Registered Nurse

Salem, Virginia   |     Regular Full Time    |     Job ID:19989


Wexford Health

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POSITION: Registered Nurse
SCHEDULE: Full-Time Night Shift
FACILITY: Western Virginia Regional Jail

A Job Should be MORE than just a paycheck.

Wexford Health Sources, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest correctional health care providers.  Over the past 30 years, our team of dedicated clinical professionals has helped literally millions of justice-involved patients receive life-changing medical and mental health services.

The majority of our patients come from marginalized or impoverished backgrounds.  In many cases, our doctors, nurses, and behavioral health professionals represent the patient’s first experience with quality, compassionate health care.

We heal and rehabilitate thousands of incarcerated patients every day.
When you join Wexford Health, you do more than just further your career.
You also become part of a team-a family-whose mission is to care for patients that cannot care for themselves.

You change lives.
You make a difference.
If you are looking for a position that empowers you to do MORE… then look at Wexford Health.

We’re proud to offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Annual review with performance increase
  • Generous paid-time off program that combines vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Comprehensive health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement saving plans
  • Company-paid short-term disability
  • Healthcare and dependent care spending account

Under the clinical supervision of site medical providers and/or the Health Services Administrator, the Registered Nurse is responsible for delivery of patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Also directs and guides patient teaching activities and ancillary personnel, while maintaining standards of professional nursing. Utilizes electronic medical record system as applicable throughout the scope of duties and responsibilities. 


•    Assesses physical, psychological and psychosocial dimensions of patients within the healthcare unit and, as necessary, in the housing units.
•    Applies knowledge of illnesses, injuries and diseases using available resources in obtaining a health history, and in the assessment process.
•    Provides leadership to LPNs and other nursing paraprofessionals in patient care as related to medical aspects of patient care.
•    Reviews and monitors all offenders receiving medications, as assigned and maintains charts and records. 
•    Utilizes therapeutic communication skills and effective interviewing techniques to elicit pertinent historical information and make appropriate referral as required.
•    Implements professional nursing services in a thorough and competent manner in accordance with standards, rules, protocols, policies and procedures.
•    Makes referrals to the appropriate health care provider in a timely manner based on diagnostic tests, labs, and nursing diagnosis.
•    Contacts physician/provider for medication orders as necessary to ensure medication continuity of care.
•    Demonstrates knowledge of pharmacology to include drug reaction, drug interaction, side effects, cautions, and contraindications.
•    Administers medication in a safe and efficient manner consistent with prescribed orders, mouth checks, and established standards and keeps proper charts and records.
•    Participates in the training of Wexford/facility personnel on mental health required training per NCCHC and ACA standards, as applicable.
•    Complies with correctional facility policies and procedures
•    Performs within the normal limits of the State Nurse Practice Act, Code of Ethics for Nurses, policies and procedures and facility policy/procedures and standards.
•    Communicates information to other nursing staff, physician assistants, Health Services Administrator, and department correctional officers and departments.
•    Respects dignity and confidentiality of patients.
•    Makes suggestions for improving work conditions to the HSA.

The following requirements list the minimum to qualify.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
LICENSING: Current unrestricted Virginia Registered Nurse license
CERTIFICATION: Current CPR certification 
EDUCATION: Graduate from an accredited school of nursing. Associate’s Degree required; Bachelors’ Degree preferred. 
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Minimum one (1) year of clinical experience; correctional nursing experience preferred





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