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Denver - RN I (Nurse I) $14,000 Sign On Incentive! CMHI at Fort Logan - Med Surg

Company: Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan
Location: Denver
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Denver - RN I (Nurse I) $14,000 Sign On Incentive! CMHI at Fort LoganDepartment Information

$14,000 Sign On Incentive*

This position has a residency waiver and will be accepting applications from residents and non-residents of Colorado. This announcement is open to potential candidates who are legal residents of the United States. All legal residents of the United States are eligible to apply and compete. If appointed to a position, applicants from outside of Colorado will be required to relocate to Colorado prior to their start date, at their own expense.

Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

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About Fort Logan:

Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan (CMHHFL) is one of two state hospitals serving our community. The vision of CMHHFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons with complex, serious, and persistent mental health illness within the resources available. Our mission is to support those individuals in achieving their recovery goals and reaching their full potential. CMHHFL provides inpatient treatment to adult patients, generally between the ages of 18-49. The hospital has 94 adult inpatient beds, over four treatment units and opened an additional 44 beds (two units) in December 2022, with one unit currently occupied, the other unit awaiting occupancy. These two forensic units will be dedicated to providing psychiatric stabilization and restoration treatment to individuals opined incompetent to proceed as a result of their mental illness. Medical services, occupational therapy, neuropsychological-rehabilitation services, and trauma-informed care services are available for all patients throughout the hospital.

Through our core values, CMHHFL staff is committed to:

* Individual dignity and respect

* Person-centered, evidence-based care

* Trauma informed recovery

* Multidisciplinary collaboration

* Diversity and inclusion

* Strong family and community partnerships

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is a tobacco-free campus.

Description of Job

We may fill multiple vacancies from this posting

About this Work Unit:

Each treatment unit provides psychiatric treatment services to adult clients through the use of a Milieu Treatment Program based on models of milieu therapy and group therapy. The focus of treatment is ongoing assessment and interventions designed to assist individual clients to resolve the specific problems that brought them to the hospital and to return them to the least restrictive environment in the community. Approaches are strength-based, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented enabling patients to learn more effective coping and living skills in order to function more effectively in the community upon discharge from the hospital. The psychiatric care and treatment modalities include milieu management, group therapy, activity therapy, health education and medication management with the goal of providing a consistent and safe environment for clients and to assist them with the amelioration of presenting problems and symptoms and improve problem solving and coping skills.

Summary of Duties:

This position exists to provide therapeutic work in the psychiatric care of mentally ill patients hospitalized at the CMHIFL. Duties included maintaining a therapeutic environment and monitoring group climate by providing input at treatment planning sessions, case conferences and related meetings as well as participating in identifying client problems and in establishing approaches to client treatment, providing one-to-one counseling, delivering direct nursing care and teaching daily living skills and supervising daily activities, acting as patient advocate by giving support and education on patient rights and resolving or referring patient rights issues. May assume role of medication nurse, charge nurse or milieu manager depending on scheduling needs of unit. Responds to crisis situations by adhering to nursing standards and hospital policies and procedures as well as detecting and correcting safety violations in patient care areas. Performs other duties as assigned.

Work environment:

Sometimes difficult customers/patients, locked units, interactive, fast-paced, dynamic, team-oriented, requirement to make immediate and critical decisions, and a high level of accountability for patient care. High level of professional responsibility for the employee to maintain updated skills, knowledge, abilities and competencies necessary to the position through continuing education, clinical supervision, literature review and participating in discipline and team development.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Valid Registered Nurse License from the State of Colorado (DORA)

Substitutions: None

Preferred Qualifications:

* 1 year of full time inpatient psychiatric nursing experience.

Conditions of Employment:

* Applicants must be available to complete shift work- nights, evenings, back-to-back, weekends and holidays shifts as needed
* Must be at least 21 years of age or older
* Must pass a pre employment Physical
* Required Flu Vaccination, unless an authorized exemption is provided.
* Have no felony convictions or history of domestic violence
* Pass a Colorado Background Investigation (CBI), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background investigations.
* Must report to work during inclement weather
* Must be willing and able to follow prescribed procedures and policies even if they conflict with your personal preference
* Must be willing and able to work with staff and clients of all social, economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, Must be willing and able to work with potential dangerous clients in a locked setting.
* Essential Services Designation-required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety and welfare.
* Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
* On or after October 31, 2021, each facility shall ensure all newly hired employees 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. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of first dose prior to providing care.

* 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, Moderna or Novavax vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.

* 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

Highly Desirable Competencies:

* Ability to work with and communicate with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner and committed to quality service
* Ability to perform with a high level of initiative, effort and commitment toward completing assignments efficiently
* Ability to foster commitment and team spirit
* Ability to listen to others and respond appropriately
* Ability to keep own emotions under control and restrain negative behaviors when provoked or when working under conditions of stress
* Ability to resolve conflict
* Ability to problem solve
* Ability to execute decisions
* Integrity, and Accountability


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 (, 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; 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 under Rules.

Supplemental Information

Sign-On Incentive:

Upon approval, a sign-on incentive based on position, ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 (prorated if a part-time position), will be given in three payments: within two pay cycles of when the new employee starts at CDHS, 180-day anniversary and 270-day anniversary with CDHS. These incentives will be available to the first 1,000 new employees in select high-need positions

For Recruiting questions, please contact


Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

For recruiting questions, please contact

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

About Us:

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 a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

* Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan 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

* Remote work arrangements for eligible positions

* Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

information, go to

Our Values:

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.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.


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