Mental Health Supervising Registered Nurse
Oregon Health Authority-Addictions & Mental Health - Salem, 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.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law. This employment opportunity is with the Oregon State Hospital, which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). This position is Management Service and not represented by a Union.

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 these positions will be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2011-2013.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Shares responsibility for 24 hour nursing practice on an assigned unit;
  • Collaborates with peers and supervisors in making decisions regarding nursing operations on the work unit or shift;
  • Organizes and coordinates work of subordinate staff;
  • Evaluates the work of subordinate nursing staff, and addresses performance issues as needed;
  • Acts as a resource to staff on nursing practice issues and interpretation of policies and procedures;
  • Participates in interviewing, selecting and assigning nurse staff;
  • Ensures that adequate staff to patient ratios are established and maintained and participates in problem-solving when unplanned staffing needs arise;
  • Supervises, interprets, reviews the quality of nursing services provided on the unit, taking action to address and manage issues as they arise.
  • Assesses status and changes in patient condition, both physical and mental, takes appropriate action as needed;
  • Develops an individualized nursing care plan that is integrated into the patient’s treatment care plan;
  • Administers and documents medication and treatments in accordance with hospital/nursing service policies and procedures;
  • Assesses management of the therapeutic milieu and takes corrective action as appropriate;
  • Provides clinical nursing consultation as requested/needed;
  • Works with unit nursing personnel to develop individualized nursing care plans that are integrated into the patient’s treatment care plan;
  • Develops processes to support and promote continuity of care between shifts and care providers;
  • Initiates appropriate action in actual or potential psychiatric/medical emergencies;
  • Ensures orientation of unit nursing personnel;
  • Assesses unit staff educational needs and acts/responds accordingly;
  • Coordinates and conducts patient/family teaching as needed;
  • Conducts in-service training/orientation of unit staff and students;
  • Completes annual mandatory education/training and ensures compliance of unit staff;
  • Supports and endorses hospital and program philosophies, policies and procedures.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:


Two years of nursing experience including some experience equivalent to that of a Charge Nurse. Knowledge of nursing techniques and therapeutic interventions used in care and treatment of mentally, emotionally or behaviorally impaired patients; organizational skills, ability to assign, direct, and evaluate the work of others, as well as plan and provide staff training.

At the time of appointment, applicant must possess a valid Oregon Registered Professional Nurse's license.

Additional Information:

The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) provides psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for mentally and emotionally ill adult specialty populations from throughout the state. Inpatient services are currently licensed at 700 hospital beds on 19 treatment units and 6 residential cottages. OSH also offers community outreach services, specialized evaluations, and a consumer support office.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: E-mail addresses are now REQUIRED, the State of Oregon is now requiring ALL applicants have a valid e-mail address.

If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's web page, you can 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.

Oregon Health Authority will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

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 Oregon Health Authority, Office of Human Resources. Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans’ preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans’ preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation: &


; A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference. &

gt; A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference points visit , and select veterans’ preference.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call Karen Nixon at (503) 947-4236 or (503) 945-2996 (TTY) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday.


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