RN, FT, Sussex County

Connections Community Support Programs - Georgetown, DE (30+ days ago)3.5

Correctional Health Care
Employee Work Profile and Job Description

Job Title: Staff Nurse, FT, Overnight 7:30 pm - 8:00 am, every other weekend
Reports to: Charge Nurse (Clinical) Health Services Administrator (Administrative)
Direct Reports: None
Location: Sussex Correctional Institute
Description of Position
A Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for assisting in the delivery of patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Under the supervision of the Charge Nurse, directs and guides patient education and activities that are commensurate with his or her education and demonstrated competencies. Registered Nurses provide quality healthcare from an evidence-based and ethical perspective.

  • Under supervision of a Charge Nurse, assists in the assessment of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of patients in the infirmary and, as necessary, in the housing units
  • Assists in planning an individual treatment program by using available resources in planning care, and consults with Charge Nurses, DON, and other staff as appropriate while applying knowledge and resources in planning care and patient education
  • Implements individualized treatment programs as directed by healthcare Providers
  • Counts controlled substances, syringes, needles, and sharps at the beginning of each shift with another staff member and signs count logs
  • Implements clinical and technical aspects of care in accordance with established policies, procedures, and protocols. Intervenes with proper safety techniques, procedures, and standard precautions
  • Responds to codes or patient crises as set forth by the site’s policy and procedure
  • Implements medical plan through administering medications in accordance with Provider’s orders and protocols:
o Administers medications according to proper techniques and procedures, including IV therapy (when certified) and all other approved routes of administration
o Uses pharmacy knowledge and available resources to include drug reaction and overdose in administration of medications
  • Implements medical plans through obtaining diagnostic tests in accordance with Provider’s orders and protocols:
o Obtains body fluid specimens and performs EKGs using proper techniques and procedures
o Communicates information to ancillary departments using established referral process
  • Assists the Providers in medical or minor surgical procedures as necessary and/or requested to meet individual needs of patients
  • Implements nutrition and therapeutic diet plan through proper techniques and procedures as ordered by the Providers
  • Documents nursing encounters using the SOAP form of charting as required by policy and procedure
  • Communicates information to nursing staff, physician, infirmary supervisory personnel and other staff as necessary
  • Respects the dignity and confidentiality of patients
  • Attends mandatory staff meetings and trainings
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Clinical Knowledge: Possesses understanding of assessment and intervention skills, specifically evidence-based practices. Implementation of these skills is done in a professional manner.
  • Problem-Solving: The ability to identify a problem, or to identify situations that could lead to problems, in an effort to intervene quickly and effectively. This may not involve resolving the issue alone, only recognizing the problem, and demonstrating sound judgment by gathering and analyzing information
  • Critical Reasoning: Excellent observation skills and the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions, as well as extracting themes or patterns from seemingly unrelated pieces of information
  • Communication: Ability to convey complicated clinical and professional information to various audiences, in both written and oral form. Understanding the context in which information exists, and the ability to temper opinions diplomatically, all in an effort to model mature, positive, and appropriate behavior. Written communication is edited for spelling and grammar, and presents numerical and scientific data appropriately in clear, concise, and accurate manner.
  • Adaptability: Quickly adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing interests, and demonstrates the ability to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events
  • Stress Tolerance: Recognizes crisis situations and reacts to such in a calm, mature, professional manner. Accepts criticism and feedback, and is able to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Intermittent physical activity including sustained walking, climbing, standing, and sitting. Possibility of lifting, stretching and other physical exertion while supporting inmates and moving equipment
  • Working environment that is crowded and may be noisy, inclement, and unpleasant at times
  • Working environment in which exposure to infectious diseases may be greater than in a community setting
  • Potential of exposure to traumatic situations related to incidents involving serious injury or death, behavioral disturbance, self-injury, and other emotionally trying events
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Professional Credentials
  • Must have and maintain current licensure as a Registered Nurse in Delaware
  • Pre-employment Tuberculin Skin Test and CPR Certification
  • Must maintain Full Security Clearance, approved by the Delaware Department of Correction
  • Satisfactory background investigation report
Education and Experience
  • Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (Preferred)
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience (Preferred)