In a Department of Correction facility, this class is accountable for
the supervision and administration of an assigned nursing, mental health or
related specialty unit including the direction and coordination of staff in
order to ensure that the highest quality of nursing and/or mental health care
is provided for the inmate population.
Works under the general supervision of a Supervising Nurse (Correctional Facility) or other employee of higher grade.
HEALTH SERVICES: Leads planning of care and
implementation of nursing process; coordinates nursing and/or mental health
unit workflow; determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews
work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; identifies staff development
needs; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in
conducting performance evaluations; ensures controlled drugs are properly
stored, administered and ordered; leads professional and paraprofessional
nursing staff in provision of inmate general and mental health care; instructs
staff regarding policies and procedures; maintains and promotes standards of
nursing; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside
officials regarding unit policies and procedures; may participate in
interdisciplinary meetings; may make recommendations on policies or standards;
may prepare reports and correspondence; may physically restrain inmates, quell
disturbances and otherwise assist mental health and correction staff in
emergencies; performs related duties as required.
INFECTION CONTROL: Leads
planning and implementation of infection control services for correctional
inmates and individuals re-entering the community in order to protect the
health and safety of inmates, staff and the public; assures quality performance
in implementation of infection control program by contracted health care
provider; provides education and training to inmates including infection
prevention and control; monitors and ensures quality care through observation and
evaluation; maintains records and makes reports; may develop infection
prevention curriculum and educational materials for inmate education; may
physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist mental
health and correction staff in emergencies; performs related duties as
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to
independently apply nursing principles, techniques and standards; considerable
knowledge of medication, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects;
knowledge of general and mental health conditions and treatment interventions
through utilization of assessment, nursing diagnosis, outcome, identification,
health planning, implementation and re-evaluation; knowledge of and sensitivity
to cultural and socio-economic differences; knowledge of emergency and
operating room nursing procedures and techniques; knowledge of teaching,
counseling and evaluation principles and techniques; considerable interpersonal
skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to act as a role model
to health care staff; ability to interview; ability to develop curricula;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
1. Candidates may be required to have experience working
with adolescents or in women's health or mental health care.
2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain
a current license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to be
fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of the American Sign
Language in certain designated positions.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to
possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
5. Incumbents in this class may be required to
In addition to the checking of references and of
facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each
candidate may be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment.
Incumbents in this class must possess general
good health and retain sufficient stamina, agility, visual and auditory acuity
necessary to perform all duties of the class. Incumbents are required to pass a
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift
and restrain inmates; may have some exposure to communicable and/or infectious
diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive inmates; may be
exposed to disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the
class of Head Nurse (Correctional Facility) in Salary Group XS 26 approved
effective June 8, 2018. (Revised to update agency title and modify content)
Action No. 20-033)