Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant – Merced, CA

This is a PRN “as needed” and located at the onsite medical clinic in the Merced County Jail in Merced, CA.

Under direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator (HSA), Program Manager (PM), or higher medical professional, the Physician’s Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) will assist the Physician in all medical care and treatment of the patient population including but not limited to behavioral health disorders. The PA and NP will coordinate the patient plan of care through assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in collaboration with the healthcare team and in compliance with all agency, local, state, federal laws and regulations.



  • Completion of a master’s program in nursing (NPs) or an accredited education program for PAs.


  • Previous correctional/detention facility experience.
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience.
  • Experience with Urgent Care/ER (Trauma).


  • Unrestricted current license, certification or registration in the state of practice – must maintain all certifications, educational requirements, licensing, etc.
  • Current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration.
  • Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS and PALS (where applicable) certification through AHA.


  • Hold daily sick call, examine patients and carry out treatment according to standardized procedures and protocol.
  • Carry out physicians’ orders.
  • Consult with a physician about non-emergency conditions falling outside protocol parameters.
  • Identify medical emergency conditions and provide appropriate emergency care and arrange for transfer to the nearest appropriate facility.
  • Admit patients to the OHU and coordinate with nursing staff to develop treatment plans.
  • Perform annual physical examinations on all persons served as scheduled, order appropriate laboratory studies, and classify appropriate worker status.
  • Repair simple lacerations and remove sutures.
  • Perform minor surgical procedures (i.e. I&D, basic splinting and toenail removal).
  • Responsible for recognizing and treating non-psychotic behavioral health disorders pharmacologically as indicated.
  • In collaboration with the Psychiatrist, provide ongoing care of patients who are stable on maintenance doses of non-psychotic medications, as well as treat cases of situational stressors, causing anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer.


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