Supervising Nurse (Correctional Facility) (40 Hour)

Recruitment #230913-2289FP-001


Do you have a passion for leading a team in providing high-level service in healthcare?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking to hire an experienced and passionate Registered Nurse for the role of Supervising Nurse. We invite you to join our dynamic health services team through this rewarding opportunity!


What we can offer you:

  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with wellness, dental and other comprehensive benefit offerings;
  • Extensive Hazardous Duty pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities;
  • Optional perks including a deferred compensation package; tuition reimbursement, life insurance; and
  • A work culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

The State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 by 'Forbes'. This national recognition comes from offering job growth, competitive benefits and flexible scheduling for our employees!

Position Specific Perks:

  • Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV).
  • State license reimbursement;
  • Eligibility to apply for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program;
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!

  • WORK SCHEDULE: First shift, Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (40 hours per week)
  • LOCATION: Corrigan Correctional Center in Montville, Connecticut 
  • This is a Hazardous Duty Position.

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.
More details can be found in the class specification


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.


"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

Selection Plan

This is a non-examined recruitment and open to the public

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on listed within the job classification

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.


    Candidates selected for hire will be required to attend a 3-week HSU Academy training at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, CT. The HSU Academy consists of both classroom and behavior management (hands-on physical) training. The behavior management training will provide education on the use of physical force as it applies to self-defense, and the maintenance of order and security within the inmate population.

    In addition to the HSU Academy training you will spend 3 days with the HSU education team receiving training regarding policy and procedures, electronic health record, and emergency response training.

    During your employment as a Nursing Supervisor you will also be required to attend the New Supervisor Orientation at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, CT at the next available offering. 


    • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
    • Please include your RN licensure and other supporting credentials within your application. 
    • Be sure to select all locations you are interested and commutable to.
    • Please ensure that your application and professional experience is thorough and complete. 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 be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.


    Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily 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 daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

    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.

    Other Notes:

    • 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


    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 about the position, please contact Samantha Rivera, Human Resources Specialist – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Rivera@CT.Gov

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    In a correctional facility this class is accountable for supervising nursing staff engaged in professional nursing activities.


    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.


    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.


    Four (4) years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse.


    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.


    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 working as a supervisor;
    • Experience in an emergency room environment;
    • Experience in a medical surgery environment;
    • Experience in a forensic or correctional environment. 


    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.



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