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State of Massachusetts Mental Health Worker- Temporary in Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts

Taunton State Hospital is seeking a candidate for the Nursing Department to provide direct care and treatment to the adult mentally ill clients on the locked units of DMH at Taunton State Hospital under the direction of professional nursing staff. The MHW I will provide assistance, instruction and supervision in activities of daily living to include hygiene, care of living area, care of personal belongings. All interactions will be person centered utilizing a person first approach with safety of all being the number one priority while acknowledging the diginity of risk. Please Note: * This is a temporary* position, 40 hours per week, 11;00pm - 7:00 am. Days off are Tuesday and Wednesday. /_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/ * Provides direct care services daily to include but not limited to taking vital signs, monitoring intake and output as well as assisting clients with feeding and personal hygiene while instructing and assisting clients in learning skills of daily living to promote independent ADL functioning. * Utilizes a Person First, Person Centered approach when working with clients in assisting them in their recovery. * Provides care to the patients with respect to their needs as defined by the specific age population and / or culture. Assist in problem identification, planning and teaching by reporting pertinent observations to charge person. * Serves as a client advocate, ensures that confidentiality and human rights are maintained. * Ensures the spiritual needs of clients are met by coordinating with senior staff and / or charge nurse. /_Required Qualifications:_//__/ * Ability to follow written and oral instructions. * Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression. * Ability to write clearly and concisely, expressing thoughts clearly and developing ideas in logical sequence. * Ability to work in a team setting and in group situations. * Ability to establish rapport & deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural or economic backgrounds. * Ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful or emergency situations. * Ability to exercise sound judgment. * Ability to lift and carry heavy objects or persons. ./_ Preferred Qualifications:_/ * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency _About Taunton State Hospital_ Taunton State Hospital (TSH) operated by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) is a 45-bed inpatient facility that provides continuing care inpatient services to adults with major mental illnesses. The hospital is a leader in the successful integration of the Principles of Recovery and a rehabilitation philosophy into the treatment model and a part of the Southeast Area which works closely with the inpatient treatment teams to facilitate patients’ discharge back to the community. _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _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 http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori. 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 regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at (508) 977-3383 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: None. *An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Direct Care *Organization: Department of Mental Health *Title: *Mental Health Worker- Temporary Location: Massachusetts-Taunton State Hospital Requisition ID: 2100038O

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