Date:  May 15, 2024


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Requisition No: 797758 

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60005472 

Salary:  $2,035.36-$2,454.25 Bi-Weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2024 

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking, and public assistance. The agency’s mission is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (NFETC) is a 216 bed, all male, forensic, mental health rehabilitation facility. The Center is located in northeast Gainesville, Florida on 639 picturesque acres with regular sightings of deer, turkey, and other wildlife. NFETC employs a variety of entry level to leadership positions including food service, maintenance, direct care, nurses, counselors, rehab therapists, medical doctors, security, psychiatrists, and psychologists.







This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as REGISTERED NURSE SPECIALIST-F/C 60005472. This position will collaborate with each section within the state facilities and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

This position requires lifting, pulling, and squatting. Duties of this position require the incumbent to be knowledgeable of and utilize the principles of Total Quality Management. Nursing will provide guidance in the care and treatment of residents. The employee in this position spends a minimum of 75% of his/her time performing duties as outlined on official position description, which involves contact with residents in a forensic facility or institution. This is a high-level position within the nursing field and possesses a high degree of nursing knowledge and ability with responsibility for nursing care within the unit and serves as a nursing resource to the treatment team. Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Administer medications, bloodwork, IVs, and related procedures.
  • Administers or provides adequate supervision for the administering of medication. Provides education on medications and treatments to individuals.
  • Monitor or supervise non-licensed personnel in monitoring blood pressures, temperatures, pulses, and respiration.
  • Administer or supervise the administering of treatment orders for salves, bandages, enemas, urinalysis, preparation for x-rays and related procedures.
  •  Provide appropriate progress reports on residents.
  • Assist the medical physician during sick calls, during physical examinations, as needed.
  • Provide emergency nursing care and examination of injuries.
  • Responsive and compliant with current resident rights and advocacy issues; adheres to and complies with unit, hospital, and departmental policies and guidelines.
  • Accepts written, oral and phone orders from physicians, psychiatrists, or dentists, transcribes orders and initiates or carries out orders. Participates in the formulation of individualized residents' treatment plans.
  • Admits and transfers residents to and from home unit or other hospital facilities; assures that appropriate documentation accompanies residents.
  • If applicable, checks medication, orders, and labels for correctness on return from pharmacy.
  • Performs nursing procedures as indicated.
  •  Participates in the hospital infection control program according to unit services and hospital infection policies.
  • Participates in resident evaluations and in development of each resident's treatment and discharge plan with the treatment team. Preparation of nursing care assessments for designated residents.
  • Serves as a resource person to train staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Ability to provide emergency nursing services.
  • Ability to participate in the planning and implementing of treatment for patients.
  • Ability to conduct individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical or emotional problems.
  • Ability to observe patients' reactions to medications.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to effectively interview and assess the health care of clients.
  • Ability to analyze complex reports and determine the service utilization habits of clients and to evaluate the appropriateness of that utilization.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Florida Statute 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27 and two years of professional nursing experience or Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance: $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses

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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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