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State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse V in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

_General Summary_ The Department of Mental Health (DMH), Tewksbury Hospital is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Nurse Manager to work with resilient patients navigating their journey on the road to recovery. Please note: this position is 40 hours per week. The incumbent will work 1st shift schedule 8:30am-5:00pm, Days off: Saturday/Sunday _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Provides direct patient care, custody, instruction, and supervision to adult mentally ill and forensic patients on locked inpatient DMH psychiatric units. * Practices Principals of Collaboration, Assessment, Recovery and Environment (CARE), including controlled takedown, Restraint and Seclusion when necessary, to provide a safe environment. * Identifies and provides the delivery of individualized patient care by assessing patient needs administering standard nursing treatment, planning interventions, evaluating patients' conditions, and adjusting care in conjunction with other providers. * Works with patients by providing instruction to facilitate the independent management of their personal, hygiene and health needs. * Identifies, evaluates, and responds to changes in patient conditions, documenting and reporting such changes to the appropriate person to ensure prompt response to patient needs. * Performs duties of medication and treatment nurse following pertinent policies and procedures to carry out physician's orders in a safe and therapeutic manner. * Provides psychosocial support to patients through individual counseling and group work, leading or co-leading two patient groups per week as well as patient community meeting. * Practice’s principles of CARE utilizing early intervention and de-escalation techniques to intervene in escalating situations, utilizing controlled takedown and principles of seclusion and restraint when they are unavoidable and necessary to maintain a safe environment. * Maintains an awareness of the DMH regulations and hospital policy and procedure regarding the use of Seclusion and Restraint, to maintain patient dignity and human rights. * Provides nursing care for patients by following professional, hospital, departmental and certification standards to maintain quality care. * Meets with patients to investigate complaints by patients and others regarding treatment, room assignments, etc. and attempts to resolve such complaints to enhance communication and patient satisfaction. * Evaluates nursing activities on all shifts by reviewing patient charts, observing nursing care and visiting patients to ensure that care is carried out as directed. Participates in IOP activities and in Quality Improvement reviews on unit to ensure continuous improvement in patient care standards are maintained. * Supervises employees of a lesser grade through observation of staff, staff meetings, rounds, and chart reviews, and evaluation of performance to ensure continuous quality of patient care. * Maintains and communicates to nursing staff a thorough knowledge of DMH, DPH, CMS and Joint Commission and HIPAA standards to maintain standards of care. * Serves on various hospital committees, nursing staff meeting, patient care conferences and in-service programs as required to maintain standards of care. * Assesses educational needs and forwards information to staff development for the purpose of developing programs to meet educational needs. _Required Qualifications:_ * Demonstrates expertise in patient care and assignment * Knowledge of interviewing techniques * Experience with The Joint Commission, DMH, DPH, CMS requirements for healthcare and administration * The ability to evaluate nursing practices * Experience with the principles and practices of supervision * Knowledge of the of healthcare administration _Preferred Qualifications_ * Given the population we serve, bilingual or multilingual fluency _DMH Mission Statement:_ The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research. /_About Tewksbury Hospital:_/ Tewksbury Hospital operates a 370-bed facility and a campus of over 700 acres of land. Its patient care services are provided under the auspices of the Department of Public Health and Mental Health. Joint Commission accredited LTAC hospital that provides high quality, comprehensive treatment, care, and comfort to adults with chronic medical and mental illness. A full range of services are provided including 24/7 Nursing, Nurse Practitioners, Medicine as well as psychiatric and psychological services, a 6- bed dialysis unit, clinical laboratory, radiology, respiratory care, nutrition, speech/language, pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic recreation and arts, and pharmacy. Learn more:/__/ _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants." Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For questions regarding this position please contact Carol Duggan atcarol.duggan@mass.govor call 978-851-7321 x2395 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory, administrative, or managerial capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* No substitutions will be allowed for the required (B) experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing . Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination. Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. *Job: Medical Services *Organization: Department of Mental Health *Title: *Registered Nurse V * Location: *Massachusetts-Tewksbury-365 East Street Requisition ID: 230005CV