Employment Type: Full-Time
Facility: EL CENTRO SERVICE PROCESSING CENTER
Compensation Bonus (if applicable):
Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position diagnoses and treats acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. In addition, this position focuses on health promotion and disease prevention; order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as laboratory work and x- rays; and prescribe medication.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
* Performs routine medical examinations on inmates or detainees under established guidelines.
* Diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical illnesses.
* Provides medical treatment and services, consistent with the provision of basic health care services, in conjunction with a physician.
* Formulates comprehensive treatment plans and prognosis based on the patient's health conditions.
* Prescribes medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patients' diagnosis permitted under State and DEA licensure.
* Orders, performs, or interprets the results of diagnostic tests such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays) with physician oversight as needed.
* Analyzes and interprets a patient's history, symptoms, physical findings, and diagnostic information to develop appropriate clinical assessment and treatment plan.
* Develops treatment plans are based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and clinical practice guidelines.
* Documents all health care services provided and include comprehensive records of health care plans and prognosis in the patient's medical record.
* Counsels patients on prescribed drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other drugs or substances.
* Recommends interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.
* Educates patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.
* Provides patients with information needed to promote good health, reduce risk factors, and prevent disease or disability.
* Consults with or refers patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
* Reads current literature, talk with colleagues, and participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
* Recommends diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to clinical indication, safety and patient acceptability and compliance, to treatment plan.
* Schedules follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care.
* Maintains current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice and licensure requirements.
* Performs primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking specimen cultures, and appropriate wound care and debridement as necessary.
* Maintains departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control.
* Must be available for 24-hour coverage based on the need of the facility and as assigned, to advise nursing staff in the care of detainees/inmates/residents after hours.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Graduate from an accredited school of nursing required. Must have a current, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in the state the facility is located, as well as a current DEA license. Must maintain current copy of applicable licenses at the facility at all times.
* Two (2) years of direct work experience preferred.
* Knowledge of nursing principles practices and techniques.
* Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
* Skill in performing uncomplicated surgical procedures.
* Ability to administer prescribed medications.
* Ability to perform complete physical appraisals of patients.
* Ability to identify and evaluate illnesses.
* Ability to initiate diagnostic laboratory tests and evaluate the results.
* Ability to manage the care of patients.
* Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical problems.
* Ability to compile and evaluate medical histories and other clinical and laboratory data.
* Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
* Ability to communicate effectively.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
* Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.
* Must be a United States citizen.
* Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
* Must be willing to undergo a rigorous background investigation as required by U.S. Marshals.