Director of Nursing Services (WMS Band 2) Acting (CSTC) 2013-01497
State of Washington - Lakewood, WA

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Our Vision is:
Safe, healthy individuals, families and communities

Our Mission is:
The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.

Our Values are:
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Child Study and Treatment Center is a 47 bed Joint Commission accredited psychiatric hospital, providing inpatient care for children and adolescents from across the State of Washington. We are located in the city of Lakewood, near Tacoma and Steilacoom.

This recruitment will be used to fill a full time, ACTING position located in Administration. The position’s work schedule is days with Saturday and Sunday off.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the recruiter listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.


Directs, coordinates, manages, and supervises nursing care staff, i.e. Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Psychiatric Child Care Counselors. Responsible for recruitment and hiring of nursing services personnel. Responsible for centralized staffing of patient cottages. Directs, coordinates, manages, and supervises Registered Nurses responsible for the hospital's Staff Development, Employee Health, Infection Control, and Utilization Review services. Responsible for monitoring the budget and resources for Nursing Services. Provides input into the hospital's budget process. Develops and implements policies and procedures necessary to administer effective and efficient nursing services that are compliant with State, Federal and Joint Commission standards.



A Bachelor's degree involving major study in nursing and five years of professional nursing experience, including four years as a nursing supervisor.
Possession of a current WA state license to practice as a registered, professional nurse.

Knowledge of: Professional Nursing Standards; Pediatric/Adolescent growth & development; Psychiatric Nursing theories and techniques; mental health concepts, group dynamics, social psychiatry, and theories of learning; leadership, decision making and team building principles and strategies; State and Federal laws & regulations relating to the provision of patient care in a hospital setting.

Ability to: Hire and mentor nursing and counseling staff; provide training in patient care procedures and standards; use nursing judgment and critical thinking skills. Understand the application of principles of the biological, physical and social sciences; work with a multidisciplinary team, recognizing the authority and responsibilities of other disciplines; write policy and practice guidelines relevant to nuring functions; participate in teh budgetary process; creatively problem solve.

Supplemental Information:


Interested applicants must apply by submitting the following:

A detailed resume or employment history form.

The above information should be e-mailed to:

Rick Mehlman, CEO, at


Mailed to:

Rick Mehlman, CEO
Child Study & Treatment Center
8805 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Must successfully pass a background check.
Must not be excluded from the Medicare/Medicaid Billing Program.
This position is designated as an emergent position. Under the DSHS Emergency Operations Plan, the incumbent may be required to perform the following during a recognized emergency: Report for duty on short notice for a specified timeframe. Report for duty outside of normally scheduled work hours and work days. Report to a duty station that is different from the official duty station. Perform work tasks outside the normal scope of duties reflected in the position description form. During a recognized emergency, the duties may be different from normal duties and will be temporary in nature, lasting only as long as necessary to resume normal operations.
Must participate in routine employee health screening.
Position is subject to drug and/or alcohol testing.
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply online and complete the entire Resume Profile and Questionnaire.
A resume mailed, e-mailed or attached to the Resume Profile will not substitute. The information provided in your Resume Profile must support your selected answers in the application questionnaire.
Employees in this classification are included in a union shop.
Employees in these positions must be able to successfully perform the essential functions described in the Position Description.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (253) 756-2702. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact Human Resources at (253) 756-2702.

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