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State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse II in Worcester, Massachusetts

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse who will direct and participate in the nursing care of adult and geriatric patients on an inpatient unit following standards of care. The selected candidate transcribes, administers and/or supervises administration of medication in accordance with standard practices and protocols. Maintains accurate records related to activities, meetings, groups, treatment plan schedules and all nursing assignments. Establishes and maintains a current nursing care plan and completes written assessment of nursing needs. Provides professional expertise and knowledge in carrying out emergency functions, all codes, and unexpected emergencies. Our ideal applicant will have one (1) year of experience as a registered nurse and will combine the knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment necessary to perform all nursing procedures as outlined in the scope of practice. _Please Note:_ The available schedules vary. Below is a breakdown of shifts: 1st Shift 6:45 AM- 3:15 PM 2nd Shift 2:45 PM- 11:15 PM 3rd Shift 11:00 PM- 7:00 AM /_Candidates Please Note_//:// We are eager to announce the expansion of two (2) inpatient units over the next 2-3 months with the anticipation of onboarding a combination of clinical, non-clinical, facility and other program related staff. Your understanding is greatly appreciated as we review all applications and begin stages of interviews. / _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Treats all patients with dignity and respect through interactions which affirm the individual’s needs and preferences and by optimally integrating the patient perspective into all facets of care; will advocate for patients, facilitate timely resolution of patient concerns and assist patients in the exercise of their rights. * Performs duties of charge nurse on a ward for a single shift on a regular basis. * Directs, supervises and provides nursing care in assigned area through shift reports, review of documentation in patients’ medical records, attending staff meetings and participating in treatment planning. * Provides nursing care to patients by assessing health status, recording related health data, administering standard nursing treatment, evaluating patients’ conditions and adjusting care in conjunction with other providers. * Establishes a plan of patient care through consultations with other staff and supervisors and through an analysis of data and symptoms. * Admits, discharges and transfers patients; provides and coordinates health teaching to maintain optimum level of health and function. * Responds to health and safety issues by initiating appropriate action; prepares and maintains pertinent documentation in accordance with regulatory and departmental standards. * Assesses, identifies and evaluates changes in patient’s condition; documents and reports findings to appropriate health care personnel. * Performs initial investigations of complaints of patients and others and reports findings in writing to immediate supervisor. * Instructs ward or unit personnel in nursing techniques, procedures and equipment. * Assesses overall functioning of nursing staff by insuring that job performance evaluations are done in accordance with both the hospital and nursing standards. * Administer treatment and medications as prescribed by a physician according to established hospital procedures; maintain accurate medication records. /_Required Qualifications_/ * Knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing * Understanding of the problems in providing nursing services to special client groups such as mentally, physically and or emotionally handicapped. * Demonstrated knowledge of the types and application of emergency medical procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and tourniquets. /_Preferred Qualifications_//:/ * Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. * Meditech & Meta experience, CPR and IV certification. * Sound knowledge of philosophy, principles, practices, and theories of public health and public health nursing. * Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, techniques, safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations. * Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals, families, providers, physicians and staff members. * Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook. * Experience working with individuals with serious, persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse. * American Sign Language (ASL) * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency. _About Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH):_ Located on over 100 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations. WRCH provides inpatient services to 260 inpatient adults, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service; 30 inpatient adolescents and 30 residential adolescents, in either an Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) or a Behavioral Intensive Residential Treatment Program (BIRT). _DMH Mission Statement:_ The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research. _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 * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation plan * 12 paid holidays per year * 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 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 Shannon Biron, Human Resources, at 857-275-8667. 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, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: 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. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. 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 II Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street Requisition ID: 210007UR