Job Specifications

Class Code: PD4
Analyst: JAD/KT/JS/td
Date Originated: 3/87 
Dates Revised: 3/93, 11/95 



Under general supervision, provide vocational nursing care in the County's detention facilities; and perform other duties as required.


This class is the fully qualified vocational nurse assigned to a detention setting. Incumbents work under general medical direction and supervision of professional registered nursing staff but may be without continuous direct supervision. This class is distinguished from other detention nursing classes by the level of medical assessment, care and treatment which can legally be performed under their license. Incumbents are assigned duties which involve ongoing contact with inmates.


Assess medical condition and need for treatment of incoming inmates and refers inmates with critical medical/psychiatric conditions that cannot be managed within the facility to emergency centers; take medical histories, screen for potential medical and emotional problems, assess physical and mental status and assists in determining inmate housing assignment; respond to emergencies, administer first aid, CPR and other appropriate emergency measures; receive and triage requests for medical care, evaluate complaints, examine inmates and determine medical needs; record and report conditions requiring further treatment; make appointments with County physician/psychiatrist or mid-level practitioner as required; administer prescriptions in accordance with physician's or mid level practitioner's orders; administer over the counter medications as directed; observe and document effects of medication; note and act upon physician's or mid level practitioner's orders; apply dressings and provide other routine treatment; take measures necessary to control communicable disease; perform venepuncture to obtain blood samples; take urine and other routine lab test samples; assist in performing routine physical examinations; may assist in training new employees; inform Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse supervisor about the change of medical status of inmates; inform incoming shift personnel of previous shift activity; may assess infirmary admissions and discharges; check and monitor inmates assigned in infirmary taking vital signs, and reporting changes to Registered Nursing staff conducting neurological checks, noting physical and mental condition; provide information on health maintenance and disease control to inmates; establish and maintain medical records; maintain log of services and medications; inventory controlled substances, medicines and other supplies; order and pick up medical and other supplies; write reports.


Knowledge of:

Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

Ability to:

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledges and abilities would be:

Six months of emergency room, institutional or related nursing experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 03
Occupational Grouping: 55
Workers' Comp Code: 0290