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Colorado State Charge Nurse RN II - FORENSIC CMHHIFL Nursing Department - Denver- $14,000 Sign On Bonus in Denver, Colorado

Charge Nurse RN II - FORENSIC CMHHIFL Nursing Department - Denver- $14,000 Sign On Bonus

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Charge Nurse RN II - FORENSIC CMHHIFL Nursing Department - Denver- $14,000 Sign On Bonus


$3,501.23 Biweekly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number

IIC 05929 07/26/2023


Colorado Department of Human Services



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Closing Date



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Primary Physical Work Address

Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan 3520 W. Oxford Ave. Denver, CO 80236

FLSA Status

Non-Exempt; position is eligible for overtime compensation.

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Department Information

This position will receive a short-staffing temporary pay differential of (8%) from July 1st 2023 - June 30th 2024.

This position has a residency waiver and will be accepting applications from residents and non-residents of Colorado. This announcement is open to potential candidates who are legal residents of the United States. All legal residents of the United States are eligible to apply and compete. If appointed to a position, applicants from outside of Colorado will be required to relocate to Colorado prior to their start date, at their own expense.

Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

About Fort Logan

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHHIFL) is one of two state hospitals serving our community. The vision of CMHHIFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to person with complex, serious, and persistent mental health illness within the resources available. Our mission is to support those individuals in achieving their recovery goals and reaching their full potential. CMHHIFL provides inpatient treatment to adult patient, generally between the ages of 18-49. The hospital has 94 adult inpatient beds, over four treatment units and is scheduled to open an additional 44 beds (two units) in August 2022. These two forensic units will be dedicated to providing psychiatric stabilization and restoration treatment to individuals opined incompetent to proceed as a result of their mental illness. Medical services, o ccupational therapy, neuropsychological-rehabilitation services, and trauma-informed care services are available for all patients throughout the hospital.

  • Through our core values, CMHHIFL staff is committed to:

  • Individual dignity and respect;

  • Person-centered, evidence based care;

  • Trauma informed recovery;

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration;

  • Diversity and inclusion;

  • Strong family and community partnerships

    The Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan is a tobacco free campus.

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Description of Job

We are seeking an exceptional individual interested interested in joining our nursing team!

Our ideal candidate is a caring leader who will provide professional skilled nursing activities in a mental health setting that include: acute care, chronic support, assessment, and interventions. Although this position will be assigned to a specific shift and unit, you occasionally may be required to work any unit.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assesses, plans, coordinates, provides and evaluates nursing care of patients with psychiatric and medical conditions, documenting all pertinent data.

  • Utilizes nursing theory and concepts to develop nursing plans of care and therapeutic interventions to support patient recovery, such as individual counseling, psycho-educational and teaching groups, and milieu management. .

  • Communicates the nursing plan of care to the interdisciplinary team. Assures that appropriate documentation is completed.

  • Assures that essential information is shared from shift to shift and makes rounds to assess patients' psychiatric and medical statuses.

  • Notifies medical staff (physicians and licensed independent practitioners) of changes in patient condition and need for evaluations and orders. Reports patient care concerns to supervisor and physicians, as indicated.

  • Directs, coordinates and implements medical and psychiatric crisis intervention in clinical emergencies assuring compliance with nursing standards and policies/procedures.

  • Assures a safe, therapeutic environment for patients using nursing theory and judgment by planning and implementing milieu management techniques such as pro-actively anticipating problems, planning interventions strategies and assigning responsibilities. Provides clinical and administrative supervision of nursing staff on duty. Assures that interventions are implemented and assures that the care provided meets or exceeds community and professional standards.

  • Accountable for the work of nursing staff, mental health clinicians, nursing students, orientees and others through delegation of work assignments, assuring timely completion of work, providing clinical leadership and teaching clinical interventions.

  • Provides clinical and administrative supervision of 2-5 nursing staff on a continuous basis as well as supervision of all nursing staff on duty during specific shift. Orients new staff and serves as preceptor for students.

  • Administers and/or provides back up to the nurse assigned to administer medication, including transcription and clarification of orders.

  • Assures that medications are administered in terms of need, effectiveness, side effects and drug interactions using nursing judgment, standards of care and policy and procedure.

Work environment:

Sometimes difficult customers/patients, locked units, interactive, fast-paced, dynamic, team-oriented, requirement to make immediate and critical decisions, and a high level of accountability for patient care. High level of professional responsibility for the employee to maintain updated skills, knowledge, abilities and competencies necessary to the position through continuing education, clinical supervision, literature review and participating in discipline and team development.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a valid, active Registered Nurse License issued by the State of Colorado (Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) OR any state participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).


Two (2) years of professional nursing experience

Substitutions: None

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications and Required Skills outlined above, our ideal candidate will possess the following Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and apply the nursing process to provide adequate patient care.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand treatment plans and provide appropriate interventions.

  • Demonstrated ability to direct the shift through training, mentorship and development.

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

  • Dependable, responsible, and adaptable.

Essential Attributes:

  • 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.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50+ pounds on occasion.

    Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must be available to complete shift work- nights, evenings, back-to-back, weekends and holidays shifts as needed

  • Must pass a pre employment Physical

  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older

  • 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.

  • Required Flu Vaccination, unless an authorized exemption is provided.

  • Full Background - Name check, TRAILS, Drug Screen and Fingerprinting

  • Must have an maintain CO Driver's License

  • Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials – Explain: medications

  • Travel – Explain: May be required to transport patients

  • Essential Services Designation-required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety and welfare.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must (1) disclose that information on the application (2) provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position, (3) provide the employee number from the applicant’s prior State employment. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination and failure to provide this information will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS

  • 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 CDHS_HumanResources@state.co.us


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, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered 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 spb.colorado.gov 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.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#how-to-apply)

The Assessment Process

For additional recruiting questions, please contact brennon.watts @state.co.us

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 (https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs) (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

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

    information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs .

    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 ADAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at cdhs_ada@state.co.us or call 1-800-929-0791.


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