We are looking for an skilled Registered Nurse to join our team as an RN Charge Nurse in the Health Services Department. Our RN Charge Nurse provides oversight on all medical and health services provided to residents. This dynamic and rewarding role ensures best practices and continuity of care in support of the Center's mission. Salary is negotiable, subject to experience and education.
The Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center provides a safe and restrictive environment for juveniles requiring secure residential detention within the five Florida Parishes. We are a nationally recognized award winning agency and pride ourselves on our service to the community.
What We Offer:
- The RN Charge Nurse will work standard business hours, Monday - Friday, and enjoy every weekend off.
- Our excellent benefit plan offers each employee cost-free health, vision, and dental insurance for staff! Plans for dependents and/or families are subsidized too!
- We also offer paid holidays, paid vacation time, and paid sick time.
- Employees participate in the State Retirement Program, LASERS. The Center makes significant contributions to employee retirement accounts - it's 5 times the amount contributed by an employee!
- All full-time employees are given opportunities to increase pay based on job performance!
- There is the possibility to earn annual pay raises of up to 6% each year!
- Uniforms and meals are offered to all full-time staff.
- We offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts through the State!
- We provide a great tuition reimbursement program and are a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
- Visit FPJDC.org for the complete list!
Nature of Work:
- The RN Charge Nurse, a licensed Registered Nurse, reports directly to the Executive Director. This individual oversees the medical and health services provided within the agency. These are services that impact the youth detained at Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, in a manner consistent with Center policies and procedures, Louisiana Juvenile Detention Standards, and standards relative to the practice of healthcare.
- The RN Charge Nurse coordinates said medical and health services by managing a team of Licensed Practical Nurses, and collaborating with the agency’s contracted physician and dentist, as well as community providers and other resources.
Illustrative Examples of Work:
- Directs the workflow and duties of a team of Licensed Practical Nurses, to include development and maintenance of work schedules, ensuring effective and efficient service delivery;
- Administrates and ensures a process initial health screening for youth upon admission, or within 72 hours of admission, along with a continuum of basic and emergent medical/healthcare;
- Coordinates the receipt of necessary medical records from outside sources (physicians, schools, clinics, hospitals, etc.) needed to assist in medical treatment. Consults primary care physician when necessary to obtain information relating to the health care of youth;
- Functions as the custodian for all juvenile health records generated internally, while also ensuring proper maintenance of said records by associated medical staff; this includes but is not limited to records such as Medication Administration Records (MAR), Medication Error Reports, Dental Records, Medical Records, Medication Receipt Records, Medication Refusals, etc.;
- Assesses and addresses chronic medical needs of detained youth (e.g., asthma, diabetes, etc.)
- Arranges for convalescent or chronic care when needed; assesses the need for and makes arrangements for specific health related equipment (e.g., crutches, prosthetics, etc.)
- Ensures weekly medical (sick call) and dental clinics are conducted with respective contracted providers;
- Makes referrals to the Center’s Contracted Physician, Dentist, and outside specialists, etc., as needed;
- Coordinates off-site health care transports, visits with specialists, etc., as needed;
- Responsible for the maintenance of all First Aid kits, and for periodic inventory of the kits and their contents;
- Communicates with Operations Department staff, the Director of Operations, Director of Programs, and Food Services Manager as needed to ensure comprehensive care for detained youth;
- Maintains statistical reports on delivery of health care services, as required by policy and/or the Executive Director;
- Reviews and assists in the development and updating of policies and procedures relative to health care services;
- Responsible for development of forms, reports, etc., used in the health services operations;
- Ensures a procurement process for all necessary medications and supplies;
- Coordinates and/or provides in-service training for FPJDC staff, regarding administration of medication, medical records, screenings, CPR & First Aid, and other health-related issues;
- Coordinates and/or provides for health education to detained youth;
- Any other duty as deemed necessary or required by the Executive Director.
Necessary Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
The RN Charge Nurse position requires:
- The ability to manage a diverse team of health-care professionals; ensuring effective service delivery, while also providing expectations and accountability;
- The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
- Interpersonal skills – cooperative, courteous, flexible, a good nature, and concerned with being helpful;
- Effective work skills – conscientious, persistent, resourceful, productive and active;
- The ability to work with at-risk and/or disadvantaged youth, who may present with a variety of health-related problems and/or treatment needs.
- A high level of confidentiality in handling client and agency information.
- An ability to maintain stress under varied client loads and remain calm, considerate and tactful.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Required and Desirable Training and Experience:
• Must be licensed in the State of Louisiana as a Registered Nurse;
• Prior experience in healthcare/nurse management
• At least three (3) years of experience as a Registered Nurse;
• Prior experience working in residential, institutional, or correctional settings;
• Prior experience working with adolescents in various settings
Candidates MUST successfully complete all pre-employment requirements, as listed at FPDJC.org. These include:
- Diana Screen
- Criminal Background Check & CANS Screen
- Drug and Health Screen
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for employment with FPJDC:
- Possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s License
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Professional License and/or Certification, when applicable
Visit http://fpjdc.org/pre-employment-requirements to learn more about our careers with purpose!