You can both serve your calling and enjoy your life as a Registered Professional Nurse with the State of Connecticut. This is an excellent opportunity for you to add your experience to one of our best teams; apply today!
These positions are full-time on second shift, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
- Providing limitless opportunities;
- Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
- Performing meaningful work and;
- Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
Correctional nursing is the delivery of evidence-based nursing to protect, promote, and optimize health and abilities; prevent illness and injury; facilitate healing; alleviate suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response with care and respect; and advocate for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations under the jurisdiction of the justice system.
In this essential role as a Supervising Nurse for the CT DOC Health Services Unit you will:
- Plan, organize and direct the overall nursing services operations for the state correctional facility;
- Plan, assign and direct the work of nursing staff;
- Develop and implement nursing policies and procedures to ensure effective compliance with all physical and mental health nursing standards and operating procedures;
- Act as a liaison for the Director of Nursing Services at the facility level for all mental and physical health nursing services at each facility;
- Participate in governance, managerial, medical staff and other clinical leaders in decision making structures and processes of the CT DOC Health Services Unit.
ABOUT THE CORRIGAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER
The Corrigan Correctional Institution and the Radgowski Correctional Institution were consolidated in May 2001 as the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center. This facility confines both pretrial and sentenced offenders. It serves superior courts in Danielson, New London, Norwich and Windham.
Programs offered to offenders in the Corrigan Correctional Institution included an extensive anger management curriculum for inmates with a history of violent tendencies. A close monitoring unit is maintained in order to segregate those offenders who have been classified as members of gangs. In this unit, cultural and gang awareness programs are offered to encourage offender insight into the negative aspects of gang participation. A full complement of educational and addiction services programming is also offered.
ABOUT THE NEW HAVEN CORRECTIONAL CENTER
The New Haven Correctional Center houses primarily pretrial offenders and serves the superior courts in Meriden, New Haven, Bantam, Litchfield and Waterbury. It is a level 4 high-security facility.
The Mental Health Department offers a variety of programs for offenders who are experiencing stress and depression, including emotional literacy, community groups and psycho-education.
The Education Department has instituted a program designed to identify non-English speaking offenders upon admission for referral to educators who specialize in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Since 1968, the Connecticut Department of Correction has proudly served and protected the citizens of the State of Connecticut, by daily ensuring the safety, security and order of our 14-correctional facilities in a manner which is widely viewed as a national model. The Department endeavors to provide the programming, education and treatment which willing inmates may utilize to improve themselves and the success of their eventual reintegration into society. Our staff of dedicated correctional professionals takes great PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dignity, Excellence) in the daily performance of their duty to our state.
The State of Connecticut Department of Correction (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. Safe and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.
WHY THE CT DOC HEALTH SERVICES UNIT IS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK
"I started with correctional nursing in 2011, and it is the best decision I made for my nursing career. I applied for an 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 far, it was at Corrigan and I lived 45 minutes away, but after contemplating, I called the supervisor and explained that I would be late, and 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 DOC, 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
"I've had many titles throughout my nursing career such as a dialysis, medical/surgical, cardiac/pulmonary and rehab nurse. While at the DOC, I found myself volunteering to stay at their COVID-19 Recovery Unit in Suffield, CT. On this unit I recall two major eye-opening moments. First, was witnessing the impact of the virus and how fast a patient can deteriorate. The second moment was when I realized the DOC nursing staff was one big family."
-Mikal "Mike" French, RN
"Working for the DOC for the last six years has truly been a life changing experience. Both personally and professionally, DOC has afforded me with opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. While working with the department, I have been able to work in several facilities, gathering skills and knowledge from each of them. I have formed valuable relationships with not only my nursing colleagues, but with custody staff, social workers and every discipline in-between. I have been able to attend correctional nursing conferences that have opened my eyes to issues and education that I hadn't considered beforehand. The DOC provides upward mobility for nurses looking to advance their career. Happiness and satisfaction with my work life allows me to be a better husband and father at home. I consider it a privilege to work with this department."
-James Fagan, RN
For those who hold a RN license in a state other than Connecticut and wish to apply for a Connecticut license, please:
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
- 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.
- Review the eligibility and documentation requirements for CT license by endorsement of an out-of-state license;
- Complete a CT DPH online application online (expand the ‘Public Health Practitioners’ grouping, select ‘Registered Nurse’ and then ‘Start’;
- 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.
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 questionnaire'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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, 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.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at Benjamin.Beaudry@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a correctional facility this class is accountable for supervising nursing staff engaged in professional nursing activities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews the work of staff; ensures that goals, objectives and work performed are consistent with standards and that quality care is provided to inmates; provides clinical guidance to nursing staff; selects, develops, motivates and evaluates staff; conducts performance evaluations; monitors the quality of documentation, records and other information concerning services and care; ensures that resources are available to provide quality services; participates in the development of policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services; participates in the development of long-range plans for health care programs; acts as a liaison with other units, agencies and outside organizations; prepares reports and correspondence; responds to psychiatric or medical emergencies; may provide inmate care; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist custodial forces in emergencies; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply nursing principles, clinical therapeutic models, and standards of nursing; considerable knowledge of specialized inmate care; considerable knowledge of current medications, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects; considerable knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic differences; knowledge of management and administrative principles and human resource development strategies; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other professionals; considerable ability to encourage and facilitate cooperation, pride, trust and group identity to foster commitment and team work; considerable ability to provide leadership and guidance in developing and maintaining nursing standards and enhancing health care systems for the delivery of essential services; considerable ability to respond to crises’ and emergencies; considerable ability to use professional judgment to identify areas for improvement and participate in development of quality initiatives; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of General Experience must have been at the level of a Head Nurse, Head Nurse (Correctional Facility), Forensic Head Nurse or Clinical Nurse Coordinator.
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 nursing may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience in a supervisory role;
- Experience in an emergency room setting;
- Experience in medical surgical care;
- Experience in a correctional setting.
1. Candidates may be required to have experience working with adolescents or in women's health or mental health care.
2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
3. 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.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
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.
Candidates must be in good general health; candidates must have and retain sufficient stamina, agility, and visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform all duties of the class. Applicants are required to pass a physical examination.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain inmates; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive inmates; 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.