STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Head Nurse

Office/On-site

Recruitment #240404-4356HJ-001

Introduction



Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference, do what you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment? 
If so, we are looking for one qualified individuals to be a part of our team as a Head Nurse!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is currently recruiting for one (1) part-time Head Nurse vacancy to join our team at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center - South Campus, in Middletown.

What We Have To Offer!
  • 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
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Outstanding work-life balance
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information

Discover the opportunity to: 

  • Engage in a rewarding career
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success
  • Make a difference in the public sector
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment 
    Your role as a Head Nurse
    You would be entrusted to lead administrative and clinical supervision of professional nurses. Additionally, along with other duties as assigned, we would empower you to:
    • Plan unit workflow and set priorities
    • Lead professional and paraprofessional staff in an individuals care
    • Identify and train staff on developmental needs so they can succeed in their roles
    PositioHighlights
    • PCN 114107, Manhasset Unit
      • Part-time, second shift, 32 hours/week, working hours 2:45 pm - 11:15 PM
      • Week 1 days off: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday
      • Week 2 days off: Monday and Tuesday
    • Work schedule flexibility is required to meet the demands of the position
    The South Campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF). 

     We encourage you to continue your career with us and see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DDS team!

    Selection Plan

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    Application Process:

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

    In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

    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, unless otherwise specified.

    The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

    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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

    Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

    Selection Process:

    This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

    During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the 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.

    Contact Information:

    Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 

    Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at Ethan.Ives@ct.gov.

    PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

    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.

    EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

    WORKING LEAD:

    • 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.

    DIRECT CARE:

    • 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.

    SCHOOL NURSE:

    • 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.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

    • 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.

    BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NURSING POSITIONS:

    • 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.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

    Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

    A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Experience working in a behavioral health hospital setting
    • Experience serving youth with complex psychiatric profiles

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

    • 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.

    CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

    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.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    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.

    Conclusion

    AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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