Department of Administrative Services

Chief Nurse Executive (2753MP)

$55.54-$75.74 Hourly / $4,443.53-$6,058.89 BiWeekly /
$115,976.00-$158,137.00 Yearly


In the Department of Correction, Health Services, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Valley Hospital, this class is accountable for directing all nursing services by ensuring that nursing professional practices comply with appropriate standards of delivery for evidence-based patient-centered care.


Receives administrative direction from the Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health Superintendent or other administrator of higher grade.


Directs managerial, professional and other staff providing nursing services.


DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES: Directs the staff and operation of the nursing department; coordinates, plans and manages nursing activities; formulates program goals and objectives; makes staff assignments; develops or assists in the development of related policy incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards; develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for nursing care; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in the preparation of the nursing budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the department who might impact on program activities; participates in recruitment and retention programs; makes rounds to determine the quality of nursing care; participates in Quality Assurance programs; assures optimal quality of care is provided in a safe environment; develops and/or implements effective ongoing programs to measure, assess and improve quality of nursing care, treatment and services delivered to patients; develops productive work teams; protects human and civil rights of patients and/or clients and staff; recommends disciplinary action; represents the hospital/facility in meetings of professional and/or community organizations; compiles data and prepares periodic reports; responsible for coordinating and providing twenty-four hour nursing coverage for facility or assigned unit(s); leads and participates in meetings; intervenes in crisis situations and investigates all unusual incidents; may speak on behalf of nursing; may oversee other disciplines including but not limited to pharmacy, respiratory therapy or social work; may participate in strategic planning; may participate in research activities; may be a member of standing committees; performs related duties as required.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION: Directs the staff and operations of nursing services on a statewide basis; ensures the coordination and provision of comprehensive nursing services are being delivered 24-hours per day and 7 days per week; directs the development and implementation of nursing standards, procedures, protocols and policies; directs the development, implementation of nursing services staffing plan policies; develops and monitors nursing performance expectations; ensures all facilities have implemented an effective system that certifies competence to perform nursing duties, including the performance of physical assessments and outpatient urgent and emergency protocols; develops and maintains an ongoing program to deliver, monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality and appropriateness of all nursing care; ensures the continuous quality improvements and sustainable constitutional levels of nursing care; ensures that nursing services are well-functioning and that the timely delivery of patient care is available to all patients in accordance with appropriate standards of nursing care; assesses professional training needs and participates in the development of staff development and education programs; identifies operational and organizational issues and implements solution; prepares or assists in the preparation of the nursing budget and makes decisions or recommends a course of action with regard to management of the nursing budget; performs competency assessments; mentors and coaches nursing personnel throughout the State; oversees the evaluation of nursing staff and recommends corrective action; protects human and civil rights of patients and staff; directs and oversees health care accreditation/re-accreditation process performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of nursing principles and practices in appropriate specialty; considerable knowledge of nursing administration; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of current developments in field of nursing including current complexities of the healthcare industry; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal regulations and accreditation guidelines; knowledge of behavioral health nursing; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of research procedures as applied to nursing; knowledge of trend variance analysis; knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; some knowledge of marketing; some knowledge of and ability to develop strategic plans; significant leadership skills and ability; considerable ability to problem solve; demonstrated ability to multi-task and coordinate a high level of activities under various conditions and constraints; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


A master's degree in nursing, public health administration, health care administration, hospital administration or a related field and three (3) years of experience in a health care organization/facility or psychiatric hospital, working in a managerial or administrative capacity.

Note:  For State employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of Director of Nursing 1.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.








(1)-Officials And Administrators


MP 70


This replaces the existing specification for the class of Director of Nursing 3 in Salary Group MP 70 approved effective August 31, 2007. (Revised to retitle, expand use to the Department of Correction and modify content)



CLASS: 2753MP; EST: 10/1/1945; REV: 7/27/2018;