Registered Nurse - Statewide (Prison Facilities)

Support Staff
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Raeford, North Carolina

Sep 10, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$46,203.00 - $78,218.00 annual

Job Description

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA invites applications for the position of: Registered Nurse - Statewide (Prison Facilities) JOB CLASS TITLE: Registered Nurse POSITION NUMBER: 71007100 DEPARTMENT: Dept of Public Safety DIVISION/SECTION: Adult Corrections/Prisons SALARY RANGE:$46,203.00 - $78,218.00 Annually RECRUITMENT RANGE: $52,000 - $78,218 SALARY GRADE / SALARY GRADE EQUIVALENT: GN12 COMPETENCY LEVEL: Not Applicable APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time WORK LOCATION: Statewide OPENING DATE: 06/28/19 CLOSING DATE: Continuous


The North Carolina Department of Public Safety continuously recruits for Registered Nurses and will accept on-line applications regardless of whether or not there is a current vacancy. Applications received will be screened for vacancies as they occur and will be kept for 180 days. Correctional Nurses are a critical link to identify health care needs of the individual offender and promote treatment. A Correctional Nurse has the opportunity to make a significant impact on an individual and a community. The expertise and attitude of Correctional Nurses can make the difference it takes to promote quality health care standards and to provide an effective liaison with community support services. Adult Correction has a varied population of 37,000+ offenders with medical and mental health needs, requiring a range of care including acute, chronic and outpatient services. Positions are located in facilities statewide.

Position provides professional nursing care/treatment to patients in accordance with medical protocols, written policies and procedures, and the NC Board of Nursing scope of practice. Work includes conducting sick call/assessment, assisting the physician, carrying out orders, and planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care. Position responds to medical emergencies; monitors for communicable diseases; counsels for compliance with diet, medications and treatment; responds to inquiries and medical appointments; orders medications and supplies; provides additional nursing care duties, as required. Position requires oversight of LPN and CNA I/II staff, as designated by management.  Individuals may be required to work any shift, weekend, or holiday, with limited supervision, as assigned.

Some facilities have specialty roles which include: * Outpatient Settings (all prisons): Manages hundreds of patients in an outpatient setting; handles emergency situations and triage concerns; determines who needs to be seen by nursing or an alternative provider or who needs urgent intervention; manages multiple units and comprehensive documentation. * Regional Medical Center (RMC) Nursing (Central Prison & NC Correctional Institution for Women only): Performs primary care nursing with assistance of RNs, LPNs and HCT (Health Care Technician); passes medications to patients including identifying allergies, contraindications and interactions; assists staff in performing total patient care; performs complex wound care including dressings and wound vac instillation and care; manages central line sites; manages medically complex patients including contact, neutropenic, droplet and reverse isolation precautions. * OR Nursing (Central Prison only): Provides Pre- and Post-OP care to patients; assists with Pre-OP preparation and care including patient education and placing IVs; functions independently in the Endoscopy area assisting with upper and lower endoscopies; scrubs and circulates in the OR area performing Intra-OP duties as assigned anticipating provider needs; assists with ordering and stocking supplies and maintaining the count of sharp objects as well as procedure trays. * Inpatient/Residential Mental Health Nursing (Central Prison, NC Correctional Institution for Women & Maury Correctional only): Performs nursing assessments for Mental Health and medical concerns; processes admissions and discharges ensuring continuity of care and meeting all patient needs; provides acute Mental Health crisis intervention and group facilitator for unit and treatment mall based programs. * Urgent Care Nursing (Central Prison only): ACLS certification; assesses various medical needs; handles emergency situations and crisis intervention for acute Mental Health patients and Medical patients. * Regional Float Nurse (Locations: Western Region, South Central Region, Central Region and Eastern Region): Provide staffing relief for facilities throughout the assigned region. A state vehicle is provided for travel. Work includes sick call assessment, medication administration, phlebotomy sticks, transcribing MD/PA orders, patient education, thorough medical documentation, monitoring and treatment of communicable diseases and responding to emergencies. Knowledgeable of multiple clinical (i.e. competencies, documentation, venipuncture, sick call protocol) topics and skills, teaching abilities must be such to train multiple disciplines with various educational preparation including custody, nurses, auxiliary staff and offenders. May be required to work all shifts, weekends and holidays.

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Listed below are the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with this position.  These KSAs, along with the minimum education and experience listed, are required in order to be deemed "eligible" for the position.  Therefore, you must demonstrate through documented experience or provide supporting information within the body of your application to demonstrate your possession of ALL KSAs listed.

  • Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina.
  • If possess a single state RN license from a state other than NC, must apply and receive at a minimum a "temporary license" to practice in NC prior to hire date.

Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina.  RN New Graduates may also apply through this posting and should indicate their graduation date and anticipated licensure or NCLEX date. 


Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina.


The NC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

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Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application. Embedded or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application.

To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application in the Education and Work Experience sections of the applications form. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

++Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.++

During the online application process if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process.

If applying for a position certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice-Criminal Justice Standards Division, refer to ++ for specific certification requirements.

The NC Department of Public Safety must adhere to the United States Department of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards at 28 C.F.R. Part 115 Docket No. OAG-131 RIN 1105-AB34. Refer to ++ for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the NC Department of Public Safety.

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Job Requirements

  • Age: 20
  • Education: Associates
  • Experience: 1 year of nursing experience

Contact Information

Kim Shaw

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
180 Sandhills Drive, Bldg. C
Raeford, North Carolina 28376
phone: 919-805-2353

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