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CDOC Licensed Practical Nurse ($1,000 Sign-On Bonus)

at State of Colorado

Posted: 7/15/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2715050
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Department Information

 
 
The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the safety of our employees. The CDOC has been working with state and local partners to proactively prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state prison system. For more information, please visit our website CDOC COVID - 19 FAQ and Updates.

 
**  Sign on bonuses are now available  **
 
$1,000 Sign-on-bonus is now being offered by the Division of Clinical Services for new hires.  Sign-on bonuses will be based on successful completion of the CDOC Training Academy (CTA), and successful performance reviews and evaluations.  Breakout as shown below:
  • $250.00 – Graduation of CTA
  • $250.00 – 6 Month Performance Review
  • $500.00 – 1 Year Performance Evaluation

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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"
 
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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;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick time;
  • Wellness program, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.

 

Description of Job

Current vacancies:  Canon City, Denver, Limon and Sterling; however we are accepting applications for all locations.  The eligibility list created from this posting will be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout the state (Crowley, Buena Vista, Canon City, Delta, Denver, Limon, Pueblo, Rifle, Sterling and Trinidad). 
 
This position provides skilled nursing care for the incarcerated offender in either an outpatient clinic, infirmary, or specialized cell house setting for acute care, chronic support and emergency interventions.   LPN's are responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • Documents in an accurate and timely manner to provide comprehensive offender medical records;
  • 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 referral to appropriate Clinical Services staff for new arrivals, crisis intervention, interviews and triages offenders, and performs instruction and orientation;
  • 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 offender primarily for medical reasons;
  • Delivering PO, IM, IV, SQ, SL medications to offenders in medication lines, infirmaries, specialized cell houses, and PRN;
  • Observes and reports the physical and emotional condition of offenders including the effectiveness of medications and treatments during sick line emergencies;
  • 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:  

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

Required Competencies:
  • Ability to effectively treat offender patients on a daily basis in a variety of settings;
  • Ability to follow patient confidentiality standards;
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations involving offenders 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:

  • Intravenous Certification;
  • Long term and acute care experience;
  • Experience as an LPN in a correctional environment;
ONLY APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS PROCESS.

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 
The Application and Assessment Process: Your application will be reviewed to determine if it meets the minimum Qualifications (MQ's). If it does meet the MQ's, it will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The analysis for this position will include a suitability screening and may include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions by a Subject Matter Expert (SME). 
 
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, completed at the applicant's own expense.  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.
  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid State of Colorado 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;
  • Successfully complete the Department of Corrections Basic Training upon hire, initial drug screening, and random drug screening throughout employment;
    • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete PPCT (Pressure Point Control 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 may 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 security;
  • 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;
  • 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 offenders;
  • 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 drug and alcohol free work environment.  Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws.  A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass.  Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.
 

APPEAL RIGHTS:
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.

The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at https://spb.colorado.gov/. A standard appeal form is available at: https://spb.colorado.gov/.

If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 633 17th Street, Suite 1320, Denver, CO 80202-3604. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300.  As of November 12, 2013, the Board will be located at 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80203. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
 

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 Dept of Corrections employee or from this email address info@governmentjobs.com  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 Barbara Wilson at barbara.wilson@state.co.us

SCHEDULED DATES OF POSSIBLE APPLICANT ASSESSMENTS (I.E., EXAMS, ORAL BOARDS, WRITTEN EXAMS) WILL NOT BE MADE UP.  IF YOU FAIL TO SHOW AT THE APPOINTED DATE/TIME, MAKE-UPS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. 

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, Heather Tepley, at doc_employeerelations@state.co.us or call 719-226-4401.

 
 
ALL DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITIES AND BUILDINGS
ARE TOBACCO FREE. 


WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PROTECTED CLASSES TO APPLY.