Minimum Qualifications Eligible List: Candidates must be reachable for appointment on Current Civil Service Eligible List for this title.
Transfer: Candidates must have permanent competitive status in the posted title and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of Civil Service Law.
Temporary: Community Mental Health Nurse is a continuous recruitment examination. Candidates who are not currently on the eligible list may apply for this position and if appointed, will receive a temporary appointment. Candidates who receive a temporary appointment must receive a score that is reachable on the resulting eligible list before they can be permanently appointed. To qualify, candidates must be licensed and currently registered to practice nursing in New York State or possess a limited permit to practice nursing in New York State. (You must obtain your New York State license within one year of the date of appointment or action will be taken to remove you from the position.) AND have a bachelor's or higher degree in one of the areas listed below*; AND two years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below **; OR have 30 college credits in the areas listed below* IN ADDITION TO an Associate's degree in nursing or completion of a three-year nursing program AND three years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below **
* Acceptable areas include nursing, health care administration, public administration in a health care area, public health, community mental health, community mental health counseling, psychology, sociology, biology, social work or human services. The 30 credits may include up to two statistics courses. Courses/degrees in physical education, recreation therapy, English, history, math, anthropology, languages, etc. are NOT acceptable.
** One year of experience in providing direct services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or alcohol or substance abuse in a COMMUNITY SETTING, e.g., a halfway house, visiting nurse, or a community clinic. SUBSTITUTION: A master's degree in community mental health may be substituted for this experience only.
Qualifying experience includes experience in working with individuals with I/DD and ideally have experience in developing nursing and health policy within an agency, analysis of quantitative data resulting in reports and/or visual aids, constructing databases and/or leveraging platforms to design data collection strategies and familiarity with data analysis software.
Duties Description The Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) will be responsible for supporting the Director of Nursing and Health Services in the oversight and guidance provided to Statewide Services and all certified Voluntary Providers for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). This position will assure that guidance and practices provided to voluntary agencies are in compliance with Nursing Standards established under the various accreditation entities (e.g. New York State Department of Health, Center for Medicaid Service, OSHA, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, New York State Education Department and CDC). This position is responsible to provide direction and technical assistance to the Voluntary Agencies throughout the state. This role provides oversight, direction and policy development and ensures compliance in the infection control practices of health care (e.g. Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) Tuberculosis (TB) testing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and guidance documents in the control of communicable disease and Pandemic planning. This person serves as the liaison between the Director and multiple voluntary agencies and provides direction around issues of medication administration, pharmacy and any other health directives which impact the care of I/DD individuals. The CMHN should have experience with interpreting policy and regulations as they apply to clinical settings and application to direct care sites. This candidate will have significant communication responsibilities and should have strong oral and written communication skills. The candidate should be able to digest relevant components of legislation and regulatory statutes and present issues to others internal and external to the agency. The candidate will also have responsibility for interpretation of practice and procedural guidelines and be able to guide staff to understanding and adherence to the established standards. The selected individual will have to represent agency policy to others and be able to help set expectations in the field.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to, the following:
• Review current regional policies and related to nursing and health services
• Create centralized policies that can unify state operations practices and provide guidance or Administrative Memos (ADM's) to voluntary agencies
• Interpret policy and regulatory guidance and understand the impact on standards of care on individuals served
• Support distribution and sharing of resource information among agencies similar to a community of practice
• Coordinate support across programs such as Article 16 clinics, IRA, Family Care and Day Hab programs related to care of individuals and protections for individuals
• Liaison with voluntary agencies to respond to concerns related to nursing and health practices within different settings
• Review and analyze concerns presented by provider agencies and offer support, education and responses that foster positive communication and continued outreach
• Represent the agency and communicate consistent messaging related to expectations of practice
• Be able to utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sharepoint and other relevant IT programs to support the work of the bureau
• Other duties as assigned
Additional Comments • Please note that starting salary for this title reflects a geographic pay differential. $84,589- Posted Hiring Salary includes the sum of the statutory hiring rate for PS&T Grade 19 ($64,589), and Geographic Differential ($20,000). Geographic Differential added to the job rate ($82,036) for PS&T Grade 19.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-4785 or Email at email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
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