Nurse Practitioner – Department of Corrections (Washington, DC)

Unity Health Care | Washington, DC

Job Description

Department: Medical

Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours: 8am-5pm

Job Details


Under the supervision of the Medical Director/designee, the Nurse Practitioner shall provide the Department of Corrections, Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, Health Services Division, comprehensive medical care as delineated by UHC.  The Nurse Practitioner provides expanded care to patients by exercising independent judgment related to patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, counseling, and comprehensive care to DC Department of Corrections’ patients.


  • Provides preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to patients.
  • Obtains medical histories and conducts physical examinations and evaluations as appropriate.
  • Orders and interprets laboratory/radiology testing, as appropriate.
  • Makes diagnoses and prescribes therapeutic measures of care including legend drugs and controlled substances.
  • Counsels patient and provides teaching for health maintenance and specific health problems.
  • Makes appropriate referrals to specialists and hospitals.
  • Recognizes and manages common acute and chronic illnesses within her/his scope of practice.
  • Develops and participates in sick call, urgent care, intake, chronic care, and screening programs.
  • Provides immediate emergency care as needed and makes arrangement for transport to appropriate hospital or health service when necessary.
  • Collaborates, as needed, with social worker, discharge planners, mental health clinicians, medical-clerical assistant, and physician responsible for team regarding treatments, referrals, and follow-up care of patients.
  • Provides coverage as needed to care for the patients to include at least one holiday shift per year.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Must have current DC RN license with certification by the ANCC or AANP, DEA license, and CDS license.
  • 2-3 years of experience in ambulatory care setting with some contact with homeless patients preferred, but not required.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to analyze medical records and to conduct medical/nursing research.
  • Ability to perform complex medical record reviews and to evaluate clinical data.
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical organization structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Skill in interpreting information and preparing reports and trend analyses.
  • Skill in examining and reengineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of nursing theory and practice.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Investigative skills pertaining to medical/legal claims and litigation.
  • Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of medical malpractice law.
  • Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions.

To apply please view the listing at Unity Health Care.