Correctional Staff Nurse Juvenile - Per Diem - Juvenile Hall
Company: Kern County Hospital Authority
Posted on: May 25, 2023
Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding
in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds,
offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los
Angeles. Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and
multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care,
inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health
programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing
personalized patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for
15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.
- Per Diem employees supplement department staffing needs, with
no guarantee of minimum hours.
- Per Diem minimum scheduling expectation is one (1) shift per
four week schedule.Position: Hospital Staff Nurse - Per Diem -
Juvenile Hall Correctional ServicesJob DescriptionUnder close
supervision, learns the nursing process through assessment,
planning, implementation and evaluation of safe, therapeutic care.
Correctional Medicine Candidates: Background investigation is
required of candidates who wish to be considered for Correctional
Medicine assignments. Felony convictions are disqualifying, and
some misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying.DISTINGUISHING
CHARACTERISTICS:The Correctional Staff Nurse classification
includes Correctional Staff Nurses who are employed by Kern Medical
Center and assigned to Juvenile correctional medicine facilities.
Correctional Staff Nurses provide basic and emergency health care
services to persons housed within Kern County correctional
facilities. The Correctional Staff Nurse classification can be
distinguished from the Hospital Staff Nurse series by assignment in
a locked detention facility with (1) clients of various cultural,
physical, behavioral and psychological profiles; (2) extended
exposure to odors, fumes, noises, behaviors and medical conditions
associated with detention facilities; and (3) the constant threat
or risk of verbal abuse and injury.This classification ranges from
entry level in the Correctional Staff Nurse (CSN) to the journey
level experienced in correctional nursing, performing patient care
with limited supervision. Essential Functions:
- Collects, interprets and documents data to determine whether
incarcerated persons have physiological and/or psychosocial risk
- Records and reports assessment data and makes appropriate
- Communicates and collaborates with physician and allied health
professionals in setting priorities for care of patients.
- Implements therapeutic care for patients responding to needs
due to multisystem disease or complications of treatment.
- Performs intake, ongoing assessments and screenings.
- Treats patients according to appropriate standardized
procedures and scope of service.
- Implements orders written by Physicians or allied health
- Manages and treats contagious and sexually transmitted diseases
as recommended by the Kern County Health Department and as ordered
by the physicians or allied health professionals.
- Performs quality assurance monitoring and analyzes results and
participates in process improvement for identified problems.
- Accepts assignments and floats to other facilities according to
the needs of the Correctional Medicine Department as instructed by
the clinical director, clinical supervisor or designee.
- Anticipates patient care problems and responds to changes on
the unit by prioritizing for emergencies, changes in patient status
and unusual occurrences.
- Performs and documents the nursing process consistent with
scientific principle and hospital policy as required by patient
- Enters pertinent information in the Criminal Justice
Information System (CJIS) as applicable.
- Schedules appointments for incarcerated person to see
physicians, allied health professionals or others as
- Administers and assists with monitoring the Self Administration
Medication program (SAM) or other programs as available or
- Practices personal safety awareness, as well as advocates for
incarcerated persons safety as appropriate for a correctional
- Responds to changes in the facility, such as, but not limited
to: lock downs, inmate and ward altercations, riots, medical
priorities, quarantines and exposure to chemical restraints.
- Assists in the orientation and training of new staff, completes
all competencies, mandatory classes and educational coursework as
required by the correctional facility and Kern Medical Center.
- Maintains confidentiality as prescribed in regulation (Title
15, HIPAA, and the Penal Code).Other Functions:Performs other
job-related duties as required.Employment Standards:
- Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse
by the State of California;
- One (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse, OR;
- One (1) year of vocational nursing experience providing direct
patient care in correctional health care setting;
- Possess a current American Heart Association Healthcare
Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card at time of hire. As a
continued condition of employment, employee must maintain RQI
Provider certification and competency. Depending Upon Assignment:
- A valid California Class C Drivers License is required at the
time of appointment. Incumbents may be required to possess and
maintain specific certificates of nursing competency as a condition
of employment.Knowledge of:
- Theory, techniques and practices of nursing;
- Medical terminology, instruments and equipment;
- The uses and effects of medicines and narcotics.Ability to:
- Follow oral and written instructions;
- Maintain concise and complete records;
- Demonstrate the practical and theoretical knowledge of nursing
care specific to the assigned work area/specialty;
- Meet the content and performance criteria specific to each
defined specialty, leader/professional development, and unit
- Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
- Prepare and maintain concise and comprehensive required written
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
staff, other employees, internal and external customers and
- A thorough physical evaluation is required. Applicants must be
free from conditions which prevent them from performing the work
required of a Correctional Staff Nurse I/II.Character:
- Applicants will be required to pass an extensive background
check and be fingerprinted as they must possess and maintain
clearance to be employed in Kern County correction facilities.
Felony convictions will be disqualifying and convictions for
misdemeanors and traffic offenses will be assess on a case-by-case
basis.Supplemental:A background check may be required for this
classification.All Kern Medical employees are designated Disaster
Service Workers. In the event of a disaster or civil disorder, all
Kern Medical employees are to remain at work or to report to work
in a safe and practicable manner. If position responsibilities
require driving a personal vehicle, then possession of a current
valid California Drivers License and adherence to the Kern County
Hospital Authority Vehicle Use and Driving Standard Policy
(ENG-EC-119) is required.If position responsibilities require
driving a vehicle owned, leased or rented by Kern Medical, then
possession of a current valid California Drivers license, a signed
authorization for Release of Drivers Record Information and
adherence to the Kern County Hospital Authority Vehicle Use and
Driving Standard Policy (ENG-EC-119) is required.Licenses &
- PL Registered NursePreferred
Keywords: Kern County Hospital Authority, Bakersfield , Correctional Staff Nurse Juvenile - Per Diem - Juvenile Hall, Healthcare , Taft, California
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