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NURSE II - Wheat Ridge Regional Center - Med Surg

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

Job Description:

NURSE II - Wheat Ridge Regional CenterDepartment Information

This position will receive a short-staffing temporary pay differential of 8% from July 1st 2023 - June 30th 2024

This position is open to current Colorado residents only.

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

Most State of Colorado employees are eligible for a great benefit package! Please see the Supplemental Information section below for details!

Wheat Ridge Regional Center


Our mission is to offer people with disabilities the necessary supports in order to promote the personal values of individual growth, participation, contribution and capability.

Organizational Focus:

We provide services to individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities living in Colorado. Admissions are for individuals with complex behavior and medical needs who may pose a risk to themselves or the community. We provide emergency treatment stabilization for people and provide support to the community service delivery system.

Overall function of the work unit:

This work unit exists to provide quality health care, personal hygiene maintenance and an active learning atmosphere in a safe and healthy environment for developmentally disabled and mentally ill individuals. This work unit provides 24-hour treatment services that are in compliance with State and Federal regulations.

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Description of Job

Summary of the position:

This position exists to provide specialized nursing services that meet the health care needs of complex medical and psychiatrically challenged developmentally disabled individuals who live in ICF-IID group homes. Additional responsibilities include:

* providing supervision/guidance of health services to on-duty Licensed Psychiatric Technicians (LPT) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) as required by the LPN & LPN scope of practice.

* covering on-duty RN's directing workflow by establishing medication administration schedules, resolving nursing and health care issues, and providing oversight, training, consultation and guidance for health problems and nursing skills such as medication and treatment administration and delegated tasks such as blood sugar testing, trach care, oral suctioning and a multitude of other health-related tasks.

* developing and training medical protocols to be implemented by the Direct Care Providers including the LPT's and LPN's.

* follow the nursing process by performing thorough, comprehensive assessments, interpreting assessment results, formulating a plan of action, implementation and evaluation.

* work schedule includes after-hours direct nursing services and is sole health care provider and triage nurse for all health related problems of individuals served on his/her assigned caseload, in the absence of on-duty physicians or advance practice Medical Providers.

* Triage - receives calls and determines action for resident health issues, approves PRN medications and treatments and unscheduled health care services and responds to resident behavioral problems that may put the individual or others in harms way.

* Provides supervision of medication administration and the delivery of health care services provided by the Licensed Psychiatric Technicians and Licensed Practical Nurses who are working at the assigned areas.

* Enters prescriptions and Medical Provider (covering MD's and NP's) orders on the Medication Administration Records. Assigns the most appropriate schedule for each individual's medications and treatments through consideration of a multitude of factors

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).


Two (2) years of professional nursing experience


Additional appropriate education will substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

* 2 years of full time inpatient nursing experience.

Conditions of Employment:

* State of Colorado Resident
* Valid unrestricted Colorado Driver License.
* Must complete reference check
* Must be at least 18 years of age
* 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.
* Must pass drug screen
* Influenza and other vaccines as required by the State of CO
* A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire
* Must be available to work any shift, any day and/or any area, to meet agency needs, including weekends and holidays
* Must demonstrate ability to lift 50 lbs, bend, squat, etc, and perform physical interventions proficiently (pre-employment and continuously throughout employment)
* Must be available to work any shift, any day and/or any area, to meet agency needs
* 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.
* 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.
* Must travel to remote work sites and must utilize a state vehicle, if available.

If not, must utilize personal vehicle and submit for mileage reimbursement. Position is required to use a state vehicle to transport residents.

Appeal Rights:

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

How to Apply

The Assessment Process

For additional recruiting questions, please contact

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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