State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse IV in Boston, Massachusetts

The Metro Boston Mental Health Units at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital –Registered Nurse IV

The MBMHU within the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital seeks compassionate, skilled caregivers to become part of a dynamic nursing team.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive): _

  • Assists with patient admissions by collecting data, assessing learning needs, and participating in treatment planning with a multidisciplinary team.

  • Assists patients in preparing for transfer or discharge to a less restrictive setting by providing health and mental health teaching to maximize the rehabilitation potential of each patient and by facilitating a therapeutic milieu group that meets minimally once per week.

  • Practices principles of Safety, Hope and Healing, including prevention, trauma-informed care, de-escalation and restraint/seclusion only when necessary to provide a safe environment. Assists patients in reviewing and revising their Individual Crisis Plans (ICPP) and brings recommended changes to the Treatment Team.

  • Performs related duties such as responding to health and safety issues and initiating appropriate action, communicating with appropriate staff and preparing and maintaining pertinent documentation.

  • Serves as a role model for staff at all times, by taking initiative in meeting patient needs, demonstrating professionalism and respect in all interactions and working collaboratively with all colleagues.

  • Investigates complaints by patients and others regarding such matters as methods of treatment, room assignments, etc., and attempts to resolve such complaints to promote patient safety and satisfaction.

  • Supervises and provides leadership to nursing staff by utilizing professional standards of practice to ensure that patients receive appropriate care and treatment.

  • Plans and assigns nursing duties according to the nature of the activity to be accomplished utilizing the principles and practices of supervision by evaluating the capabilities of subordinates (and available resources) to provide a safe and therapeutic environment.

  • Evaluates the capabilities of subordinates to provide a safe and therapeutic environment, provides assistance to staff in improving their skills and abilities and completes formal employee evaluations (EPRS) in a timely manner.

  • Evaluates nursing activities by reviewing patient medical records, observing nursing care, and visiting patients to ensure that nursing care is carried out as directed, and that treatments and medications are administered in accordance with physician orders.

  • Participates in organized meetings and in team building to ensure total patient care needs are met, and to establish good working relationships.

  • Actively supports the goals and mission of the organization and assigned unit by discussing strategies for achieving these goals with the Nurse Manager, and serving as a role model for coworkers, promoting the psychiatric rehabilitation model of treatment, and actively participating organizational committees.

  • Actively participates in the identification, planning and implementation of hospital wide and unit based performance improvement and team building activities. Remains informed of hospital and departmental policies and procedures, as well as Joint Commission and CMS standards, in order to ensure that regulatory and departmental standards are met and a safe therapeutic environment is provided.

  • Ensures safe staffing levels across shifts.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

_Hospital Mission:_

At the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, we take pride in helping people recover from illnesses and conditions that are often underserved or difficult to manage in other health care settings. The DMH units within the Hospital provide inpatient psychiatric services to adults with serious mental illness with the goal of enhancing autonomy, safety and return to the community.

Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team, led by attending psychiatrists which also includes psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, mental health workers, occupational therapists and rehabilitative staff specializing in vocational, recreational and expressive therapies. A variety of treatment modalities are used, including psychopharmacologic, psychotherapeutic (individual, group and family), psycho-educational, behavioral, cognitive and milieu therapies.

Shift Hours: 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Days Off: Week 1 – Monday & Saturday; Week 2 – Sunday & Wednesday

_Pre-Offer Process:_

  • A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For assistance please contact Health Human Resources at (617) 971-3732.


This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* No substitutions will be allowed for the required (B) experience.

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES:Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.**

*Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Registered Nurse IV

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-170 Morton Street

Requisition ID: 1700045A