Director Of Nursing 1


Recruitment #240321-2751MP-001


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Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Director of Nursing 1! Dive into a world of impactful healthcare, where your skills and compassion make a difference. Explore the details below and seize the opportunity to be a part of something meaningful!

  • FACILITY: Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH)
  • LOCATION: Whiting Max Services
  • ADDRESS: Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time, Second Shift, 2:45 p.m. - 11:15 p.m. with a rotating shift of alternate weekends
  • NOTE: This is a hazardous duty position
  • Join an Award-Winning Team: Be part of the prestigious Forbes-ranked State of Connecticut, recognized as one of the Best Employers of 2023. Experience national acclaim for providing unparalleled job growth, competitive benefits, and flexible schedules.
  • Platinum Healthcare Excellence: Enjoy the nation's top-rated healthcare plan for state employees and their dependents. Our Platinum Healthcare Plan, ranked the best by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and endorsed by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., ensures comprehensive coverage and well-being for you and your family.
  • Secure Your Future: Benefit from our robust pension plan and explore supplemental retirement offerings, ensuring a secure and comfortable future for you and your loved ones.
  • Invest in Your Education and Future: As a Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, the State of Connecticut supports your educational journey. You may qualify for student loan forgiveness after just 10 years of dedicated service. Learn more here.
  • Time for What Matters: Embrace a healthy work-life balance with generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. Prioritize your well-being and make the most of your personal time. 
  • Unlock Your Potential: Grow professionally with a range of development opportunities. The State of Connecticut is committed to nurturing your skills and helping you reach new heights in your career.
  • Cultivate Balance: We believe in a healthy work/life balance for all our employees. Join us in fostering an environment where your professional and personal lives harmonize, allowing you to thrive in both.
    • Develop and implement plans for nursing care
    • Assist in planning and managing of nursing activities
    • Assist in formulating program goals and objectives
    • Assist in development of policy, while incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards
    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.

    WFH specializes in providing inpatient services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system or are not yet ready to be safely treated in less restrictive settings. Services are provided to individuals who are admitted via Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) commitment, criminal court order for restoration of competency to stand trial, civil commitment or transfer from the Department of Correction.  Discharge options are dependent on legal status and the purpose of admission. The hospital consists of 91 maximum security beds and 138 enhanced security beds.  


    Selection Plan

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    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.
    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
    • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
    Connect With Us:
    • 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 Alyssa Hovanec via email at


    In the Departments of Children and Families, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans Affairs this class is accountable for directing nursing services or other clinical services.


    • Directs or assists with direction of staff and operation of nursing/clinical department; 
    • Directs or assists with planning and managing of nursing/clinical activities;
    • Develops or assists with formulation of program goals and objectives;
    • Develops or assists in development of related policy incorporating current nursing/clinical research and professionally recognized standards;
    • Develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for care;
    • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
    • Evaluates staff;
    • Prepares or assists in preparation of budget;
    • Maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of department who might impact on program activities;
    • Makes rounds to determine quality of nursing care;
    • Assures optimal quality of care is provided in a safe environment;
    • Develops and/or implements effective ongoing programs to measure, assess and improve quality of nursing care, treatment and services delivered to patients;
    • Oversees programming for facility personnel to improve knowledge and practices of infection control;
    • Develops productive work teams; intervenes in crisis situations and investigates all unusual incidents;
    • Protects human and civil rights of patients and/or clients and staff;
    • Compiles data and prepares periodic reports;
    • Leads and participates in meetings;
    • Responsible for coordinating and providing twenty-four hour nursing coverage for facility or assigned unit(s);
    • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
    • May provide direct patient and/or client care;
    • May speak on behalf of nursing/clinical services;
    • May oversee other disciplines including but not limited to pharmacy, respiratory therapy or social work;
    • May participate in strategic planning;
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Considerable knowledge of nursing principles and practices in appropriate specialty;
    • Knowledge of
      • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
      • and ability to develop strategic plans;
      • behavioral health nursing;
      • nursing administration;
      • interviewing and counseling techniques;
      • principles and practices of infection control related to infections and preventable diseases;
      • current developments in field of nursing including current complexities of the healthcare industry;
      • trend variance analysis;
      • governmental accounting and budgeting;
      • marketing;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills.


    Two (2) years of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity in a health care organization and/or facility or hospital nursing.

    Note:  For state employees, this experience is interpreted at the level of a Supervising Nurse.


    • Experience as a Registered Nurse in either a forensic or correctional setting
    • Experience as an Environment of Care Coordinator
    • APIC certified in Infection Prevention 
    • ICS and NIMS 100/200 training
    • Management Environment of Care (MEC) Certification
    • Familiarity with codes and regulations related to healthcare and healthcare facilities including OSHA, TJC, NFPA, DPH, and CT state regulations


    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
    • Incumbents in this class serving in the capacity of the Nurse Executive are required to possess a master's degree in nursing, social or behavioral science, public health administration, health care administration, hospital administration or a related field.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.