Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Nurse (Correctional Facility) (36 Hour)

Recruitment #211123-2294XS-002


Are you passionate about helping others and making a difference?   
If so, the State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) invites you to discover this 
exceptional opportunity as a dedicated Registered Nurse
Position Details
We have multiple openings at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correction Center located in Montville, CT. 
These roles are full-time, 36 hour per week third-shift schedule of 12:00 AM - 8:00 PM with rotating weekends and holidays.  

Our Mission 
The Department of Correction shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

Your Role
DOC is seeking highly motivated individuals to deliver care for our inmate population and assist them in their rehabilitation. Join a practice of nursing and delivery of patient care within the unique and distinct environment of the criminal justice system.  Correctional nursing practice is focused independent practice and autonomy.

Whether you are an experienced nurse or a new graduate,  you will apply your nursing knowledge, skills and abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a full range of health conditions and determine both the urgency and priority of care delivery. Our orientation programs give you the knowledge and confidence to practice in a correctional environment as a professional nurse.  Our in-service programs provide nurses with the opportunity to maintain clinical skills and learn new skills to advance patient care.

More details about this position can be found in the class specification

What We Can Offer You: 
  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV)                                                      
  • Generous time off (personal, sick, vacation)
  • Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits  
  • Excellent health benefits along with additional supplemental benefits 
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience 
Additional Benefits: 
  • We offer career mobility - get paid to go to school 
  • Tuition Reimbursement after 6 months 
  • Nursing licensure reimbursement 
  • Conference and workshop funds allotment $1,500.00 (travel, food, lodging) 
  • Meal allowance per shift 
  • Accruals sick time/vacation time/ personal time 
  • 2nd and 3rd shift differential/ weekend differential 
  • Recruitment and retention bonuses for RN’s on 2nd & 3rd shift $3,000 yearly. 
Employee Testimonials

"I started with correctional nursing in 2011, and it is the best decision I made for my nursing career. I have become an RN and now a CHN (Correctional Head Nurse) while employed with the Department of Corrections thanks to the wonderful benefits of career mobility and tuition reimbursement. Correctional nursing has helped me to develop great assessment and leadership skills."    Alice Scott-Hinton, BSN,RN 

"I’ve had many titles throughout my Nursing career such as a dialysis, medical/surgical, cardiac/ pulmonary and rehab nurse. Working for the DOC has improved my critical thinking skills tremendously and added many tools to my “Mental Nursing Toolbox of Information”. The people are great, the job is rewarding, and you can learn a lot form everyone around you."    Mikal 'Mike' French RN

"Working for the department of corrections for the last six years has truly been a life changing experience.  Both personally and professionally, DOC has afforded me with opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.  I have formed valuable relationships with not only my nursing co-workers, but with custody staff, social workers and every discipline in-between.  I have been able to attend correctional nursing conferences that have opened my eyes to issues and education that I hadn’t considered beforehand.  The Doc provides upward mobility for nurses looking to advance their career.  Happiness and satisfaction with my work life allows me to be a better husband and father at home.  I consider it a privilege to work with this department."    James Fagan RN

Learn more from our healthcare team at the DOC:


Selection Plan

This is a non-competitive recruitment, open to the public.

This is a full-time (36) hours per week position on third shift, every other weekend and holiday.  Positions are located at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.

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

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

To Apply:

  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • Supplemental documentation such as a resume or cover letter are no longer being accepted at the time of application in accordance with PA 21-69. Please ensure that your application is thorough and complete and include all details within the application. You will be unable to make revisions once it is submitted.

What to Expect After You Apply:

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.

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.

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.

Should you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact Samantha Wasef, Leadership Associate – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Wasef@CT.Gov, (860) 937-6357


In a Department of Correction facility, this class is accountable for providing professional nursing and/or mental health care to inmates and assisting in their rehabilitation or providing targeted infection control services.


• Independently assess patients, develop a nursing diagnosis, develop and implement a treatment plan, and provide patient education and self-care through the nursing sick call process;

• Performs health screenings and makes triage decisions contributing to the health and safety of patients;

• Collaborates with multiple disciplines: custody, medical, mental health, dental and other health care support professionals;

• Play a key role in the identification, treatment and control of the transmission of infections;

• Provide nursing care to special populations such as women's health, juvenile health, end-of-life care, mental health, infirmary care;

• Participate in a multidisciplinary team in providing chronic disease management by coordinating and managing chronic disease care;

• Advance quality, patient safety and a culture of safety by volunteering as a nurse educator, preceptor; participate in facility-based quality and best practices committees;

• Respond and participation in emergency care delivery;

• 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; some knowledge of teaching, counseling and evaluation principles and techniques; 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 inmate care applicable to work assignment; ability to listen and provide empathetic assistance to inmates in meeting their needs and carrying out prescribed treatments; ability to develop therapeutic relationships with inmates 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; ability to interview; some ability to develop curricula.


Graduation from an accredited nursing program.


  1. Candidates may be required to have experience working with adolescents or in women's health or mental health care.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
  3. 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.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment.


Incumbents in this class must possess general good health and retain sufficient stamina, agility and visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform all duties of the class. Incumbents are required to pass a physical examination.


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

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