Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Licensed Practical Nurse (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210903-5415HN-003

Introduction

Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for supporting others? Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal human services environment in the public sector? If so, we want you to join us!  

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – North Region seeks a highly skilled and qualified Licensed Practical Nurse to join our team in this full-time job opportunity.  

Position Details:

  • Location: Storrs Family Respite Center in Mansfield, CT.  
  • Hours: 70 hours/biweekly
  • Work schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday 1:00pm – 9:45pm (Regular Days Off Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job.    

You will discover the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Assist our individuals so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  

We participate in a generous and competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!

We hope you take this opportunity to make an impact by serving your state!

Selection Plan

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.  

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and specify their qualifications on their application. Please ensure that your application is complete as you will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application into the JobAps system.  

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.   

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.   

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.     

Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle License.  

Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.  

Incumbents in this class will be required to obtain an F-Endorsement on their driver’s license by the completion of the working test period.   

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.  

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, at Julie.Barker@ct.gov.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

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

This position provides nursing care for individuals staying at the Storrs Respite Center. The LPN in this position administers medications and treatments which may include insulin and glucagon injections; documents medications and treatments administered.  Monitors consumers’ health status and needs and reports changes to the registered nurse and to prescribers.  Maintains health and safety standards for residences/programs, including infection control practices.  Provides foley catheterization care, respiratory treatments, G and J-tube feedings and care, and colostomy care.  Provides incidental teaching to individuals served, staff, and families concerning medications and their use.  Monitors for desired and side effects of medications and treatments.  Maintains medication security, performs narcotic counts; transcribes and implements prescribers' orders; ensures supplies and medications are ordered and maintained.  Perform emergency first aid as needed; may provide dressing changes and other treatments.  Documents all care in individuals’ medical records and completes required facility documentation; performs related residential duties as required. In addition, the LPN in this position may assume lead worker duties as assigned. This position is essential to providing services needed to ensure health and safety.

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to candidates who possess:  

  • Experience providing nursing services to both children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.    
  • 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. 
  • Experience in providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.                
  • Experience following current infection control practices.
  • Experience working effectively in a fast-paced environment and demonstrating flexibility in adapting and responding to changing work conditions.
  • Experience with collaborative verbal and written communication skills to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook, Excel, and Teams.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

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.