STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Head Nurse (40 Hour)

Office/On-site

Recruitment #240620-4356FL-001

Introduction


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Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Head Nurse! 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!

POSITION HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • FACILITY: Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC)
  • UNIT: Inpatient Treatment Unit (ITU)
  • ADDRESS: 500 Vine Street, Hartford, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time (40 hours weekly), 3rd Shift, 12:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m., every other weekend and holidays (Please note this entails a shift differential)
  • POSITION NUMBERS: 26847
FOR SECOND AND THIRD SHIFT POSITIONS - YOU MAY BE APPROVED FOR AN ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION BONUS:
  • Each Registered Nurse who is permanently assigned to the second or third shift shall receive a “recruitment and retention” yearly bonus of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). 
  • This bonus shall be pro-rated for part-time Registered Nurses. 
  • In order to be eligible for this bonus, the Employee must have completed one year of service in the registered nurse classification.
WHY THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT:
  • Explore our comprehensive State Employee Benefits Overview to see what we offer
  • 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.
  • Enjoy endless opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Embrace a healthy work/life balance tailored to all employees
    DISCOVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
    • Provide administrative and clinical oversight, including supervision of professional nurses and paraprofessional and/or other staff
    • Lead the planning of care and ensure the implementation of the nursing process
    • Assist in identifying educational gaps for all staff
    • Contribute to the development of annual staff competencies
    • Provide needed oversight to ensure that unit workflow and unit priorities are identified and completed
    • Be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals
    • Assist our clients so they can achieve success
    • Make a difference in the public sector
    • Work together in a collaborative team environment
    ABOUT US:
    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.

    Please note:
    MORE ABOUT THE FACILITY/UNIT:
    CRMHC is a community based mental health center serving Hartford, West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Canton and Simsbury providing individuals with behavioral health services.  CRMHC collaborates with the greater Hartford DMHAS-Funded mental health programs comprising 15 non-profit agencies located in Hartford and West Hartford.  These agencies work together to provide a comprehensive array of behavioral health services to adults with serious psychiatric disabilities as well as co-occurring psychiatric illness and substance use. 

    The Inpatient Treatment Unit is a sixteen bed inpatient care unit which operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The major function of the program is to provide inpatient services to people from the CRMHC service area with a focus on those who are uninsured, who cannot obtain services from other providers, and are served by CRMHC.  This program provides a broad range of services including medication management, individual and group therapy, occupational therapy, and recreational interventions.  The average length of stay in this program is about 180 days. 

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    Selection Plan

    FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
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    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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
    • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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    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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 Alyssa.Hovanec@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 individuals or performing specialized professional nursing work in the areas of community or therapeutic nursing. At the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities or Connecticut Technical Education and Career System 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 exams;
    • Performs related duties as required.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

    • Considerable knowledge of
      • and ability to independently apply nursing principles, techniques and standards;
      • specialized 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 individuals, groups and families;
    • Ability to provide therapeutic treatment with a variety of 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 with clients with severe and persistent Mental Illness and Substance abuse on an inpatient unit
    • Experience providing clinical and administrative administration, including supervision of assigned professional nurses, paraprofessionals and other staff

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



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