In the Department of Mental Health at Whiting Forensic Hospital under established security conditions, this class is accountable for developing and maintaining an effective therapeutic environment for patients.
Works under the general supervision of a Lead Forensic Treatment Specialist, a Forensic Head Nurse, a Head Nurse, or other nursing supervisor.
Generally does not exercise supervision.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Develops and maintains therapeutic relationships with patients;
Actively participates in team patient care conferences;
Performs patient care duties such as feeding, bathing, dressing
Takes vital signs;
Observes, reports and records patient behaviors and appearance;
Effectively implements security regulations;
Prevents unauthorized movement of patients, visitors and
Performs housekeeping tasks, escorts patients and secures supplies
Assists in transfer of patients from and to security treatment
Monitors and participates in patient management on units;
After proper training, may prepare and administer medication other
than controlled substances and perform first aid procedures;
May informally counsel patients as need arises;
May participate in group counseling sessions;
May participate in patient activities;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
psychiatric procedures and principles involved in care and
treatment of the mentally ill;
modern medical, therapeutic and psychiatric routines, methods and
safe patient custody in a security treatment area;
human behavior, behavioral manifestations of mental illness and
principles involved in care and treatment of the mentally ill;
Considerable interpersonal skills;
Ability to perform basic first aid procedures.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience in the care of the mentally ill or emotionally disturbed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Satisfactory completion of a Medication Course may be required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
Sixty (60) or more credit hours of college education may be substituted for one (1) year of the General experience.
Incumbents 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 background investigation of each candidate will be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment. 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/infectious diseases and to 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 Forensic Treatment Specialist (35 Hour) in Salary Group HN 19 approved effective January 23, 2023. (Revised to modify content) Final No. 23-197