The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) seeks qualified individuals for the position of Nurse Clinician, within the Connecticut Mental Health Center, 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06511. This position is 1st shift, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
Please ensure that your application is complete and have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once your submit your application into the JobAps system. Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply a copy of their valid motor vehicle license.
Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Donna Zwilling, MHA-DMHAS-Recruitment@ct.gov, or at (203) 974-7634.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services and University of Connecticut, Correctional Managed Health Care this class is accountable for conducting individual, group or family therapy, performing clinical assessments, history taking and mental status examinations.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Elicits and records health history of client and/or patient; performs initial assessment using observation, interviews, inspection, auscultation, palpation and percussion; leads or co-leads psychotherapy groups or family therapy with other professionals; assesses, develops, implements and evaluates a written client and/or patient treatment plan for individuals and/or families; provides clinical supervision regarding assessment and intervention of crisis situations; counsels clients and/or patients and families about illness, medication and health habits; documents all care given; refers complex or emergent conditions to a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist according to predetermined guidelines; may perform some emergency medical treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, treatment for shock or hemorrhage and treatment for emotional crises; may prescribe medication; may order laboratory tests as needed to discriminate between normal and abnormal findings on physical examination; may provide individual therapy; may perform mental status examinations; may lead multidisciplinary teams; may provide clinical supervision for ward milieu including writing ward and/or unit treatment programs; may assist in training students and health professionals; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of psychiatric nursing processes with emphasis on clinical interviewing and individual, group and family psychotherapy; considerable knowledge of current modalities of treatment available for psychiatric patients with emphasis on interdisciplinary team approaches; considerable knowledge of theories and treatments of mental illnesses; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to observe changes in patient behavior; ability to make inferences and differential nursing diagnoses based on data available.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience as a professional nurse.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a psychiatric setting in supervised individual, group and/or family therapy.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
2. Master's degree in nursing 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 will be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
4. Within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, incumbents in this class who write medications must have a current license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse issued by the Department of Health.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.