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RN New Graduate-Senior Nursing Students - Statewide (Prison Facilities)

at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Pay: $46203 to $78218/year
$46203 - $78218
Posted: 10/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1846744

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description of Work

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS THROUGH THIS POSTING.  REVIEW THE RN NEW GRADUATE INFORMATION BELOW AND THEN CLICK ON THE LINK PROVIDED TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH THE Registered Nurse - Statewide (Prison Facilities) POSTING.  PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES CAN ACCOMMODATE NEW GRADUATES:  Caledonia, Craven, Harnett, Marion, Nash, Pasquotank, Sampson, Central Prison Health Complex, Neuse, Maury, NC Correctional Institute for Women, Pender, Scotland, Greene, Lumberton, Morrison, Columbus, New Hanover, Piedmont, Alexander, Foothills, Avery Mitchell, Mountain View, Tabor and Polk.  

Salary information:

  • RN New Graduate with no prior RN, LPN or EMT experience - $50,000.00
  • RN New Graduate with at least 2-years prior LPN and/or EMT experience - $52,000.00
New graduates will advance to $52,000.00 (previous $50,000) or $54,000.00 (previous $54,000) after 1-year of continuous NC DPS State employment.

Link to apply:

The RN New Graduate program is for senior or recently graduated nursing students who will  will sit for the NCLEX, and with an anticipated passing score, be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina within 6 months of submission of any Registered Nurse employment application.  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.

A Correctional Nurse has the opportunity to make a significant impact on an individual and a community.  Correctional Nurses are a critical link to identify health care needs of the individual inmate and promote treatment. 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.

Available shifts will be determined at the actual time of hire based on the needs of the facility.

Adult Corrections has a varied population of 37,000 + inmates with medical and mental health needs, requiring a range of care including acute, chronic and outpatient services. Positions are located in facilities statewide.  Correctional Nurse positions provide professional nursing care and treatment for the whole patient in accordance with medical protocols. Work includes conducting needs assessments based on medical and mental health issues; developing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans with input to multidisciplinary treatment team to include medical, mental health, dental and custody support; and providing patient care and health education to inmates in a state correctional facility. This position requires sick call assessments, medication administration, blood draws, transcribing MD/PA orders, patient education, thorough medical documentation with a newly emerging electronic medical record, monitoring and treatment of communicable diseases and responding to medical emergencies throughout the facility.   Some facilities have specialty roles which include:
*  Regional Medical Center (RMC) Nursing (Central Prison & NC Correctional Institution for Women only):  Works 12 hour shifts either day or night shift and every other weekend and alternating holidays; performs primary care nursing with assistance of RNs, LPNs and CHAs (Correctional Healthcare Assistants- CNAII); 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 IV's; 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.

*  Outpatient Settings:  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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies


  • Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in NC by the agreed date of hire
Please note: This job posting allows new graduate nurses and Senior nursing students to apply for, be considered, interview if selected, and potentially be extended a contingent offer of employment as a Registered Nurse.  All offers of employment are subject to successful graduation from an appropriately accredited nursing program, as well as passing results from a NCLEX exam in order to be licensed as a RN to practice in North Carolina, in addition to all other NC DPS pre-employment and on boarding requirements.  Failure to successfully graduate or become licensed to practice in NC as a Registered Nurse within six (6) months of submission of a Registered Nurse job application will render null and void any contingent job offer of employment and a new employment application will be required in order for a candidate to be considered in the future.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the state of North Carolina.
Special Note:  This is required in order to actually be hired and a start date established.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The N.C. 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 the NC DPS approved RN New Graduate range, exempt- Shift differentials of 10% for 2nd shift, 15% for 3rd shift, and 20% for weekend shifts are in addition to the annual base salary.  When 2nd or 3rd shifts are worked in conjunction with a weekend shift, both differentials apply (i. e. 30% 2nd/weekend, 35% 3rd/weekend)

Online applications are only accepted through

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 N.C. 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,002149 for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the N. C. Department of Public Safety.
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Contact information:
Sara Royster, Agency HR Consultant III – Critical Needs