Licensed Practical Nurse - Jail Health Services

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on May 20, 2023
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$27.61 - $35.31 Hourly


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Hours Vary

Job Number



DPH - Public Health


Jail Health Services

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/4/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

R2 : WSNA-Staff Nurses-DPH, DAJD


Public Health is accepting applications for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) correctional health position. Applicants are referred to positions for 6 months and then must reapply.

This position is for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who wants to work in a stimulating health care environment. You will be joining an interdisciplinary team that provides health care services for clients at the King County Correctional Facility.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice
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.
The county government has 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 all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

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Job Duties
  • Obtain, verify and record health history of patients, establishing and maintaining medical records. There is daily use of computer to access patient health information.
  • Gather pertinent health data through physical assessments and biological samples.
  • Verify and administer medications as directed.
  • Transcribe medical, dental and psychiatric orders.
  • Respond to medical emergencies.
  • Collect specimens for laboratory analysis and conduct analysis for specific tests. This nurse also will be screening labs and diagnostic labs results.
  • Carry out and monitor appropriate nursing care procedures.
  • Assist other health care professionals in performing minor surgical and medical procedures.
  • Respond to questions on patient care and pass information to health care professionals.
  • Operate and maintain equipment, stock supplies.
  • Provide basic health information to patient and community.
  • Coordinate patients and appointment schedules.
  • Provide clerical support for the clinics.
  • Assist other health care professionals in providing training, orientation and education to staff clients and students.
  • Participate in the development of quality assurance activities to demonstrate compliance with standards, laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Help develop and evaluate policies, procedures, service delivery models, personal health services programs, the community health planning process, and safety and security measures.
  • Assist in Dental and X-ray as needed.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and cultures; ability to engage clients in a care plan.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Knowledge of equipment, supplies and materials needed for medical treatment.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures including preparation and screening.
  • Knowledge of health care system structure and function.
  • Knowledge of infectious disease management, control and safety standards.
  • Medical record documentation skills.
  • Knowledge of electronic computer charting required.
  • Knowledge of the Washington State law relating to nursing care (WAC 18.79) and of the Patient Bill of Rights
  • Knowledge of pharmacology.
  • Knowledge of human systems (wellness, illness, growth and development, nutrition, behavioral, psycho-social and family systems).
  • Phlebotomy skills.
  • Physical assessment skills.
  • Communication skills (oral and written).
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Skilled in interviewing patients.
  • Time management skills.
  • Crisis intervention skills.
  • Skilled in initiating appropriate emergency response.
  • Skilled in maintaining and establishing working relationships and working with diverse populations and cultures.
  • Skilled in handling a number of tasks simultaneously.
  • Skilled in reading and following written medical orders.
  • Requires current Washington State Licensed Practical Nurse license in good standing.
  • Requires the completion of training from a Practical/Vocational Nursing Program from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Washington state driver's license or ability to travel to sites within Seattle-King County
  • Documentation of current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire. CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • Experience in a correctional or locked facility.
  • Two years of experience preferred to include: hospital experience - ER/Psych/med surg; clinic ambulatory care and substance abuse (relevant nursing experience will be considered).
Work Site and Shift: King County Correctional Facility, evening shift.

Contact: Amy M. Curtis, BSN, RN, Nurse Recruitment Manager

Supplemental Information:
  • 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).

Supplemental Information

Forbes 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
If you are the successful candidate for the position(s), as a condition of your employment, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in the medical clinic(s) outlined in this job posting prior to your start date. To ensure this condition is met, prior to your start date, the county will send you a conditional offer letter requesting you to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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
  • 12paid 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.