Registered Nurse - Juvenile- Career Service and/or Short Term Temporary

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on October 13, 2021
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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.

ABOUT THE POSITION: Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is accepting applications for a Career Service Part-Time and Short-Term Temporary Registered Nurses who have an interest working with our Community's youth in a detention setting. This position will be used to fill all needs.

Individuals that fill short-term temporary positions are employees that are not eligible for benefits and do not gain status in the regular career service. Short-term temporary employees are only approved to work a total of 910 hours in a calendar year.

SUMMARY OF PRACTICE: Working in a detention setting is a highly specialized field within nursing that involves caring for the medical needs of juveniles.  Nurses operate their practice within the detention centers and perform many of the same tasks as nursing professionals who work in traditional medical settings.  They strive to provide compassionate and competent health care to the vulnerable populations of the county through assessing, diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions.  Detention nurses have more autonomy than other nursing specialties since the work environment consists of a compact staff and accessibility to fewer resources.

Job Duties

  • Provide nursing assessments and interventions including; medical, dental and psychiatric screening and triage with patients; obtain health history, chief complaint; conduct drug and alcohol withdrawal assessments; patient care planning; evaluation and medical care coordination; carry out prescribed treatments; collect specimens as needed; administer medications and vaccinations; monitor and document 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 assist 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.
  • 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.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • An active and unencumbered Washington State Registered Nurse license in good standing.
  • Associate's degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Documentation of current BLS-CPR for Health Care Providers. CPR/AED  Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Willing to provide options counseling
  • Washington state driver's license or ability to travel to sites within the county.
  • Experience working in a correctional or locked facility.
  • Experience in ER, Psych, Med-Surg, Ambulatory Care or Substance Abuse.
  • Experience working with adolescents.
  • One (1) year or more of nursing experience in a relevant area.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural
  • Demonstrated experience conducting physical and mental health assessments.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate appropriate crisis intervention and emergency response.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain professional working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage clients in a care plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes.
  • Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite and web-based enabled tools.
  • An offer of short-term temporary employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam (should be able to lift 25 pounds, move quickly up and down stairs, and crouch/bend to perform CPR).
  • 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

Supplemental Information

WHO MAY APPLY: This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. This recruitment may be used to fill current and/or future needs.

HOW TO APPLY: Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required.  Resumes or letter of interest alone will not substitute for a full application.  Online applications are preferred.  For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGOV Customer Support toll free at:  1-877-204-4442 ( customer support).
  The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • King County application
  • Cover letter detailing how your background prepares you to perform the duties of this position
  • Responses to supplemental questions
WORK LOCATION: King County Juvenile Detention Center, 1211 E. Alder, Seattle, WA, 98122. The individual selected for this short-term temporary position will work within the secure perimeter of the juvenile detention facility.

WORK SCHEDULE: The Short Term Temporary hours vary based on operational need.
Part-Time Career Service: Friday/Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m. and every other Monday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to: Amy Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Manager at

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The individual selected for this position will be required to complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, criminal history check, medical physical, and reference checks. A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to travel around the county is required by time of hire.

The selection standards regarding drug and criminal history for Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention are available on our website.

The individuals hired into these positions 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).

PREA Notification:
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) 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; or,    
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have 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.

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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.

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.    

(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.   

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 undergone background investigation process for employment with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention within the last two years
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please specify the approximate date(s) and position(s) for which you previously went through the department's background process. Place "N/A" in the box below if not applicable.
The following is a series of supplemental questions designed to assess your job related experience and qualifications. Please note that as part of the screening process, your responses will be reviewed in conjunction with your general application materials. The employment history detailed in your application materials MUST validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review/selection process. The general employment application must be completed to include your work history. You are welcome to submit a resume as well; however, failure to provide a detailed work history on the general application may prohibit further consideration. Do you understand that your responses to the supplemental questions for this position MUST be supported by your general application materials?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you worked as a nurse in a correctional or other locked facility?
  • Yes
  • No
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
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly administer Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
Can you provide documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire? NOTE: CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Yes
  • No
Please share your thoughts about the impact that trauma has on the mental health of youth and ideas you have for building resilience in youth who have experienced trauma.
Please describe your professional work experience with adolescents, particularly those affected by trauma.
Please select your position preference
  • Part-Time Career Service
  • Short Term Temporary
  • Both
Are you applying to this position as a 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.
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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