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

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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)/Blue Mountain Recovery Center (BMRC), which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one permanent, full-time position located in Pendleton (2600 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.
The Blue Mountain Recovery Center (BMRC) provides psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for mentally and emotionally ill adult specialty populations from throughout the state.
This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancies 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 Client’s physical and psychological condition, as well as behavioral changes. Assess medication or food allergies and monitor client response tolerance to medications. Assess resident’s nutritional, grooming and hygiene condition and assure that needs are met through appropriate assignments. Assess treatment needs and develop Nursing Care Plans, make changes to treatment when indicated. Maintain timely and accurate written records, including Nursing Care Plans, treatment plans, progress notes, medications and case records of unusual incident reports involving clients.
Participate as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team to develop and plan scope of treatment for the clients. Communicate pertinent observation of client activities, behavior, attitudes, response to treatment objectives, psychiatric and physical condition, effect of routine and PRN mediations to the Team.
Medication and Treatment:
Verify and implement physician orders. Transcribe Physician Orders onto Medication Administrative Reviews (MARS) and Treatment Administration Reviews (TARS). Administer injectable medications and oversee or administer topical and oral medications as prescribed. Act as lead during crisis and hands-on decision making responsibility.
Patient and Staff Education:
Educate clients 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 clients in managing their mental illness and medical needs. Monitor client capability for providing self-care and recommend action as needed.
Participate in training and orienting new employees. Serve as student preceptor.
Shift Responsibilities:
Make staff assignments related to nursing and medical procedures and protocols. Actively support co-workers and resolve problems with staff when possible or refer to supervisor. Monitor client care needs and modify work assignments as indicated. Coordinate and review client care that is delegated to MHT staff. Demonstrate and teach proper procedural techniques. Assess staff performance and provide informal feedback and observations to supervisor.
Other duties as assigned.
Current work schedule:
Sunrise, NOC Shift, 2300-0730 , Monday/Tuesday off.
All RN’s at BMRC may temporarily float to the other residential unit or the treatment mall. Days off and ward assignment may be changed at any time to meet the staffing needs of the facility. Notice of your work schedule will be given based on union contract.
Work daily with mentally ill clients who occasionally will be unpredictable, impulsive and spontaneously verbally and physically threatening to other clients and staff. Clients may become assaultive to self and others requiring instant and/or sustained physical intervention to maximize client and staff safety.
Frequently required to safely and securely escort or transport clients to and from the hospital.
Occasionally may require accompanying clients to on-site visits and trips to community agencies both locally and out of town; occasionally these visits will require overnight travel. Requires shift/weekend work; changes in days off; irregular working hours and overtime to meet the staffing needs of the facility. You must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Ward environment frequently exposes staff to varying degrees of high intensity and noxious noise, e.g., human behavior, phones, TV, radios, and CD players. Also occasional exposure to environmental temperatures and chemicals may occur. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Regular attendance is required.
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:

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.
Experience with automatic and manual vital sign devices
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 503-947-4236 (voice) 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday.
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 Blue Mountain Recovery Center 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.
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