Head Nurse (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230612-4356FL-001


Are you a Registered Professional Nurse?
If so, we have an excellent opportunity to join our hospital’s team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified and experienced Head Nurse to join our team. This position will work within our Transitional Residential Program (TRP) located within River Valley Services (RVS) in Middletown.  

  • Work Schedule: Full-Time (40 Hours), First Shift (7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.)
    • Week 1 OFF: Tuesday & Friday
    • Week 2 OFF: Saturday & Sunday
  • Address: 351 Silver Street, Middletown, CT
  • PCN: 126041


  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • Comprehensive benefits plan that includes industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage;
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
  • Retirement healthcare offerings;
  • Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave;
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and
  • Outstanding work-life balance!

    Please Note: As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs.

    • Provide nursing services and closely monitor (10) clients within TRP that require intensive management of both preventive and acute medical conditions; 
    • Consult with other medical professionals, especially during admission or discharge from other services;
    • Administer daily medication and observation;  
    • Provide comprehensive care management, care coordination, health promotion, transitional care, individual and family support services; 
    • Coordinate medication changes with RVS prescriber and outside prescribers; 
    • Provide medication education to clients and staff;  
    • Assess medical needs;  
    • Conduct comprehensive physical health screens and referrals for medical services; 
    • Maintain strong communication with the TRP team; 
    • Be responsible for the overall coordination related to the integration of behavioral health and physical health services;  
    • Conduct comprehensive physical health screens and referrals for medical services; 
    • Participate in the development of plans of care as part of a multi-disciplinary team; and
    • Assist in goal development for individuals with co-occurring chronic conditions.
        MORE ABOUT US:

        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.


        RVS is a community mental health center that serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. RVS’s goal is to provide the highest quality crisis intervention, case management, and residential and clinical services to adult citizens who suffer from serious mental disorders and who lack the financial means to secure such services in the private sector. RVS offers short term respite residential services, community support programs, a mobile crisis response team, jail diversion programs and various other supportive services. 

        TRP is a residential program that provides 24/7 staffing and intense support services to 10 residents. The program serves individuals who are transitioning out of long term hospitalization or incarceration and are in need additional supports before transition into their community placements. Referrals for TRP come directly from DMHAS Office of the Medical Director.

        Watch the video below to learn more about becoming a Nurse with the State of Connecticut!

        Selection Plan

        Please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.


        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.
        Please Note:
        In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

        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.
        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
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        • 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 Nicole Frascatore via email at


        In a state agency this class is accountable for administrative and clinical supervision of professional nurses, paraprofessionals and other staff involving direct nursing care of patients/individuals or performing specialized professional nursing work in the areas of community or therapeutic nursing. At the State Universities or State Vocational Technical Schools this class is accountable for providing primary nursing care for students and facility staff.



        • Leads the planning of care and implementation of the nursing process;
        • Plans unit workflow and determines priorities;
        • Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work;
        • Makes recommendations for personnel actions such as selection, discipline and performance; conducts or assist in conducting performance evaluations;
        • Leads professional and paraprofessional nursing staff in provision of patient/individual care;
        • Maintains and promotes standards of nursing;
        • Ensures controlled drugs are properly stored, administered and ordered;
        • Identifies staff development needs;
        • Provides staff training and assistance;
        • Instructs staff regarding policies and procedures;
        • Participates in interdisciplinary meetings to promote and ensure adjustment and continuity of patient/individual care programs;
        • Responds to emergencies;
        • May make recommendations on policies and standards;
        • May prepare reports or correspondence;
        • May serve as Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional;
        • Performs related duties as required.

        DIRECT CARE:

        • Independently develops, implements and evaluates nursing and/or health care plans; provides nursing consultation in the assigned specialty program;
        • Conducts nursing assessments; provides admission and discharge nursing assessments including plans for continuing care;
        • Maintains records and makes reports; provides for nursing services to comply with ICF regulations and JCAHO standards;
        • Maintains records of stored and secured medications;
        • Ensures controlled drugs are properly stored, administered and ordered;
        • Independently manages and provides direct care to patients/individuals;
        • Participates in individual, group or family therapy;
        • Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of patient/individual treatment or health care plans;
        • Manages an assigned caseload of other appropriate clinical activities; provides clinical direction and/or training to staff in individual, group and family service delivery programs;
        • May participate in home visits and crisis intervention;
        • May provide in-service training to nursing and paraprofessional staff with regard to signs and symptoms of illness, dysfunction, injury and prevention of same;
        • May conduct patient/individual centered conferences with nursing personnel; may consult with and make recommendations to physicians concerning health needs;
        • May make recommendations on policies or standards;
        • May prepare reports or correspondence;
        • May serve as Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional;
        • Performs related duties as required.


        • Independently provides counseling and health education services to students and staff;
        • Serves as member of crisis intervention team; provides assessment of medical problems;
        • Determines need for physician or medical care; performs basic evaluative procedures and tests;
        • Performs primary first aid;
        • Ensures that controlled drugs are properly stored; makes referrals and follows up on health needs;
        • Provides counseling on health related issues;
        • Maintains accurate medical records;
        • Writes reports;
        • May administer medication;
        • May administer routine tests or exam;
        • Performs related duties as required.


        • Considerable knowledge of
          • and ability to independently apply nursing principles, techniques and standards;
          • specialized patient/individual care applicable to nursing assignment;
          • medications, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects;
        • Knowledge of
          • general and mental health conditions and treatment interventions through utilization of assessment, nursing diagnosis, outcome identification, health planning, implementation and re-evaluation;
          • adult learning and family systems theory;
          • and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic differences;
        • Considerable
          • interpersonal skills;
          • oral and written communication skills;
        • Ability to
          • establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other professionals, community resources and providers;
          • act as a role model to health care staff;
        • Supervisory ability.


        • Considerable knowledge of behavioral health of individuals;
        • Skill working with individual patients/individuals, groups and families;
        • Ability to provide therapeutic treatment with a variety of patients/individuals.


        Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse


        A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


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


        Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients/individuals; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive/abusive patients/individuals; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.



        The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.