Classified/Non-Competitive 
Class Code Pay Plan Class Title Eff.Date
1969  HC - 21 NURSE  Jan 25, 2006
PURPOSE OF CLASS:
In a state agency this class is accountable for providing a full range of professional nursing care.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Works under the general supervision of an employee of a higher grade
SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May have supervisory or lead responsibilities over paraprofessionals and other non-nursing staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Independently implements the nursing process with patients/clients including carrying out physicians orders regarding diet, medication and treatment; performs assessments; changes dressings; monitors and ensures quality care through observation and evaluation; reports on physiological and mental health status of patients/clients; documents nursing interventions on medical records; distributes and maintains records of controlled drugs and insures their security; maintains records and makes reports; makes decisions in routine cases; instructs patients/clients, staff and family members regarding treatments, nursing plans and related patient/client care issues directed towards an awareness and understanding of health/mental health issues; responds to emergencies; maintains availability of medications and supplies; ensures cleanliness of equipment and environment; may participate as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team in the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of patients/clients treatment or health/mental health care plans; may formulate and implement nursing care plans; may participate in outpatient clinics and assist in physical examinations; may administer routine tests; may conduct training; may delegate nursing tasks consistent with established protocols; may participate in psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation interventions; may physically restrain patients/clients; may provide related medical or mental health specialty services; may serve as Qualified Mental Retardation Professional; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of and ability to apply professional nursing theory, practice and ethics; knowledge of current medications, their actions, interactions, uses and side effects; knowledge of medical, therapeutic and psychiatric nursing interventions and methods; knowledge of and ability to apply quality standards, procedures and protocols; knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and socio-economic difference; knowledge of and ability to apply clinical therapeutic models of client/patient care with emphasis on interdisciplinary team approach; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to act as a role model to health care staff by demonstrating and teaching professional behaviors; ability to learn specialized patient/client care applicable to work assignment; ability to listen and provide empathetic assistance to patients/clients and families in meeting their needs and carrying out prescribed treatments; ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients/clients, and their caregivers; ability to respond to emergencies; ability to respond to and seek supervision; ability to encourage and facilitate cooperation, pride trust and group identity to foster commitment and team work; ability to analyze and evaluate proper care and treatment.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
General Experience:
Graduation from an accredited nursing program.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
1.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license or temporary permit as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
2.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of the American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
3.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients/clients; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive/abusive patients/clients; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.

This replaces the existing specification for the classes of Nurse and Nurse (Correctional Facility) in Salary Group HC 21 effective October 28, 2005. (Revised to modify content)

1969A 1/25/06 cm
CC Final#  Occup. Group Bargaining Unit EEO
1969  981  (22)-Nursing
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
(2)-Professional