Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Director Of Nursing 1

Office/On-Site

Recruitment #220518-2751MP-001

Introduction

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. 

If you are looking for a challenging clinical role responsible for leading and supporting others, we encourage you to apply today! 

The DMHAS, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) seeks an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Director of Nursing 1 to join CVH Operations Administration.  This position is within Addiction Services Division (ASD) located at 1000 Silver Street in Middletown, CT.  This role will also provide coverage at the Blue Hills campus located at 500 Vine Street in Hartford.  This position is full-time, forty (40) hours per week. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and some weekends. This role will be directing the clinical activities of nursing and mental health assistants in the substance abuse treatment program.  The position number is 118107.

ASD is comprised of 2 campuses (Merritt Hall, Middletown & Blue Hills, Hartford) providing two separate levels of care.  Acute detoxification provides care for individuals who are experiencing acute withdrawal from substances.  Intensive treatment is available for those who need structure and education in order to start their recovery process. 

  • Merritt Hall campus has 110 beds and offers 5 units: 2 male rehabilitation units, 1 female rehabilitation unit, also known as the STAR program, 1 coed detoxification unit, and screening/ admission department. 
  • Blue Hills campus has 42 beds and includes 3 units: 1 coed detoxification unit, 1 coed rehabilitation unit, and screening/admission department.
ASD provides services to individuals requiring an inpatient level of care as a consequence of their dependence on alcohol or other drugs; safely restore people with acute alcohol or other drug dependence to an appropriate level of physical and mental health in a caring, therapeutic environment; provide clients with an optimal range and intensity of rehabilitative services that will empower them to successfully cope with the next phase of their recovery efforts; and assist clients in making connections with a community resource network that will support their recovery, medical and psychiatric needs following discharge.  These programs are evidence-based practices with an emphasis on gender-specific treatment and trauma informed services guide aspects of care planning. 

In this role you will discover the opportunity to: 

  • Develop and implement plans for nursing care; 
  • Assist in planning and managing of nursing activities; 
  • Contribute to formulating program goals and objectives; and 
  • Participate in development of policy, while incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards. 
What’s in It for You - Comprehensive Benefits

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; 
  • Outstanding work-life balance
*This salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022.

Interested in knowing more about the work of a Director of Nursing at DMHAS?  Check out the video below!

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.

Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications, as listed on the job opening, will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.  

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

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

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov

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

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.

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. 

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. 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. 

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, transcripts, diplomas, 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. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or (860) 785-9855.  

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Departments of Children and Families, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans Affairs this class is accountable for directing nursing services or other clinical services.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Directs or assists with direction of staff and operation of nursing/clinical department; directs or assists with planning and managing of nursing/clinical activities; develops or assists with formulation of program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy incorporating current nursing/clinical research and professionally recognized standards; develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for care; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of department who might impact on program activities; makes rounds to determine quality of nursing care; assures optimal quality of care is provided in a safe environment; develops and/or implements effective ongoing programs to measure, assess and improve quality of nursing care, treatment and services delivered to patients; oversees programming for facility personnel to improve knowledge and practices of infection control; develops productive work teams; intervenes in crisis situations and investigates all unusual incidents; protects human and civil rights of patients and/or clients and staff; compiles data and prepares periodic reports; leads and participates in meetings; responsible for coordinating and providing twenty-four hour nursing coverage for facility or assigned unit(s); may provide direct patient and/or client care; may speak on behalf of nursing/clinical services; may oversee other disciplines including but not limited to pharmacy, respiratory therapy or social work; may participate in strategic planning; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of nursing principles and practices in appropriate specialty; knowledge of behavioral health nursing; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of nursing administration; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of principles and practices of infection control related to infections and preventable diseases; knowledge of current developments in field of nursing including current complexities of the healthcare industry; knowledge of principles and practices of infection control related to infections and preventable diseases; knowledge of trend variance analysis; some knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; some knowledge of marketing; some knowledge of and ability to develop strategic plans; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity in a health care organization/facility or hospital nursing.

Note:  For State employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of a Supervising Nurse.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our preferred candidate will possess the following: 

  • Experience working in a withdrawal management, inpatient setting.
  • Experience with addictions treatment.
  • Training in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
  • Experience supervising a multi-shift, clinical treatment unit.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.

2. Incumbents in this class serving in the capacity of the Nurse Executive are required to possess a master's degree in nursing, social or behavioral science, public health administration, health care administration, hospital administration or a related field.

3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

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.