Licensed Vocational Nurse I

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    Similar jobs pay $24.21 - $33.84

    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.

    The Licensed Vocational Nurse I (LVN I) will be assigned to a unit and shift according to the needs of the hospital.

    The Licensed Vocational Nurse I (LVN I) works under the general supervision of the Unit Nurse Manager and the direct supervision of the Charge Nurse with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs routine patient care in order to assist in providing quality psychiatric services. Assists in establishing and maintaining an environment that is therapeutic for persons with mental illness. Oversees the work of subordinate personnel in performance of duties assigned by a registered nurse. Work includes shared responsibility for the daily supervision, care, training and general welfare of patients and includes recording information on progress notes and other required forms and communicating with other staff regarding patients. Requires physical and mental abilities to learn and perform the essential job tasks. Must understand that duties, location of work and shift/pattern are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital. Supports the mission and vision of the facility.

    Must understand that 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. Transcribes physicians' orders and prepares and administers medications based on developmental and age-specific population needs according to acceptable standards, hospital policies and procedures and within the parameters of their educational preparation.
    2. Performs focused nursing assessment for the basic care, treatment and general welfare of patients. This may include assisting with sick call, medical emergencies, providing/monitoring treatments and procedures, performing screening tests, collecting specimens for laboratory examination and scheduling appointments/consultations, etc.
    3. Documents basic information concerning patient behavior, medication administration, treatments, physical condition, changes in mental/physical condition, education provided, etc., according to hospital policy and procedures.
    4. Observes and reports significant observations related to patient's mental/physical condition to the supervising RN and/or other team members as appropriate to promote quality patient care.
    5. Maintains accountability for medications, assigned medication room and the security of assigned unit keys.
    6. Provides basic patient/family education to individuals or groups as appropriate to increase patient knowledge of medications, health/hygiene skills and disease management/prevention, etc., to promote independent living skills.
    7. Serves as an effective member of the recovery team, implements basic nursing care plan, engages patients in therapeutic interactions, and supports unit milieu/programs to assist patients in meeting individual goals.
    8. Demonstrates a commitment to a culture that reduces risk to both patients and staff through support of the hospital's safety and risk management plans, infection control programs and restraint and seclusion reduction strategies.
    9. Is educationally prepared to deliver nursing care to state hospital patients, completes required training and demonstrates competencies as required.
    10. Assumes responsibility for patient care and management of the unit in the absence of the registered nurse (RN) with RN support via telephone and immediate on-site availability as needed.

    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. Knowledge of nursing procedures and techniques and of the principles and processes used in providing appropriate patient care.
    2. Skill in using reasoning to identify problems, in considering appropriate resolution of situations, and in the operation of computers and applicable computer software.
    3. Ability to provide patient medical care, to prepare and maintain records, to communicate effectively, and to train others.
    4. Ability to prepare for Joint Commission and Medicare surveys.
    5. Ability to perform Treatment Intervention and Preventative Strategies (TIPS) prior to working on a patient care unit.
    6. Ability to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Heimlich techniques correctly and safely according to the specifications of the American Heart Association.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:
    1. Graduation from an accredited LVN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while waiting licensure OR must be licensed as a licensed vocational nurse by the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact.

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    1. Graduation from an accredited LVN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while waiting licensure OR must be licensed as a licensed vocational nurse by the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact.

    Additional Information:
    Requisition # 447679

    Bilingual preferred.
    Sign Language preferred.

    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.

    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:
    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, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX, 46YX. 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: 552783601Posted: 2020-05-21