Registered Nurse Jail Health Services
Public Health is accepting applications for Registered Nurse (RN) correctional health specialty. If you are a compassionate nurse who has a passion to serve those who are marginalized then this practice is for you!
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.
Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.
Examples of Duties:
- Provide nursing assessments and interventions including; medical, dental and psychiatric screening and triage with patients; obtains health history, chief complaint; conducts drug and alcohol withdrawal assessments; patient care planning; evaluation and medical care coordination; carries out prescribed treatments; collects specimens as needed; administers medications and vaccinations; monitors and documents treatment progress and patient response.
- Provide mental health services, as a member of an interdisciplinary team, to patients with emotional, behavioral, cognitive and social impairments.
- Refer to or consult with other health providers in person and on the phone.
- Follow established Public Health medical records policies and procedures and the State and Federal laws that govern the release of health care information.
- Establish relationships with individuals to promote interactive problem solving and provide patient education.
- Delegate as allowed under the Nurse Practice Act.
- Participate and assists in the training and orientation of new health care employees and students.
- Provide for clinic maintenance of supplies and equipment; maintains a safe environment according to standards of (OSHA/WISHA).
- Provide patient care based upon practice guidelines, community standards of care, and Federal and State laws and regulations.
- Respond to emergencies throughout the facility; injury and illness; performs CPR when needed.
- Participate in RN on-call system.
- Maintain professional competence by pursuing opportunities for continuous learning, attending continuing education offerings, reading professional literature, and engaging in other activities which develop new knowledge and skills.
- Requires current Washington State Registered Nurse license in good standing.
- Associate preparation in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
- Pass a security clearance and/or background check to secure access to the correctional facilities.
- BLS-CPR for healthcare providers
- Valid Washington State Driver's License or ability to travel to various sites within Seattle-King County.
- Willing to work nights based on operational needs
- Letter of interest describing why you are interested in this body of work.
Schedules: At this time, all Career Service (permanent) positions must be willing to work night shift (2215-0615). Both King County Correctional Facility and Maleng Regional Justice Center are 24/7 operations and reserves the right to make changes to any schedule based on urgent operational needs.This posting may be used to fill all positions and is open to new graduates.For questions about current and upcoming positions, please contact Amy Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Experience in a correctional or locked facility.
- Experience with substance use disorder care
- Experience in de-escalation techniques
- Experience in motivational interviewing
- Demonstrated skill providing physical and mental health assessments.
- Ability to initiate appropriate crisis intervention and emergency response.
- Ability to maintain working relationships and ability to work with diverse populations and cultures; ability to engage clients in a care plan.
- Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes.
- Bachelor's in Nursing
- Bilingual and/or bicultural
- Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire. CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
- The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
- An offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam (should be able to lift 50 pounds, move quickly up and down stairs, crouching/bending to perform CPR). 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.
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;
- Convicted of 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
- Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.
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.
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 www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring
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.
UNION AFFILIATION: Positions in this classification are represented by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).
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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.
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.
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
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.
01Have you worked as a nurse in a correctional or other locked facility?
02Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?03Have 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?
04Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
05Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
06Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
07Are you willing to work night shift at King County Correctional Facility?
08Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
09Do 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.10Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?11Do you have experience providing crisis intervention/de-escalation with vulnerable and special needs populations? If yes, please describe your experience:12Are 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?
13If 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 layoff14Why do people experience incarceration?
- 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.