Psychiatric Nursing Asst 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 Psychiatric Nursing Assistant I works on Mesquite, which serves as an Adult Inpatient Unit. Varied shift openings.

    Psychiatric Nursing Assistant I performs entry-level to routine (journey-level) habilitative and rehabilitative patient care services work. Work involves providing health and personal care services to patients; observing, reporting, and documenting patient conditions and behaviors; and intervening in medical /psychiatric emergencies. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

    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. Uses therapeutic communication skills in promptly and effectively engaging patients to assist them in meeting the objectives of their individual treatment plans. If working nights, maintains a quiet and restful environment to promote patient's rest and sleep.
    2. Monitors patients as assigned and provide observation to ensure the health and safety of all persons.
    3. Provides supportive age specific care to patients assigned by the Licensed Nurse or designee(s) and assists patients with activities of daily living, hygiene and eating in order to promote independence.
    4. Serves as a liaison to the treatment team, providing on-going, verbal and written communication concerning patient's progress or lack thereof, to individualized goals. Contributes and follow patient's safety plan.
    5. Possesses knowledge of basic computer skills and reporting and documentation procedures are done clearly and concisely in a timely manner.
    6. Assists the licensed nurse in preparing patients for medication administration or treatment. Includes taking and monitoring vital signs and performing other assigned tasks within competency level.
    7. Actively promotes safety through the continuous monitoring of the environment and active engagement of patients to minimize unsafe situations and injuries.
    8. Assist in facilitating programming offered on unit or at the facility. May co-facilitate groups as assigned or requested and encourages patients to attend.
    9. Exhibits proficiency in crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation and the application of TIPS and other more restrictive interventions under the direct supervision of a RN/MD in order to avert crisis situations and to ensure the health and safety of all persons. Demonstrates a commitment to a culture that minimizes restrictive interventions.
    10. Performs CPR/Heimlich techniques and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) correctly and safety according to the specifications of the American Heart Association.

    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. Ability to read, write and understand English so as to effectively communicate and carry out verbal and written instructions.
    2. Must be physically and mentally able to perform Treatment Intervention Protection Strategies (TIPS), to administer first aid and CPR.
    3. Ability to work with others and accept supervision.
    4. Ability to complete certification in CPR.
    5. Skilled using a basic computer.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:
    Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's 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. Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent is generally preferred.
    2. Work experience, preferably in direct care. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

    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.

    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.

    Must complete four (4) hours of observation on the unit and activity therapy department.

    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: 68X, 4C0X1. 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: 552783675Posted: 2020-05-21