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State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse - Seasonal 1st Shift in Pocasset, Massachusetts

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking two exceptional Registered Nurses to fill positions on first shift. The Registered Nurse assesses the health care needs of the patients and assures their needs are met. All interactions will be person centered utilizing a person first approach with safety of all being the number one priority while acknowledging the dignity of risk. Prepares, administers and documents patient medications and treatment. Functions as a member of multidisciplinary treatment team, assume responsibility for nursing care on the inpatient unit. Maintain patient and nursing records. Follow all the standards and practices of nursing including all DMH facility and nursing policies. Accepts responsibilities and assures patient safety and supervises staff.

_Please Note: This is a Seasonal position for an anticipated duration of 90 days and is 40 hours per week._* The selected candidate will work 7:00am to 3:30 pm with Rotating Weekends.*

Position#00264625 - Days off: Week 1 - Tuesday/Saturday Week 2 Sunday/Thursday

Position#00264626 - Days off: Week 1 - Sunday/Friday Week 2 Wednesday/Saturday

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

  • Transcribes all physicians’ orders and administers medications and treatments to help in the rehabilitation of the patients.

  • Completes admission assessment and initial nursing care plan based on health and safety issues by the end of the shift.

  • Provides primary nursing care to an assigned group of patients utilizing nursing process and following current standards of care.

  • Functions as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team serving as a resource person regarding patient’s health issues.

  • Manages and supervises the nursing staff in the absence of a registered nurse of a higher grade.

  • Meets patient nursing care needs as charge nurse or primary nurse by communicating key patient information to appropriate nursing staff in order to insure integration coordination and continuity of patient care.

  • Participates in the admission, discharge and transfer of patients to facilitate a smooth transition.

  • Acts as leader or co-leader of patient treatment groups.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing.

  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in nursing.

  • Knowledge of the problems in providing nursing services to special client groups such as the mentally, physically, and/or emotionally handicapped.

  • Knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods and techniques.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Certification as Psychiatric Nurse by American Nurse Association.

_DMH Mission Statement:_

Cape & Islands Site / Pocasset Mental Health Center provide comprehensive services to adults and children. Programs include a 16-bed acute in-patient unit, Case Management, Day Treatment Program, and Adult Community Clinical Services. The Pocasset Mental Health Center is a Joint Commission certified facility. In all we always aspire to create an environment which promotes growth and independence for those we serve, families, and employee alike.

_Pre-Hire 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(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the Human Resource Office at (508) 977-3677.


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


I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for the required 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 - Seasonal 1st Shift

Location: Massachusetts-Pocasset-830 County Road

Requisition ID: 200006T2