Psychiatric Nursing Asst I - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (1JPE)
University of Iowa
 Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing is seeking a 100% (40 hours per week, rotating day, evening, and night shifts) Psychiatric Nursing Assistant to perform specific tasks to assist members of the Nursing team in providing patient care under the direct supervision of Registered Nurses.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Establish therapeutic relationships with patients, families and multi disciplinary team.
  • Participates in planning patient care appropriate for patient's condition and age.
  • Documents patient behavior in a factual, legible manner and identifies material to report to the registered nurse.
  • Maintains patients' safety and security by providing physical care and assistance; follows Standard precaution.
  • Provides supervision of patients during activities.

Identifies potential crisis situations, reports to the registered nurse, and intervenes.

  • Perform patient personal hygiene such as bathing, toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming and oral care for patients.
  • Take temperature, pulse and blood pressure.
  • Clean equipment, patient bedside area and nursing unit.
  • Set up rooms for patient admission.
  • Transport patients by bed, cart or wheelchair.
  • Transport equipment, specimens and supplies.
  • Stock and supply patient rooms and Nursing unit.
  • Perform basic CPR as required.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality.

Aptitudes required in order to perform responsibilities:

  • Work in an environment with conflicting demands and/or priorities and rushed and/or urgent timelines.
  • Manage multiple assignments and provide quick reaction and immediate response to emergencies.
  • Maintain attention to detail over extended period of time and continually be aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Strong communication skills and a tolerance for an active work environment with potential for negative behavior.
  • Work well with all levels and types of people.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

John Pappajohn Pavillion (1 JPE) is a 15-bed inpatient unit dedicated to child and adolescent (3-17 years old) psychiatry services. This unit patient population includes depression, anxiety, eating disorder, intellectual disability, substance abuse, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The unit provides structured therapy, including Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. Unique unit design features Circle School, playground, and gym to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Percent of Time: 100%

Schedule: 40 hours per week, rotating day, evening and night shifts

Location: John Pappajohn Pavillion (JPP)

Rotations: Day, evening, and night

Salary: $29,002.32

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ability to read, write and follow instructions.

Desirable Qualification:

  • Experience defusing volatile situations
  • Be a Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Have strong written communication skills with experience providing customer service relations
  • Previous patient care experience in a Mental Health setting is highly desired.

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on 11/16/2019.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Applicant selected for position, if external, must be available to attend a 2-3 week orientation session Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Psychiatric Nursing Asst I
  • Appointment Type: Merit
  • Schedule: Full-time


  • Pay Level: 4

Contact Information

  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Kelli Ballard
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