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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.
We invite you to discover this exceptional opportunity as a dedicated Licensed Practical Nurse. Become part of the dynamic Infectious Disease/Infection Control Team!
We are hiring full-time LPNs at all of our our facility locations, with opportunities on first, second, and third shifts.
NOTE: Current DOC permanent employees should not apply. Permanent DOC employee transfers will be handled through the DOC Lateral Transfer Agreement. Positions through this posting are permanent positions with temporary assignments. Permanent assignments will be completed at a later date after the agency transfer list has been cleared.
These positions are in the following facilities and can be assigned any unit/location and work schedule/shift:
- Bridgeport Correctional Center - Bridgeport, CT
- Brooklyn Correctional Institution - Brooklyn, CT
- Cheshire Correctional Institution - Cheshire, CT
- York Correctional Institution - East Lyme, CT
- Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution - Enfield, CT
- Robinson Correctional Institution - Enfield, CT
- Hartford Correctional Center - Hartford, CT
- Corrigan Correctional Center - Montville, CT
- New Haven Correctional Center - New Haven, CT
- Garner Correctional Institution - Newtown, CT
- Osborn Correctional Institution - Somers, CT
- MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution - Suffield, CT
Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven Correctional Center schedules are (rotating weekends and holidays):
Other facilities schedules are (rotating weekends and holidays):
- First Shift: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Second Shift: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
- Third Shift: 11:00 pm - 7:00 am
- First Shift: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Second Shift: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
- Third Shift: 12:00 am - 8:00 am
Key duties of this position include:
- Ensuring compliance with the terms of the Doe vs. Meacham Consent Judgment and CT DOCHS policies and procedures.
- Coordinating and monitoring all facets of care for each ID patient from admission to discharge.
- Maintaining ID Access Program system to efficiently tracking relevant clinical information for all ID patients.
- Vaccination tracking and administration.
- PPD placement, reading, tracking, and peer teaching.
- Collaborate with Infectious Disease Specialist and facility MD for monitoring and treating Hepatitis C.
- Be Involved with infection control at the facility level.
BENEFITS AND PERKS
What we can offer you:
- A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV)
- Generous time off (personal, sick and vacation)
- Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits
- Comprehensive Benefit Offerings along with additional supplemental benefits
- A challenging yet rewarding experience
WHAT OUR EMPLOYEES SAY
"I started with correctional nursing in 2011, and it is the best decision I made for my nursing career. I applied for a LPN durational position in early 2010 when the nursing home I had been working at announced they would be closing. About 9 months later, I got a call asking if I was still interested in coming in for an interview and I said yes; come the morning of the interview, I woke up and said to myself that I wasn’t going to go because it was so far, it was at Corrigan and I lived 45 minutes away, but after contemplating, I called the supervisor and explained I would be late, but she told me to come in anyways. That day changed my life, I began working at Corrigan and now 10 years and 3 facilities later, 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
For an additional inside look at what it's like to work in correctional healthcare, check out the video below:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
- 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.
- Annual salary range: $54,348 - $72,652/year (Salary commensurate with education and/or experience)
- Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven Correctional Center schedules are 7:00 am - 3:00 pm (First Shift); 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Second Shift); and 11:00 pm - 7:00 am (Third Shift), rotating weekends and holidays.
- Other facilities schedules are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (First Shift); 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (Second Shift); and 12:00 am - 8:00 am (Third Shift), rotating weekends and holidays.
- Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. We are no longer accepting resumes in accordance with PA 21-69. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
- Please select all location(s), shift(s), and employment status(es) (Full-time, Part-time, etc.) in which you are willing to work on your application. Failure to indicate the location(s), shift(s), and employment status(es) may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location, shift, and/or employment status.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AFTER YOU APPLY:
- 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.
- 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. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- Facilities may choose to review applications generated from posting to fill Nurse positions within various locations, shifts, etc. throughout the state. If so, these positions will NOT be posted separately on JobAps. When a new, similar Nurse (Multi-Facility) posting is announced (with a recruitment number ending in DOC), you must re-apply for consideration.
- Note: A facility may have a need to post a job opening for a more ‘specific’ Nurse position geared towards the facility’s specific position(s). Those types of Nurse job openings on JobAps will NOT use applications from this recruitment pool. You must apply to those postings in order to be considered for appointment to those specific position(s). We encourage you to apply to each Nurse posting you are interested in. Please sign up for Interest Cards to be notified when Nurse recruitments are posted.
CONNECT WITH US:
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
- Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jake Ferrari at Jake.Ferrari@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 - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
License or temporary permit to practice nursing in Connecticut by the State Board of Examiners for Nursing.
- Experience utilized Electronic Health Records;
- Experience with bar code scanning for medication administration;
- Experience administering medications to over 50 patients in a given med pass;
- Experience with Correctional or Forensic Populations.
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.