Rutgers University UCHC Staff Nurse - SWSP in New Brunswick, New Jersey


University Correctional Health Care (UCHC), operating within Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated to excellence in providing physical, mental health, dental and sex offender treatment services to those involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems in New Jersey. UCHC operates with a total budget of $150 million and approximately 1,100 staff serving roughly 20,500 inmates in twelve adult correctional facilities, 400 residents in fourteen JJC locations, and 1,000 individuals in ten state parole board offices.

We are committed to being a leader in the delivery of effective, compassionate and accessible care informed by research within correctional environments.

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.

Posting Summary

Rutgers University Correctional Health Care is seeking a Staff Nurse for the Southwoods State Prison, located in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The Staff Nurse utilizes the nursing process to meet a variety of health care needs with ambulatory care as a primary focus for inmates in the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

  • Provides direct and indirect nursing care to meet physiological, psychosocial and emotional needs of the resident-patient including adolescents (13-17 years), adults (18 to 64 years) and their family within the framework established by the correctional system.

  • Performs assessments of resident-patient in a variety of settings such as initial intake area, health care unit for sick call, emergency situations in housing, chronic care clinics and infirmary.

  • Works with a variety of health care professionals and security officers in a correctional environment.

  • Identifies inmate-centered goals and nursing objectives and implements prescribed interventions and solutions for the identified problems.

  • Plans nursing care by identification of resident-patient needs based on assessments. Makes appropriate, timely referrals and initiates appropriate nursing care based on institutional policies and procedures.

  • Evaluates and documents resident-patient responses to aspects of health care and makes appropriate referrals to members of the health care team.

  • As team leader or charge nurse, delegates duties to other health care team members based on their skill, knowledge


Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Minimum Education and Experience
  • Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing, with a license to practice in the State of New Jersey.
Physical Demands and Work Environment

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Computer literacy, typing, ability to work at varying computer workstations provided by the Department of Corrections in shared office environments, ability to speak clearly and write proficiently is essential, extensive reading required, extended sitting is required, ability to move from unit to unit within correctional facilities, frequently walks, bends, stretches, pushes and pulls, intermittent physical exertion when performing job activities, manual dexterity and mobility for charting, lifting of up to 50 pounds, hearing and sight are essential, ability to speak clearly is required, may be required to travel within the state, ability to implement Universal Precautions and Safety Precautions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: A generally crisis oriented, secure environment working with adults, some who exhibit aggressive, threatening and assaultive behaviors. Handle emergency and crisis situations. Nurse must exhibit flexibility to work in a variety of settings. May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Possibility of cuts, burns, bruises, strains. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Entering and movement within the facility will be controlled by Correctional Officers.

Special Conditions

Must be approved by the Department of Corrections (DOC) and adhere to all DOC requirements. Employees will be subject to and must comply with all security regulations and procedures of NJ Department of Corrections and the assigned facility(ies) including, but not limited to sign in logs or electronic time clocks, searches of person and property, etc. Violations of NJ Department of Corrections and/or being banned by the Department of Corrections to work at a NJ Department of Corrections’ facility are grounds for a disciplinary action and potential termination.

Recruitment/Posting Title: UCHC Staff Nurse - SWSP

Job Category: Staff & Executive - Medical (Clinical) - Nursing

Department: UCHC-Ph-South Woods State Prison

Position Status: Part Time

Hours Per Week: 20

FLSA: Nonexempt

Grade: 01C

Annual Minimum Salary: 26.600

Annual Mid Range Salary: 34.050

Annual Maximum Salary: 37.240

Standard Hours: 40.00

Union Description: HPAE, Local 5135

Payroll Designation: PeopleSoft

Terms of Appointment: Staff - 12 month

Position Pension Eligibility: ABP

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • CPR Certification

  • Computer literacy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (BSN).

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in a correctional setting.

Posting Number: 17ST2991

Special Instructions to Applicants: Part Time .5

Regional Campus: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus: Off Campus

Location Details: Southwoods State Prison, located in Bridgeton, NJ