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Colorado State RN Lead Nurse RN IV - Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo in Pueblo, Colorado

RN Lead Nurse RN IV - Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo



RN Lead Nurse RN IV - Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo


$8,286.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 01309 09/14/2020


9/28/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

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 information, go to .

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.

Description of Job

This work unit exists to provide a safe, secure, therapeutic setting for comprehensive/holistic care of patients with both psychiatric and medical issues to include evaluation and treatment. This includes 24 hour nursing care for patients. The focus of treatment is stabilization, increase knowledge base, increase knowledge of treatment options (i.e. medications), individual and group therapy, discharge planning, working with families, support systems for patients, and an understanding of mental health issues/medical issues. Patients with substance abuse issues, developmental disabilities, physical handicaps, and multiple medical diagnoses also have multiple needs in addition to mental health stabilization and are treated on this work unit. Patients are admitted for the purpose of evaluation, observation, and treatment. Legal status of patients may include ITP, competency exams, NGRI, short term, long term or long-term extension. The unit goal is to treat the severely mentally ill, return them to their optimal level of functioning and assist them in returning to the community as appropriate.

The purpose of this position is to provide constant and consistent nursing oversight, administrative oversight and management of nursing personnel (24 hour a day/7 days a week) on one or two units. Carry a hospital cellular phone while not at work and answering the hospital cellular phone immediately when not at work. Provide consistent/constant management and direction to all direct care nursing staff and nursing shift supervisors on their assigned unit(s) on all shifts. Serve as a resource and mentor to all nursing staff. Promote and maintain nursing staff efficiency. Oversee the attainment and achievement of unit/Program/Hospital/Nursing Department goals. Collaborates with other leaders across the hospital. Represents the Nursing Department in hospital-wide committees and work groups. Applications of knowledge, expertise and experience in providing safe and effective patient care. Provide immediate crisis intervention in the milieu and response to all emergency situations.

Job Duties:

  • Responsible for the direction, supervision and management of all Nursing staff of the assigned unit.

  • This position works in conjunction with the Program Chief Nurse PCN to fill vacant positions via promotion, recruitment of new hires, and internal transfers.

  • The Lead Nurse coordinates staffing schedules by utilizing knowledge of acuity, and pool staff to maximize the quality of care given to unit patients.

  • Personnel needs are communicated to the Nursing Administration immediately.

  • Assignment to committees and hiring panels are made by the PCN.

  • This position is responsible for all the nursing services provided on the assigned unit.

  • The position is responsible that all nursing assignments and duties are completed and in compliance with CMHIP policies and psychiatric and medical nursing standards, licensure requirements and governing bodies.

  • Unit nursing staff is notified promptly of changes to processes, policies and procedures through communication methods to include Cornerstone Rosters, meetings, email and individual contact.

  • Unit nursing is assigned mentors for guidance and training ensuring information is clear. Individual supervision is conducted regularly.

  • The Lead Nurse implements actions to maximize the quality of patient care at the unit level by directing and coordinating the timely reporting of statistical and quality assurance data.

  • Nursing participation is coordinated at the unit level through interdisciplinary, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up on QA/Pl activities.

  • The Lead Nurse reviews patient occurrences and responds to performance issues of assigned staff.

  • He/She performs audits of Nursing documentation to identify and address staff deficiencies.

  • Follow up of chart deficiencies occurs regularly to develop performance measurement tools for improvement of processes and decrease errors. Also, collaborates with non-nursing personnel to address related performance issues.

  • Other duties as assigned

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 (eNLC), AND four (4) years of professional experience as a registered nurse which included at least one (1) year of experience supervising professional nursing staff.

Professional Nursing Experience is defined as work experience as a Registered Nurse. Your application must clearly state your experience at this level; statements such as "see resume" or "nursing duties" will not be accepted.


There is no substitution for the required licensure. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in nursing may substitute for one year of the required professional nursing experience, but not for the required one-year supervisory experience. A master's degree or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in nursing may substitute for two years of the required professional nursing experience, but not for the required one-year supervisory experience. (A copy of your official transcripts must be attached to your application to receive credit for the substitutions.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience supervising/managing a environment which requires collaboration with multiple disciplines.

  • Professional Nursing experience in a Behavioral Health, Forensic, medical and Geriatrics.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead different nursing disciplines on the unit through training, mentor ship, development, and quality care improvement measures.

Required Competencies:

  • Ability to effectively lead and supervise staff

  • Ability to effectively treat mental health patients

  • Ability to maintain required licensure/credentials

  • Knowledge of the nursing process to provide supervision and care for medical and psychiatric patient needs.

  • A strong work ethic based on a foundation of: Self-motivation, loyalty, honesty, and integrity

  • Dependable, responsible, and adaptable

  • Customer/Personnel Service - knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personnel services, this includes the application of needs assessment

  • Psychology - knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual difference in ability, personality, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

  • Active Listening

  • Judgment, Decision Making, and Problem Sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong; to include not only solving the problem, but recognizing there is a problem

  • Oral and Written Communication Skills – the ability to speak and write effectively; providing valid and pertinent information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates

  • Monitoring/Assessing performance

  • Organization Skills

  • Documentation/Recording Information - entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form.

  • Computer Skills/Software - knowledge of Microsoft Office software, excel spreadsheet, database software and the electronic health record.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, day and evening shifts, weekends, and holidays and back-to-back shift and double shifts as needed.

  • Must be accessible to immediate telephone communication. Must be able to follow prescribed policies and procedures even if they may conflict with "personal" preferences.

  • Ability to work with staff and patients of diverse backgrounds to include social, economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds

  • Work in a secure facility in locked and unlocked environments

  • Work any unit as assigned by the appointing authority

  • A Tuberculosis Test (TB) and other immunizations will be required upon hire and maintain current.

  • Compliance with annual Flu Vaccination

  • 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. Additionally, you will be required take and pass a drug screen.

  • 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.

Essential Attributes:

  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo's required orientation/training

  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations.

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

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.

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.

For Recruiting questions, please contact

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.

Supplemental Information

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. 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.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review and structured interview. Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process. Applicants will be notified of their status via email following each stage.

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.