Full Job Description
** Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team. **
This position is at the Austin State Hospital. We are the oldest mental institution in the state of Texas, and the first hospital of its kind built west of the Mississippi River. ASH has been a leader in the field of providing the cutting edge of psychiatric care since 1861. Nursing services is a core component of the excellent care we provide. We are looking for exceptional applicants to be a part of our team.
The RN III works under the supervision of the Chief Nurse Executive and in collaboration with the program director and senior service physician. Serves as a member of the Nursing Management Team (NMT) and performs advanced leadership and management duties in the development and maintenance of nursing operations including strategic planning and resource allocation. Has primary responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care on a 24-hour basis and for directing day-to-day operations of the care areas for persons served. Administratively and clinically supervises all nursing staff within the assigned areas. Maintains close coordination with the program director and core team members to ensure effective support and functioning of the recovery team. Works collaboratively with other members of the NMT and Human Resources staff to ensure an adequate, productive, and competent work force. Demonstrates a commitment to effective communication and problem-solving with nursing, other departments, services, patients and their families.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
EJF 1: Primarily responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care on a 24-hour basis. Administratively, and clinically directs the implementation of nursing care provided by RNs, LVNs, and PNAs and provides immediate on site supervision as needed.
EJF 2: Effectively manages nursing staff and resources ensuring quality nursing care is provided. Coordinates with the House Supervisor for the benefit of the hospital.
EJF 3: Serves as an effective member of the treatment team, implements basic nursing care plan; promotes, establishes, and maintains the therapeutic milieu to assist patients in meeting individual goals.
EJF 4: Performs supervisory level tasks to include use of HHS Procedures for Addressing Performance and Conduct Issues.
EJF 5: Certifies time, communicates receipt of subpoenas, and ensures all supervised employees maintain correct training status so that safe, high level of nursing competency and quality patient care is delivered.
EJF 6: Oversees and ensures that physician’s orders are carried out according to acceptable nursing care standards and hospital policies and procedures.
EJF 7: Ensures documentation includes assessments, diagnoses, plan, implementation and evaluation in patient record is based on
EJF 8: Provides clinical direction to ensure population-specific care is provided according to current nursing standards.
EJF 9: Demonstrates a commitment to a culture that reduces risk to patients and staff through support of the hospital's safety and risk management plan, infection control program and restraint and seclusion reduction strategies.
EJF 10: Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Requires leadership, management and supervisory skills; ability to prioritize workload; ability to employ and model performance improvement principles; and skills, diplomacy, and sensitivity in working with all levels of staff. Advanced skills in the nursing process (i.e., assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation). Ability to relate the interactions between psychopathology and pathophysiology and plan appropriate nursing care; address unique learning needs and innovative teaching strategies; describe the total impact of musing process on health care delivery; provide consultation; apply principles of adult learning and apply principles of management.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Texas or in a party state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact as described in Art. 4528b of the Nurse Practice Act.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Current RN license
Minimum of 12 months psychiatric nursing experience
Minimum of 12 months supervisory experience
Available to work weekends as needed
This position is a managerial position that may require flexing your work hours. This position is on the ASH Specialty Service (SS). This position requires a license to practice registered nursing in the State of Texas and a minimum of 12 months psychiatric nursing experience. New employees must be able to attend 14-day new employee orientation M-F 8-5 and pass a drug test and computer test.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.