Job Description


Harris Health System is the public healthcare safety-net provider established in 1966 to serve the residents of Harris County, Texas. As an essential healthcare system, Harris Health champions better health for the entire community, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, through acute and primary care, wellness, disease management and population health services. Ben Taub Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (Level 3 Trauma Center) anchor Harris Health’s robust network of 39 clinics, health centers, specialty locations and virtual (telemedicine) technology. Harris Health is among an elite list of health systems in the U.S. achieving Magnet® nursing excellence designation for its hospitals, the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered clinics and health centers and its strong partnership with nationally recognized physician faculty, residents and researchers from Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the University of Houston.

Skills / Requirements

Job Summary

The Harris Health System Advanced Practice Nurse - Correctional Health (APN- CH) functions as a clinical provider to socially marginalized patients under the jurisdiction of the justice system. The APN-CH evaluates, plans and provides care to patients in consultation with and under the direct supervision of the attending physician and serves as a clinical leader responsible for facilitating quality patient care in collaboration with pavilion leaders, nursing staff, and other disciplines. The APN-CH provides both programmatic and individually-delegated patient care. The APN-CH serves as a clinical expert and consultant to support the healthcare system in providing patient-centered, culturally-competent, outcome-focused therapeutic care within the management of specified populations through independent and collaborative clinical management. The APN-CH aligns practice with professional rules and regulations, accreditation standards, and organizational policies and procedures.

The APN-CH leads programmatic initiatives for care improvement that is congruent with the strategic and operational goals of the Correctional Health pavilion. The APN-CH provides personalized care and service consistent with the Harris Health System care values on people, diversity and inclusion, compassionate care, trust, integrity, mutual respect, communication, and education.

Minimum Qualifications

Degrees: Graduation from an accredited school of Nursing with a Master's degree in Nursing with completion of a university-based program for Advanced Practice Nurse

Licenses & Certifications:
Adv Practice Registered Nurse; Current recognition as APRN with the Texas Board of Nursing
Basic Life Support; from the American Heart Association or Red Cross
Registered Nurse; Current recognition as RN and with the Texas Board of Nursing
Certificate; Current specialty certification from nationally recognized certifying Organization Current prescriptive authorization (or eligibility) from the Texas Board of Nursing ANCC Certification. Other certificates as required by unit/service. Correctional Health ' BC (certification)

Work Experience:
One (1) Year Work Experience of APN experience
Three (3) Years Work Experience of RN experience in related clinical area of practice

Language Skills: Spanish Preferred

Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal Communication (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking)

MS Excel
MS PowerPoint
MS Word
Personal Computer

Job Attributes

Analytical Abilities
Design Knowledge and Skills
Medical Terminology Knowledge
Research Knowledge and Abilities
Statistical Knowledge and Abilities

Work Schedule: Flexible, Holidays

Other Requirements: Advanced knowledge with conflict resolution and communication/coaching skills; inquisitive and willing to put themselves to advance the agenda for change at the unit/department level

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