Comprehensive Care Nurse II - Correctional Health Services

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Health
  • Salary: $48.45 - $61.85 Hourly USD

Job Description


Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open for a minimum of five (5) business days. This recruitment will be open on a continuous basis and will close at 11:59p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This list will be used to fill current and future Comprehensive Care Nurse II positions within the Health Care Agency, Correctional Health Services. This eligible list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

First round of considerations: Monday, October 28, 2019

The County of Orange, Health Care Agency is hiring experienced Registered Nurses who are committed to provide skilled nursing to medical and mental health clients in a jail setting.

The current openings are in the following Programs within Correctional Health Services (CHS) :

Adult Correctional Health Services (ACHS)
The ACHS program provides medical, dental, nursing, infection control, health education and pharmaceutical services at a community standard of care and also provides mental health services including 24-hour emergency triage and crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment beds, individual and group therapy, substance abuse counseling, medication assessment and discharge planning to all adult inmates in the County's five (5) correctional facilities.

The Comprehensive Care Nurse II assigned to ACHS will perform the following specialized duties:
  • Obtain vital signs such as; temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration and pain scale assessment
  • Perform Comprehensive and focused physical assessments and refer to higher level of care as necessary, including but not limited to:
    • Comprehensive history taking
    • Interpreting vital signs and physical assessment results
    • Wound Care
    • Documenting in Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan (SOAP) format on electronic health record
    • Implementing standardized nursing protocols
    • Monitoring outcomes
Review of health records, summarize and synthesize client information and give comprehensive hand off at shift change or outside facility transfers utilizing discharge summary form or verbal reportMaintain assigned work areas every shiftParticipate in staff development and educational programs to maintain professional competencyParticipate in 5150 training; must pass and maintain certification (Training will be provided)Other work as assigned

The ACHS facility is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays.

Nursing staff work six (6), twelve (12) hour shifts, and one eight (8) hour shift per two (2) week pay period. Days off are every other weekend and rotating week days.

The ideal candidate must possess extensive experience in the following core competencies:

Nursing Expertise and Knowledge of:
  • Complexity of clients with chronic illness that are medical and mental health related, such as; substance abuse disorders, etc.
  • Common medical and mental health complaints of incarcerated clients including but not limited to: substance use disorders and its complications, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, etc.
  • Performance of nursing care based on Federal and State Standards
  • Performing triage and assessment competently
  • Making sound clinical decisions
  • Performing emergency medical and mental health nursing care
  • Providing nursing care to pregnant clients and other critically ill clients needing specialized care
  • Willing and having the ability to testify competently, if subpoenaed by court
  • Using technology and other healthcare related systems effectively

Adaptability, Compassion, Critical Thinking and Safety:
  • Working effectively in a changing and stressful environment, and making adjustments as necessary
  • Reducing jail-related liability risks by being compliant with Federal, State laws and mandated standards
  • Developing resiliency by maintaining energy, tenacity, and continuously provide compassionate care in fulfilling correctional nursing responsibilities
  • Managing multiple clients needing triage effectively and efficiently
  • Being aware of any environmental hazards while working inside the facility
  • Being alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to medical and mental health clients
  • Working collaboratively and communicate professionally at all times

  • Incumbents are required to pass a comprehensive background investigation prior to a formal offer and acceptance of employment
  • Applicants must not have felony convictions or be on any form of probation
  • Must be able to pass and maintain background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner. Background screening includes; completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (N.A.C.E.S.)
  • The Correctional facilities is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays

Click here to view the minimum qualifications for Comprehensive Care Nurse II as well as the physical characteristics and mental requirements, environmental and working conditions.

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening | (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Online Assessment | Technical Skill Assessment (Weighted 100%):
Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a job-related assessment. Candidates will be notified of their date and access code, if applicable. Only the more qualified candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List | Score Groups: Once all assessments have been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

Email Notification
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at .

Frequently Asked Questions
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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Alfredo Salazar at (714) 834-5304 or

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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