
Desirable qualifications: Work experience in a correctional facility.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION
This classification works under the general direction of a nurse practitioner. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.
Work is performed within established department policy, procedures and directives; federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; union contract; medical references; court rulings; inmate rule book; accepted procedures within law enforcement profession; equipment manuals. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses considerable judgment in interpreting laws or guidelines and determining which laws to enforce then follows procedures and laws closely due to nature of work.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Regular and consistent attendance is required.
Work is performed in a correctional facility with security restrictions and in direct contact with inmates. Physical demands involve bending, climbing stairs, hearing alarms, keyboarding, lifting up to 35 pounds, stooping and walking. Considerable attention is given to employee’s personal safety.