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State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse in Westfield, Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts Hospital operated by the Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse. We are a specialty care hospital providing in-patient services to individuals in need of ventilator/respiratory, end of life care, neuromuscular, Alzheimer’s, and chronic care.

The selected candidatedirects and participates in the nursing care of adult and geriatric patients on an inpatient unit following standards of care. Transcribes, administers and/or supervises administration of medication in accordance with standard practices and protocols. Maintains accurate records related to activities, meetings, groups, treatment plan schedules and all nursing assignments. Establishes and maintains a current nursing care plan and completes written assessment of nursing needs. Provides professional expertise and knowledge in carrying out emergency functions, all codes, and unexpected emergencies.

The ideal candidate will have one (1) year of experience as a registered nurse and will combine the knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment necessary to perform all nursing procedures as outlined in the scope of practice.

_Please Note:_This position is 40 hours per week, 11:15 PM - 7:15 AM shift and will share weekend/holiday coverage and other shifts as operationally needed.

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/

  • Performs direct hands-on nursing care using established hospital policies and procedures along with nursing standards of care to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

  • Assesses and records the patient’s health status upon admission and therefore, using the Western Massachusetts Hospital Nursing Assessment process.

  • Develops and maintains an up-to-date written plan of care for each patient using nursing diagnosis to identify patient problems/needs, care to be given and patient goals. The inter-disciplinary team is responsible for each element of care.

  • Documents changes in the patient’s condition and care rendered according to established nursing service guidelines.

  • Participates and takes actions that are directed by nursing and hospital-wide Quality Assurance activities.

  • Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with patients, families and other members of the care team in order to enhance continuity of patient care.

  • Maintains personal and professional growth by attending in-services, keeping current with contemporary nursing practice and participation on hospital committees.

  • Participates in employee performance reviews by keeping supervisors informed of staff performance through consultation and documentation.

  • Performs duties of charge nurse on the unit for a single shift or regular basis

  • May instruct unit personnel in nursing techniques, procedures and equipment.

/_Required Qualifications_/

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing

  • Understanding of the problems in providing nursing services to special client groups such as mentally, physically and or emotionally handicapped.

  • Knowledge of the types and application of emergency medical procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and tourniquets.

/_Preferred Qualifications_//:/

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

  • Meditech & Meta experience, CPR and IV certification.

  • Sound knowledge of philosophy, principles, practices, and theories of public health and public health nursing.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, techniques, safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations.

  • Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals, families, providers, physicians and staff members.

  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

/_Total Compensation:_/

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including://

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

/_About the Department of Public Health:_/

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, or (B) 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 the required 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.

Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Registered Nurse

Location: Massachusetts-Westfield-91 East Mountain Rd

Requisition ID: 20000669

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