Job: Correctional Health Nurse- (Open)

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Job Title:Correctional Health Nurse- (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 11/07/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$52.36 - $61.89 Hourly
$9,075.73 - $10,727.60 Monthly
$108,908.80 - $128,731.20 Annually
Job Type:Extra Help - Agile (Limited Term)
Location:San Mateo County, California
The County of San Mateo Health System's Correctional Health Services is seeking two qualified and experienced Correctional Health Nurses to perform varied professional nursing duties with primary emphasis on professional nursing care for inmates within a locked correctional facility; treat and educate patients about various medical conditions; record medical histories and symptoms; perform diagnostic tests and analyze results; operate medical machinery; administer treatment and medications to over 100 patients in an 8-hour shift; assist with patient follow-up and rehabilitation; and perform other duties as assigned and required. Correctional facilities include the Maguire and Maple Street Correctional Centers (Redwood City) and Youth Services Center (San Mateo). 

The vacancies are for two Limited Term Correctional Health Services (CHS) nurses on the NOC Shift:  22:00 - 06:00. 

The current vacancies are Limited Term, at-will positions. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Under general direction, the Correctional Health Nurse is fully competent to independently perform a full range of professional nursing duties and procedures requiring one to exercise a high degree clinical judgment. Incumbents also provide lead direction to other nursing and paraprofessional personnel.

Correctional Health Services provides integrated medical, dental, mental health, and chemical dependency treatment to the incarcerated adult population, as well as medical and dental care to the juvenile hall population of San Mateo County, as described below:
  • Medical services include health screening, treatment, education, and 24-hour emergency response for adults.
  • Clinic appointments are available by referral and upon request and include chronic care for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and HIV, as well as obstetric, orthopedic, and urgent care.
  • Dental services include treatment and medication for urgent dental conditions and extractions for adults and juveniles.
  • Mental health services include crisis intervention, evaluation, treatment, psychiatric medication, behavior management, and continuing care referrals.
  • Day treatment services are provided to mentally ill men and women in the Life Skills Program at the Maguire and Maple Street Correctional Centers.
  • CHS also provides weekly group therapy; cognitive behavioral approach to addiction and recovery; and re-entry services for those transitioning back into the community.
The ideal candidate is well-rounded and will have knowledge of Correctional Health and Mental Health nursing; Emergency Room or ICU experience; or a strong Medical/Surgical and Telemetry foundation. Ob/Gyn and psychiatric care experience are also ideal, but not required. Candidates must be able to administer medications to over 100 patients within an 8- hour shift, in a locked correctional facility and on weekends. 

NOTE: The list of eligible candidates created from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future part-time, full-time, permanent, extra-help, per diem, relief, and/or temporary vacancies in any of the three correctional facilities.

 Examples Of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Administer treatment and medications to over 100 patients within an 8-hour shift. 
  • Complete patient assessments and triage, as well as record patient histories, symptoms, and observations.
  • Establish and implement nursing care plans for each patient through assessment, development, activation, and evaluation.
  • Participate in patient case conferences and rounds. 
  • Organize, assign, and supervise duties and responsibilities of other staff members as a team leader.
  • Orient and teach new staff members of the nursing team and students. 
  • Perform nursing care following prescribed rules, policies, protocol, and procedures. 
  • Identify problems, assist in data gathering, propose solutions and participate in evaluation of quality assurance issues. 
  • Work with patients and their families to provide in-hospital and after-hospital follow-up through teaching and referral. 
  • Participate in educational programs to maintain level of expertise. 
  • Participate in non-clinical assignments, which may include maintaining records, preparing reports, and/or serving on special committees. 
  • Maintain records and prepare reports. 
  • Operate a variety of medical machinery and equipment. 
  • Maintain knowledge of outpatient resources. 
  • Develop discharge plans for patients. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned and as required by assigned work setting, as described below.  
Correctional Health Nurse
Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:
  • Perform professional nursing duties within a locked correctional facility.
  • Check vital signs; give injections; perform catheterizations, IZ Registry, Point of Care Testing; and draw blood for medical purposes.
  • Start, maintain, and discontinue intravenous lines.
  • Monitor patient rehabilitation.
  • Perform mental status exams and implement plan of care based on assessment findings.
  • Monitor and document on patients in restraint and seclusion while maintaining patient safety.
  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.
  • Recognize symptoms of major psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Licensure/Certification: Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse or equivalent and a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

Knowledge of: Nurse Practice Act; current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting; safety and infection control practices; and clinical systems, supplies, and equipment.

Skill/Ability to: Perform nursing procedures required for assigned clinical setting; comply with clinical procedures and policies; maintain professional nurse-patient relationships; communicate with and educate patients, families, and the public who come from a diverse background; work harmoniously with other personnel; follow safety practices; assist in the instruction of other nursing and paraprofessional personnel; bend, kneel and squat as needed; occasionally use upper extremities to exert force to push and pull patients/objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more; and work in a busy environment.
Open. Anyone may apply. The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%).  Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.  All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date
: November 7, 2017
Application Screening:  November 15, 2017
Combined Panel/Department Interviews:  November 28 and/or December 7, 2017

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.
Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Analyst: Carolyn Burns (101917) (Correctional Health Nurse- F018)
Keywords: Medical, nurse, correctional health, nursing, medical, surgical, telemetry, corrections, record maintenance, healthcare, registered nurse, mental health, correctional health nurse.


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