The Charge Nurse shall provide to the Unity Health Care Department of Corrections Health Center comprehensive nursing care as delineated by Unity Health Care (UHC) and as specified herein.
- Provides nursing services at the Central Detention Facility (CDF), the Central Treatment Facility (CTF), or as otherwise directed by UHC.
- Serves as the Charge Nurse to UHC at CDF or CTF. Participates in the management and development of nursing personnel and promote continuity of nursing services within CDF or CTF under the director of the Assistant Director of Nursing.
- In the absence of the Director of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing, functions as the senior nursing administrative personnel on site as well as on the off shifts, to include weekends.
- Supports the standards of nursing as defined DC Board of Nursing.
- Assists with the evaluation of the nursing staff, to include full completion of staff performance evaluations.
- Serves as a resource and provides input for the Assistant Director of Nursing on matters concerning the day, evening, night, and weekend shifts regarding clinical and administrative matters.
- Supports the application of research and quality improvement findings to clinical and management practices.
- Chairs the nursing QI Committee and appoints co-chairs to the sub committees, whose purpose is to monitor nursing practices through regularly scheduled audits
- Serves as the principle administrator of the methadone clinic /Opiate Treatment Program (OTP) (CDF charge nurse only).
- Initiates and holds monthly clinical staff meetings to address sick call, medication administration, mental health nursing, wound care, and chronic care nursing in order to assist in ensuring best practices according to clinical nursing and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards.
- Assists with preparation for NCCHC, ACA, and other regulatory audits.
- Assists with the coordination of preceptorship of new hires.
- Creates daily staffing schedule/assignment to include holidays and weekends.
- Makes rounds in all clinical areas of the health center on each shift to ensure clinical practices and policies are being adhered.
- Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Works under the auspices of policies, regulations, and standards set within the Unity Health Care and Department of Corrections.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in acute care (i.e., ED, ICU, Med/Surg) and/or ambulatory care with a minimum of two (2) years of Nursing experience as a Charge Nurse.
- Have a minimum of 3 years of experience as a RN.
- Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing – AAS, Diploma, BSN.
- Licensed or eligibility as an RN in Washington DC.