$42.45-$57.73 Hourly / $3,183.68-$4,329.58 BiWeekly /
In a state agency health care delivery system this class is accountable for independently assessing, evaluating patient/offender health care status and developing a treatment plan to manage health problems and promote health maintenance and providing consultation services to optimize services provided and effect system changes.
This is an advanced professional working level and distinguished from lower level nursing classes by its level of clinical independence and the requirement to prescribe medications.
This class is used in one of the following ways:
Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services:
Provide medical and/or psychiatric consultation and collaboration to clinical, direct care and other staff members assigned to consumer care.
Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans Affairs, University of Connecticut - Correctional Managed Health Care:
Performs clinical assessments, evaluations, and diagnosis and medication management for consumers suffering from medical and/or mental health conditions.
Provides comprehensive advanced nursing treatments and/or health care services to patients/offenders including clinical assessments, treatments, diagnosing medical conditions, assessing emergencies, ordering, analyzing and interpreting results of diagnostic studies, prescribing medication and monitoring responses to medications and adjusting accordingly, making appropriate referrals to specialists; leading cardiac arrest codes and documenting medical and/or psychiatric care; performs specialized duties in providing medical and psychiatric care to a variety of patients/offenders including hospitalized and ambulatory individuals with acute and chronic conditions; provides individual psychotherapy; educates patients/offenders regarding diagnosis and treatment; assesses the effectiveness of health and/or psychiatric care services; consults with clinical staff regarding assessment methods and treatment plans; assists regional and/or central office staff in determining need for contractual health services; provides direction to staff on appropriate health record documentation; functions as liaison between agency and community health care providers; prepares reports on health services, problems and investigations; participates in quality assurance and other clinical committees as needed; assists families and other groups in understanding medical and/or psychiatric needs of clients serviced by agency; participates as a member of multi-disciplinary evaluation team; may provide training to nursing and paraprofessional staff; may complete home assessments for safety; may participate in investigations of abuse and/or neglect; may testify in court; may direct agency clinic services; performs related duties as required.
Considerable knowledge of advanced nursing principles and treatments; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of psychiatric nursing principles and practices, treatment modalities and concepts of community programs; knowledge of substance abuse issues as they relate to patients/offenders overall health and/or psychiatric status and course of treatment; knowledge of state, federal and local health care agencies and programs; knowledge of pharmacology as it relates to advanced nursing practice; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable clinical assessment and evaluation skills; ability to examine, diagnose, assess and treat patients; ability to interpret diagnostic tests; ability to prescribe appropriate medications and other treatments; ability to utilize computer software; administrative ability.
A current license as an advanced practice registered nurse issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients/offenders and may have some exposure to infectious and/or communicable diseases and disagreeable conditions.