Are you interested in a career that you can be passionate about, receive personal fulfillment, all while making a difference?
If this sounds like you, we invite you to check out this exciting opportunity below!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is a state agency that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We are seeking individuals who are looking to advance their careers and make a difference! The DDS - West Region, is currently recruiting for two (2) job opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses which will be based out of our Northwest Regional Center (NWC), located at 195 Alvord Park Road, in Torrington. We are actively recruiting for one full-time and one part-time job opportunity, both positions will be on the second shift. Shift information for each opportunity is as follows:
Full-time, Second (2ND) Shift, 70 hours/bi-weekly pay period (PCN 015931)
- Week One: Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Wednesday, 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm (32 hours/week)
- Week Two: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Wednesday 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm (38 hours/week)
Part-time, Second (2ND) Shift, 49 hours/bi-weekly pay period (PCN 015963)
- Week One: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm (21 hours)
- Week Two: Friday, 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Monday & Tuesday, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Thursday, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm (28 hours)
However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job.
As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more!
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!
Check out this video below to see what it's like to be a State Employee:
*New State Employees start at the minimum of the salary range.*
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. Failure to reply by the deadline indicated on the notification may result in you being disqualified from consideration.
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.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at Ethan.Ives@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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, SKILL AND ABILITY
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.
Preference will be given to those who possess the following:
- Experience with basic nursing skills to include but not limited to: providing medication and nutrition via G-tube or J-tube, diabetic care, respiratory treatments, colostomy, cecostomy, and urostomy care, wound care, and catheterization
- At least one year of experience providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities
- Experience with infection control practices
- Experience using Microsoft Outlook applications, such as Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Teams
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.
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.