Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Nurse Consultant (Public Health) (35 Hour)

Hybrid

Recruitment #230109-5905HC-001

Introduction



The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is hiring!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Nurse Consultant to join our team. This position will be a part of our Practitioner Investigation Unit (PIU), which is within the Healthcare Quality and Safety Branch. See below for additional information on this great opportunity!

POSITION HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Work Schedule: Typically Monday - Friday
  • Work Hours: Full-time, First Shift, 35 hours per week
  • Work Assignment: The work assignment will be in office to start. There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and partial telework in accordance with State policies.
  • Location: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU:
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • Industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance!
WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING:
  • Investigating complaints against licensed healthcare professionals who are regulated by the Department
  • Conducting investigations and inspections within the Practitioner Investigations Unit
  • Reviewing and applying relevant statutes, obtaining evidence, conducting interviews, and documenting findings
  • Collaborating with local law enforcement, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents, and other agencies during an investigation
  • Exercising discretion in handling confidential information
  • You may also be required to travel within the state, speak before large groups, provide technical assistance and/or provide testimony
MORE ABOUT THE AGENCY AND FACILITIES:

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

The Practitioner Investigation Unit (PIU) is part of the Healthcare Quality and Safety Branch of the Connecticut Department of Public Health which investigates complaints to comply with Sec. 19a-14 of the Connecticut General Statutes, which requires and authorizes the Department to investigate complaints against licensed health practitioners. The Nurse Consultant may also conduct on- site inspections of healthcare service sites to observe and assess infection control compliance, or non-adherence to scope of practice issues. The PIU investigates cases based on complaints in the following categories: practice-related, drug-related, boundary violations, sexual misconduct, abuse, fraud, and certain criminal convictions.

Selection Plan

FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
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This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

FOR THOSE WHO HOLD A RN LICENSE IN A STATE OTHER THAN CONNECTICUT AND WISH TO APPLY FOR A CONNECTICUT LICENSE, PLEASE: 

  1. Review the eligibility and documentation requirements for CT license by endorsement of an out-of-state license;
  2. Complete a CT DPH online application online (expand the ‘Public Health Practitioners’ grouping, select ‘Registered Nurse’ and then ‘Start’;
  3. Request verification of your out-of-state license(s) electronically through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s:  Nursys® System.  To send verification of your license(s) to CT, read and agree to the terms, enter your biographic information, select your license type and select ‘SEARCH’.  Review the results and select the ‘Next’ button.  Check the box next to  ‘Connecticut’ and complete the transaction.   Once the transaction is completed, you will receive a confirmation email from Nursys and the verification will be available to the DPH.  Note that PA and MI verifications are not provided through Nursys.  Please contact those state boards for information on obtaining verification.
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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for 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, 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 www.ct.gov/ethics.
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. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, 860-924-7053.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Departments of Public Health, Children and Families, Correction, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Social Services and the Office of Early Childhood, this class is accountable for applying professional nursing knowledge in the enforcement, inspection, licensure, consultation and implementation or assessment of the nursing service component of health care programs and facilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Implements, coordinates, and evaluates activities of assigned programs or health care services; maintains active liaison with and serves as nursing consultant to other sections, divisions, health care providers and public; may inspect and evaluate health care and psychiatric facilities for compliance with state and federal regulations including licensure and certification laws; assesses safety and quality of client care provided; assesses compliance of health insurance companies with various state statutes, regulations and guidelines; performs related duties as required.

Provides consultation to state licensed health care facilities and institutions and to unlicensed facilities to bring them into compliance with statutes, community institutions and individuals regarding planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing services, home health services and specialized problems in public health; performs on-site inspection surveys of health care or psychiatric facilities and provides consultation regarding licensure and certification laws, regulations and policies; evaluates quality of services rendered by facility; monitors facilities during strikes; prepares relevant federal and state forms and reports; may testify in court relative to findings of inspections and/or investigations; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of standards of care and service delivery in community based nursing agencies, licensed home health agencies, health care facilities and institutions; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of nursing care administration and education for a variety of specialties with varied settings; considerable knowledge of principles and practices pertinent to community processes; knowledge of State, Federal and local health agencies and programs; knowledge of nursing education and skill in techniques of teaching; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs; ability to collect and analyze data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Four (4) years of experience as a professional nurse in a position involving supervision, consultation, education or administration.
NOTE:
  1. Administrative capacity shall be interpreted as having managerial responsibility in setting and implementing policies, carrying out program planning, and evaluating and coordinating special projects, etc. in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
  2. Consultative capacity shall be interpreted as the providing of professional expert nursing advice to other than subordinate staff on major programmatic issues in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
  3. Educational capacity shall be interpreted as experience in a full time professional educational position instructing professional nurses in a formalized program or teaching students in an undergraduate or graduate nursing program in the area specified in the appropriate parenthetical title.
  4. Supervisory capacity is interpreted as having administrative supervision of registered nurses or other professional staff. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a public health nursing program, home health care agency, community health care setting, or in a hospital.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
2. A Master's degree in health services administration, nursing or public health may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience organizing data, evaluating, and analyzing proper care and treatment in accordance with federal and state laws, regulations and professional standards in healthcare
  • Experience with computerized databases, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Teams
  • Experience independently writing professional correspondence and reports that document facts and convey analysis of facts
  • Experience independently interviewing health care providers and health care recipients in the provision of care and service
  • Formal training and/or experience testifying in court or at administrative hearings
  • Formal training and/or experience employing investigative techniques

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess certification as an Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist or be eligible for certification as an Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

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.