Psychiatric Nursing Asst I

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
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    Job Description

    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.

    Openings for the PNA I position may be available on Adult, Children or Specialty Units at Austin State Hospital on 7-3, 3-11, or 11-7 shift. Must work every other weekend on 7-3, 3-11, or 11-7. 10% shift differential paid for 3-11 and 11-7.

    The PNA provides direct patient care services under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse in order to provide quality psychiatric nursing care in an inpatient setting. Work involves providing emergency, health, and personal care services to patients; observing, reporting and documenting, in an electronic record, patient conditions and behaviors; interacting with patients therapeutically; and participating in individualized and unit based programming. The PNA1 has a primary responsibility to maintain direct and on-going therapeutic interactions with patients to promote living and social skills, thus encouraging progress towards a lesser restrictive environment than the hospital. As an integral member of the treatment team, provides verbal and supportive documentation concerning individual patient behaviors, progress or lack thereof, towards individualized goals of the treatment plan. Is an active participant in shift reports, treatment team meetings and staffings. Performs any combination of nursing duties commensurate with competency. Works under close supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

    Duties, location of work, and shift/pattern are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital. Duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

    Essential Job Functions:
    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 and performs other duties as assigned.

    1. Provides patient care and assists patients with ADL's based on the developmental and age specific population needs.
    2. Observes, documents and reports patient's behavior, physical condition and significant changes or events in a timely manner in accordance with hospital policies/procedures.
    3. Engages patients in therapeutic interactions and supports unit milieu/programs to assist patients in meeting treatment plan objectives.
    4. Exhibits proficiency in crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, and Treatment Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS).

    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. Provide treatment, care, and training to psychiatric patient population.
    2. Work includes providing emergency, health, and personal care services to patients;
    3. Observing, reporting, and recording patient condition and behaviors;
    4. Supervising and escorting patients;
    5. Interacting with patients therapeutically.
    6. Participating in training programs.
    7. Computer proficiency.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    1. At least 6 months of work experience.
    2. Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent is generally preferred.

    Additional Information:
    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.

    The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

    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.

    MOS Code:
    There may be no military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. 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

    HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

    I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

    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.

    Posting ID: 552783550Posted: 2020-05-21