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State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse III -Per Diem CNO in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

The Department of Mental Health, Tewksbury Hospital is seeking highly motivated and experienced Registered Nurses to work with resilient patients navigating their journey on the road to recovery. _Duties and Responsibilities:_ Provides nursing care for patients by following professional, hospital, departmental and certification standards in order to maintain quality care. Identifies and addresses patient needs by performing nursing assessments and developing nursing interventions. Assumes charge nurse responsibility on an as needed basis to provide critical thinking, prioritization and delegation of patient care needs. Supervises employees of a lesser grade by assigning tasks, based on individual competencies, evaluating performance and making recommendations concerning performance to maintain a high level of quality care. Performs duties of medication nurse by administering medication, communicating with physicians, transcribing orders maintaining controlled count and documenting to maintain accurate records. Works with patients by providing instruction to facilitate the independent management of their personal, hygiene and health needs. Admits, transfers and discharges patients, coordinating health care services to ensure continuity of care following standards established by hospital policy and certification guidelines. Identifies, evaluates and responds to changes in patient conditions, documenting and reporting such changes to appropriate person to ensure prompt response to patient needs. Provides psychosocial support to patients through individual counseling and group work to maintain the therapeutic milieu. Performs tasks of assigned staff in their absence to ensure continuity of care. Maintains an awareness of the DMH regulations and hospital policy and procedure regarding the use of seclusion and restraint, through supervision and instruction, to maintain patient dignity and human rights. Maintains professional proficiencies by attending and participating in in-service trainings and educational programs to foster growth and development. Practices Principals of COLLABORATION, ASSESSMENT, RECOVERY and ENVIRONMENT (CARE) to provide a safe environment. Maintains and communicates to nursing staff through knowledge of DMH, CMS, and JCAHO and HIPAA standards in order to maintain standards of care. _Schedule:_ Per Diem Nurses must be available for (4) shifts per month, of which two (2) are weekend shifts, and two (2) major holidays per year, one (1) summer (Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day) and one (1) winter holiday (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New year’s Day). _Preferred Qualifications_: * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency. * 3 to 5 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in psychiatric mental health nursing in a locked psychiatric unit. _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 posting announcement please contact Carol Duggan at carol.duggan@mass.gov or call 978/851-7321 x2395 _Additional Information:_ Per Diem positions are not eligible for benefits with the exception of earned sick leave in accordance with the MGL Chapter 149 Section 148 (C). Some provisions of the MNA contract do apply. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: 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, and (B) six months of which must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity. 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 III -Per Diem CNO Location: Massachusetts-Tewksbury-365 East Street Requisition ID: 210007TI

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