Registered Professional Nurse (Per Diem)

Recruitment #240328-0274HD-001



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. Safe and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

The Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC), invites you to discover these outstanding opportunities as a dedicated Registered Professional Nurse (Per Diem) on second and third shift.

DOC is seeking highly motivated individuals to deliver care for to our inmate population and assist them in their rehabilitation. You will work with a hardworking multidisciplinary team to deliver the highest level of care across a diverse population in our rare environment. You will have opportunities to care for a wide range of people and health concerns and gain invaluable experience while working in a dynamic highly varied work environment.

These positions will work 16 hours per pay period on second or third shift and must work one weekend shift a month and one major holiday.

Listed below are locations with vacancies:
  • Bridgeport Correctional Center – Bridgeport, CT
  • Brooklyn Correctional Institution – Brooklyn, CT
  • Cheshire Correctional Center - Cheshire, CT
  • Carl Robinson Correctional Institution - Enfield, CT
  • Cybulski Community Institution - Enfield, CT
  • Corrigan Correctional Center - Montville, CT
  • Hartford Correctional Center - Hartford, CT
  • Manson Youth Institution-Cheshire, CT
  • New Haven Correctional Center - New Haven, CT
  • Garner Correctional Institution - Newtown, CT
  • Osborn Correctional Institution - Somers, CT
  • MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution - Suffield, CT
  • York Correctional Institution - East Lyme, CT
Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Independently assess patients, develop a nursing diagnosis, develop and implement a treatment plan, and provide patient education and self-care through the nursing sick call process
  • Performs health screenings and makes triage decisions contributing to the health and safety of patients
  • Collaborates with multiple disciplines: custody, medical, mental health, dental and other health care support professionals
  • Play a key role in the identification, treatment and control of the transmission of infections
  • Provide nursing care to special populations such as women's health, juvenile health, end-of-life care, mental health, infirmary care
  • Participate in a multidisciplinary team in providing chronic disease management by coordinating and managing chronic disease care
  • Advance quality, patient safety and a culture of safety by volunteering as a nurse educator, preceptor; participate in facility-based quality and best practices committees
  • Respond and participation in emergency care delivery
  • Performs related duties as required
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.

Selection Plan

FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:  Please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!

Before you apply:
  • 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
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.


  • Experience working with a forensic or incarcerated population.


  • 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.