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Staff Nurse III - Inpatient Correctional Health

Recruitment #1221-RH1103-A1

Introduction

This recruitment is being conducted to fill current vacancies in Correctional Health Services and may also be used to fill future vacancies. 

Correctional Health Services provides health care to adult inmates at the San Joaquin County jail facility, located at 7000 Michael N. Canlis Blvd, French Camp, CA 95231. The care is mandated by Title 15, Division 1, Sub-Chapter IV of the California Regulatory Code. To work in the County jail facility, applicants must pass a rigorous security clearance which is a condition of employment.

More information about the San Joaquin County jail facility and the mandatory security clearance is contained in the supplemental application which must be completed and submitted with the standard County employment application.

*Supplemental Pay: Registered Nurses employed at Correctional Health Services shall receive a 5% Nurse Specialty Pay per C.N.A. MOU.

Shift: Correctional Health Services shifts are 8 hours per shift.

Rotating Weekends: Candidates must be available to work every other weekend and be available on an as needed basis.

Correctional health care (CHC) nurses are in charge of the medical care of inmates. The nurse is responsible for completing health assessments, conducting triage, accepting or refusing patients in booking, making appropriate medical, dental, and mental health referrals. CHC nurses work in multiple areas including a busy medical unit with the potential of 35 patients to one RN. Assessment and documentation skills are essential in a jail setting due to the legal responsibility and potential for lawsuit. The nurse is responsible for overseeing the work of LVN’s, psychiatric technicians, medical and dental assistants. The nurse must also have excellent skills in venipuncture, IV infusion including PICC line care, drug calculations, and medication administration. When needed, the RN provides emergency medical care. Duties are including but not limited to performing CPR, applying AED, infusing intravenous medications, wound care, and initiating standardized procedures. In addition, the RN must be able to identify drug and alcohol abuse and treat accordingly.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline. 

Amended 12/28/21 to reflect salary with 5% Correctional Health Facility pay supplement included.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.

TYPICAL DUTIES

  • Initiates the nursing process and performs journey-level nursing care, including therapeutic measures prescribed by medical authority within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act and department policy. 
  • Evaluates the total nursing needs of the patient including physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural and socio-economic; participates in planning, coordinating and administering total patient care; evaluates symptoms, reactions, and progress; participates in preparation and implementation of written nursing care plans for individual patients; may participate in or lead therapy groups. 
  • Participates in the orientation, teaching, leading and evaluating of assigned para-professional and/or technical personnel; participates in teaching patients the principles of health and self care.
  • May facilitate insurance billing and other reimbursement-related procedures by processing appropriate paperwork and making necessary internal and external contacts. 
  • May consult with therapeutic multi-disciplinary team in reviewing patient progress and success of treatment plans. 
  • May provide crisis intervention, crisis stabilization and follow-up therapy; may make crisis referrals as required. 
  • Keeps records of patient’s health care treatment and/or hospital stay; prepares reports and standard forms. 
  • Works with patients and families through teaching, counseling, and other methodology in order to help them understand, cope with, and accept illness, treatment, and therapy; assists in self care strategies. 
  • May function as a charge nurse; may assume full responsibility for the supervision of a shift in the absence of a Staff Nurse IV, Staff Nurse V or Nursing Department Manager; may supervise and assist nursing personnel in the performance of patient care. 
  • Maintains and updates knowledge base and nursing skills by reading literature, attending workshops, lectures, conferences, and classes as may be required by the Administration of the Department of Health Care Services. 
  • Participates on committees as assigned; as assigned, may represent the Department of Health Care Services to outside agencies.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    The following minimum qualifications were approved by the HR Director 10/14/21:

    Experience:  Six months as a registered nurse in an acute care or mental health facility.

    Substitution:  One year of experience as a registered nurse in a correctional health or juvenile detention facility.

    Licenses and Certificates:  Current registration as a nurse issued by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

    Special Requirement:  Possession of a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate.

    KNOWLEDGE

    Theory, practices and techniques of nursing; safety principles and practices, applicable Federal and State laws as related to patient care.

    ABILITY

    Lead and assist members of the health care team; maintain a high standard of care; deal with patients empathetically and respectfully while performing treatments prescribed; instruct patients in self care and preventative health strategies; follow oral and written instructions of technical and professional nature accurately; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; maintain a safe facility environment; maintain cohesiveness and communication as a team during high stress; establish and maintain effective customer service; maintain accurate records and prepare routine reports; participate effectively in performance improvement processes; provide and promote a positive learning environment.

    PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

    Mobility-Constant walking; frequent operation of a keyboard; standing for long periods of time, pushing/pulling, bending and squatting; occasional sitting for long periods of time, running, climbing stairs and climbing; Frequency of Lifting-Frequent restraining lifting/turning of heavy objects or people; Visual Requirements-Constant need for overall vision, color and depth perception, hand/eye coordination, and field of vision/peripheral vision; frequent reading and close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech; frequent hearing and talking on telephone or radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds and talking over public address; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant concentration and public contact; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; frequent exposure to emergency situations, including trauma, grief and death, decision making, working weekends and nights; occasional work at heights, working alone and overtime; Environmental Conditions-Frequentexposure to assaultive behavior by clients; occasional exposure to noise, cold/heat, and hazardous materials, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes and poor ventilation.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to www.sjgov.org/department/hr/eeo.

    Accommodations for those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

    San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

    BENEFITS

    Health Insurance: The County provides part time employees eligible for benefits with a choice of one of three health insurance plans at no cost to the employee. Dependent coverage is available for all plans, with employee paying a portion of the premium.  The three plans are: (1) a Kaiser Plan; (2) a Select Plan; and (3) a Premier Plan

    Dental Insurance: The County provides employees an option for dental insurance coverage for eligible employees and dependants in either the Delta Dental or the United Health Care-Select Managed Care Direct Compensation plan at no cost to the employee. Dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense

    Vision Insurance: Under the Vision Service Plan (VSP), coverage for the employee is available at no cost to the employee. Dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense

    Pay differential for benefits: Part time employees eligible for benefits receive a two (2) percent differential

    Life Insurance: The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows:

    1 but less than 3 years of continuous service:       $1,000

    3 but less than 5 years of continuous service:       $3,000

    5 but less than 10 years of continuous service:     $5,000

    10 years of continuous service or more:                $10,000

    Employee may purchase additional term life insurance up to a maximum of $100,000 at the County's rate.

    125 Flexible Benefits Plan: This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit with a $500 carry over); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit)

    Deferred Compensation: The County maintains deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less. Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000

    Vacation: Vacation is pro-rated based on hours worked.  Employees earn .0577 hours based on each hour worked.  Vacation accrual increases based on length of service

    Holiday: 14 holidays per year which includes 4 floating holidays if the employee is normally scheduled to work the day of the holiday

    ·         Regular holiday: when an employee works on a regular holiday (non-floating), employee receives regular pay plus holiday pay or time off at time and one half

    ·         Floating holiday: employees who work on a floating holiday earn time off to be taken at a later date

    Educational Leave:  Each fiscal year, department heads grant 24 hours to part time employees eligible for benefits of educational leave that are not carried beyond the end of the fiscal year

    Sick Leave: Part time employees eligible for benefits accrue .0462 hours of sick leave for each straight-time hour on payroll with unlimited accumulation.  Sick leave incentive: An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one half of cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue.  The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year

    Bereavement Leave: 3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child

    Merit Salary Increase: New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range.  After employees serve 1840 hours on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step

    License/Certificate Fees:  The County provides reimbursement for specific classifications under the Registered Nurses Memorandum of Understanding for fees required to renew State required license/certification.  Fees associated with initial license/certification will not be covered

    Job Sharing:  Employees may agree to job-share a position, subject to approval by a Department Head and the Director of Human Resources

    Educational Reimbursement Program:  The County offers an Educational Reimbursement Program which reimburses the part time employees eligible for benefits up to $450 per fiscal year and up to $900 per fiscal year for enrollment in an approved degree program

    Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton:  The County contributes up to $17.00 per pay period for employees assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area

    School Activities:  Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities

    Social Security: Part time employees are covered by Social Security with the employee and the County sharing the cost

     

    Selection Procedures

    Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will go through the following examination process:

    • Written Exam: The civil service written exam is a multiple choice format.  If the written exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
       
    • Oral Exam:   The oral exam is a structured interview process that will assess the candidate’s education, training, and experience and may include a practical exercise.   The oral exam selection process is not a hiring interview.   A panel of up to four people will determine the candidate’s score and rank for placement on the eligible list.  Top candidates from the eligible list are referred for hiring interviews.  If the oral exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list. 
       
    • Written & Oral Exam:  If both a written exam and an oral exam is administered, the written exam is weighted at 60% and the oral exam is weighted at 40% unless otherwise indicated on the announcement.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% on each examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.
       
    • Rate-out:  A rate-out is an examination that involves a paper rating of the candidate’s application using the following criteria: education, training, and experience. Candidates will not be scheduled for the rate-out process. 

     Note:  The rating of 70 referred to may be the same or other than an arithmetic 70% of the total possible points.

    Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date.   

    Veteran’s Points:  Eligible veterans, unmarried widows and widowers of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged and who have served during wartime shall be given veteran’s points in initial appointment to County service.  Eligible veterans receive 5 points and eligible disabled veterans receive 10 points. Disabled veterans must submit a recent award letter stating a 10% service connected disability issued by the United States Veterans Administration.  Note:  A copy of your DD214 showing the discharge type must be received in the Human Resources by the date of the examination.

    Acceptable wartime service dates:

    • September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946

    • June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

    • August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

    • Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.

    Eligible Lists:   Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification.  Eligible lists are effective for nine months, but may be extended by the Human Resources Director for a period which shall not exceed a total of three years from the date established.

    Certification/Referral: Names from the eligible list will be referred to the hiring department by the following methods.

    • Rule of the Rank: The top rank or ranks of eligibles will be referred for hiring interviews.  The minimum number of names to be referred will be equal to the number of positions plus nine, or 10% of the eligible list, whichever is higher.  When filling nine or more positions in a department at the same time, the top rank or ranks will be referred and the minimum number of names shall be two times the number of positions to be filled or 10% of the eligible list, whichever is higher. This applies only to open competitive recruitments.
    • Rule of Five:  The top five names will be referred for hiring interviews.  This applies only to department or countywide promotional examination.
    • Rule of the List: For classifications designated by the Director of Human Resources, the entire eligible list will be referred to the department.

    Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination. The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

    Pre-Employment Drug Screening Exam:  Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.

    Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grand parent, grand child or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when;

    • They are related to the Appointing Authority or

    • The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other.

    Department Head may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.

    Proof of Eligibility:  If you are offered a job you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S.

     

    HOW TO APPLY

    Apply Online:       

    www.sjgov.org/department/hr

    By mail or in person:  

    San Joaquin County Human Resources

    44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

    Stockton, CA 95202                                  

     

    Office hours:               
    Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

    Phone:  (209) 468-3370 

     

    Job Line:

    For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

    When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

    San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to
    www.sjgov.org/department/hr/eeo.



    Click on a link below to apply for this position:

    Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.
    View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
    View and print the official application form as an Acrobat pdf file. scannable paper application A San Joaquin County application form is required for this recruitment. You may print this Acrobat PDF document and then fill it in.
    Contact us via conventional means. You may contact us by phone at (209) 468-3370, or by email, or apply for a job in person at the San Joaquin County Human Resources Division.

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