Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation’s leading innovative correctional health care companies, provides clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality. For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.
At Wexford Health our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone. We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.
Wexford Health has an exceptional opportunity for a Registered Nurse to join our team of healthcare professionals at Pinal County Detention Center in Florence, AZ.
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. Interrelates and works effectively with patients, medical and other nursing staff, security staff at all levels, and administrative and support staff.
Supervision Received: Direct supervision from Health Services Administrator
Supervision Exercised: Supervision of LPN
Relationships: Interacts with all health care unit personnel, site administration staff, security staff, clinical providers, regional team members and corporate staff as required.
- Assess plans and deliver nursing care to inmates; and implement clinical and technical aspects of care in accordance with established policies and procedures
- Check and change dressings as required or as ordered.
- Administer medications including IV therapy and IM injections and all other approved routes of administration per the order of the physicians/mid-level providers.
- Plan individual treatment programs as required and implement treatment plans as ordered by the physician.
- Intervene with proper techniques, procedures and safety precautions utilizing aseptic technique and infection control to meet individual needs of patients.
- Implement medical plan through administering medications in accordance with physician’s orders.
- Intervene by obtaining body fluid specimens and performing EKG’s using proper techniques and procedures.
- Utilizes available treatment protocols as written by the Medical Director.
- Assist in minor medical or surgical procedures.
- Enter housing units to pass medications or other medical items and to conduct medical screening when necessary.
- Assist in screening of emergencies for necessity and priority for referral to physician or mid-level providers and conduct daily sick call screening.
- Coordinate multiple medical services for diagnostic and treatment as directed by the Medical Director, Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner.
- Provide a written assessment of patient on admission, during confinement and on discharge as requested.
- Summarize assessment data and make a triage decision which is documented and communicated to other patient care providers.
- Apply knowledge of illnesses, injuries and diseases using available resources in obtaining a health history and in the assessment process.
- Communicate information to other nursing staff, Health Care Unit physicians, physician assistants, Health Care Unit supervisory personnel and department correctional officers and departments.
- Consult with other nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and correctional officers, as necessary.
- Communicate information to ancillary departments using established referral process.
- Provide leadership to LPNs and other nursing paraprofessional staff in patient care. As requested, assist in the presentation of in-service education.
- Maintain the Problem Oriented Medical Record; and document nursing encounters utilizing the Problem Oriented Medical Record format of charting as required by the facility.
- Promote quality assurance standards by participating in the quality of chart audits.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with patients, visitors, and medical and correctional personnel. Promote good working relationships among staff and between other disciplines and departments
- Notify supervisor and complete written reports for any medical or security incidents.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Present/participate in in-service education sessions.
- Maintain working knowledge of pharmacology including drug reaction/overdose.
- Maintain working knowledge of therapeutic diets and nutrition and implement as per orders.
- Maintain working knowledge of social and behavioral sciences, particularly as applied to the correctional setting.
- Recommend improved procedures, equipment and supplies to the supervisor.
- Plan and implement programs to meet identified needs through in-service attendance and other formal and informal means.
- Apply knowledge and utilize available resources in planning care and patient teaching.
- Supervise and strive for excellence in patient care by challenging and, as necessary, correcting errors of peers to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient.
- Performs within the normal limits of the State Nurse Practice Act, Code of Ethics for Nurses and Wexford Health and facility policies, procedures and standards.
- Comply with correctional facility’s policies and procedures.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.
The physical demands that are described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential duties are routinely performed in a general office and clinical environment. Duties may require work in at a station/desk and entail paperwork, use of computers, fax machines, copiers, and other business machines and medical equipment. Essential duties may require the following physical demands: the strength to lift and carry material weighing up to 30 pounds; vision to read printed materials and computer screen; walking; reaching; carrying; stooping; bending; squatting; prolonged sitting; handling (hand movement); hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; intellectual skills including short and long term memory, abstract reasoning, and decision making.
Must be able to ambulate throughout the facility for extended periods of time; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus; must be able to clearly communicate orally and via written and typed correspondence and notes using various forms, records, charts, and electronic media.
This position may require rotating assignments, operating on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week schedule where employee is subject to both voluntary and mandatory overtime.
Current Arizona Registered Nursing (RN) License
Current CPR Certification
Graduate of an accredited nursing school; BSN Preferred
One (1) year clinical experience, preferred
correctional experience, a plus
Other preferred knowledge, skills and abilities
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