Detention Registered Nurse

Salary & Classification

Type: Full Time & Part Time positions
Classification: Non-exempt, eligible for overtime compensation
Salary: $26.55–$33.15/hr, D.O.Q. Paid bi-weekly
Grade: 297
Closing Date: Open until filled

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Nature of Work
Under general supervision, performs professional nursing and health related services of considerable difficulty to prisoners within the Yuma County Detention Center; serves as a lead worker. This position has department specific responsibility.

Experience & Education
Must possess a valid State of Arizona Registered Nursing license at time of hire OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and (2) years experience as a Registered Nurse, preferably in a Corrections/Detention Center.

Additional Requirements
This classification requires the applicant to successfully complete a background check, polygraph, and drug test prior to appointment; must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license; and the ability to work all three shifts (days, afternoons, and graveyards), holidays, and weekends.

The above information is intended to describe the general nature of this position and is not to be considered a complete statement of duties, responsibilities and requirements.

Reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any stage of the recruitment process. Requests for accommodation must be made through the Yuma County Human Resources Department in advance of the event, or as soon as practical, so that necessary arrangements can be made. (928) 373-1013 OR TDD (928) 373-1013.

Examples of Work
(Illustrative only) Assesses, develops, implements and evaluates prisoners’ medical needs, care plans and preventative measures; interviews prisoners to obtain medical information and prescription data; participates in suicide watches of at-risk prisoners for signs and symptoms of self-infliction of harm; responds to medical emergencies; assesses communicable diseases and reports their existence to the appropriate health authorities; provides medications and treatments as prescribed by a physician; administers Hepatitis shots, TB tests, blood samples and processes specimens to the laboratory; documents and maintains health records/charts relating to diagnosis, treatment and progress; prepares statistical reports; orders and maintains medication and medical equipment; actively participates in cost containment measures; provides health-related education and counseling; conducts orientation and training to new hires and staff; collaborates with physicians and other health care provider; assists physicians with special procedures and treatments; coordinates with detention personnel to develop and maintain a clean, safe, and secure work atmosphere within the Detention Center; may supervise, train, and evaluate personnel; regular and reliable attendance is required; performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge of: Yuma County Policies and Procedures; federal, state, and county laws related to inmates; Sheriff’s Office Detention Center policy and procedures; nursing theories, principles and practices; health sciences including health maintenance, promotion and prevention; principles of health education and counseling; principles of epidemiology; medical instruments and laboratory equipment; community assessment and resources; principles and practices of supervision; required detention and security training.

Skills in: Nursing assessment and diagnosis of physical and psycho-social health needs; applying nursing principles and practices; monitoring and evaluating prisoner’s progress; community principles of health education; exercising initiative and judgment in selecting proper nursing intervention; responding appropriately to emergency situations; preparing complete and accurate reports and records; planning, evaluating, and directing the work of others; dealing impartially with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; following written and verbal instructions; communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Apply Online

All Yuma County applications must be submitted on-line through NeoGov. Yuma County no longer accepts paper applications. To apply on-line, click link: Yuma County Employment

If you do not have access to a computer, Yuma County has kiosks located at 198 S. Main Street, Yuma, AZ.

If you have questions or need assistance with the on-line application process, please contact:

Yuma County Human Resources Department
198 S. Main Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 373-1013

Job Line: (928) 373-6090