Denver, CO Full Time 2 weeks ago
Department Information

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents of Colorado.
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 excellent benefits:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Planwww.copera.orgplus 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
  • BenefitHub state employee discount program
  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
Mental Health Institutes are included in the HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (Download PDF reader).

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.

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.

About Fort Logan

This position is located at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). CMHIFL is a 94 bed psychiatric facility located in Denver that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by providing mental health treatment to adult clients in the metro area. The mission of CMHIFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons with complex, serious and persistent mental illness within the resources available.

Our goal is to assist patients in returning successfully to the community as soon as possible. The treatment program is designed with the Recovery Philosophy as the basis for the various therapy modalities offered, which include but are not limited to: Individual and group therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Medication & health teaching, Family therapy & education, WRAP groups – wellness recovery action plan (integrate WRAP individual disposition planning), Work therapy, Mindfulness skills – deep breathing, Substance abuse education and Chaplain Services. Our goal is to be a partner in treatment with patients and their families, assisting them on their road to recovery. We attempt to maintain a safe, kind, and supportive environment of healing through our respectful customer service.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is a tobacco free campus.

Description of Job

About this Work Unit:
Each treatment unit provides psychiatric treatment services to adult clients through the use of a Milieu Treatment Program based on models of milieu therapy and group therapy. The focus of treatment is ongoing assessment and interventions designed to assist individual clients to resolve the specific problems that brought them to the hospital and to return them to the least restrictive environment in the community. Approaches are strength-based, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented enabling patients to learn more effective coping and living skills in order to function more effectively in the community upon discharge from the hospital. The psychiatric care and treatment modalities include milieu management, group therapy, activity therapy, health education and medication management with the goal of providing a consistent and safe environment for clients and to assist them with the amelioration of presenting problems and symptoms and improve problem solving and coping skills.

Purpose of this Position:

This work leader provides clinical and administrative supervision of 2-5 nursing staff on a continuous basis, as well as supervision of all nursing staff during a specific shift in providing therapeutic work in the psychiatric care of mentally ill patients hospitalized at CMIHFL. Primary responsibilities are applications of knowledge, expertise and experience in providing safe and effective patient care.

Summary of Duties:

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:

  • Current, valid or recently expired licensure as a Registered Nurse from any state participating in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). This license must be/or have been when active in good standing.
  • Two years of professional experience in a clinical nursing position.
**Note, nothing in these Minimum Qualifications alleviates the criteria to transfer licensing or any requirements by the respective board under the Colorado


Completion of Master's Degree in Nursing will substitute for up to two years of the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

2 years of full time inpatient psychiatric nursing experience.

Highly Desirable Competencies:

  • Ability to work with and communicate with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner and committed to quality service
  • Ability to perform with a high level of initiative, effort and commitment toward completing assignments efficiently
  • Ability to foster commitment and team spirit
  • Ability to listen to others and respond appropriately
  • Ability to keep own emotions under control and restrain negative behaviors when provoked or when working under conditions of stress
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to execute decisions
  • Integrity, and
  • Accountability

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
  • 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.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within thirty (30) business days of hire.
  • 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
  • Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health

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 (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) 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; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; 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 under Rules.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are required 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.

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.

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

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 to upload (attach) it.

Always add Supplemental Question:

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application.

In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


  • Company:
    State of Colorado Job Opportunities
  • Job Type:
  • Posting Date:
    13th May 2022
  • Valid through:
    13th Jun 2022
  • Location:
  • Est. Salary:
    $32.93-49.92 / HOUR
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