RN I - Mental Health - SH - Mental Health
Company: Rio Grande State Center / South Texas Health Care
Posted on: November 15, 2022
RN I - Mental Health - SHAre 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.
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees. HHSC is a
qualifying organization for the Federal Public Service Loan
Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on
college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly
payments. We also offer excellent health benefits, a lifetime
monthly retirement annuity as well as 401(K) and 457 Programs under
the Employee Retirement System of Texas.
The Nurse I performs entry level nursing work. Works under close
supervision and receives guidance and leadership from the Nurse II
and III. Reports to Charge Nurse or Nurse Manager. Supervises and
provided guidance to LVNs, and Mental Health Workers. Assesses,
plans, and directs the implementation of nursing care; performs
nursing assessments; functions as a member of the interdisciplinary
treatment team; provides direct care for individual patients;
complies with established policies and procedures of the Nursing
Services Department, the Hospital, and the agency. Promotes,
establishes, and maintains the therapeutic milieu. assists in
teaching and directing other personnel; may relieve as charge nurse
or act as supervisor in his/her absence. Must understand that
duties, location of work and shift/pattern 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.
"Provide treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of
"Compliance with DSHS Immunization Policy required: serologic
evidence of immunity to, or documented evidence of vaccination
against, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Tdap,
annual vaccination against influenza (and hepatitis B if
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.
Under supervision of and consultation with a more experienced nurse
(RNII or III), assesses the health/mental status of the patient
upon admission and on an ongoing basis and documents assessment,
planning, intervention and evaluation in patient record in order to
determine priorities and plan therapeutic nursing care. Performs
CPR/Heimlich techniques correctly and safely according to the
specifications of the American Heart Association.
Administers medications as ordered by various methods using the "6
Rights" and transcribes and notes orders related to medication
administration in order to provide safe medications
Completes medication administration record, and completes control
drug count and record following established policies and procedures
in order to comply with federal standards and regulations and
ensure accurate and complete documentation of the medication
Implements special precautions as ordered and explains and
documents rights restrictions and implements restraint/seclusion
procedures according to departmental policy and established nursing
standards in order to maintain patient safety, protect the patient
from causing harm to self and/or others and uphold patient
Provides and documents individual/group teaching to patients
regarding medications, illness, special treatment. etc. utilizing
appropriate teaching/response methods for various age groups and
cognitive levels in order to facilitate patient learning.
Attends mandatory training in order to ensure staff competence and
development. Attends and participates in on-going in-service and
other education and training programs appropriate to the
population/age group in order to meet the physical, psychosocial,
and cultural needs of patients.
Utilizes therapeutic communication skills in interactions with
patients in various age groups in a caring, respectful manner in
order to promote the healing process and return of the patient to
the least restrictive environment.
Carries out physician's orders and implements nursing interventions
according to acceptable nursing care standards and hospital
policies and procedures.
Monitors TIPS techniques in the absence of other staff, implements
TIPS techniques in order to ensure well being of patients and
If working nights, maintains a quiet and restful environment to
promote patient's rest and sleep by utilizing therapeutic
interventions with patients exhibiting altered sleep patterns.
Will observe, promote and obey the safety rules applicable to all
aspects of facility and department operations as described, (or
referenced, in the Safety Management Program SOP 300-41) to ensure
no injuries occur to self, other staff, consumers and visitors due
to the failure to follow facility standards.
Completes continuing education as required by the Board of Nursing
Examiners of TX and provides for own professional growth.
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:
Knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures; of health care laws
and regulations; of medical diagnoses and procedures; of accepted
medical treatment programs; and of community health and nursing
care principles, practices, and procedures.
Knowledge and understanding of the Positive Performance Program and
of the general principles and tools of Continuous Quality
Improvement (CQI), and the ability to implement CQI principles in
daily activities and constructively participate in quality
Ability to provide individual care, to prepare and maintain
records, to explain public health law, and to communicate
Ability to read, write, and understand English so as to effectively
communicate with patients, families, and subordinates' staff
Ability to provide patient care, to train and/or supervise the work
of others, and to prepare and maintain records.
Must be physically and mentally able to perform TIPS, CPR, and
other related tasks.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas
(or state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure
Current RN Licensure
Current CPR certification by American Heart Association
If transporting patients, must possess valid Texas driver's license
or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with
an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified
driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible
driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Must be a registered nurse by the State of Texas.
Experience in performing fundamental and skilled nursing
Experience in working in a clinical setting with mental health and
mental illness population.
Knowledge of National Patient Safety Goals in relation to patient
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
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
Personal protective equipment required and provided
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Vaccines available for employees
Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which
are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary
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
Requisition#538003 MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include, but not limited to: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX,
46NX, 46SX. 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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