The Registered Nurse (RN) delivers care to inmate patients utilizing the nursing assessment protocols in assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation, in accordance with established philosophy. RNs collaborate with other professional disciplines to ensure effective patient care delivery and achievement of desired patient outcomes. RNs effectively interact with patients, while maintaining the standard of professional nursing.
Correctional Nurses provide care to inmate patients to promote & improve their overall health utilizing the nursing process in triage, professional training and various resources in accordance with regulatory agencies and established guidelines. The inmate patient population often generally has not had consistent access to healthcare prior to their incarceration. This provides an opportunity for nurses to see and care for an interesting variety of health concerns from minor ailments to major and atypical conditions.
Performs and documents medical evaluations on inmate patients of the assigned correctional facility consistent with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards of care, NJ 10-A, American Correctional Association (ACA) and Performance Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS) as appropriate.
Performs complete assessments of inmate patient in a variety of settings within the institution such as: initial intake area, health care unit for sick, emergency situations on housing units, chronic care clinics, and medical units.
Collaborates with primary care providers and other health care providers to ensure continuity, timeliness and appropriateness of care to inmate patients.
Ensure Medical Record documentation is in SOAP format, problem oriented and corresponds to the therapeutic order.
Records all care information legibly, concisely, accurately and completely, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms, in a timely manner and signed.
Coordinates and/or administers medication, therapeutic agents, and treatments, to inmate patients.
Reports reactions to treatments and medications, as well as changes in the inmates' emotional or physical condition.
Provides inmate patient education and/or discharge planning.
Promotes a therapeutic environment to ensure inmates are treated in a professional, ethical and tactful manner.
Performs other position-related duties as assigned, depending on assignment setting.
Attends scheduled in-service programs and staff meetings.
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing.
Current, unrestricted license to practice as Registered Nurse in the state the facility is located (maintain a current copy of license on file at the facility at all times).
Minimum Work Experience
At least one year of RN experience.
Previous correctional health care environment preferred.
Excellent critical thinking and assessment skills.
Ability to make decisions independently.
Assertive, empathetic and able to provide care objectively.
Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills.
Basic computer skills.
Able to work with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel.
Experience in working with Electronic Health Records.
Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
Ability to command the respect and confidence of inmates and staff; and philosophically committed to the objectives of the facility.
Maintains an active Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
Ability to pass all required health and other screening tests.
May be required to work nights, weekend, and holidays.
On-call duty may be required (available to work on short notice) as per site requirement.
Provides a positive and professional representation of CFG Health Systems, LLC.
Keeps patient information confidential and respects patient's right to privacy.
Promotes culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, reporting documentation, and prevention.
Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends, and developments in related scope of job role or practice.
Adheres to infection control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
Participates in ongoing quality improvement activities.
Completes required orientation and trainings directed by facility.
Follows facility and OSHA safety rules and procedures while on assignment.
Follows facility and CFG Health Systems Occurrence Protocol.
Adheres to PREA regulations.
Punctual and dependent for assigned/confirmed shifts.
Maintains security clearance for the assigned facility.
Identifies and utilized appropriate channels of communication with supervising staff.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon written request to your supervisor for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities functions.
May regularly be required to stand, sit, walk, reach, bend, kneel, crouch, or stretch, for prolonged periods of time.
Ability to communicate and understand written and verbal communication.
The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
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