Licensed Practical Nurse - Jail Health Services

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on July 13, 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.

Public Health is accepting applications for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) correctional health position. All LPN vacancies will be filled from the list resulting from this recruitment. Applicants are referred to positions for 6 months and then must reapply.

Benefits: King County offers a highly-competitive comprehensive benefit package. Please see the Benefits tab for details.

Summary of Practice: These positions are 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.

Current Vacancies for Jail LPN: This is a fully benefited, 0.8 FTE opportunity and is overtime eligible. Must be willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays. This posting will be used to fill any and all opportunities.

Schedules: Will work in a 24/7 facility; LPN's work 8 hour shifts; $2.50 shift differential, $4.00 an hour additional weekend pay. Shift assignment and the schedule of days off is determined by vacant schedules and seniority requests. Most schedules have every other weekend off. Non preferential shift assignments or pattern changes may be made in emergency situations or to meet operational needs.

Work Location: King County Correctional Facility located at 500 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.

Contact: For information about these positions, please contact Amy Curtis, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist at

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.

  • 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.

  • Requires current Washington State Licensed Practical Nurse license in good standing.
  • Requires the completion of training from a Practical/Vocational Nursing Program with National League of Nursing accreditation or the equivalent.
  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The person hired into this position will be required to adhere to the policies of the Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention (in addition to those of the Public Health Department) in meeting and maintaining the standards required for continued access to the facility as well as other standards related to conduct.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
  • Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a year.

  • The selected candidate must pass a security clearance and/or background check to secure access to the correctional facilities.
  • The selected candidate must pass a physical examination including lifting 25 pounds (details available upon request).
  • 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 their mandatory trainings on time.

This position is represented by Washington State Nurse 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 worked as a nurse in a correctional or other locked facility?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
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 and possibly administer Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
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.
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.

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