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: Provides nursing care to individuals who present to the Harris County Hospital District for treatment, evidence collection and injury documentation. Completes and documents physical, social and safety assessments on each patient. Interacts in a professional manner with the patient, family and members of the multidisciplinary team. Participates in education and implementing prevention strategies within the community. Testify in courts of law as an expert witness. Is available to respond to locations within the Harris County Hospital District to care for victims and/or perpetrators of trauma, assault or abuse.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Education/Specialized Training/Licensure: Bachelors of Science Degree in nursing. Current State of Texas RN Licensure. Preferred certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner through either the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) or Texas Office of the Attorney General or within two years of employment.
2 Work Experience (Years and Area): Minimum of 8-10 years healthcare experience as a Registered Nurse with a background in Emergency/ Trauma, Labor & Delivery, Pediatrics, Intensive Care and/or Forensic Nursing.
3 Management Experience (Years and Area): None required
4 Equipment Operated: Computer, calculator, fax, copier, camera

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)
Bilingual Skills Required: No - Languages:
Writing /Composing (Correspondence/Reports) including entry of forensic data and case reports

2. Other Skills: Able to communicate effectively with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and social service agencies, medical examiner professionals.

Analytical, Mathematics, Medical Terms, P.C., Research, Word Proc.

3. Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays, Flexible, Travel, On Call

4. Other Requirements: On-call accountability for HCHD department. Current knowledge and experience in forensic nursing and/or participation in SANE/SAFE programs.

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