Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Forensic Nurse (35 Hour)


Recruitment #221107-0356HJ-001


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.

Whiting Forensic Hospital specializes in providing inpatient services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The hospital consists of 91 maximum security beds and 138 enhanced security beds. Services are provided to individuals who are admitted under the following categories: Psychiatric Security Review Board commitment, Criminal court order for restoration of competency to stand trial, Civil commitment (voluntary or involuntary) and Transfer from the Department of Correction (during period of incarceration or at end of sentence). Discharge options are dependent on legal status and the purpose of admission.

We are seeking three experienced and qualified individuals for the position of Forensic Nurse (Position Numbers 125937, 125939, 125942). These are located at DMHAS, Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH), 1000 Silver Street in Middletown, CT. They are within Whiting Max Services, Units 1, 4, and 6. These positions are full time, thirty five (35) hour per week. The work schedule is 3rd shift, 10:45 p.m. - 7:15 a.m., every other weekend and holidays, with the following rotating days off:  

 Position Number  Week 1 OFF   Week 2 OFF 
 Unit 1 (125937)  Sunday and Monday   Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday 
 Unit 4 (125939)  Friday, Saturday, and Thursday  Sunday and Monday
 Unit 6 (125942)  Friday, Saturday and Thursday  Sunday and Monday

These are Hazardous Duty positions. Working overtime is also a requirement for these positions.

In this role, discover the opportunity to:
  • Use therapeutic skills to effectively implement client care according to the Nursing Care Plan;
  • Work collaboratively with professional staff in order to maximize the effectiveness of work performed in a maximum security environment;
  • Utilize effective therapeutic interventions to facilitate achievement of the highest level of functioning in clients.
  • Each Registered Nurse who is permanently assigned to the second or third shift shall receive a “recruitment and retention” yearly bonus of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). In order to be eligible for this bonus, the Employee must have completed one year of service in the registered nurse classification;
  • As a state employee, you would be able to participate in our competitive benefits plan which includes health and dental insurance, a retirement plan (this position offers a hazardous duty pension plan), group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits;
  • Paid time off, including 13* paid holidays per calendar year (*13 holidays beginning in 2023), in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals; and
  • A healthy work-life balance!
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Selection Plan

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In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Whiting Forensic Institute this class is accountable for providing professional nursing services involving the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill offenders and violent and/or antisocial patients/clients who are unmanageable in other psychiatric or correctional settings.


Independently implements the nursing process with patients/clients including carrying out physicians orders regarding diet, medication and treatment; makes ward rounds and gives direct care; takes and records vital signs; changes dressings; checks and distributes controlled drugs; maintains availability of drugs and supplies; observes adequacy of housekeeping and maintenance services; performs first aid and alerts physicians to emergency conditions; records observations of physical and physiological status and actions taken; confers with nurses and physicians on other shifts regarding condition of patients/clients; assesses patients/clients medical-psychosocial needs; works collaboratively with members of an interdisciplinary team in planning direct care; formulates and implements nursing care plans; evaluates nursing actions taken and modifies and/or revises nursing interventions based on patient/client need and response; teaches skills of self care to patients/clients; protects human and civil rights of patients/clients and staff; educates patients/clients and their families towards an awareness and understanding of health, illness and medication usage; maintains records and reports; may participate in bathing and feeding of patients/clients; may assist in physical examinations and histories; may administer EKG and eye examinations; may assist in design and collection of data for research projects; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge and ability to apply professional nursing theory, practice and ethics; knowledge of nursing practices necessary to provide effective services to patients/clients in a maximum security environment; 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 social-economic difference; knowledge of and ability to apply clinical therapeutic models of care with emphasis on interdisciplinary team approach; considerable 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 patient/client care applicable to work assignment; ability to listen and provide empathetic assistance to patients/clients and families in meeting their needs and carrying out prescribed treatments; ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients/clients 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.


Graduation from an accredited nursing program and one (1) year experience in the care of the mentally ill or emotionally disturbed.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
2. 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.


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.



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.