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Colorado State Nurse II - Registered Nurse - Grand Junction Regional Center in Grand Junction, Colorado

Nurse II - Registered Nurse - Grand Junction Regional Center



Nurse II - Registered Nurse - Grand Junction Regional Center


$32.38 - $48.93 Hourly


Grand Junction, CO

Job Type

Part Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IJB 00116 10/12/2020


10/27/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

We are CDHS

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

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

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Our Culture & Environment

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.

This position resides at the Grand Junction Regional Center. This regional center exists to manage the day-to-day operations and service delivery for Grand Junction Regional Center (GJRC), licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities as well as a provider of Home and Community Based Services (Waiver services). GJRC provides 24/7 direct care for approximately 80 residents. GJRC's primary goal is to provide the necessary supports and services to residents who cannot be safely served in community based programs due to complex medical and/or behavioral needs.

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.

Description of Job

The Nurse II works in the unit that provides nursing support and service to 102 developmentally disabled individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs who reside at the Grand Junction Regional Center. Many of these individuals are dually diagnosed with developmental and psychiatric illnesses. These individuals live on the GJRC campus and are under the ICF/IID license or they live in Waiver Licensed group homes that are positioned throughout the Grand Junction community. The Nurse II ensures health and safety needs of a complex population of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. This is a 65% time position.

Responsibilities in this position include:

  • Assess and develop nursing care plans

  • Implement and evaluate effectiveness of the plans

  • Delegate duties to paraprofessionals in order to implement and complete plans

  • Assist with ensuring regulatory compliance via nursing services as well as health services by providing direction to the residential staff, including all agency Licensed Psychiatric Technicians

  • Design nursing care plans, both Long Term Nursing care plans and Short Term Nursing Care Plans, that are implemented by paraprofessionals, including Licensed Psych Technicians, TA’s, and any other paraprofessionals employed at GJRC

  • Responsible for the timely education of the paraprofessionals that will aid in the implementation of the plan

  • Direct acute illness or trauma situations by analyzing data, considering all individual aspects of the situation, and making decisions that result in treatment of the resident

  • Provide nursing support and direction to staff responding to behavioral situations

  • Ensure all documentation meets requirements of multiple regulating agencies to ensure successful survey results; agencies include Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Regulations for Intermediate Care Facility/Intellectually Disabled, and Department of Health

  • Oversee provision of and provides clinical instruction to Licensed Psychiatric Technicians regarding administration of selected treatments and medications and nursing policies and procedures

  • Identify, report and correct medication and treatment errors and failure to follow proper nursing care plans as instituted

  • Perform quality control checks Inspections of medical records, (i.e. MD orders correctly transcribed and signed), nursing documentation, resolutions notes according to standards of practice, equipment maintenance, and assigned compliance inspections.

  • Available to the client in a timely manner to address the needs identified by the technicians or professionals who request nursing/medical intervention for such clients

  • Work with duty officer and crisis on call to ensure safety of person receiving services in cases of behavioral or medical emergencies

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Valid Registered Nurse License from the State of Colorado or any state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact;


Two (2) years of professional experience as a registered nurse.


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in nursing may substitute for one year of the required experience.

  • A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in nursing may substitute for the required experience.

Applicants using education as a substitution MUST supply unofficial transcripts before the application deadline to the Human Resources office; applications requesting this substitution without transcripts will NOT be considered.

Conditions of Employment:

The successful candidate in this position:

  • Must have no felony convictions or domestic violence history.

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License. Position travels to remote work sites utilizing a state vehicle, if available. If not available, must utilize personal vehicle and submit a request for mileage reimbursement.

  • Will be required to perform shift work. Work is primarily evening and nights, however candidate must be available during the day for the duration of new employee training and nursing orientation.

  • 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.


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

A standard appeal form is available at: 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, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

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.

ADAAA 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: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

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