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CDOC Registered Nurse - Chemotherapy Treatment - Acute Care

Company: Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan
Location: Denver
Posted on: September 17, 2023

Job Description:

CDOC Registered Nurse - Chemotherapy TreatmentThis posting is only open to Colorado residents. - an exemption contingent upon residency waiver

Department Information

Governor Polis announced on May 4, 2023 that this classification (if working within a 24/7 facility) is eligible for non-base building temporary pay of 3.17% through June 2024, plus up to 10% for the following year.

Employees assigned to Buena Vista Correctional Facility, Denver Correctional Facility, Limon Correctional Facility and Sterling Correctional Facility are currently eligible for a $1,000 per month housing premium. The housing premium is scheduled to continue through 2023 or until all allocated funds are expended.

Position is located in Denver, Colorado.

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies at this location.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens"

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow"

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

* Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
* Strong, secure, yet flexible Retirement Benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
* Medical and Dental health plans;
* Paid life insurance;
* Short and long-term disability coverage;
* 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick time;
* Employee wellness programs;
* Tuition Reimbursement;
* Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs;
* Training opportunities and more.

Who May Apply: A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado. However, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed in this job announcement.

For questions regarding this job announcement please reach out to Brenda Valdez at or 719-226-4434.

Description of Job

This Nurse I position provides professional skilled nursing/patient care for the incarcerated inmates with the Colorado Department of Corrections at the Denver Complex. In addition to working in one or more of the following settings: outpatient clinic, infirmary or specialized cell house setting; providing acute care, chronic support and emergency assessment and intervention as indicated, position administers chemotherapy as directed by a physician.

Nurse I's are responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

* Documents in a accurate and timely manner to provide comprehensive inmate medical records;
* Delivers chemotherapy through intravenous methods as directed by physician;
* Provides standardized patient education within established nursing guidelines;
* Transcribes medical orders and reports at change of shifts;
* Preserves confidentiality;
* Provides physical care and treatments, administers medications, collaborates on treatment plans, employs infection control measures, provides crises intervention, interviews and triages inmates and performs patient and staff instruction;
* Assists physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners with minor medical and surgical procedures;
* Ensures ordering and restocking of medications and supplies;
* May occasionally be required to participate in restraining an inmate primarily for medical reasons;
* Delivering PO, IM, IV, SQ, SL medications to inmates in medication lines, infirmaries, specialized cell houses, and PRN;
* Observes and reports the physical and emotional condition of inmates including the effectiveness of medications and treatments during triage, sick line and emergency situations;
* Performs physical and emotional assessments of inmates during triage, sick-line and emergency situations, employing basic nursing and assessment skills and protocol;
* Promotes and is accountable for safety and security of the clinical environment through conscientious observations and sensitive item/contraband control including counting syringes, needles, narcotics, instruments, and key control;
* Operates a variety of clinical equipment dictated by the type of equipment available in the assigned work unit;
* Knowledgeable about all Life Safety policies and procedures applicable to the assigned work unit;
* Informs supervisor of any violations of security or safety through the report writing process;
* Attends training programs as assigned, including 2-day self-defense to ensure self protection skills;
* This position may be required to work any shift, weekends, and holidays

You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications;

License: Applicant must possess a current, valid license as a Registered Nurse from the Colorado Board of Nursing or any state participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).

Special Qualifications: Two years specialization in chemotherapy administration or an ONS Chemotherapy Provider Card

Required Competencies:

* Ability to effectively treat inmate patients on a daily basis in a variety of settings;
* Ability to administer chemotherapy safely and skillfully;
* Ability to follow patient confidentiality standards;
* Ability to respond to emergency situations involving inmates and/or medical situations;
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
* Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
* Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
* Excellent discernment and decision making skills;
* Ability to follow instructions and pay attention to details;
* Ability to work a variety of shifts on a full time basis;

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience working in the Colorado State Correctional Environment;

2. Possess an ONS Chemotherapy Provider Card issued by the Oncology Nursing Society;

3. Experience/knowledge in chemotherapy treatment;

4. Charge Nurse and/or supervisory experience;

5. Acute Care, Long Term or Correctional Nursing experience.

Applications will be considered from non-residents of Colorado, however applicants must still meet the minimum qualifications as stated above. To begin your Colorado licensure process, please refer to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies - Division of Professions and Occupations at You may also contact the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) at (303) 894-7800 or (800) 886-7675.


The Assessment Process: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum Qualifications (MQ's). Applicants that meet MQ's will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis which may include, but is not limited to, a suitability screening, eSkills Assessment, oral assessment, written performance assessment or it may include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process.

Conditions of Employment: All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC's consideration of application for employment

* Employees may be required to submit to regular serial testing and reporting for COVID-19.
* Must be 21 years of age;
* Possess a valid driver's license;
* Possess a high school diploma or GED;
* Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior, in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents.
* Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDOC uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. CDOC does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

* Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;
* Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics;
* Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;
* Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;
* Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;
* Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;
* Swing a baton in a striking technique;
* Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;
* Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;

Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and will be exposed while on assignment;Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and securitySeize, 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;Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed inmates;Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;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;Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant's background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

The CDOC is committed to a work environment free from illegal drugs and alcohol. Employees (see exception below) may use marijuana in their personal time but are prohibited from working while under the influence of any substance, including marijuana. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

Exception: Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified employees are prohibited from the use of marijuana. Health care professionals must check their licensing requirements regarding marijuana use.


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

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked daily as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Department of Corrections employee or from this email address It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date or if you have questions about this job announcement, please contact Brenda Valdez at .


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.

Colorado Department of Corrections 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 Employee Relations Specialist, Ana Andersen at or call 719-226-4401.



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