Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Jail Psych

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on March 26, 2020

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Jail Psych Nurse Practitioners provide psychiatric care as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner as part of a health care team for Jail Health Services at King County Correctional Facility Downtown as well as Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Please Note: Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Current Positions for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Psych:

  • 2 - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP); Fully Benefited, Career Service positions that range from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 at King County Correctional Facilities, Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

This posting will be used to fill all vacancies.

Work Location: The primary work locations are at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

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.

Contact: For questions about upcoming positions, please contact Amy Curtis, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist at (206)263-8358 or

 Examples of Duties:
  • Obtain health history through client/family interview and develop and record a psychiatric assessment which includes psychiatric diagnosis and risk identification through assessment and interpretation of data for patients (male & female) at the Jail Health sites.
  • Participate in the education of Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Nurse Practitioners (NP). Delegate follow-up patient care to RN's/ LPN's. Consult with medical / psychiatric staff, ARNP, and physicians as needed.
  • Recognize common medical conditions and complaints to identify and separate from psychiatric diagnoses.
  • Respond to medical or psychiatric emergencies as part of the Jail healthcare team.
  • Participate in after hours on call coverage.
  • Participate in Continuing Education, guidelines development, staff development, committee meetings.
  • Develop and implement individualized mental health treatment plans, ensure coordination of services, oversight of referrals.
  • Prescribe psychiatric medication in consultation with other providers as needed.
  • Provide evaluation of treatment including, follow up care and refer as needed.
  • Communicate care through electronic charting and verbal interactions with your client and health care team (interdisciplinary health team, students and interagency services) providing them with leadership and direction; consult, educate, orient and train as needed. Act as consultant to health care team, other staff and the community.
  • Ensure quality of professional practice by practicing within professional, legal and ethical standards. Participate in; Quality Improvement (QI)/Quality Assurance (QA) activities as requested. Provide psychiatric services as an independent psychiatric health care provider based on Public Health-Seattle & King County clinical practice guidelines, CDC guidelines, mental health standards as well as the current community standards.


  • 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.
  • Must have a National Provider Identification (NPI) number prior to credentialing.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration must be obtained prior to credentialing.
  • Knowledge of advanced practice of nursing, advanced knowledge of human systems, including wellness/illness, growth and development, basic nutrition, behavioral, psycho-social and family systems; anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology; pharmacology and therapeutics and alternative treatment modalities, diagnostic testing and interpretation of results, diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making.
  • Knowledge of health promotion, risk assessment and education techniques and principles.
  • Thorough knowledge of health care system structure and function; community, professional and educational resources.
  • Demonstrated ability in: mental health assessment, communication (oral, written and use of information management systems and health care technology), medical records documentation, writing orders, time management, problem solving, crisis intervention, interviewing, analytical and critical thinking, leadership and case management.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult, investigate, facilitate and present effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability in initiating appropriate emergency response.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with diverse cultural and socio-economic populations providing therapeutic client interventions and group dynamics

Desired Qualifications:
  • Two years of experience providing adult psychiatric services (relevant nursing experience will be considered).
  • Experience providing care to diverse socio-economic populations.
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug addiction and withdrawals.
  • The most competitive candidate will have experience providing psychiatric services in a correctional setting.

Supplemental Information:
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire.  CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools; therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.

Public Health - 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;
  • Civil or administrative adjudication that the candidate has engaged in the activity described above.
Additionally, 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.
The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.
The person hired into this position is required to adhere to the policies of the Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention in addition to those of the Public Health Department.

Necessary Special Requirements:
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam (should be able to lift 25 pounds, move quickly up and down stairs, crouching/bending to perform CPR).
  • The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
  • You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application.
  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

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.

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
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you worked as a nurse in a correctional or other locked facility?
  • Yes
  • No

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