Colorado State Restorative Nurse II at Rifle Veterans Community Living Center in Garfield County, Colorado

Restorative Nurse II at Rifle Veterans Community Living Center



Restorative Nurse II at Rifle Veterans Community Living Center


$2,482.15 - $3,762.46 Biweekly


Garfield County, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

ILD 00011 06/12/2018


6/27/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

This position is open to current Colorado residents only.

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:

  • Employee wellness programs

  • 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

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more

Our Culture & Environment

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradoans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

Office of Community Access and Independence

CO State Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle

The Colorado State Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle is located on Colorado's western slope in the scenic Colorado River valley. Rifle offers a mild climate, with plenty of clean mountain air and beautiful blue skies. Amidst this setting, the State Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle provides 89 beds of skilled nursing care, including a 18-bed Special Care Unit for residents with Alzheimer's Disease or related conditions. Serving veterans, their spouse and eligible "Gold Star" parents, we are committed to caring for the whole person by addressing the personal and social needs of each resident, as well as their physical and medical requirements. All staff members of Rifle are committed to providing a life of qualify and dignity for every resident. At the Colorado State Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle, our staff is known for showing love and compassion to our residents. Giving residents a hug, holding their hand or sitting next to them on them on the arm of a chair are just a few of the ways we give care that comes from the heart.

Description of Job

The Restorative Nurse II position provides direct restorative care and formalized therapy tasks, including those relating to passive and active range-of-motion, ambulation, special positioning techniques, splints, assistive feeding devices/adaptive equipment, ADL training, bowel and bladder management and training, restorative dining and restraint reduction. The position supervises and provides direction to RCNAs and ensures the delivery of quality patient care through the nursing process is in accordance with nursing, division, and community living center-wide standards. When acting as the on-call nurse, this person has responsibility for maintaining safe, adequate nursing coverage for all or multiple residential neighborhoods in the facility.

Duties include:

  • Supervise and provide performance evaluations for subordinate staff, including appraisal of direct care performance, documentation, attendance and interpersonal skills

  • Evaluate daily workload and prioritize assignments with available staff

  • Receive specific instructions from formalized therapies when the functions are beyond basic restorative scope; give specific instructions in Restorative Nursing techniques through nursing orders; follow protocol and procedures for restorative nursing as set by Nursing Administration

  • Reviews and audits specific activities to determine compliance with policies and standards of care as part of a department quality assurance activity. Oversees fal program.

  • Protect residents' health and safety by identifying and providing adaptive or protective devices or referring to contractual services; oversee resident wheelchair condition and repairs

  • Supervising the clinical, physical and environmental safety of all residents through assessments and regularly scheduled restorative rounds, recommending, assessing and obtaining equipment needed in restorative department and for residents.

  • Provide active listening and communication, support and encouragement to residents and families regarding their concerns by both phone and personal contact.

  • Assist with orientation and staff development and competencies in the principles and practices of restorative nursing

  • Works with other disciplines as appropriate in setting up grooming, exercise, transferring, ambulations, etc. Oversees, trains, and assists nursing staff in positioning, ROM, ambulation's, ADL, cones/splints, contracture care, ADL specifics, safety device application, appropriate padding, wheel-chair cushion, safety.

  • Responsible for the falls prevention program, including monitoring and reviewing falls documentation, interventions, tracking, and reporting; function as the lead for quality data collection and intervention by updating care plans, CAAs, and data entry for sections of the MDS

  • Instruct, direct and orient peers and subordinates in proper lifting and body mechanics, especially those who are injury prone or having difficulties

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Registered Nurse License from the State of Colorado or any state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact; AND

  • Two (2) years of professional experience as a registered nurse.


  • There is no substitution for the required license.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in nursing may substitute for one year of the required experience.

  • A master's degree or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in nursing may substitute for the required experience.

If you are using college/university coursework as a substitution for experience, you must attach unofficial transcripts showing the coursework to the application.

Preferred qualifications: Experience in long term care or assisted living facility; experience with staff development

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Skill in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to residents.

  • Skill in preparing and administering prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.

  • Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned resident care based on the residents' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant resident information.

  • Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent resident care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DON, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.

  • Ability to observe, identify and respond to the resident's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.

  • Superior verbal, listening and written communication skills with all health care providers, residents, families and general public.

  • Demonstrated ability to display professional conduct at all times when dealing with fellow staff members, patients, families and the general public.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

This position requires the following as conditions of employment:

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.

  • Must pass a Drug Screen.

  • Must pass TB test.

  • Must possess a Colorado Driver's License.

  • Must maintain a current and active Registered Nurse License.

  • Must maintain a current CPR Card and perform CPR adequate compressions and ventilation per CPR guidelines.

  • This position is "Essential Service Designation": you will be required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.

  • This position has shift work: day, evening and night shifts to include holiday and weekends as needed.

  • This position requires on-call work on weekends.

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, this includes completing the job history of the application. Applications left blank, do not include your work history or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered in the minimum qualifications review. All relevant experience MUST be shown/listed under the "Work Experience" section of your application and not in the Supplement Questions.

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 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, telephone interview and/or 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. Please make sure that your email remains up-to-date since all notifications regarding this position will be via email.

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.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.