Head Nurse (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230524-4356FL-002


Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! 

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has five (5) openings and one (1) anticipated opening for the position of Head Nurse!

  • FACILITY: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • ADDRESS: 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 
  • UNITS: Addiction Services Division (ASD) and General Psychiatry Division (GPD) 
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time, 40 hours per week, second shift, with the following work schedules:
    • PCN 107360 (*anticipated opening) - ASD, Merritt 4B: 3:00pm - 11:30pm 
      • Days OFF: Saturday, Sunday, Friday, Monday 
      • Merritt 4B is a withdrawal management unit providing care for people requiring the most intensive level of addiction services (American Society of Addiction Medicine/A.S.A.M. level. 4.0 and 3.7.)  This unit specializes in the treatment of patients with co-occurring disorders and serves up to 30 clients over the age of 18; offering a full range of medication-assisted treatment.
    • PCN 136718 - ASD, Merrit 3AB: 3:00pm - 11:30pm 
      • Days OFF: Saturday, Sunday, Friday, Wednesday
      • Merritt 3AB is a 30-bed rehabilitation unit providing American Society of Addiction Medicine (A.S.A.M.) level 3.7 intensive rehabilitation treatment.  This unit specializes in trauma informed care, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and a variety of other clinical approaches to provide holistic care to the individuals we serve. A full range of medication-assisted treatment is also offered.
    • PCN 27422 - ASD, Blue Hills Acute: 2:45pm - 11:15pm 
      • Days OFF: Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Monday
      • BH Acute is a co-ed withdrawal management unit providing care for American Society of Addiction Medicine/A.S.A.M. level. 4.0 and 3.7. This unit specializes in the treatment of patients with co-occurring disorders and serves up to 21 clients over the age of 18.  A full range of medication-assisted treatment is offered.
    • PCN 27268 - GPD, Battell 2 South: 3:00pm - 11:30pm 
      • Days OFF: Saturday, Sunday, Friday, Wednesday
      • Battell 2 South is an acute general psychiatric treatment unit with a maximum census of twenty-two patients.  The unit provides psychiatric treatment and stabilization for individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness, with the goal of discharge to the community in the most integrated setting possible.
    • PCN 27348 - GPD, Battell 4 South: Nursing: 3:00pm - 11:30pm 
      • Days OFF: Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Wednesday
      • Battell 4 South is an acute general psychiatric treatment unit with a maximum census of twenty-two patients.  The unit provides psychiatric treatment and stabilization for individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness, with the goal of discharge to the community in the most integrated setting possible.
    • PCN 27493 - GPD, Woodward 2 South: 3:00pm - 11:30pm 
      • Days OFF: Friday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
      • Woodward 2 South is a specialized treatment setting serving the needs of patients with both mental illness and either acquired or traumatic brain injury (ABI/TBI).  The unit has a census of fifteen patients. The unit works with the DMHAS ABT/TBI services division to return patients to the community in the most integrated setting possible.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
  • As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs.
    • Engage in a rewarding career;
    • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve; 
    • Assist our clients so they can achieve success;
    • Make a difference in the public sector;
    • Work together in a collaborative team environment.
    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. 

    CVH is the largest of DMHAS facilities, and includes 17 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). The hospital includes both a general psychiatry and addiction services units. CVH provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment, including treatment for pregnant women and persons with dual diagnoses. Specialty areas include geriatric and special services, an integrated network of comprehensive mental health services for older adults and young adult services. The facility also runs the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program which addresses the needs of TBI survivors, including; reintegration into community living, independent living skills development, vocational and educational training, psychiatric, cognitive and neurological assessment and treatment, speech and physical rehabilitation as well as individual and family counseling.

      Selection Plan

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      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.

      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
      • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
      • 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.
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      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.


      • 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.