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Introduction


Do you have a passion helping those with a past involving addiction 
who are hoping to make a positive turn in their lives? 
If so, we encourage you to consider joining our team! 


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) currently has exciting opportunities for two (2) Addictions Licensed Practical Nurses to work in our Opioid Treatment/Detox program at the York Correctional Institution in East Lyme, CT. 

Our Mission: 

The CT DOC 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. 

Position Highlights: 

These positions are full-time, 35 hours per week, working Tuesday to Saturday from 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM. This schedule will include rotating Saturdays off. 

The Addictions Licensed Practical Nurses will work in conjunction with our Addiction Services team collaborating with nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals in the delivery of patient care. 

As an Addictions Licensed Practical Nurse, you will discover the opportunity to: 
  • Provide direct patient care that includes education, counseling, medication administration and documentation of the treatment and progress made by the offender; 
  • Work with psychiatric and/or substance abuse clientele and individuals dual diagnosis treatment and detox; 
  • Work with a range of medical-medication issues and care plan activities; 
  • Collaborate with the nursing team to complete comprehensive Initial Nursing Assessments for patients with acute addiction problems and monitor for detox; 
  • Assist in delivery effective nursing care ensuring assessment, monitoring and treatment of acute medical or withdrawal symptoms; 
  • Provide medication orientation including intended effects and actual side effects of prescribed medications, where appropriate; 
  • Monitor effectiveness of medications used for Opioid Use Disorder (Methadone, Suboxone, etc.); 
  • Assess the need for modification of medication orders when desired effects are not achieved; 
  • Provide substantial input to providers regarding patient care needs and overall treatment plan; 
  • Document in patient electronic health records. 
*This salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV); 
  • Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
Learn more about the impact you can make on our Health Services Team
             

Selection Plan

Application Process:

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

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. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, 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.

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

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.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at Tyler.Cashman@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.

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

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience utilizing Electronic Health Records; 
  • Experience barcode scanning for medication administration; 
  • Experience working with individuals impacted by Substance Abuse Disorders; 
  • Experience administering medication to over 50 patients in a given med pass; 
  • Experience working with clients actively detoxing. 

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.