The Department of Mental Health, Tewksbury Hospital is seeking a highly motivated and experienced RN to work with resilient patients navigating their journey on the road to recovery.
Please note: this position is full time 40 hours per week. The incumbent will work 1st shift schedule 7:00a.m.-3:30p.m. Days off are week I: TUE/SAT week II: SUN/FRI
Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):
Provides nursing care for patients by following professional, hospital, departmental and certification standards in order to maintain quality care.
Identifies and addresses patient needs by performing nursing assessments, developing nursing interventions and participating in interdisciplinary team meetings to facilitate discharge.
Performs duties of medication and treatment nurse following pertinent policies and procedures in order to carry out physician's orders in a safe and therapeutic manner.
Works with patients by providing instruction to facilitate the independent management of their personal, hygiene and health needs.
Supervises employees of a lesser grade by assigning tasks, based on individual competencies, evaluating performance and making recommendations concerning performance to maintain a high level of quality care.
Provides instruction to other nursing staff by example and explanation to ensure quality services to patients and to maintain professional standards of nursing.
Facilitates the implementation of treatment plans by interdisciplinary team by conferring with appropriate health care professionals in order to meet the stated goal for each patient.
Admits, transfers and discharges patients, coordinating health care services to ensure continuity of care following standards established by hospital policy and certification guidelines.
Identifies, evaluates and responds to changes in patient conditions, documenting and reporting such changes to the appropriate person to ensure prompt response to patient needs.
Maintains an awareness of the D.M.H. regulations and hospital policy and procedure regarding the use of seclusion and restraint, through supervision and instruction, to maintain patient dignity and human rights.
Maintains professional proficiencies by attending and participating in inservice trainings and educational programs to foster growth and development.
Assumes charge nurse responsibility for a single shift in the absence of a nurse of a higher grade to provide continuity of care.
Provides psychosocial support to patients through individual counseling and group work to maintain the therapeutic milieu.
Performs tasks of assigned staff in their absence to ensure continuity of care.
Provides for the supervision of staff through individual counseling and/or regular staff meetings; through appropriate role modeling and overseeing the orientation process. Participates in the progressive disciplinary process as required.
Actively involved in the improved operational process at both unit and hospital wide level to improve quality of care.
Practices Principals of COLLABORATION, ASSESSMENT, RECOVERY and ENVIRONMENT (CARE), to provide a safe environment.
Maintains and communicates to nursing staff through knowledge of DMH, CMS, and The Joint Commission and HIPAA standards in order to maintain standards of care.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of Nursing/Mental Health Nursing
Ability to understand and apply the laws, regulations and rules of governing and certifying agencies
Ability to receive written and oral instructions.
Talent for communicating effectively in oral expression, writing clearly and concisely, and developing ideas in logical sequence.
Ability to review observations and data, draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
Effectively participating in a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
Psychiatric Nursing experience
Given the population we serve, bilingual or multilingual fluency
DMH Mission Statement:
The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions regarding this position please contact Carol Duggan through email at Carol.Duggan@mass.gov or call Human Resources at (978)851-7321
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for the required experience .*
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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