Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Head Nurse (35 Hour)

North Region

Recruitment #181203-4356HC-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - North Region - has two (2) current Full-Time job opportunity for a Head Nurse job opportunity based in The Hartford Regional Center, Newington, CT.

This is a Full-Time Thirty Two/Thirty Eight (32/38) hour per week position. The work schedule is 2nd Shift:
Week 1:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 1:00pm - 9:30pm; Regular Days Off: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Week 2: Thursday: 1:00pm - 7:30pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 1:00pm - 9:30pm; Regular Days Off: Tuesday and Wednesday.
However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.

This is a Full-Time Thirty Five (35) hour per week position. The work schedule is 1st Shift: Week 1: Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00am - 2:30pm; Saturday and Sunday: 6:00am - 3:30pm; Regular Days Off: Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Week 2: Monday: 6:00am - 3:30pm; Tuesday and Wednesday: 6:00am - 3:00pm; Friday: 6:00am - 4:30pm; Regular Days Off: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application.

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system
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Selection Plan

If selected for further consideration, at the time of interview, State Employees may be required to provide two (2) most recent Service Ratings and Non State Employees may be required to provide two (2) recent professional references.

  • Incumbents in this class are required to provide coordination of all medical services necessary to meet the health and safety needs of individuals under the care of Department of Developmental Services
  • Incumbents in this class are required to provide ongoing training for LPNs and non-licensed medication certified staff as required by State and Federal regulation.
  • Incumbent in this class will be required to provide clinical oversight of LPNs who provide direct nursing care to very medically involved individuals who may have extensive medical and psychiatric needs.
  • Per the CT Nurse Practice Act, LPNs must work under the direction of an RN at all times
  • Incumbents in this class must disseminates medical guidelines or recommendations distributed by the Department of Public Health, Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services and is a liaison nurse for any consumer admitted to a hospital or rehabilitation facility as required by Federal Regulation.
  • Incumbents in this class must participates in meeting the requirement that Department of Developmental Services provide 24/7 access to a RN to respond to critical illnesses and injuries.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Carol Bailey-Laud at Carol.Bailey-Laud@ct.gov, (203) 294-5002.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for administrative and clinical supervision of professional nurses, paraprofessionals and other staff involving direct nursing care of patients/individuals or performing specialized professional nursing work in the areas of community or therapeutic nursing. At the State Universities or State Vocational Technical Schools this class is accountable for providing primary nursing care for students and facility staff.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

WORKING LEAD: Leads the planning of care and implementation of the nursing process; plans unit workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; makes recommendations for personnel actions such as selection, discipline and performance; conducts or assist in conducting performance evaluations; leads professional and paraprofessional nursing staff in provision of patient/individual care; maintains and promotes standards of nursing; ensures controlled drugs are properly stored, administered and ordered; identifies staff development needs; provides staff training and assistance; instructs staff regarding policies and procedures; participates in interdisciplinary meetings to promote and ensure adjustment and continuity of patient/individual care programs; responds to emergencies; may make recommendations on policies and standards; may prepare reports or correspondence; may serve as Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional; performs other related duties as required.

DIRECT CARE: Independently develops, implements and evaluates nursing and/or health care plans; provides nursing consultation in the assigned specialty program; conducts nursing assessments; provides admission and discharge nursing assessments including plans for continuing care; maintains records and makes reports; provides for nursing services to comply with ICF regulations and JCAHO standards; maintains records of stored and secured medications; ensures controlled drugs are properly stored, administered and ordered; independently manages and provides direct care to patients/individuals; participates in individual, group or family therapy; participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of patient/individual treatment or health care plans; may participate in home visits and crisis intervention; manages an assigned caseload of other appropriate clinical activities; provides clinical direction and/or training to staff in individual, group and family service delivery programs; may provide in-service training to nursing and paraprofessional staff with regard to signs and symptoms of illness, dysfunction, injury and prevention of same; may conduct patient/individual centered conferences with nursing personnel; may consult with and make recommendations to physicians concerning health needs; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may prepare reports or correspondence; may serve as Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional; performs related duties as required.

SCHOOL NURSE: Independently provides counseling and health education services to students and staff; serves as member of crisis intervention team; provides assessment of medical problems; determines need for physician or medical care; performs basic evaluative procedures and tests; performs primary first aid; ensures that controlled drugs are properly stored; makes referrals and follows up on health needs; provides counseling on health related issues; maintains accurate medical records; writes reports; may administer medication; may administer routine tests or exam; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of and ability to independently apply nursing principles, techniques and standards; considerable knowledge of specialized patient/individual care applicable to nursing assignment; considerable knowledge of medications, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects; knowledge of general and mental health conditions and treatment interventions through utilization of assessment, nursing diagnosis, outcome identification, health planning, implementation and re-evaluation; knowledge of adult learning and family systems theory; knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic differences; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other professionals, community resources and providers; ability to act as a role model to health care staff; supervisory ability.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NURSING POSITIONS: Considerable knowledge of behavioral health of individuals; skill working with individual patients/individuals, groups and families; ability to provide therapeutic treatment with a variety of patients/individuals.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been working with the type of patients and/or individuals serviced by the agency.

Note: The Special Experience is not required for the Department of Developmental Services.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have considerable knowledge of modern approaches to working with persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have considerable knowledge of goals, policies and organization of residential and community support services.
  • Preference will be given to candidate with at least two (2) years experience working with individuals who are dually diagnosed wiht complex medical diagnosis.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of the American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients/individuals; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive/abusive patients/individuals; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.

Conclusion

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. If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at 860-418-6022 or renee.labarge@ct.gov.  







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.