Registered Nurse I - Grand Mesa YSC - $7,000 Sign on Incentive!
Company: Government jobs
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: January 27, 2023
$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: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/dys
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 &
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
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
There are no substitutions for the minimum requirements.
- Experience with adolescent health care.
- Experience with mental health nursing
- Experience with correctional nursing
Highly Desirable Competencies:
- Knowledge of current medications, administration, their actions
- Ability to work in collaborative relationships with other
professionals to achieve interdisciplinary goals set for the
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal
form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to
spb.colorado.gov; 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 spb.colorado.gov under Rules.
Link to: How to Apply
Link to: The Assessment Process
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
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
www.copera.org 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
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energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best
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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
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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
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pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection
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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?
02 Are you willing to work holidays, weekends and any shift
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
05 How have you demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with
other professionals to achieve interdisciplinary goals set for a
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
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09 A condition of employment requires applicants to be 21 years of
age or older. Do you meet this condition?
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?
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.
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