Registered Professional Nurse (Per Diem)


Recruitment #240327-0274HD-001


Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) looking for a Per Diem position?
Are you interested in helping your state in a time of need?
If so, read below and apply today!

Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Registered Professional Nurse (Per Diem)! We are recruiting for multiple Per Diem positions within Connecticut Valley Hospital. Dive into a world of impactful mental 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: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • DIVISION: Addiction Services Division and General Psychiatry Division
  • ADDRESS: Middletown, CT
  • SHIFTS: We offer flexible per diem work shifts (first, second, or third) to accommodate work-life balance. 
  • SCHEDULE: A minimum of two (2) shifts per week, one (1) weekend per month, and cover one (1) summer holiday (i.e., Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day) and one (1) winter holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day) as determined by the Director of Nursing.
  • POSITION NUMBERS: 141352, 141354, 141355, 141351, 141503, 136415 
  • 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 and flexible schedules.
  • 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.
  • Limitless Opportunities: The State of Connecticut offers limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
    • Be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals
    • 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.

    Established in 1868, CVH serves as the State's premier public hospital for mental health treatment. As the largest facility within DMHAS, it features 17 inpatient units across Middletown and Hartford campuses, encompassing general psychiatry and addiction services. CVH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care, substance abuse treatment, and specialized services for pregnant women and individuals with dual diagnoses. Specialties include geriatric and special services, an integrated mental health network for older adults, and young adult services. Additionally, CVH houses the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program, addressing survivors' needs through community reintegration, independent living skills development, vocational and educational training, psychiatric assessments, speech and physical rehabilitation, and individual and family counseling.

    Make a difference where it truly counts - join the State of Connecticut in delivering quality care for those who need it most. 
    Apply today!

    Selection Plan

    Please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!


    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview.
    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 a state hospital or facility works on a daily or hourly basis as a regular registered nurse, providing direct professional nursing care to a variety of individuals.


    • Acts as a nurse working on a per diem/hourly basis; 
    • Makes rounds and gives direct care; 
    • Takes and records vital signs; 
    • Carries out physicians orders regarding diet, medication, and treatment; 
    • Changes dressings; 
    • Checks and distributes narcotics; 
    • Maintains availability of drugs and supplies; 
    • Observes adequacy of housekeeping and maintenance services; 
    • Performs first aid and alerts physicians to emergency conditions; 
    • Records observations of physical and physiological status and actions taken; 
    • Confers with nurses and physicians on other shifts regarding condition of individuals; 
    • Protects human and civil rights of individuals and staff; 
    • Educates individuals and their families towards an awareness and understanding of health and illness; 
    • Assesses individuals medical-psychosocial needs; 
    • May participate in outpatient clinics and assist in physical examinations and histories; 
    • May administer EKG and eye examinations; 
    • May participate in bathing and feeding of individuals and residents; 
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Knowledge of principles and practices of nursing; 
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • oral and written communication skills.


    Graduation from an accredited nursing program.


    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license or temporary permit to practice professional nursing in Connecticut.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language in certain designated positions.


    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 individuals; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive 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.


    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.

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