Comprehensive Care Licensed Vocational Nurse (CHS)

  • Orange County, CA
  • , California
  • Jun 30, 2022
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $57,012.80 - $72,779.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Health Services (CHS)

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 and will remain open on a continuous basis until 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 Licensed Vocational Nurse 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.

The Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family, and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven service areas - Administrative and Financial, Strategy and Special Projects, Mental Health and Recovery Services , Correctional Health, Office of Care Coordination, Medical Health and Public Health - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

The Correctional Health Services (CHS) program is comprised of two separate entities. One is for the adult inmates and the other is for the juveniles. The CHS program provides medical, dental, nursing, infection control, health education, and pharmaceutical services at a community standard of care and provides mental health services including 24-hour emergency triage and crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment beds, individual and group therapy, substance use counseling, medication assessment and discharge planning to all adult inmates in the County's five (5) correctional facilities. The Juvenile Health Services program has two clinics-Juvenile Hall Health Clinic and Orangewood Family Health Clinic.

This Comprehensive Care Licensed Vocational Nurse (CCLVN) position is in the Adult Correctional Health Services division, which is responsible for basic and emergency medical services for approximately 6,000 inmates per day, and over 60,000 inmates per year. The Comprehensive Care Licensed Vocational Nurse responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Administration of regular and PRN medication
  • Use of electronic health records (EHR) to accurately enter and document patient data, administer medications including insulin
  • Prepare and collect lab specimens, including blood, urine, saliva, stool and nasal/pharyngeal samples
  • Perform EKG (electrocardiogram), visual acuity, vital signs, PPD (tuberculosis test) placement, blood glucose testing, basic wound care, ambulatory clinic procedures and screening exams
  • Perform skills of emergency first responder
  • Recognize normal vs. abnormal findings and report such findings to on duty registered nurses
  • Conduct and maintain inventory adequate stock of medication and supplies for assigned work area
  • Maintain assigned work area on a daily basis and ensure that work areas are inspection ready at all times
  • Assist onsite and telemedicine/telepsychiatry providers
  • Participate in conferences, committee meetings, staff development and education programs to increase or maintain professional competency
  • May perform other job related duties as needed

*The initial vacancies will be for the night shift

CHS is a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation. Incumbents must be able to work days, 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 will have experience in acute care, correctional setting and/or other similar institutional type of setting and will demonstrate the following competencies:

Clinical Experience
  • Caring for clients with medical and mental health diagnosis
  • Working in acute urgent care or ambulatory clinic type of setting
  • Gathering clinical nursing data accurately (e.g. vital signs, health history)
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines
  • Proper dosage and common side effects of a large number of medications given for medical and mental health diagnosis
  • Performing or assisting in wound care
  • Following sterile instrument processing protocols
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other healthcare related systems (Electronic Health Records)

Communication and Collaboration
  • Effectively explaining the treatments or procedures to inmates
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of client's prescribed medication(s) in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team
  • Collaborating with coworkers in a team dynamic setting to complete tasks
  • Effectively assess and escalate inmate medical information to Registered Nurses

Adaptability and Compassion
  • Working effectively and maintaining a positive attitude in a changing and stressful environment, and ability to make adjustments as necessary
  • Developing resiliency by maintaining energy, tenacity and compassionate care to fulfill correctional nursing responsibilities
Critical Thinking and Safety
  • Reducing liability risks by being in compliance with Federal and State laws and mandated standards in accordance with Title 15, Title 22, and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Standards.
  • Being aware of any environmental hazards while working inside secured facilities
  • Being alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to unstable or unpredictable clients
  • Analyzing and evaluating emergent health needs and referring to registered nurse or clinician
  • Incumbents 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.)
  • Correctional Health Services are a 24 hour, 7 day a week facilities, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the CCLVN classification, including physical, mental and environmental conditions.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their status in the process.

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 applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.
Online Assessment | Written Exam (Weighted 100%)
Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in one or more job-related assessments. Candidates will be notified of their test 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 : Once the assessment has 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.

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.

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 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

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, 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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