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Registered Nurse I - Grand Mesa YSC - $7,000 Sign on Incentive!

Company: Government jobs
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Department Information

$7,000 Sign On Incentive*

The primary duties of this position are located within 30 miles of the state border; therefore, this position is exempt from the residency requirements. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies at the locations below.

Division of Youth Services

Grand Junction Youth Services Center

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About the Division of Youth Services: The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment, and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates fifteen secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Colorado Youth Detention Continuum, a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at:

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Description of Job

Summary of Position:
This position delivers health care to detained or committed high risk adolescents in a locked, secure setting in accordance with the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) standards and other nationally recognized standards. This position provides primary care with responsibility for a continuum of care from the initial assessment through development and maintenance of health care including physical, psychiatric, and dental maintenance. Clinic hours for this position are day/afternoon/evening depending on the shift offered. We have multiple openings.

Specific Job Duties:

Clinical Duties: Ensures the provision of patient care is within standards established by the State Nurse Practice Act and the Division of Youth Services medical policies, procedures, and protocols. Provides initial nursing assessments and triage of requests for health care submitted by youth. Works in collaboration with medical providers to obtain laboratory and other diagnostic procedures. Administers nursing care and provides the youth education for routine, urgent and emergent medical situations within scope of practice. Makes decisions regarding infectious/communicable diseases, recommends referrals for specialty interventions for identified conditions and recommends supervisory review of complex medical and mental health issues in collaboration with providers and behavioral health specialists. Addresses and communicates confidential information regarding medical, dental, psychiatric, and mental health care to non-medical personnel with appropriate information to maintain the resident in a safe and healthy environment in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. Documents all care in the electronic health record.

Mental Health: Evaluates resident's mental status/mental health condition through interview, health screen, health appraisal and observation. Provides basic mental health intervention and refers to psychiatrist or mental health resource for further evaluation, intervention or transfer to a mental health institution in collaboration with behavioral health services staff. Conducts mental health referrals as necessary by coordinating with outside agencies/courts for appointments or furloughs. Actively involves parents and legal guardians in the care and treatment of the mental health of their youth.

Medications: Follows national standards of care for safe medication administration within the state Nurse Practice Act and the Division of Youth Services policies, procedures and protocols. Transcribes, orders, prepares, and administers medications without error per prescribed provider's orders. Documents, updates Medication Administration Record (MAR) by entering information into electronic health records. Monitors MARs for errors and reports errors to medical clinic supervisor and facility administration. Provides necessary education or training to staff on medications as needed. Checks in medications and packages medication for youth leaving the facility. Maintains clinic environment by ordering and maintaining stock supplies and equipment for the clinic and medical supplies throughout the facility. Coordinates with outside agencies/courts for medications, as needed.

Health Education: Assesses and identifies the knowledge deficits regarding general health and hygiene topics presented by youth in routine and formal encounters. Provides individual and group education regarding health promotion, disease and injury prevention to youth and staff on an ongoing basis. Provides ongoing education regarding medication administration, infection prevention and other health related topics specific to staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience must be specifically documented on your application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.

Minimum Qualifications:

Current, valid or licensure as a Registered Nurse from any state participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). This license must be/or have been when active in good standing.

**Note, nothing in these Minimum Qualifications alleviates the criteria to transfer licensing or any requirements by the respective board under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

There are no substitutions for the minimum requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with adolescent health care.
  • Experience with mental health nursing
  • Experience with correctional nursing
    Highly Desirable Competencies:
    • Knowledge of current medications, administration, their actions and use.
    • Ability to work in collaborative relationships with other professionals to achieve interdisciplinary goals set for the client.
    • Ability to assess and coordinate community health care services to meet the needs of clients and their families.
    • Ability to collect, record, and interpret data concisely and accurately.
    • Ability to self-regulate emotions when provoked or when working under conditions of stress

      Conditions of Employment:

      • Must be a resident of Colorado one year from hire date.
      • Ability to work shift work as required.
      • Be a minimum of 21 years of age, with no felony convictions or history of domestic violence
      • Must possess and maintain valid Colorado driver's license.
      • Essential Services Designation /strong> Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
      • Full Background - Name check, TRAILS and Fingerprinting
      • A Nurse who is part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) can work in Colorado without the need to obtain a license. The eNLC nurse must notify the board within 30 days of their arrival, but can still work without a Colorado license as long they're a member of the eNLC compact.
      • Must maintain a current CPR Card and perform CPR adequate compressions and ventilations per CPR guidelines.
      • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.
      • An annual flu vaccine or religious or medical exemption is required.
      • 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

        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

        Link to: How to Apply

        Link to: The Assessment Process

        *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 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.


          Toll Free Applicant Technical Support

          The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information:

          Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.

          01 Direct-care staff is considered essential and are required to report to work without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services. Are you willing and able to meet this standard as a condition of employment?
          • Yes
          • No

            02 Are you willing to work holidays, weekends and any shift required?
            • Yes
            • No

              03 Describe how you maintain knowledge of current medications, administration, their action and use.

              04 Describe any experience you have assessing and coordinating community health care services to meet the needs of clients and their families.

              05 How have you demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with other professionals to achieve interdisciplinary goals set for a client?

              06 Have you ever been reported to a licensing board? If so, what were the circumstances and what was the outcome?

              07 A requirement of this position is to possess and maintain a valid Registered Nurse License issued by the State of Colorado, or any other state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact. Please provide your license number.

              08 Please acknowledge that although the minimum qualifications for this position temporarily allow for out-of-state licenses to be accepted, current DORA regulations regarding transfer and renewal time frames still apply. Once the emergency MQ exceptions have ended, current Colorado licensure will again be required
              • I agree
              • I disagree

                09 A condition of employment requires applicants to be 21 years of age or older. Do you meet this condition?
                • Yes
                • No

                  10 If you are a veteran, you are required to upload your DD-214 member 4 form in order to receive veteran's preference if you are eligible. Do you acknowledge this requirement?
                  • Yes
                  • No

                    11 If you are a current or former State of Colorado employee, please list your employee number (should start with 997...) and/or the years that you were employed with the State:

                    12 Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application. In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.

                    13 The bottom of this job announcement provides links to additional information on how to apply, the assessment process, toll free applicant technical support, and about how the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. Please acknowledge below that you have read the information provided in these links.
                    • This information is available to me and I have read this information.
                    • I am unable to access the links with this information on the job posting. (If you select this option, please contact the recruiter, whose information is listed on this announcement, so that they can send this information directly to you.)

                      14 Were you referred by a CDHS employee? If yes, what is their name?

                      * Required Question

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