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 RN 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. 15% shift differential paid for 3-11 and 11-7.
The RN I performs entry level nursing work at Austin State Hospital on a specified shift at the advanced beginner level. Works under the clinical supervision of more experienced Registered Nurses (RN II/III/IV) and provides basic level nursing care to an assigned group of patients. Assists more experienced nurses in assessing patients nursing care needs. Observes, assesses, plans, performs, evaluates, and documents patient care. Contributes observations to senior nurses and other treatment team members to assist in planning for the patients' care. Acknowledges, transcribes, and reviews physician orders. Administers medications and basic treatments as ordered and alerts senior nurse of any discrepancies. Promotes, establishes, and maintains the therapeutic milieu. Performs one to one interactions with patients in order to assess their needs and may assist others in providing group interventions, Assists in teaching and directs the implementation of nursing care by non-professional staff. Provides clinical supervision to Licensed Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. May relieve as charge nurse or act as supervisor in his/her absence. Must understand that duties, location of work, and shift/pattern are subject to changes as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital. Must understand that duties may include exposure of 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. Documents assessment, diagnoses, plan, implementation and evaluation in patient record based on developmental level and age.
2. Directs the implementation of nursing care by non-professional staff. Makes regular rounds and role models effective patient interactions to non-professional staff.
3. Carries out physician's orders according to acceptable nursing care standards and hospital policies and procedures.
4. Promotes, establishes, and maintains the therapeutic milieu. Assumes responsibility for patient care and management of the unit in the absence of the Charge RN with supervisory support via telephone, and immediate on-site availability as needed.
5. 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.
6. Serves as an effective member of the treatment team, implements basic nursing care plan, engages patients in therapeutic interactions, and supports unit milieu/programs to assist patients in meeting individual goals.
7. Maintains accountability for medications, assigned medication room, and the security of assigned unit keys.
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. Basic knowledge of nursing procedures and practices.
2. Basic knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Rules and Regulations of the Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas.
3. Ability to provide basic professional and individualized nursing care to a group of patients in state mental health hospital.
4. Knowledge of human behavior, social interaction, and basic interpersonal relations theories.
5. Basic nursing skills such as health assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation.
6. Ability to formulate nursing diagnoses or problem lists from assessment data.
7. Ability to respond with basic skills in emergency situations.
8. Ability to obtain certification for Basis Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and ability to perform CPR in clinical setting.
9. Ability to complete Treatment Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS) prior to work on patient care unit.
10. Physical and emotional ability to manage sudden and extreme acts of aggression.
11. Ability to speak, read and write English in order to communicate effectively with patients and their families.
12. Skill in communicating effectively with subordinate staff in order to provide effective clinical supervision
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact, or possess a temporary permit to practice nursing in the State of Texas. A Graduate Nurse from an accredited RN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while awaiting licensure.
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact, or possess a temporary permit to practice nursing in the State of Texas.
2. A Graduate Nurse from an accredited RN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while awaiting licensure.
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.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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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.