Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is hiring

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We want you on our team. The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo has multiple positions to fill, including registered nurses, client care aides (full-time and part-time), and health care technicians (LPN or LPT).

Registered Nurses

Job description: This position promotes and maintains nursing staff efficiency by providing direction and oversight to nursing staff, who are responsible for providing therapeutic nursing care to mentally ill patients. RNs must apply knowledge, expertise and experience in providing safe and effective patient care. This position is responsible for communicating, implementing and clarifying nursing policies, while collaborating with other CMHIP staff.

Salary: $38.17-$41.42 hourly

RN I: Learn more and apply

RN I night shift: Learn more and apply

RN II: Learn more and apply

RN III: Learn more and apply

Client Care Aides

Job description: This position delivers nursing care and therapeutic interventions under the supervision of a registered nurse. Client care aides, also known as certified nursing assistants, provide nursing care as assigned, including assistance with activities of daily living, self-maintenance and hygiene. They participate in implementation of the treatment plan, as well as performing patient observation and reporting, assisting with patient care as directed, and unit maintenance and security.

Salary: $17.79 hourly

CCA II: Learn more and apply

CNA II: Learn more and apply

Health Care Technicians

Job description: This position provides therapeutic work in the psychiatric care and treatment of adults and adolescents with acute and chronic mental illness. LPN/LPT (Health Care Technicians) evaluate individual nursing care plans, administer and evaluate effectiveness of medications, health teaching (including all aspects of illness management) and group and milieu treatment interventions.

Salary: $21.08-$24.36 hourly

LPN I: Learn more and apply

LPN II: Learn more and apply

LPN III: Learn more and apply

CMHIP program units

Learn more about each of the program units within the Colorado Medical Health Institute at Pueblo by expanding the sections below.

Admission Program

Admissions are the highest acute units within our hospital. These are similar to the ER/ICU in the medical hospital. Patients are admitted to the admissions units, stabilized then transferred to another program specific to meeting the patient's individualized treatment needs. Admission Program patient plan of care focuses on stabilization.

Restoration Program

Restoration units treatment focuses on restoring a patient to competency. These are patients who have committed a crime, was found incompetent to proceed (ITP) with his/her court case; therefore, sent to CMHIP for restorative treatment. Restoration plan of care focuses identify areas needing treatment per the competency evaluation. Once found competent, the patient continues with their court case.

Psychosocial Program

Psychosocial Program unit treats patients needing more psychosocial learning type care.  These patients are generally low functioning mentally ill patients such as schizophrenics/geriatric patients.  The program utilizes the token economy system (tangible, instant gratification) for social learning/behavior changing.  For example, patients get tokens for getting up on time, showering, dressing or going to therapy groups.  They pay tokens for not doing these things.  The tokens are then utilized to earn rewards.

Cognitive Behavior Program

Cognitive Program utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Contingency Management System (CMS) to treat mostly personality disorder patients.  Most not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) patients are admitted to this program.  The adolescent unit is also part of the Cognitive Behavior Program.  DBT is utilized to help teach different skills changing the patient way of thinking/behaviors acted upon.  CMS provides rewards for appropriate behavior. Points are earned and banked for use in future.

Work shifts

The work shifts at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo are:

  • A shift: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • B shift: 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
More information

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