Comprehensive Care Nurse II - Juvenile Health Services

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Probation Public Health
  • Salary: $117,624.00 - $134,763.20 Annually USD

Job Description


Juvenile Health Services

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 - 4.25% increase

Effective June 27, 2025 - 4.00% increase

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

Premium Pay

In addition to the hourly salary, eligible applicants shall receive premium pay for the items listed below:
  • Bilingual pay: Qualified employees who meet the criteria found shall receive an additional seventy $0.70 cents per hour for all hours paid.
  • Night Shift Differential pay: Employees assigned to a night shift shall be paid a night shift differential for each hour actually worked on the assigned night shift. Pay rate is determined by assigned shift hours found here .
  • Nurse Retention: Upon completion of new employee probation, eligible employees shall receive a one-time lump sum incentive of $1,000, within 2 pay periods.
  • New Hire Incentive: Upon completion of 10,400 service hours (approximately 5 years of service) in a Nurse classification, you will receive 3% of your annual base salary as a one-time lump payment.
  • Jail Supplement pay: An employee in this classification who is permanently assigned to an adult or juvenile correctional or institutional facility shall receive an additional $1.50 per hour for all paid hours.

Other Additional Premium Pays

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 11:59 PM (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.

The County of Orange , Health Care Agency is hiring Comprehensive Care Nurses to provide direct routine and emergency nursing services to youth housed in juvenile correctional facilities or in an emergency shelter facility. Juvenile Health Services is committed to providing quality professional nursing care for youth under our care.

Juvenile Health Services (JHS) is a division of the Health Care Agency's Correctional Health Services. JHS provides medical, dental, nursing, infection control, health education and pharmaceutical services at a community standard of care to youth who reside in the County's four residential facilities operated by Probation and Social Services Departments and contracts with hospitals for inpatient and specialty care.

The Comprehensive Care Nurse II will perform the following specialized duties:
  • Perform nursing assessments and obtain patient histories relative to present complaint, physical or emotional illness, past medical history, familial and social history
  • Perform comprehensive nursing assessments and refer to higher level of care as necessary, to Pediatrician, Nurse Practitioner, on-call providers, or off-site referrals
  • Obtain and interpret vital signs: temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and pain scale assessment
  • Implement Standardized Nursing Protocols
  • Conduct youth sick call
  • Administer treatments, drugs, medications, and immunizations as prescribed by clinicians or nursing protocol
  • Review and maintain accurate and concise patient medical records; observe, identify, interpret documents and data and report changes in patient's condition; monitor outcomes
  • Document in Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan (SOAP) or narrative format, when applicable in electronic health record
  • Dress minor wounds and injuries
  • Perform venipuncture and other laboratory testing
  • Respond to medical or psychiatric emergencies within the facility
  • Provide guidance, education, and counseling to patients and/or family regarding health or mental health issues
  • Perform patient releases and assist in discharge planning and transfer to other facilities to ensure continuity of care
  • Participate in staff development and educational programs to maintain professional competency
  • Other work as assigned
JHS is a 24-hour, 7 day a week operation, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays and may have to provide on-call coverage.

Nursing personnel work 8-hour shifts, alternating weekends and holidays.

Experience in Pediatric or Adolescent Nursing is highly preferred but not required.

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

Professional & Technical Expertise
  • Provide routine and emergency nursing services to pediatric/adolescent population according to State and Federal Standards
  • Knowledge of Title 15, Title 22, and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards to ensure nursing services are rendered according to community standards and JHS Policies and Procedures
  • Knowledge of common medical and mental health complaints of youth including but not limited to: substance use disorders and its complications, MOUD (Medications for Opioid Use Disorder), anxiety, depression, chronic illness, diabetes, asthma, seizure disorders, etc.
  • Ability to assess and treat clients with complex medical and/or mental health related chronic illnesses
  • Perform triage and assessment competently
  • Make sound clinical nursing decisions
  • Use technology and other healthcare related systems effectively
Safety Focus
  • Reduce correctional-related or dependent care-related liability risks by being compliant with Federal, State laws and mandated standards
  • Be aware of any environmental hazards while working inside the facility
  • Be alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to medical and mental health clients
Adaptability | Compassion
  • Work effectively in a changing and stressful environment, and adjust as necessary
  • Develop resiliency by maintaining energy and tenacity
  • Continuously provide compassionate care while fulfilling nursing responsibilities
  • Effectively and efficiently manage multiple clients needing triage
Building and Maintaining Relationships
  • Work collaboratively and communicate professionally at all times
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, peers, supervisors, and managers
  • 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 Probation Department. Background screening includes: completing 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 Services (N.A.C.E.S.)
  • JHS is a 24-hour, 7 day a week operation, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays and may have to provide on-call coverage
Please click here to view the Minimum Qualifications for the Comprehensive Care Nurse II classification as well as the physical & mental requirements and the environmental conditions.

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the 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 applications exhibiting qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

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

Eligible List
HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates that meet the qualifications. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Please note: The information you provide on your application and/or response to the supplemental questions may be used as a scoring device, so please be thorough and complete in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

Effective April 3, 2023, it is strongly recommended that County employees working in health care settings and correctional facilities follow vaccination and booster guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please click here to see the latest guidance for more details.

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 Claudia Curiel at (714) 834-2335 or .

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

Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.

Click here for information about benefits offered to County of Orange employees.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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