Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Licensed Practical Nurse (35 Hour)

Recruitment #200207-5415HN-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

Are you looking to join a team continually looking to influence mental health treatment? If so, we have the opportunity for you! Our team is one of the most unique in the world! We take part in a coordinated endeavor consisting of DMHAS and the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Founded in 1966, the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) set out to treat people with mental illness in their communities, to provide a place for researchers from many fields to find new treatments and to teach professionals in the care of mental illness. We are nationally recognized for our research into the causes and treatment of mental illness and addiction.

We are currently recruiting for a Licensed Practical Nurse for our Acute Inpatient Unit 4th and 5th floors. This full-time position is located at 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT. The position is 3rd shift, 11:30 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. with a rotating schedule (72/72/80) every other weekend and holidays.

Discover the opportunity to: 

  • Work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse providing general care and treatment of patients; 
  • Administer medications, as prescribed, and ensure precise documentation;
  • Conduct inpatient groups, such as community meetings, orientation sessions, healthy living groups and medication education; 
  • Participate in revising Master Treatment planning;
  • Effectively communicate ongoing and updated clinical and/or program information through attendance and participation in team meetings, shift report, committees, and task forces.
Our employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as, paid time off.

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Donna Zwilling,; 203-974-7634.


In a state facility, this class is accountable for rendering bedside care or mental health services to individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities in instances where the services of a registered nurse are not required.


Assists doctors and nurses in the general care and treatment of individuals; measures doses and administers medications including insulin injections; documents medications using appropriate forms; performs narcotic counts; checks and may administer intravenous medications; reports changes in individuals to doctors; ensures that restraints are applied correctly; transcribes doctors medication orders; dispenses certain medications in doctor’s absence; applies topical medication; takes and charts temperatures, pulses and respirations; performs simple nursing treatments; monitors general individual needs including personal hygiene; reports on individual conditions and behavior; keeps the unit safe and healthy; administers enemas or suppositories; performs Foley catheterization care; orients individuals concerning medications and their use; may perform emergency first aid; may drive individuals to necessary appointments/outings; performs related duties as required.

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES: performs the full range of duties as described in the class specification for the Lead Developmental Services Worker.

DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES: performs the full range of duties as described in class specifications for the Mental Health Assistant 1 or Mental Health Assistant 2.


Knowledge of practical nursing specialties and bedside care; knowledge of various medications used in conjunction for the care of individuals who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities; knowledge of infection control practices; some knowledge of nutrition and diets; basic knowledge of medical and lab sciences; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to keep records; some ability to lead staff.


License or temporary permit to practice nursing in Connecticut by the State Board of Examiners for Nursing.


DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES: Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.


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