Detention Registered Nurse

Salary & Classification

Type: Full Time & Part Time positions
Classification: Non-exempt, eligible for overtime compensation
Salary: $34.15/hr
Grade: 127
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
Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing and a valid unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (or issued by another state recognized by the Arizona Board of Nursing as a multi-compact license state) OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Nurse program graduates or out-of-state transfers must obtain their licensure by the Arizona State Board of Nursing within two (2) months of being hired.  Failure to obtain or maintain required licensure shall be grounds for separation. 

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and two (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.

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, immunizations, and treatments as prescribed by a physician; administers Hepatitis shots, TB tests, blood samples and processes specimens to the laboratory; documents and maintains papers/electronic 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; maintains appropriate security and confidentiality of medical records and other sensitive information encountered in the performance of his/her duties; 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 and state laws pertaining to health care; Sheriff’s Office detention facility 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; operating computerized technology and job-related software applications.

Ability to: Read, learn, understand, apply and follow rules, regulations, instructions and medical practices and procedures; provide effective nursing services and patient care and in the use of medical equipment utilized; handle and recognize unusual medical, physical or mental conditions of inmates; supervise, lead and delegate tasks; react quickly and effectively to emergency situations; write reports, complete forms, accurate documentation, and compile statistics; establish and maintain an effective working relationships with supervisors,  employees, other agencies and the public, to include law enforcement and physicians; follow written and verbal instructions; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; perform the essential functions of the job specifications with or without reasonable accommodation; exercise initiative and independent judgment.

Work Environment/Physical Demands
Work is performed in a secure detention facility (correctional institution) and in a general office environment; direct inmate contact; work a variety of scheduled shifts, irregular hours, and/or on-call status, as necessary; may work non-standard hours, to include shift work, holidays, and weekends; wear protective gear, as required; exposure to body fluids, communicable diseases, and unpleasant odors; walk, stand and sit for a  period of time; frequent standings, walking, lifting, pushing/pulling, kneeling, crouching, bending, twisting, and climbing stairs; visual and muscular dexterity to operate: computer equipment, telephone, and two-way radio maintaining constant vigilance to the surrounding area; utilize two-way radio to hear and respond to: radio communications, voice instructions, and/or commands; random urinalysis testing, annual TB skin testing.

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