Registered Nurse (RN) - Correctional Health
Full-Time Registered Nurse (RN) - Correctional Health at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Healthcare
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $77,415.79 - $117,113.12 Annually
Education Level: Certification
E-Verify: Yes

The Correctional Health Department is hiring for multiple vacancies, including casual/intermittent positions. All hires will be backgrounded and trained at all of the correctional sites in Ramsey County.

In addition to permanent vacancies, there are 2 (.8 FTE) Unclassified, Limited Duration positions. The Limited Durations positions are currently approved through 2024.  Limited duration, unclassified positions, may become benefits eligible based on your schedule. 

A licensed Registered Nurse who utilizes the nursing process to meet a variety of healthcare needs. Under the direction of a Nurse Supervisor – Correctional Health, provide direct patient care and guidance to nursing staff under their license, in the provision of nursing care. Work cohesively with a variety of health care professionals and security officers in a correctional environment; and perform related duties as assigned.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Participate in on-coming and off-going shift reports, ensure shift preparedness and communicate needs to maintain the ability to deliver safe and effective care during the shift and thereafter.
  2. Provide direct and indirect nursing care to meet the psychological, psychosocial and emotional needs of inmates within the framework established by the correctional system; perform assessments of inmates in a variety of settings such as, intake and booking, health care unit for sick call, emergency in-housing, chronic care clinics and the medical unit; utilize assessment skills that require a knowledge base of both normal and abnormal adult and juvenile health status; and communicate assessment data in a comprehensive, orderly fashion both verbally and in writing.
  3. Plan nursing care by identification of inmate needs based on assessments; make appropriate, timely referrals and initiate appropriate nursing care based on institutional policies and procedures; and document plans appropriately.
  4. Implement nursing care and medical care orders in a knowledgeable, safe and cost-effective manner; document nursing care and appropriate medically directed care in accordance with policies and procedures; and provide inmate education as an integral part of total patient care.
  5. Evaluate and document inmate responses to aspects of health care and make appropriate referrals to members of the health care team.  Delegate duties to other health care team members based on their skill, knowledge and experience and guide the provision of care by others.
  6. Utilize effective communication skills by demonstrating respect, concern and courtesy in all interpersonal relationships.  Communicate information in an accurate, concise and timely manner, protect confidentiality, and participate in problem-solving activities of the health care team.
  7. Use current knowledge to promote a safe environment for providing health care to inmates.  Function as a role model for other health care unit personnel and maintain harmonious relationships with security, inmates and members of the health care team.
  8. Maintain clinical area in a clean, neat and safe manner and participate in required counts and cleaning assignments; adhere to institutional and medical unit infection control policies; and understand and adhere to safe correctional nursing practices and institutional security directives.
  9. Maintain current professional skills and continue professional growth to enhance the practice of correctional nursing and the image of the organization.  Attend appropriate in-services.  Participate in offering education to inmates, security officers and other members of the health care team.  Exhibit an ability to participate in the change process to support the organization and the health care unit.  Accept assignments and extra duties with flexibility and willingness to participate in activities other than direct patient care.
  10. Perform necessary duties to maintain continuity of care when staffing needs dictate necessity.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Completion of an accredited two-year program in nursing.

Experience:  None

Certifications/Licensure:  Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State of Minnesota. Basic Life Support certification/Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification.

Substitution:  None


Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training and Experience Rating = 100%

The examination for Registered Nurse - Correctional Health will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend your answers to the questions – do not mark "see resume" or "see work history" as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.
 Eligible List: The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Registered Nurse - Correctional Health. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for three months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.
 The department may choose to interview any candidate on the eligible list.
 Veteran's Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.
Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
Hires will be backgrounded and trained at all of the correctional sites in Ramsey County.

 E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
 Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.
 To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact

Ramsey County

Contact: Nirvana Wallace
Phone 651-266-2700
297 Century Ave S
Maplewood, MN 55119
Transit: On bus line