Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Nurse (Correctional Facility) (36 Hour)

South Region

Recruitment #191010-2294XS-002


Our Mission: The Department of Correction shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

Are you passionate about helping others and making a difference?

We invite you to discover this exceptional opportunity as a dedicated Registered Nurse.

DOC is seeking highly motivated individuals to deliver care for to our inmate population and assist them in their rehabilitation. You will work with a hardworking multidisciplinary team to deliver the highest level of care across a diverse population in our rare environment. You will have opportunities to care for a wide range of people and health concerns and gain invaluable experience while working in a dynamic highly varied work environment. 

Please view the video to learn more about DOC Health Services.


What we can offer you:

  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV)
  • Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits
  • Excellent health benefits along with additional supplemental benefits  
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience

Additional Benefits:

  • We offer career mobility - get paid to go to school
  • Tuition Reimbursement after 6 months
  • Nursing licensure reimbursement
  • Conference and workshop funds allotment $1,500.00 (travel, food, lodging)
  • Meal allowance per shift
  • Accruals sick time/vacation time/ personal time
  • 2nd and 3rd shift differential/ weekend differential
  • Recruitment and retention bonuses for RN’s on 2nd & 3rd shift $3,000 yearly

Selection Plan

These are all full-time (36) hours per week positions, on 2nd and 3rd shifts, every other weekend and holiday.  Position are located within the South Region Correctional Facilities.  Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.

Important Note on Location & Shift Selection:  Applicants must select the location(s) and shift(s) in which they wish to be considered for on their application prior to submission.  Failure to indicate the location and shift will result in the applicant not being considered for vacancies in that specific location and/or designated shift.   

Options are 2nd and 3rd shifts, every other weekend and holiday within the towns below:

  • New Haven: New Haven CI
  • Bridgeport: Bridgeport CC

The unit assignment and shift will be temporary.  The permanent assignment will be determined at the end of the initial working test period.  DOC will make reasonable efforts to keep the newly hired employees on the same shift they are initially assigned however, the assignment cannot be guaranteed.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency. Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Patrick Pathammavong at or 860-692-6805.


In a Department of Correction facility, this class is accountable for providing professional nursing and/or mental health care to inmates and assisting in their rehabilitation or providing targeted infection control services.


  • Independently implements nursing process with inmates including carrying out physician’s orders, medication and treatment
  • Performs ongoing assessments of health care issues
  • Implements nursing protocol
  • Monitors and ensures quality care through observation and evaluation
  • Makes health care nursing decisions
  • Develops and implements nursing plan of care
  • Instructs and educates inmates and staff regarding increased awareness and understanding of health issues
  • Responds to emergencies
  • Provide pre-certification for and coordination of care of inmates admitted to and discharged from acute care facilities
  • Performs assessment on new inmates admitted
  • Performs related duties as required


Knowledge of and ability to apply professional nursing theory, practice and ethics; knowledge of current medications, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects; knowledge of medical, therapeutic and psychiatric nursing interventions and methods; knowledge of and ability to apply quality standards, procedures and protocols; knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic difference; some knowledge of teaching, counseling and evaluation principles and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to act as a role model to health care staff by demonstrating and teaching professional behaviors; ability to learn specialized inmate care applicable to work assignment; ability to listen and provide empathetic assistance to inmates in meeting their needs and carrying out prescribed treatments; ability to develop therapeutic relationships with inmates and their caregivers; ability to respond to emergencies; ability to respond to and seek supervision; ability to encourage and facilitate cooperation, pride trust and group identity to foster commitment and team work; ability to analyze and evaluate proper care and treatment; ability to interview; some ability to develop curricula.


One (1) year of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse.


  1. A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for the General Experience.
  2. Two (2) years of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse working in a hospital, psychiatric or inmate setting and possession of a Registered Nursing license substitutes for the General Experience.


  1. Candidates may be required to have experience working with adolescents or in women's health or mental health care.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
  3. 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.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


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.


Incumbents in this class must possess general good health and retain sufficient stamina, agility and visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform all duties of the class. Incumbents are required to pass a physical examination.


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



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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