Nurse (Correctional Facility) (35 Hour)

Intake Screening

Recruitment #230912-2294HJ-001



Are you looking for a career providing a full range of professional nursing care with a Mental Health emphasis?
If so, we encourage you to apply!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Correction (DOC) is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Registered Nurse for an Intake Screening Nurse Assignment, located at New Haven Correctional Center.

Whether you are an experienced nurse or a recent graduate, you will apply your nursing knowledge, skills and abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a full range of health conditions and determine both the urgency and priority of care delivery. Our orientation programs give you the knowledge and confidence to practice in a correctional environment as a professional nurse. Our in-service programs provide nurses with the opportunity to maintain clinical skills and learn new skills to advance patient care.

The State of Connecticut offers competitive pay to nurses in addition to an abundance of benefits.

We offer:
  • Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV)
  • Generous time off (personal, sick and vacation)
  • Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits
  • Comprehensive Benefit Offerings along with additional supplemental benefits
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience
Additional Benefits:
  • Tuition Reimbursement after 6 months
  • Nursing licensure reimbursement
  • Conference and workshop funds allotment $1,500.00 (travel, food, lodging)
  • Meal allowance per shift
  • Accruals sick time/vacation time/ personal time
  • 2nd and 3rd shift differential/weekend differential
  • Recruitment and retention bonuses for RN’s on 2nd & 3rd shift $3,000 yearly.
    This is a full-time, 35 hours per week position on second shift. Schedule is Monday-Friday from 5:00pm to 12:00am.

    The Intake Screening Nurse (ISN) will be responsible for the majority of intakes and for the maintenance of the process overall. Due to this, we are looking for an RN who has an eye for detail, great follow-through, and the ability to work and communicate well with custody and mental health.

    Specific assignment duties include but are not limited to:
    • Obtains daily intake sheets and court paperwork from custody;
    • Conducts, make referrals and documents intake health screenings;
    • UPCOMING - Urine tests all intakes for controlled substances, referral to Detox as applicable;
    • Processes inmate medications and medical devices;
    • Calls pharmacies for verification of medication;
    • Calls on-call providers for clinical concerns and orders;
    • Communicate with prescriber’s (in person or on-call) as appropriate;
    • Completes classification sheet, ADA, diet sheets for custody;
    • Orients new nurses to intake process.
    Core DOC nursing duties include:
    • Ensures key and tool control accountability;
    • Obtains and maintains control of radio and/or body alarm;
    • Receives and provides shift-to-shift reports via logs or in person;
    • Responds to codes;
    • Checks emails daily and completes mandatory trainings by due date;
    • Maintains organization and cleanliness of workspace and monitors and restocks supplies as needed;
    • Communicate with custody on a need to know basis.
    Candidates selected for hire will be required to attend a 3-week Health Services Unit (HSU) Academy training at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, CT. The Academy runs Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. 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.

    Mara Scott, a Supervising Nurse for the Connecticut Department of Correction, discusses her advancement from a Nurse to a Head Nurse Supervisor in the DOC, the abundance of opportunities Corrections has to offer, and the family-like atmosphere among DOC staff.

    Janine Brennan, a Registered Nurse for the Connecticut Department of Correction, talks about why she joined the DOC, how State of Connecticut benefits have positively impacted her life, and what measures are in place to keep correctional staff safe.

    Our Mission: The Department of Correction 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. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

    Selection Plan

    Before you apply, make note of the following:
    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the 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
    Important information for 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, 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.
    Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at


    In a Department of Correction facility, this class is accountable for providing professional nursing and/or mental health care to inmates and assisting in their rehabilitation or providing targeted infection control services.


    Independently implements nursing process with inmates including carrying out physicians orders regarding diet, medication and treatment; performs assessments; changes dressings; monitors and ensures quality care through observation and evaluation; reports on physiological and mental health status of inmates; documents nursing interventions on medical records; distributes and maintains records of controlled drugs and insures their security; maintains records and makes reports; makes decisions in routine cases; instructs inmates and staff regarding treatments, nursing plans and related inmate care issues directed towards an awareness and understanding of health/mental health issues; responds to emergencies; maintains availability of medications and supplies; ensures cleanliness of equipment and environment; may provide pre-certification for and coordination of inmates admitted to and discharged from acute care facilities; may formulate and implement nursing care plans; may administer routine tests; may conduct training; may delegate nursing tasks consistent with established protocols; may participate in psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation interventions; may conduct daily sick call; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist mental health and correctional staff in emergencies; may provide related medical or mental health specialty services; performs related duties as required.

    Independently implements infection control services with inmates; performs infection control assessments; provides infection prevention and control education and training to inmates; responds to emergencies; conducts health record chart reviews; reviews tracking systems for HIV, TB and other infectious diseases; monitors incidences of infections including TB, MRSA and other infectious diseases; analyzes trends over time and across system; assesses inmates for knowledge of infection control and prevention; identifies inmates nearing re-entry date for participation in re-entry infection prevention education programs; identifies community based infection prevention resources; develops informational materials about community-based programs and disseminates to re-entry population; maintains records and makes reports; may develop infection prevention curriculum and educational material for inmate education; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist mental health and correctional staff in emergencies; performs related duties as required.


    Knowledge of and ability to apply professional nursing theory, practice and ethics; knowledge of current medications, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects; knowledge of medical, therapeutic and psychiatric nursing interventions and methods; knowledge of and ability to apply quality standards, procedures and protocols; knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic difference; some knowledge of teaching, counseling and evaluation principles and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to act as a role model to health care staff by demonstrating and teaching professional behaviors; ability to learn specialized inmate care applicable to work assignment; ability to listen and provide empathetic assistance to inmates in meeting their needs and carrying out prescribed treatments; ability to develop therapeutic relationships with inmates and their caregivers; ability to respond to emergencies; ability to respond to and seek supervision; ability to encourage and facilitate cooperation, pride trust and group identity to foster commitment and team work; ability to analyze and evaluate proper care and treatment; ability to interview; some ability to develop curricula.


    Graduation from an accredited nursing program.


    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.


    Incumbents in this class must possess general good health and retain sufficient stamina, agility and visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform all duties of the class. Incumbents are required to pass a physical examination.


    Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain inmates; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and 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.