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LPN or LPT (HCT II) - Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

at State of Colorado

Posted: 7/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2385605

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) strives to provide the most efficient, effective and elegant services to our customers. Services are elegant when both the provider and the customer feel uplifted by their interaction.
"Daily, our commitment is to be "people who help people"
As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.
In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Two Colorado cities named Top 5 Best Places to Live reported by US News & World Report
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and Dental Health Plans (employer assisted)
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage
  • Vacation (8 hrs monthly) and Sick Leave (6.66 hrs monthly)
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • Position may qualify for Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program. For more information, go to:
  • Position may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  For more information, go to:
  • Position may qualify for Loan Forgiveness under Health Resources and Services Administration. Go to
  • For other Health professional loan repayment programs to go:

Description of Job

We are seeking an exceptional individual for the HCT II (Licensed Practical Nurse / Psychiatric Care Technician - MI) position within our facility. 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 may be occasionally required to work any unit.

Position 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 compliance with 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, sanity exams, NGRI, short 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.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • This position is responsible to respond to and report safety and security issues/needs.
  • Utilizes therapeutic interventions and specialized training to control and manage crisis situations and management of assaultive and disruptive behaviors. 
  • Utilizes proper seclusion and restraint procedures following hospital/nursing department policy and procedure to account for the restraints utilized during an episode and documents any restraints that need replaced on the RIPP check off sheet and notifies appropriate staff.
  • Under the direction of a Registered Nurse is responsible to: administer nursing care (both psychiatric and medical) according to the plan of care, monitors and facilitates the provision of a therapeutic, safe milieu, and manage the milieu.
  • Administer meds and treatments according to licensing and CMHIP standards for example oral, injection and topical.
  • Follows all patient identification process for med administrations, treatments, etc.
  • Aware of patient allergies, sensitivities of food/drug interactions, drug/drug interactions.
  • Monitors all aspects of patient's care needs to include nutritional, dysphagia and allergies.
  • Knows, utilizes and follows: Pharmacy Formulary, Treatment Plans, Infection Control Manual, Physicians Orders, Court orders, Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation Standards, Environment of Care Manual, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), Colorado State Personnel Procedure Manual, Affirmative Action policy, Colorado Workers Compensation guidelines, Rainbow book and Emergency Guides, ADA statutes, Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill recommendations, Patients' Rights Handbook. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

You must possess and maintain a valid licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Psychiatric Technician (Mentally Ill Endorsement) issued in the State of Colorado in good standing and a high school diploma or GED. 


One year of experience related to the work assigned to the position


Additional appropriate education will substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Experience working with the mentally ill population as a LPN or as a Psychiatric Care Technician with the Mentally Ill (MI) Endorsement
  • Experience working as an integral part of a team of multi-disciplinary health professionals
  • Experience with milieu treatment interventions
Required Competencies:
  • Ability to maintain required licensure/credentials
  • Knowledge of the nursing process to provide supervision and care for medical and psychiatric patient needs.
  • Dependable, adaptable, and responsible.
  • A strong work ethic based on a foundation of self-motivation, loyalty, honesty, and integrity.
  • Customer/Personal Service - knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services, this includes 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 employee performance and/or client behaviors.
  • Organizational Skills
Conditions of Employment:
  • Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential
    or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
  • A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire.
  • 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.
  • Possession of a valid Psychiatric Technician License or Practical Nurse License from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies or any state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact
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.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50+ pounds on occasion.
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 
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or  by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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: 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.