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Registered Nurse I - CMHHIP Nursing Department - Pueblo - $14,000 Sign On Incentive - Med Surg

Company: Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan
Location: Denver
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:

Registered Nurse I - CMHHIP Nursing Department - Pueblo - $14,000 Sign On IncentiveDepartment Information

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.

Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo (CMHHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo (CMHHIP) is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

CMHHIP 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.

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Description of Job

We are seeking an exceptional individual interested 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, and interventions. Although this position will be assigned to a specific shift and unit, you occasionally may be required to work any unit.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

* Provide direct patient care by assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of treatment. This could include: family involvement, case management, formulation of individualized nursing care plans, implementing infection control measures, delivering crisis intervention, providing direct patient contact in individual and group therapy sessions, teaching patients and co-workers, and providing direct care in emergency situations
* Assess, evaluate, and communicate changes in mental status related to medication effectiveness and adverse reactions
* Documents and updates patient records per nursing department standards
* Evaluate patient care on an ongoing basis to ensure continuity of care
* Monitors infection control including equipment sterility
* Employs de-escalation techniques, counseling, and intervenes with Therapeutic Interventions for Physical Safety to control assaultive or self-destructive behavior
* May be responsible to explain work processes, train, and assign task to Psychiatric Care Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Mental Health Clinician and/or Client Care Aide
* Perform other related duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

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).

Substitutions: None

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications and Required Skills outlined above, our ideal candidate will possess the following Preferred Qualifications:

* Demonstrated ability to understand and apply the nursing process to provide adequate patient care
* Demonstrated ability to understand treatment plans and provide appropriate interventions
* 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

Essential Attributes:

* 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

Conditions of Employment:

* May work various shifts
* Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare
* 2-step TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire
* This position will be paid biweekly
* 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
* 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 containment to the floor
* 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


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, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered 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 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.

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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 ADAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.




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