SPECIAL NOTE: You MUST be a USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer (PHS Officer) or Call to Active Duty (CAD) candidate in order to apply for this position. Civilian employees DO NOT qualify for this position. Thank you.
Salary: please note that the salary is dependent on the officer's rank, years in service, and location of duty station.
Please note: One position per location listed.
- El Paso, TX
- Eloy, AZ
- Tacoma, WA
- Houston, TX
- Taylor, TX
- Jena, LA
- Pearsall, TX
Clarification from the agency
Applicants must be either USPHS Officers or new Call to Active Duty (CAD) candidates.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:
1. Understanding theories, concepts, principles, and their relationships underlying the practices of professional nursing to improve the efficiency and quality of work performed or to protect the quality of life or healthcare services, as evidenced by the following:
a. Knowledge of nursing care scope of practice, principles, and procedures in accordance with national, state, and local nursing laws and regulations.
b. Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities and in clinical practice daily as needed. Reviews utilization and documentation of translation services within the medical record, provides corrective actions necessary to ensure appropriate use of translation services per IHSC policy.
c. Demonstrates/leads culturally competent care in all clinical areas, ensuring needed interpretation and/or translations services are available.
d. The correctional registered nurse practices ethically per the below:
i. Uses the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2001) to guide practice.
ii. Delivers care in a manner that preserves and protects patient autonomy, dignity, rights, values, and beliefs.
iii. Recognizes the centrality of the patient, and when possible, the family as core members of any health care team.
iv. Upholds patient confidentiality within legal and regulatory parameters.
v. Assists patients in self-determination and informed decision-making.
vi. Maintains a therapeutic and professional nurse-patient relationship within appropriate professional role boundaries.
vii. Contributes to resolving ethical issues involving the patient, nurse colleagues, health care providers, correctional personnel, and other stakeholders.
viii. Takes appropriate action regarding instances of illegal, unethical, or inappropriate behavior that could endanger or jeopardize the best interests of the patient or situation.
ix. Speaks up when appropriate to question health care practice when necessary for safety and quality improvement.
x. Advocates for equitable patient care.
2. Applying a range and depth of knowledge acquired specifically through an intensive learning regimen of the phenomena, theories, and concepts of a scientific body of nursing knowledge, as evidenced by the following:
a. Knowledge of IHSC Directives and guides and accreditation standards.
b. Thorough knowledge of/ability to access/utilize/mentor staff regarding use of agency SharePoint to include directives, guides, training, tools and resources pertaining to the Nursing Services Unit.
c. Providing front line supervision of federal nursing staff (serving as rating official) to include registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nurse assistants on daily clinic processes; monitors nursing processes/provides guidance to meet the standards related to those processes. Supervises between 11 to 40 federal and contract nurses).
d. Assists nurse manager the (local technical monitor) with oversight of contract nursing staff to include registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses, and certified nurse assistants on daily clinic processes; monitors nursing processes/provides guidance to meet the standards related to those processes.
e. Ensuring the annual nursing competencies and peer reviews are completed following IHSC policy; review and monitors findings and implements appropriate actions to support the safe delivery of nursing care.
3. Creating, exploring, evaluating, designing, and sharing solutions and the validity of their predicted performance to resolve problems, conditions, and issues, as evidenced by the following:
a. Adult learner teaching skills including the ability to communicate with strong written and oral skill noted during the performance of these duties:
i. ability to conduct staff meetings effectively
ii. provide nursing education to all staff as required and when needed
iii. share/communicate nursing information with local nursing staff in timely manner
iv. conduct staff in-services on general/complex subjects and communicating expected outcomes related to improvement of nursing/medical care; documenting training appropriately per IHSC policy or accreditation standards
v. provide and document appropriate health teaching/counseling to provide reinforcement/ guidance to minimize protocol deviations
vi. assist in the orientation of new healthcare and nursing personnel to guidelines, requirements, and the specifics of the patient population at the local site
vii. participate as a primary or supportive professional nursing mentor in regular one- on-one or group mentoring activities.
See additional duties in the "Additional Information" box below.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation.
- You must successfully pass a drug screen.
- Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.
- Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
- Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
- You MUST be a USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer (PHS Officer) or Call to Active Duty (CAD) candidate in order to apply for this position. Civilian employees are NOT eligible for this position.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
1. Competencies required:
a. Professional clinical nursing experience: 5 years
i. Experience in correctional health care preferred
ii. 2 years direct clinical patient care (e.g., inpatient) nursing experience preferred
b. Administrative experience in a supervisory capacity: Relevant Training Only
c. Maintains CPR/BLS certification
d. Obtain CCHP-RN within 2 years of assignment
e. Complete ICE Supervisory Leadership Training within 1 year of assignment and recommend Advanced ICE Supervisory Leadership Training within 2 years of assignment
f. Cultural competency maintained through agency/other training
2. Qualifications-Degrees Required:
a. Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
i. Master's Degree in Nursing or related field preferred
3. Qualifications-Licenses and Certifications Required:
a. Nursing License- Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)
i. Maintains current/documented professional licensure. (It is the responsibility of the incumbent to fulfill the obligation(s) of their licensing or certifying body to maintain currency. This position may be required to perform clinical activities with the scope of clinical license in times of critical needs within and at the direction of the agency.)
b. Professional credentials/certification appropriate to current job specialty
4. Graduate of a professional nursing school approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency
5. Knowledge of the Nurse Practice Act for the licensing state and the state in which one practices nursing
6. Knowledge of a wide range of complex nursing concepts, principles, and practices to perform nursing assessments of considerable diversity to include mental health, medical/surgical, ambulatory, and emergency nursing care
7. Comprehensive knowledge of managing non-compliant patients, special needs populations, and patients with significant deficits in coping skills, thereby requiring continuing professional clinical support
8. Knowledge of correctional nursing concepts and principles
9. Demonstrated evidence of knowledge of nursing management and leadership skills
10. Knowledge of team building principles
11. Knowledge of staff development and basic adult learner teaching skills
12. Flexibility and ability to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements
13. Follows supervisory chain of command
14. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned
15. Some travel may be required
1. This position is considered hazardous duty in a detention setting
2. Requires physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds
3. Must have the ability to assist sick, injured, or aging detainees or staff exiting the building (may require lifting, dragging, wheeling or carrying someone who weighs significantly more than self)
4. The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment
5. Required to perform CPR/emergency care standing or kneeling
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CONT'D:
viii. contributing to support leadership role by developing/presenting two approved nursing education in-services with evaluation criteria annually; or presenting three established training modules and develops or revises two patient education documents utilizing multiple learning styles to promote engagement of audience; in collaboration with IHSC Medical Education Unit and Nursing Service Unit
ix. collaborates with NM and serves as acting NM as needed
x. establishes and communicates clear goals and expectations for the position and local nursing mission with the NM annually, or with RNM as needed
xi. communicating complex quality issues for nursing to NM or to RNM when support is needed
xii. identification/collaboration with the NM/RNM regarding national process changes identified by unit chart reviews, nursing incident reports, Medical Quality Management Unit (MQMU) review/reports, and any corrective action plans that are needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing care delivery
b. Participates in the development/review of:
i. nursing schedules. ANM may help/assist NM in development of contract shift requirements for nursing and schedules federal staff and may assist in communicating contract needs to HSA (Health Service Administrator) in accordance with shift requirements document timeline
ii. timely corrective action plans to resolve issues related to the delivery of nursing care and nursing personnel issues; federal staff performance or conduct issues are communicated to NM for appropriate action; contractor performance is documented in real time using the Tier Reporting system in collaboration with NM.
iii. Discipline specific nursing orientation schedules for each new nursing staff member, in collaboration with the CC (if contract nurse); the ANM helps establish periodic meetings with the preceptor/preceptee to assess effectiveness of the orientation process initially, and annually to make modifications as the individual's learning style dictates
iv. utilization and documentation of translation services within the medical record, to include providing corrective actions necessary to ensure appropriate use of translation services per IHSC policy
4. Identifying, analyzing, advising, consulting, and reporting on nursing, theoretical, and factual data, conditions, and problems, as evidenced by:
a. Demonstrating strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills through the following:
i. serving on local leadership team (TRIAD) the responsible health authority in absence of nurse manager and working in partnership with the HSA and CD together to establish the processes and procedures necessary to meet all applicable medical and operational standards. During absence of NM or as needed, communicates updates on NSU local, regional, and national goals/taskings to HSA and CD for collaboration. Attends weekly TRIAD meetings if needed.
ii. ongoing collaborative communication with local site leadership while serving as Nursing Services Unit liaison with HSA, Assistant Health Services Administrator (AHSA), Facility Healthcare Program Manager, Infection Prevention Officer, Clinical Director (CD), and lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP)
5. Other duties as assigned
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. You may be selected for an interview at the hiring authority's discretion. You will be notified of selection or non-selection.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position. A complete application includes:
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- A copy of your certificate of investigation (located in your eOPF).
- Cover letter, please include location preference here.
- Three professional references (i.e., name, title and contact information).
- CV (e.g., relevant experience, education, training).
- *Three most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Reports (COER).
- Licensures, degrees, certificates.
- Optional. For IHSC PHS officers, IHSC Recruiting encourages applicants provide a copy of your current service remaining requirement agreement.
- Cover letter, please include location preference here.
- Three professional references (i.e., name, title, and contact information)
- CV (e.g., relevant experience, education, training)
- Licensures, degrees, certificates
- U.S. Public Health Service - Appointment Board Decision Letter/Email.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
To apply for this position, you must submit the required documentation outlined under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section below.
The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/07/2024.
PLEASE NOTE: If your materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.
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