Mental Health Registered Nurse (Mental Health Registered Nurse)
Oregon Health Authority-Addictions & Mental Health - Pendleton, OR

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OHA12-0364 The Oregon Heath Authority (OHA) is a state agency dedicated to helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being through partnerships, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees. This employment opportunity is with the Addictions and Mental Health (AMH)/Pendleton Cottage (PC), which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one permanent, full-time position located in Pendleton (2585 Westgate) . This position is represented by a union. If you are hired and have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a field related to nursing, you may be eligible for an additional salary differential of 4.75% or 9.5% of your monthly salary. This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall this position will be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2011-2013.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Nursing Care Plan/Interdisciplinary Teams: Responsible for observing and assessing resident’s physical and psychological condition, including behavioral changes. Assess medication or food allergies and monitor resident response tolerance to medications. Assess treatment needs and develop Nursing Care Plans, make changes to treatment when indicated. Maintain written records, including Nursing Care Plans, treatment plans, progress notes, medications and case records. Document reports involving unusual incidents involving residents or staff. Participate as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team to develop and plan scope of treatment for the residents. Medication and Treatment: Verify and implement physician orders. Counter-sign transcriptions of physician orders on Medication Administrative Reviews (MARS) and Treatment Administration Reviews (TARS). Administer injectable medications and oversee or administer topical and oral medications as prescribed. Act as leader during crisis and hands-on decision making responsibility until physician or emergency medical team arrives. Patient and Staff Education: Educate residents and their families about mental illness, medical and physical needs and importance of following prescribed medication regime. Teach daily living and self-management skills to residents in managing their mental illness and medical needs. Provide professional leadership for staff regarding program policy, therapeutic milieu, and safety of residents and staff. Plan, organize, develop and evaluate classes or group therapy in areas such as alcohol and drug abuse, human sexuality, and psychiatric rehabilitation. Conduct in-service for staff members on new or specialized medical findings, procedures or techniques. Also provide training on agency policies, procedures and processes. Shift Responsibilities: Make resident and staff assignments related to nursing and medical procedures and protocols. Exhibit professional leadership, resolve problems with staff when possible or refer to supervisor. Act as the lead worker on the shift to supervise MHT 1 staff. Monitor and adjust number of staff on shift and assigns staff duties to assure a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment. Assess staff performance and provide informal feedback to supervisor. Participate in training and orienting new employees. Other duties as assigned. WORKING CONDITIONS Current work schedule: This is a float position with changing shifts and days off Work performed in a residential setting in a secured residential treatment facility, serving high risk/high profile individuals with mental illness. Daily routines can be hectic, with exposure to hostile, angry residents with the potential for violent behavior. Daily exposure to infectious diseases, biohazards, noises and contaminants. Work hours subject to change with little notice. May be required to work hours that exceed regular schedule, i.e. a double shift or different shift in addition to regular schedule. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Note: Pro-ACT Certification is required. Current CPR and First Aid certification. Tested for TB and Hepatitis B within two weeks of first employment.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Your answers to the supplemental questions must be consistent with your described work experience. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet minimum qualifications. Qualified applicants with backgrounds that most closely match the needs of the position(s) will be invited to interview. Resumes’ will NOT be used to determine qualifications unless it clearly states a Resume’ is required in the job posting. Possess a valid Oregon Registered Professional Nurse's License at the time of appointment. DESIRED ATTRIBUTES Experience with basic life support, CPR and First Aid devices Experience with computer data entry Experience in mental health care Experience documenting medical records Experience educating others regarding physical or mental illnesses Experience dealing with difficult clients Experience with client seclusion, restraint and de-escalating conflicts Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the desired attributes will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information:
If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call 503-945-5698 (voice) 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the OHA, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment. NOTE: Applicants of Pendleton Cottage who are offered employment will also be subject to pre-employment drug testing. OHA will communicate with all applicants by e-mail. To apply , follow the “Apply” link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on the announcement. A resume (text or attachment) will not replace the work experience section of the application. For help with applying online, please contact 1-877-204-4442. IMPORTANT NOTICE – Email Addresses Required The State of Oregon requires all applications have a valid email address. If you do not currently have an email address and do not know where to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's web page. Click on the link below to go directly to question #14 to view several internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider. Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting please go to Adding and Removing Attachments to a Profile and Job Posting for further instructions. This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US! The Oregon Health Authority is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.

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