Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Nurse (35 Hour)

Recruitment #191016-1969HC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)/Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) seeks qualified individuals for the position of  Nurse, PCN 26091, for our Brief Care Float Pool. Location: 401 West Thames St Norwich, CT 06360. This position is 1st Shift, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 72-72-80, every other weekend and holidays.

In this role you will:

  • Provide health education/teaching to clients of the program;
  • Facilitates education and skill building groups with clients;
  • Administer and monitor medication, supervise the self-administration of medication, provide injectable medications, and assist in the organization, storage, and management of client medication;
  • Transcribe orders, update medication reconciliation records, perform safety checks, take vital signs, implement infection control measures, process lab orders/requests and provides medication education;
  • Interface with pharmacies, residential programs, medical providers, schools, and VNAs around medication and medical issues;
  • Participate in individual recovery planning and monitors client progress;
  • Write goals for Health and Wellness on client Recovery Plans and provide information for use in quarterly Reassessments.

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following:  A copy of the Motor Vehicle Operator's License and a copy of their license as a Registered Nurse in Connecticut. 

Please be advised the applicants new to state service start at the bottom of the salary range.

Questions regarding this recruitment should be directed to Edra Knight, DMHAS HR, 860-262-6946 or


In a state agency this class is accountable for providing a full range of professional nursing care.


Independently implements the nursing process with patients/clients including carrying out physicians orders regarding diet, medication and treatment; performs assessments; changes dressings; monitors and ensures quality care through observation and evaluation; reports on physiological and mental health status of patients/clients; documents nursing interventions on medical records; distributes and maintains records of controlled drugs and insures their security; maintains records and makes reports; makes decisions in routine cases; instructs patients/clients, staff and family members regarding treatments, nursing plans and related patient/client care issues directed towards an awareness and understanding of health/mental health issues; responds to emergencies; maintains availability of medications and supplies; ensures cleanliness of equipment and environment; may participate as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team in the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of patients/clients treatment or health/mental health care plans; may formulate and implement nursing care plans; may participate in outpatient clinics and assist in physical examinations; may administer routine tests; may conduct training; may delegate nursing tasks consistent with established protocols; may participate in psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation interventions; may physically restrain patients/clients; may provide related medical or mental health specialty services; may serve as Qualified Mental Retardation Professional; 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; knowledge of and ability to apply clinical therapeutic models of client/patient care with emphasis on interdisciplinary team approach; 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 patient/client care applicable to work assignment; ability to listen and provide empathetic assistance to patients/clients and families in meeting their needs and carrying out prescribed treatments; ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients/clients, 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.


Graduation from an accredited nursing program.


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.


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