PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Public Health, Children and Families, Correction, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Social Services and the Office of Early Childhood, this class is accountable for applying professional nursing knowledge in the enforcement, inspection, licensure, consultation and implementation or assessment of the nursing service component of health care programs and facilities.
Works under the general supervision of a Supervising Nurse Consultant or other employee of higher grade.
May supervise/lead professional and clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Implements, coordinates, and evaluates activities of assigned programs or health care services; maintains active liaison with and serves as nursing consultant to other sections, divisions, health care providers and public; may inspect and evaluate health care and psychiatric facilities for compliance with state and federal regulations including licensure and certification laws; assesses safety and quality of client care provided; assesses compliance of health insurance companies with various state statutes, regulations and guidelines; performs related duties as required.
In a central office assignment or region-wide basis, plans, reviews, and evaluates the coordination, assessment and monitoring of health services to DCF children; assists in the development of policies and procedures related to health and wellness/nursing standards of practice; provides consultation to community hospitals, medical facilities, community providers, schools, foster parents, other state agencies and the court system regarding the health needs of DCF children; provides consultation to Careline Special Investigations Unit on medical investigations of abuse and neglect; develops nursing and individual professional development/trainings; may review all multidisciplinary evaluations, including the child's medical, dental, developmental, behavioral health and trauma needs, including consents for surgeries/medical procedures and/or medically complex cases; may have oversight and coordination of children's health plans; may have oversight of state-wide health trainings, health programs, contracts and health initiatives; may develop, provide and monitor health trainings to DCF caregivers, staff, community providers and youth; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of nursing treatment, trends and resources for pediatric health issues; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of nursing care administration and education for a variety of specialties with varied settings; considerable knowledge of principles and practices pertinent to community processes; knowledge of State, Federal and local health agencies and programs; knowledge of nursing education and skill in techniques of teaching; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs; ability to collect and analyze data.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience as a professional nurse in a position involving supervision, consultation, education or administration.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the general experience must have been in the area of pediatric nursing.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
2. A Master's degree in health services administration, nursing or public health may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess certification as an Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist or be eligible for certification as an Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
1. Administrative capacity shall be interpreted as having managerial responsibility in setting and implementing policies, carrying out program planning, and evaluating and coordinating special projects, etc. in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
2. Consultative capacity shall be interpreted as the providing of professional expert nursing advice to other than subordinate staff on major programmatic issues in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
3. Educational capacity shall be interpreted as experience in a full time professional educational position instructing professional nurses in a formalized program or teaching students in an undergraduate or graduate nursing program in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
4. Supervisory capacity shall be interpreted as the administrative supervision of registered nurses or other professional staff including accountability for hiring, firing, reviewing and evaluating employee performance in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Nurse Consultant in Salary Group HC/FP 28 approved effective September 16, 2016. (Revised to establish a class code for the Department of Children and Families and modify content)