In a Department of Correction facility, this class is accountable for the
supervision and administration of an assigned nursing, mental health or related
specialty unit including the direction and coordination of staff in order to
ensure that the highest quality of nursing and/or mental health care is
provided for the inmate population.
Works under the general
supervision of a Supervising Nurse (Correctional Facility) or other employee of
HEALTH SERVICES: Leads planning of care and
implementation of nursing process; coordinates nursing and/or mental health
unit workflow; determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews
work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; identifies staff development
needs; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting
performance evaluations; ensures controlled drugs are properly stored,
administered and ordered; leads professional and paraprofessional nursing staff
in provision of inmate general and mental health care; instructs staff
regarding policies and procedures; maintains and promotes standards of nursing;
acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials
regarding unit policies and procedures; may participate in interdisciplinary
meetings; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may prepare
reports and correspondence; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances
and otherwise assist mental health and correction staff in emergencies;
performs related duties as required.
INFECTION CONTROL: Leads
planning and implementation of infection control services for correctional inmates
and individuals re-entering the community in order to protect the health and
safety of inmates, staff and the public; assures quality performance in implementation
of infection control program by contracted health care provider; provides
education and training to inmates including infection prevention and control;
monitors and ensures quality care through observation and evaluation; maintains
records and makes reports; may develop infection prevention curriculum and
educational materials for inmate education; may physically restrain inmates,
quell disturbances and otherwise assist mental health and correction staff in
emergencies; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
of and ability to independently apply nursing principles, techniques and
standards; considerable knowledge of medication, their actions, interactions,
uses and side effects; knowledge of general and mental health conditions and
treatment interventions through utilization of assessment, nursing diagnosis,
outcome, identification, health planning, implementation and re-evaluation;
knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic differences;
knowledge of emergency and operating room nursing procedures and techniques;
knowledge of teaching, counseling and evaluation principles and techniques;
considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability
to act as a role model to health care staff; ability to interview; ability to
develop curricula; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience
as a Registered Professional Nurse.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Bachelor's degree in
nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
1. Candidates may be
required to have experience working with adolescents or in women's health or
mental health care.
2. Incumbents in this
class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit as a
Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
3. Incumbents in this
class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the
use of the American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
4. Incumbents in this
class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s
5. Incumbents in this class
may be required to travel.
In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the
application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made
before persons are certified for permanent appointment.
Incumbents in this class must possess general good health and retain
sufficient stamina, agility, visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform
all duties of the class. Incumbents are required to pass a physical examination.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain inmates;
may have some exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of
injury from assaultive and/or abusive inmates; may be exposed to disagreeable
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Head Nurse
(Correctional Facility) in Salary Group HC 26 approved effective July 5, 2013.
(Revised to update agency title and modify content) Action No. 20-033