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Licensed Practical Nurse
at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) functions as the most vital members of Maricopa County's Correctional Health Team and serve with the partnership of Maricopa county Sherif's detention officers. LPNs perform specialized nursing functions including administering medications and therapeutic treatments provide extensive patient care, participate in the planning, implementation, and the overall evaluation of nursing care.
Correctional Health Services, provides integrated care through medical, dental and mental health services for all individuals incarcerated within the jail system. Serving 6 jail facilities and operating 9 clinics, the Correctional Health Services Department offers comprehensive, medically necessary health care and supports various programs and services which promote improved health care outcomes and reductions in recidivism. From Outpatient Services and Infirmary Care, to Mental Health Services, patients have access to nationally recognized health care delivered by committed professionals.
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- Position Qualifications
- Minimum education and/or experience:Knowledge of:
Completion of a Licensed Practical Nurse program and a valid unrestricted license as a Licensed Practical Nurse 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) with no current, pending, or prior disciplinary action on nursing license.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
A valid unrestricted license as a Licensed Practical Nurse legally able to practice in the State of Arizona and 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). Correctional Health employment standards require that candidates with a valid or expired professional license to practice in any jurisdiction have no pending (or prior) disciplinary actions, restrictions or revocations. BLS/CPR/First Aid certification training is provided during new hire orientation.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Proper use of medical/clinic equipment.
- Medication administration, applicable nursing and health care standards, regulations, statutes and departmental policies and procedures medication administration compliance with applicable safety policies and OSHA standards
- Data collection and observation, critical thinking, prioritizing and organizing tasks, reporting findings and initiating clinical interventions as appropriate while maintaining a safe and secure environment following all CHS/MCSO security/safety regulations.
Preferred education and/or experience:
- Complete large medication administration passes to hundreds of patients.
- Treat all patients and co-workers with dignity and respect.
- Preserve and protect patients' rights and confidentiality at all times.
- Respond to a man down (emergency situation, must maintain current Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate, and perform CPR.
- To use the "language line" multilingual translation service for accurate oral translation and communication to ensure continuity of care;
- Use the computer, keyboarding and general office software.
- Comply with the counties policies and procedures related to the safekeeping of PHI.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
- Comply with staffing and attendance policies.
- Work various assignments and shifts as needed.
- Float to various facilities as needed.
Two (2) or more years of experience as a LPN. Experience in medical setting requiring large medication passes.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Due to the business needs of the Correctional Health Services Department, some positions require bilingual (English/Spanish) skills. Preferred Intravenous Infusion therapy/Venipuncture certification.
Must be able to work inside a jail, pass a fingerprint background check
Must maintain CPR certification and get on the floor to perform CPR/chest compressions
Constantly working indoors, in a dangerous environment, handling high volume of work, multiple or complicated tasks with accuracy with time pressures, requiring decision making, and with frequently changing and unscheduled tasks. Stay concentrated and vigilant in a team that works in close proximity with each other
Frequently, outdoors above 90 degrees exposed to exposed to contagious diseases, chemicals/fumes, interruptions, public contact, working in confined areas with high noise and both dim and bright lighting, responding to emergencies, isolated work area, walking long distances and the use of stairs and traveling between work locations, push a medication cart over uneven surfaces and long distances. overtime and rotating shifts. Respond to a man down (emergency situation). Walking up to 4 miles in a 12 hours shift.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Provides healthcare to patients inside the Maricopa County Jails.
- Collects data for assessment of care needs, reports findings and delivers appropriate nursing interventions under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Health Care provider.
- Monitors Patients' progress and reports outcomes appropriately.
- Administers medication and completes related pharmacological procedures.
- Performs standard nursing procedures as ordered.
- Completes and processes all required documentation in a comprehensive and objective manner.
- Provides health-related education as appropriate to patient needs.
- Uses multilingual capabilities for accurate oral translation and communication to ensure continuity of care; Uses "language line" translation service to ensure continuity of care.
- Identifies and fulfills educational needs to enhance nursing skills.
- Completes required classes and education credits.
- Maintains current BLS (CPR) certification.
- Participates in orientation and training of new employees, contract staff, students and others as needed.
- Participates in meetings and special projects as requested.
- Participates in QI related activities as assigned.
- Organizes and maintains a clean work environment.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Selection Procedure
- The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.