Job Summary

Under clinical supervision of a physician and general supervision of the Director of Inmate Mental Health, provides direct psychiatric care to inmate patients in a clinical setting of the Travis County Jail. Evaluates psychiatric health care needs of patients and develops plans to meet those needs.


This is a job classification within the Medical job family. Incumbents perform highly advanced health care duties that require a high degree of initiative and independent judgment. Incumbents perform a wide range of medical duties and may also be responsible for treatment of patient and follow-up care. The Physician Assistant (PA) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) differ from the Registered Nurse II in that the Physician Assistant is trained in an intensive education program and works directly under the supervision of the physician, who remains medically, legally and administratively responsible for the Physician Assistant's work. The Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who is prepared for advanced nursing practice by virtue of knowledge and skills obtained through an advanced educational program of study. Nurse Practitioners may act independently and/or in collaboration with other health care professionals in the delivery of health services. The Nurse Practitioner may provide focused healthcare services in an area of clinical specialization. This classification may require work in secure facilities. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides direct healthcare to psychiatric patients, including performing assessment of patients.
  • Orders laboratory studies, interprets studies and adjusts treatment plan accordingly.
  • Designs psychiatric treatment plans for multiple patients.
  • Secures and evaluates complete psychiatric histories of patients. Refers patients with non-psychiatric medical findings to appropriate medical specialists for care.
  • Provides healthcare within the scope of practice.
  • Consults with clinical and administrative staff about patient health care issues.
  • Fills and dispenses medicines within the scope of practice and supervises self-administration as necessary and appropriate.
  • Orders emergency medications for safety
  • Provides counseling on health maintenance of chronic mental illnesses, nutrition, general health care and preventable illnesses.
  • Plans, promotes, demonstrates, recommends and coordinates high standards of patient care practice.
  • Manages patient and daily care programs in general health or in area of specialty. Introduces innovations in patient care and health programs.
  • Participates on treatment team which consists of nursing, counseling and security staff.
  • Answers medical questions from staff, patient's relatives and others as appropriate.
  • Reads medical journals and attends seminars to stay current on medical practices.
  • May direct subordinate members of the health care team in the delivery of healthcare.
  • Participate in "on-call" rotation each month.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

If Physician Assistant: Graduation from an accredited Physician Assistant program AND one (1) year of Physician Assistant experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Current license to practice as a Physician Assistant (PA) in the State of Texas. Current Certification as a Physician Assistant (PA). Current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.

If Nurse Practitioner: Graduation from an accredited Nurse Practitioner program AND one (1) year of Nurse Practitioner experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Current license to practice nursing in the State of Texas. Current Nurse Practitioner (NP) Certification. Current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Standard healthcare practices.
  • Policies, practices, procedures and terminology related to healthcare.
  • Federal, State, Local and County healthcare laws and requirements.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and injuries.
  • Proper dosages and expected results of medication.
  • Proper infection control techniques.
  • Principles and procedures of medical documentation and record keeping. Skill in:

  • Diagnosing and treating a broad range of patient diseases and injuries.

  • Using a variety of medical diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
  • Administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
  • Prioritizing patient needs.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Both verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Perform diagnostic and general medical treatment examinations.

  • Interpret results of medical examinations and tests.
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a medical team.
  • Recognize and identify health symptoms.
  • Exercise sound judgment and react quickly in emergency situations.
  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks.
  • Understand and precisely follow both verbal and written instructions and communicate in a concise and effective manner.
  • Work effectively and courteously under high-pressure circumstances.
  • Work in a secure environment.
  • Deal effectively with mentally disturbed, hostile and aggressive individuals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical and other County employees and officials, and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 35-100 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. Subject to contact with communicable diseases, radiation, hazardous waste, human fecal matter and foul odors.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday This position requires the incumbent to be on-call. Works some holidays, nights and weekends

Department: Sheriff

Location: 3614 Bill Price Rd., Del Valle

Drug and Alcohol Test Required Criminal, Credit, Driving, Education and Employment Background Check Required.

Salary: $72,861.57 - $94,720.08 Annually $72,861.57 - $94,720.08 Annually

Job Number: 15-03145

Location: Del Valle, TX

Closing: 11/2/2016 11:59 PM Central

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Sheriff

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165