Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Jail Health Services

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on October 6, 2021
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Summary

Jail Nurse Practitioners provide direct patient care to patients detained in the King County adult jail facilities. Other responsibilities include participation in quality improvement / quality assurance programs to support Jail Health Services care goals, medical oversight, consultation, and management of specialized health care programs for Jail Health Services. The jail is a 24/7 locked facility.
 
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: 
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
 
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
 
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity

Job Duties

  • Diagnose, manage, educate and counsel inmates on a broad scope of personal health care issues; manage care provided to patients with complex medical problems. 
  • Perform minor surgical procedures, prescribe medications and make referrals for specialty services when necessary. 
  • Provide women's health care services, including gynecologic examination and prenatal care. 
  • Provide care to inmates in medical emergencies, including necessary support to maintain life and stabilize conditions. 
  • Document all medical evaluations, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, treatment outcomes, referrals and consultations. 
  • Participate in training other staff on clinical and procedural topics and provide technical consultation to other providers and nursing staff. 
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment guidelines and service delivery models. 
  • Work with others within the program to assure compliance with NCCHC standards and subsequent accreditation. 
  • Participate in internal and external committees to maintain appropriate standards of care. 
  • Collaborate with health care team to assure smooth clinic flow. 
  • Participate in rotating call coverage for the medical provider team. 
  • Provide testimony when required in various legal proceedings.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Requirements:

  • Washington State license as a Registered Nurse (in good standing) and a bachelor's degree in nursing science from a School of Nursing accredited by the National League of Nursing. 
  • Washington State license as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (in good standing) with prescriptive authority. 
  • Completion of advanced practitioner training and board certification as a nurse practitioner within the specialty practice. 
  • License to practice in the State of Washington as a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. 
  • National Provider Identification (NPI) number required prior to credentialing. 
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration required prior to credentialing. 
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required prior to credentialing.
  • DEA X (DATA-waived) number required prior to clinical assignment.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or have the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner. 
  • CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Letter of interest describing why you want to work with our community.

Desired Qualifications: 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a care team and with a diverse and multi-cultural patient panel. 
  • Lived participatory community experience with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in language other than English preferred.
  • Bicultural preferred
  • Two years of experience providing adult primary care, including women's health care preferred (relevant nursing experience will be considered) 
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders, including treatment of withdrawal syndromes, preferred 
  • Experience in correctional health care environment preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; applicant must be comfortable with use of electronic health records and be proficient with data entry using a keyboard. 

Contact:  If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Amy Curtis, Healthcare Recruitment Manager at Amy.Curtis@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-8358.

First consideration for this position will be given to those who apply by October 12, 2021.

   

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 
 
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
 
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
 
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
 
(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.   People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
 This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office. 
 
JHS Employees are Mission Critical Employees
A Jail Nurse Practitioner may be required to report to the jails or alternative sites in the event of an emergency situation (including Public Health emergencies). Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours.

Legal Requirements for JHS Employees
Jail Health Services follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; 
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or, 
  • Civil or administrative adjudication that the candidate has engaged in the activity described above. 
  • PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone. This is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

 
To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
 
 
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates.
 
 
Application Process: 
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Candidates must submit a cover letter speaking to why you have interest in working with vulnerable and marginalized populations related to this body of work.
  • Responses to supplemental questions.
 
 
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
 
 
Necessary Special Requirements
 

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
 
Work Schedule:   The work days and hours may vary with team coverage of weekday day and evening shifts as well as weekend and holiday day shifts. Overnight on-call shifts are assigned equally across the team. 
 
 
Work Location: The primary work locations are at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. This position may also be required to work at any of the Community Health Services Division Public Health Centers, the Mobile Van, and NAVOS based on operational needs.  

Telecommuting
Jail Nurse Practitioners must be able to access work-related files and records remotely, but the job duties of this position cannot be successfully accomplished without in-person attendance. Telecommuting is therefore not supported as an alternative to in-person attendance.
 
Union Affiliation: This position is represented by Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).
 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Have you worked as a nurse in a correctional or other locked facility?
  • Yes
  • No
02
Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
03
Have you ever been subject to review, challenges, and/or disciplinary action, formal or informal, by an ethics committee, licensing board, medical disciplinary board or related professional association?
  • Yes
  • No
04
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
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How recently have you provided primary medical care in a clinical setting?
08
Do you have an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license?
  • Yes
  • No
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Seattle & King County Public Health has a strong commitment to equity and social justice. All staff are given training in Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) as well as Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Please describe why working for an agency that values ESJ and TIC is important to you.
10
Do you possess a Washington State ARNP license with prescriptive authority? Please provide your credential number and date of expiration.
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Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women, including referrals for abortions?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you possess BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers? If so, please attach documentation of your current BLS/CPR certification. If you do not, please describe how you would obtain certification by time of job offer. Failure to obtain this BLS/CPR certification will result in job offer being delayed or rescinded.
13
Some of our clients have often experienced racism, trauma and poverty. What makes you uniquely qualified to provide services to others who have experienced these inequities?
14
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
15
Share your knowledge and experience in primary care and/or family planning programs.
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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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