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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Licensed Practical Nurse

Billerica, MA

Job Description

The Middlesex Sheriff's Office (MSO) is seeking qualified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to work in a correctional setting on the 3:00PM to 11:00PM and the 11:00PM to 7:00AM shifts. The MSO provides 24-hour care to inmates and detainees at Middlesex Jail & House of Correction in Billerica, MA. Applicants must be able to work on any shift (7:00AM-3:00PM; 3:00PM-11:00PM; and 11:00PM-7:00AM when necessary) and on weekends and holidays. The position is under the direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator (HSA) or designee in the MSO Health Services Unit (HSU) and is classified within a collective bargaining agreement.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

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  • Assisting physicians with all in-house clinical duties;

  • Performing emergency services as necessary;

  • Dispensing medication as directed;

  • Accounting for medication, supplies and equipment located in work area;

  • Making appropriate entries into infirmary log;

  • Conferring with other shifts regarding patients and other infirmary activities;

  • Providing nursing services to clients through all phases of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program;

  • Monitoring opioid withdrawal symptoms utilizing the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) and the Subjective Opiate Withdrawal Scales (SOWS). Performing Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol Scale (CIWAS) as needed;

  • Provide individual and group health counseling to clients and families as needed;

  • Closely coordinating with local pharmacies around MAT client medications;

  • Maintaining records and overseeing program-specific treatment plans for each client;

  • Other work duties as assigned by the Health Services Administrator or designee.

The individual selected for the position of Licensed Practical Nurse must have the ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job. The individual selected shall also be cognizant of the confidential and sensitive nature of working in a law enforcement agency and must comply with all institutional rules regarding safety and security.

Working Conditions:

  • Based in a correctional facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
  • Must be able to work on varied shifts (7:00AM-3:00PM; 3:00PM-11:00PM; and 11:00PM-7:00AM when necessary), weekends, nights, holidays and subject to being forced to work over 8 hours depending on operational needs within the MSO HSU;
  • The applicant may be required to: interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress; stand and walk for prolonged periods of time; lift and carry heavy objects; restrain inmates/detainees in accordance with policy; work under exposure to adverse weather conditions.



  • Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree preferred;
  • Current LPN license issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of LPN experience preferred;
  • Prior experience in a correctional or similar setting also preferred;
  • Ability to participate in professional development activities both on and off-site;
  • Work independently, as well as, and with other internal departments in a fast paced environment and execute close attention to detail;
  • Strong written, communication, organizational, analytical, problem-solving and time-management skills;
  • Ability to complete multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner while maintaining comprehensive and cohesive records.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Must have an active valid driver's license and the right to legally operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts and pass a criminal background check.

Salary: Starting annual salary from $70,825.67 plus additional benefits included per the collective bargaining agreement. Interested candidates can review this job posting at and may submit a cover letter and resume via email to .

Client-provided location(s): Billerica, MA, USA
Job ID: Commonwealth_of_Massachusetts-220006CT
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits

    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Pension
    • Financial Counseling
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program