Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Nurse Clinician (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210413-5915FP-001

Introduction



Are you ready to take the next step in your Nursing career, while continuing to make a difference in the lives of others? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our team of individuals committed to the goal of making a difference for individuals with mental health challenges!

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. 

We, at the Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC) are currently recruiting for a Nurse Clinician (PCN 126006), to work with our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, at 500 Vine Street in Hartford. This position is first shift, full time, 40 hours per week. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

DISCOVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
  • Carry a caseload and provide individual and group psychotherapy
  • Conduct clinical intakes
  • Complete psychosocial assessments
  • Develop treatment plans
ACT Teams deliver highly responsive, individualized, recovery-based and rehabilitative services in the client’s natural environment. The services are designed to respond to the clients’ personal goals and needs and are provided with appropriate timing and intensity. Services are offered within a team approach where individuals with different areas of expertise share responsibility for the provision of services, integrating care, and providing a wide range of interventions. ACT offers recovery oriented services, promotes self-determination and respects individuals served as experts in their own recovery. The primary emphasis of ACT is to support person-centered recovery goals, assisting individuals in becoming more self-sufficient, more active in their communities, obtaining competitive employment and achieving their personally meaningful goals and life roles. 

Our employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, and a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has permanent state status* and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

As a reminder:

  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses.
  • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
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For more information, we encourage you to contact the recruiter for this position, Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, (860) 924-7053.

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our ideal candidate will have experience:
  • Developing client-centered recovery plans.
  • Working on an outpatient, behavioral health team.  This includes tasks of providing: education, counseling, medication administration, and documentation of treatment progress to clients living in the community.
  • Leading professional and paraprofessional staff in a health care setting.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may 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.

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.







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