At Whiting Forensic Hospital under established security conditions this class is accountable for leading lower level staff in the development and maintenance of an effective therapeutic environment for patients on a unit.
Receives general direction from a Head Nurse, a Forensic Head Nurse, or other nursing supervisor.
Leads Forensic Treatment Specialists.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
On an assigned unit on a particular shift ensures proper
development and maintenance of therapeutic relationships and safe custody of
Assists in orientation of Forensic Treatment Specialists;
Implements nursing care and treatment plans through active
participation in patient care conferences and by exercising lead responsibility
over Forensic Treatment Specialists;
Accurately observes and reports patient activities and behavior;
Effectively supervises and implements security regulations;
Observes, reports and corrects adverse security conditions
including unauthorized movement of patients, visitors and staff;
Takes vital signs;
Supervises and may participate in patient management on units;
After proper training may prepare and administer medication other
than controlled substances and perform first aid procedures;
May assist in planning and implementation of patient activities
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
psychiatric procedures, patient behavior and principles involved
in care of the mentally ill;
modern medical, therapeutic and psychiatric routines, methods and
procedures used in safe custody of patients under security
oral and written communication skills;
observe and report patient behavior and reactions;
perform basic first aid procedures.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience as a Forensic Treatment Specialist.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application a thorough character investigation of each candidate will be made. Candidates who do not have good character are not eligible for permanent employment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients, may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from patients and may be exposed to significant mental stress and other extremely disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Lead Forensic Treatment Specialist (40 Hour) in Salary Group FK 21 approved effective January 23, 2023. (Revised to modify content) Final No. 23-197