Company: The GEO Group
Posted on: November 22, 2021
This position diagnoses and treats acute, episodic, or chronic
illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. In
addition, this position focuses on health promotion and disease
prevention; order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as
laboratory work and x- rays; and prescribe medication.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Performs routine medical examinations on inmates or detainees under
Diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical illnesses.
Provides medical treatment and services, consistent with the
provision of basic health care services, in conjunction with a
Formulates comprehensive treatment plans and prognosis based on the
patients health conditions.
Prescribes medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on
patients' diagnosis permitted under State and DEA licensure.
Orders, performs, or interprets the results of diagnostic tests
such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs),
and radiographs (x-rays) with physician oversight as needed.
Analyzes and interprets a patients history, symptoms, physical
findings, and diagnostic information to develop appropriate
clinical assessment and treatment plan.
Develops treatment plans are based on scientific rationale,
standards of care, and clinical practice guidelines.
Documents all health care services provided and include
comprehensive records of health care plans and prognosis in the
patients medical record.
Counsels patients on prescribed drug regimens and possible side
effects or interactions with other drugs or substances.
Recommends interventions to modify behavior associated with health
Educates patients about self-management of acute or chronic
illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual
Provides patients with information needed to promote good health,
reduce risk factors, and prevent disease or disability.
Consults with or refers patients to appropriate specialists when
conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
Reads current literature, talk with colleagues, and participates in
professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of
developments in nursing.
Recommends diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention
to clinical indication, safety and patient acceptability and
compliance, to treatment plan.
Schedules follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health
or illness care.
Maintains current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse
practitioner practice and licensure requirements.
Performs primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting,
administering immunizations, taking specimen cultures, and
appropriate wound care and debridement as necessary.
Maintains departmental policies and procedures in areas such as
safety and infection control.
Must be available for 24-hour coverage based on the need of the
facility and as assigned, to advise nursing staff in the care of
detainees/inmates/residents after hours.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing required. Must have a
current, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse and
Nurse Practitioner in the state the facility is located, as well as
a current DEA license. Must maintain current copy of applicable
licenses at the facility at all times.
Two (2) years of direct work experience preferred.
Knowledge of nursing principles practices and techniques.
Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
Skill in performing uncomplicated surgical procedures.
Ability to administer prescribed medications.
Ability to perform complete physical appraisals of patients.
Ability to identify and evaluate illnesses.
Ability to initiate diagnostic laboratory tests and evaluate the
Ability to manage the care of patients.
Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical
Ability to compile and evaluate medical histories and other
clinical and laboratory data.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically
used by the department.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
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