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University of Utah Clinical Nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 03/12/2021

Requisition Number PRN25539B

Job Title PS Clinical Nurse

Working Title Clinical Nurse

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics


Location Other

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $26-$35/hr

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This position is responsible for delivering professional nursing care to residents of Gemstone Youth Center apart of Juvenile Justice Services ( JJS ) by utilizing strong organizational and leadership skills to assess patient status; implements clinical nursing interventions to modify symptoms; and develops, implements and evaluates patient care plans to enhance and improve outcomes and ensures a safe and therapeutic environment. Additionally, this position will be responsible for running the JJS statewide STI /immunization program. This position is is a great opportunity for those interested in working in community and behavioral health.

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Sciences exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The Health Sciences Center seeks faculty and staff who are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at work site if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


1. Identifies, assesses and diagnoses problems through patient assessment and interactions; and evaluates actual or potential patient health problems.

2. Assesses, plans and implements interventions for solving patient care problems.

3. Formulates care plans for specific patients and documents the nursing process in patient’s record.

4. Evaluates patient response to interventions and modifies plan of care as needed to achieve health care goals.

5. Develops and participates in educating patients, their families, or significant others about post discharge care programs. Initiates patient care meetings with the health care team to revise the plan of care as the patient’s condition warrants.

6. Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.

7. Provides guidance and direction to members of the health care team to ensure quality patient care.

8. Keeps current on advances in nursing care by participating in educational programs.

9. Orients and educates new staff in nursing techniques and departmental procedures.

10. Provides and oversees direct patient care in accordance with established nursing protocol and physicians’ orders.

11. Utilizes knowledge of medications, procedures, infection control, and safety precaution; and initiates appropriate interventions in crisis situations.

12. Participates in total quality management to positively affect patient and system outcomes to improve care.

13. Within six months of hire, will study for, take and successfully obtain the Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional ( CCHP ) certification offered by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare ( NCCHC ). Supplies to study for the test will be provided and the cost will be reimbursed after successfully obtaining certification.

14. Will be responsible to run the statewide STI /Immunizations programs for youth in JJS , which will require utilizing technology for data collection and reporting.

15. Provides professional nursing services to residents with behavioral health needs.

16. Occasional weekend shifts may be required.

Problem Solving

The scope of the Clinical Nurse’s authority is to make nursing practice decisions in his/her area of specialty as is broadly defined by University of Utah Hospital, Nursing Practice Department, unit-specific policies and standards, and as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act. Major challenges encountered by the incumbent include problems related to patients and/or patient’s families; determining the appropriate nursing action in crisis/emergency situations; assessing and prioritizing patient need.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Current licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah or equivalency required. *If licensed in a compact state a Utah State license must be obtained within 90 days of hire.

Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card or must obtain one within one month of hire required.

Strong organizational and leadership skills as well as demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills are also required.

Some positions may require additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support ( ACLS ), Pediatric Advanced Life Support ( PALS ), or Neonatal Resuscitation Program ( NRP ) within one year of hire.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Care is appropriate to the population served.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Preference for candidates willing to pick up extra clinical shifts in emergency circumstances.

Preference for candidates who are organized and can successfully manage the statewide STI / Immunizations program in JJS facilities. This will also require candidates be competent with utilizing technology for data collection and reporting.

Incumbents must demonstrate both mental and emotional stamina in situations dealing with death, multiple patients, family members, etc.; function calmly and competently in high stress situations; and the ability to deal with the hazards involved in assessing and providing care to patients. Incumbents face exposure to potentially dangerous infections contaminants as part of the daily hazards of the job.

The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

This offer is contingent on satisfactory completion of pre-hire checks, including a criminal background check, a drug screen and reference checks.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.