Psychiatric Nursing Asst I

Health & Human Services Comm - El Paso, TX3.4

Full-time$2,000 - $2,600 a week
Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS 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. Psychiatric Nursing Asst l, Full-Time positions, Monday - Friday, Times: 7am to 3:30pm, 3pm to 11:30pm, 11pm to 7:30am. The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant 1 provides patient care services under the direct supervision of a Nursing Supervisor in order to provide quality psychiatric nursing care in an inpatient setting. Work involves providing emergency, health, and personal care services to patients; observing, reporting and documenting, in an electronic record, patient conditions and behaviors; interacting with patients therapeutically; and participating in individualized and unit based programming. The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant l has a primary responsibility to maintain direct and on-going therapeutic interactions with patients to promote living and social skills, thus encouraging progress towards a lesser restrictive environment. As an integral member of the treatment team, provides verbal and supportive documentation concerning individual patient behaviors, progress or lack thereof, towards individualized goals of the treatment plan. Is an active participant in shift reports, treatment team meetings and staffing. Performs any combination of nursing duties commensurate with competency. Works under close supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Completion of work requires use of simple and/or routine duties, while decision making is based on simple and well-defined guidelines. The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant I has no financial responsibility but is accountable for assigned property. Must understand that duties, location of work, and shift patterns are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital. Must understand that duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. HIPPA Access: Health Care: PHI 1-B. This employee has full access to a limited set of records in accordance with HIPPA regulations.

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. Demonstrates competency in application of population specific skills for all patient care provided by: 1. Assisting patients with activities of daily living, hygiene, and eating in order to promote independence and self-care to meet the patient’s personal needs by coaching, modeling and assisting. 2. Providing each patient with the appropriate level of supervision based upon acuity level. 3. Obtains and documents patient information as required. 4. Escort patients to activities or appointments both on or off facility grounds. 5. Utilizes approved Treatment Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS) to intervene at any time a patient is exhibiting aggressive behavior. 6. Maintains a safe environment for patients and staff. 7. Completes and maintains training and demonstrates competencies as required without prompting. 8. Supports facility safety, risk management, and infection control programs. Other duties as assigned include but are 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:
1. Competency in the patient care techniques; of treatment, therapy, and developmental programs. 2. Competency in the ability to provide patient care; properly utilizing restrain/seclusion, TIPS; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and to communicate effectively

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:
1. High School Graduate or GED 2. Basic computer skills to include Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

Additional Information:
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. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility. Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures. Job Requisition #411993

MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at
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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.