State of Colorado
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If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
Paid life insurance
Short- and long-term disability coverage
11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
BenefitHub state employee discount program
Employee Wellness program MotivateMe
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs
Our Culture & Environment
We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.
Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.
We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.
Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.
We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.
Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.
*** Note: This posting may fill more than one vacancy for available positions that now exist or may exist in the future. Including both part and full time positions.***
This position has a Residency Waiver in place**
Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)
As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.
CMHIP is a 24 hour behavioral health acute care facility that is intended to provide a safe, secure, and therapeutic setting for patients with both psychiatric and medical issues. The services provided include evaluation and treatment for patients who are severely mentally ill, and the goal of this facility is to return patients to their optimal level of functioning and assist them in returning to the community as appropriate. Description of Job
We are seeking an exceptional individual interested in joining our nursing team!
Our ideal candidate is a caring leader who will provide professional skilled nursing activities in a mental health setting that include: acute care, chronic support, assessment, interventions and evaluations. Although this position will be assigned to a specific shift and unit, you occasionally may be required to work any unit and occasional extra shifts to include weekends and holidays to be determined based on business need.
Duties Include, But Are Not Limited To The Following
Care for Clinic, ECT and Admissions patients.
Initiate, communicate, advocate and follow-up with care surrounding clinic patients
Coordinate and complete the nursing required assessments, care and documentation directly related to clinic patient’s admission(s)/transfer(s), including completing and coordinating continuity of care for admissions/transfers to/within the hospital.
Serve as a resource and mentor to all nursing staff on assigned shift.
Promote and maintain nursing staff efficiency.
Oversee the attainment and achievement of Unit/Program/Hospital/Nursing Department goals for the specified shift.
Provide therapeutic nursing care to mentally ill patients.
Represents the Nursing Department in hospital-wide committees and work groups.
Provide immediate crisis intervention and response to all emergency situations.
Responsible for assisting nursing staff with clinical direction of nursing staff, QA/PI activities and to ensure compliance in all areas, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Perform other related duties as required or assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Applicants must possess a valid, active Registered Nurse License issued by the State of Colorado (Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) OR any state participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).
In addition to the Minimum Qualifications and Required Skills outlined above, our ideal candidate will possess the following Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to work both autonomously and as a team member
Specialized professional nursing experience in a Behavioral Health, Forensic, Youth or Geriatric Unit.
Demonstrated ability to direct the shift through training, mentorship and development.
A strong work ethic based on a foundation of: self-motivation, loyalty, honesty, and integrity.
Dependable, responsible, and adaptable.
Charge Nurse Experience
Two years RN experience
Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations.
Must be able to lift up to 50+ pounds on occasion.
Monday – Friday 1:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.**
Conditions Of Employment
A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges.
**Work schedule subject to change without prior notification based on business demands.**
Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
This position will be paid bi-weekly.
2-step TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire;.
Shall not initiate or engage in sexual, social, personal or financial relationships with patients either during or any time after hospitalization, even if the patient requests or initiates such a relationship. All relationships with current or former patients must be disclosed on your application;
Successfully pass all modules of the CMHIP New Employee Orientation core curriculum to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;
Possess the physical ability to successfully complete CTI and CPR;
Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;
Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;
Withstand impact on own body using an ASP shield;
Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for using a defensive tactic;
Kneel on one or both knees and stand up again with multiple repetitions;
Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety;
Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury
Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
Ability to read and comprehend the English language; effectively and fluently communicates in English, both verbally and in writing;
Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings
Willing and able to travel;
Annual influenza vaccination.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.
Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within thirty (30) business days of hire. Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, please contact [email protected]
Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
On or after October 31, 2021, each facility shall ensure all newly hired employees, direct contractors, or support staff members are fully vaccinated at the time of hire, or receive their first dose of a two-dose protocol, or a single-dose vaccination, prior to providing any care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its clients.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.
An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email ([email protected]), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.
For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.