Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals?
Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission.
The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.
Hours for this position may vary; primarily Sunday 7a-11:30p, Monday 2p-10:30p (Weekday evening may be flexible), and Saturday 7a-11:30p. Occasional other shift and weekend work is required along with rotating holidays.
Nurse I performs complex nursing work at the proficient or expert level in a state mental health hospital. Works under the direct supervision of the Assistant Nurse Executive and has considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Provides clinical supervision to Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants. Organizes, establishes, and maintains unit routines and the therapeutic milieu. Coaches and teaches subordinate staff in the provision of population-specific nursing care and treatment.
Supervises the administration of, or administers medications in compliance with facility policies and procedures. Develops, implements, or supervises the implementation of population-specific nursing interventions based on acceptable nursing standard of care and relevant evidence. Acts as a nursing team leader in collecting patient data and contributing appropriate information to the formulation of the patient's interdisciplinary treatment plan.
Must understand that duties, location of work, shift/pattern are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital. Must understand that duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material. May act as liaison after business hours between families, patients, DFPS, psychiatric nursing assistants, social workers, nurse managers and psychiatrists.
This position may require driving a state-owned vehicle. Essential Job Functions:
1.Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy. Performs other duties as assigned.
2.Performs extensive initial and ongoing assessment of the patient's nursing care needs to include medical, psychological, and social needs.
3.Develops nursing diagnoses or problem lists based on the assessment of the data and formulates the initial plan of care.
4.Develops and implements population specific nursing interventions based on accepted nursing standards of care and through review of current evidence.
5.Collaborates with other health care professionals by contributing nursing assessment date, diagnoses/problem lists and interventions to the development of the multidisciplinary treatment plan.
6.Evaluates the outcomes of nursing interventions and documents the same in the medical record.
7.Provides comprehensive patient/family education regarding illness process, medications, coping skills, etc. to patients and families.
8.Establishes, monitors, and maintains the therapeutic milieu through clinical supervision and training of other Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants.
9.Administers or supervises administration of medications and other nursing intervention in accordance with facility policy and procedures.
Develops and implements training for subordinate staff regarding principles of population-specific nursing care, unit routines, facility policy and procedures, management directives, and milieu management, etc.
Acts as team leader in emergency situations (i.e. medical or psychiatric emergencies) including initiating and monitoring the appropriate use of resuscitative equipment or restraint/seclusion.
As assigned, acts as campus nurse, nurse supervisor, nurse manager in his/her absence.
Monitors Treatment, Intervention and Prevention Strategies (TIPS) formerly, Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB) 1-6 and, in the absence of other staff, implements.
Other tasks and duties as assigned.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1.Extensive knowledge of nursing procedures and practices.
2.Extensive knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Rules and Regulation of the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas.
3.Ability to provide population-specific, evidence-based nursing care at the proficient or expert level to an assigned patient population.
4.Ability to perform an extensive assessment of the patients' nursing care needs to include medical, psychological and social needs.
5.Ability to formulate population-specific nursing diagnoses for the assigned patient population.
6.Knowledge of leadership or management principles as they apply to the unit or hospital setting
7.Knowledge of teaching principles in order to provide both patient and staff education.
8.Ability to communicate effectively with others in one-to-one or group interactions.
9.Comprehensive knowledge of safe and appropriate use of restraint or seclusion as an intervention in the psychiatric setting.
Ability to develop and implement evidence-based nursing interventions appropriate to the assigned population.
Ability to provide leadership in the management of both medical and psychiatric emergencies.
Ability to obtain certification for basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and ability to perform and/or supervise the implementation of CPR in the clinical setting.
Ability to complete TIPS, formerly PMAB 1-3.2, prior to work on patient care unit.
1.Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas or in a party state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact as described in Art. 4528b of the Nurse Practice Act.
2.If transporting patients, must possess a valid Texas driver license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date to drive a state vehicle. Applicants with an out-of-state driver license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure.
Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy. Initial Selection Criteria:
1.Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas or in a party state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact as described in Art. 4528b of the Nurse Practice Act. Additional Information:
The RN I Weekend Doubles will work Sunday 7a-11:30p, Monday 2p-10:30p (Weekday evening may be flexible), and Saturday 7a-11:30p. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position.
The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. Occasional other shift and weekend work is required along with rotating holidays.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.
Compliance with HHSC immunization policy and state hospital operating procedures related to immunizations is required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza.
All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.
Working for the State of Texas offers attractive benefits in addition to the salary. As a state employee you will receive Health and dental insurance, retirement plans and Employee Discounts at a variety of places. Employment may also qualify you for the student loan forgiveness program.
Waco Center for Youth is a psychiatric residential treatment facility that serves teenagers ages 13 through 17 with emotional difficulties and/or behavioral problems. Waco Center for Youth bases its treatment philosophy on the belief that both behavior change and an understanding of self and others are equally important in achieving significant long term success in treatment.
The mission of Waco Center for Youth is "to give each youth a chance for change" by providing comprehensive psychiatric residential treatment services to emotionally disturbed adolescents of the state of Texas. The facility is operated by the Health and Human Services Commission and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Facilities. MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX.
All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.
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