Detention Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.)

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Detention Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.)



The Detention Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.) requires state certification as a licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.) in the State of Florida and is supervised by a Registered Nurse (R.N.). The Detention L.P.N. provides routine urgent care services to the inmate population of the Hardee County Sheriff’s Detention Facility along with but not limited to:

  • Assisting current vendor providers with the medical management of inmates
  • Coordinating physician, dental and psychological services
  • Responding to medical incidents and preparing incident reports as appropriate
  • Completing physical and mental assessments on inmates
  • Compiling medical histories and reviewing intake health screenings
  • Interpreting physician orders
  • Providing inmate care as directed by the Medical Supervisor (R.N.) and assigned physicians
  • Drawing blood and specimens for routine medical tests or evidence, and administering TB testing
  • Arranging for inmate referrals to appointments and hospitals
  • Documenting all health care provided
  • Preparing and maintaining health records
  • Processing inmate medical billing
  • Monitoring and maintaining health care supplies
  • Monitoring and maintaining inmate prescriptions


Work assignments are recurring and typically repetitive. Considerable tact and firmness are required in dealing with violent, suicidal and mentally disturbed inmates where verbal abuse may occur.

The most important and essential job function of the position is attitude, which includes the following: Interacting positively and cooperating with co-workers, responding politely to customers, working as a team member, functioning under intense time pressure, and responding in a positive manner to supervision.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of medical supplies
  • Knowledge of appropriate medical forms
  • Knowledge of medications and their effects
  • Knowledge of HCSO policy and procedures
  • Interpret medical data
  • Set goals, objectives, policies and procedures for health care
  • Maintain mental and emotional composure in stressful and potentially dangerous situations
  • Detect and avoid dangerous situations
  • Provide CPR, basic first-aid and check blood pressures
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Physical assessment skills
  • Observation skills
  • Computer skills
  • Record filing skills
  • Telephone skills
  • Read and write English
  • Operation of a motor vehicle
  • Basic mathematics

Essential Duties

  • Assess inmates’ medical, dental and psychological needs
  • Coordinate with inmates’ physicians, dentists and jail physician to ensure adequate medical health care
  • Provide direct inmate health care
  • Stock medication carts, maintain accountability and monitor medication inventories and storage
  • Administer injections
  • Access potentially suicidal inmates and provide follow-up care
  • Review inmate medical screenings
  • Complete inmate medical assessments, compile inmate medical histories and prepare reports as needed

Education, Professional Certification or License

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • State of Florida Licensed Practical Nurse with current CPR certification
  • Preferred – Two-year college degree
  • Valid Florida driver’s license

Professional Experience

  • Minimum of one-year experience working as a Licensed Practical Nurse