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 position is located at the Austin State Hospital (ASH). ASH is been a leader in the field of providing the cutting edge of psychiatric care since 1861. Nursing services is a core component of the excellent care we provide. We are looking for exceptional applicants to be a part of our team.
Openings for the LVN 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 LVN I works under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse to provide for the care, treatment, and general welfare of patients. Responsibilities include: medication transcription and administration, performance of focused nursing assessment for the basic care, treatment, and general welfare of patients, documentation of basic information concerning patient, observing and reporting significant observations related to patient's mental/physical condition, maintaining accountability for medications, assigned medication room, and the security of assigned unit keys, providing basic patient/family education, implementing a basic nursing care plan, supporting hospital safety, risk management, and infection control programs, and restraint and seclusion reduction strategies, maintaining competency, management of the unit in the absence of the RN, and attending work as scheduled.
Completion of work requires significant supervision with limited 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. Transcribes physician's orders, 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 and documents focused nursing assessment for the basic care, treatment, and general welfare of patients.
3. 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.
4. Maintains accountability for medications, assigned medication room, and the security of assigned unit keys.
5. Assumes responsibility for patient care and management of the unit in the absence of the 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. Ability to safely administer ordered medications and treatments.
2. Ability to provide basic patient education on medications.
3. Ability to provide bedside glucose monitoring.
4. Ability to perform basic CPR.
5. Ability to intervene with Treatment Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS).
6. Ability to transcribe physician orders.
7. Ability to communicate effectively with patients and staff.
8. Ability to intervene in medical emergencies to operate the oxygen and suction equipment.
9. Computer Proficiency required.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a licensed vocational 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 LVN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while awaiting licensure.
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Licensed to practice as a licensed vocational 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 LVN 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, 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 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.