Registered Nurse III
Department of Mental Health
 Taunton, MA

Taunton State Hospital is seeking a candidate for the Nursing Services Department to function as Charge Nurse, provide nursing care, custody and instruction to adult psychiatric patients on locked units; establishes nursing plan of care utilizing the Person Centered Approach within the Recovery Model; assesses the health care needs of the patients and their families. Participates in admissions, discharges and related duties.

Please Note: This position is 40 hours per week. Week 1 Sun/Wed; Week 2 Mon/Sat

Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Provides nursing care, custody and instruction to adult psychiatric patients on locked units within DMH.
  • Acts as the Charge Nurse and delegates and oversees the completion of tasks of licensed and non-licensed nursing staff assigned to the unit for their shift.
  • Ensures that optimum quality care is provided by serving as patient advocate, ensuring that patient confidentiality and maintaining the rights of all patients.
  • Gains the knowledge required to provide Patient Centered Care to all patients within the Recovery Model
  • Identifies and addresses patient needs by performing nursing assessments, developing nursing interventions and providing nursing care by following professional, hospital, departmental standards.
  • Acts as a role model for providing Recovery and Trauma informed care.
  • Provides quality psychiatric care to the patients with respect to their needs as defined by the age specific population served.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing.
  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in nursing.
  • Knowledge of the problems in providing nursing services to special client groups such as the mentally, physically, and/or emotionally handicapped.
  • Knowledge of the custodial care problems (personal hygiene, feeding) of special client groups such as the blind, the auditorially impaired, and the physically and/or mentally handicapped.
  • Knowledge of the types and application of emergency medical procedures such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and tourniquets.

About Taunton State Hospital

Taunton State Hospital (TSH) operated by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) is a 45-bed inpatient facility that provides continuing care inpatient services to adults with major mental illnesses. The hospital is a leader in the successful integration of the Principles of Recovery and a rehabilitation philosophy into the treatment model and a part of the Southeast Area which works closely with the inpatient treatment teams to facilitate patients’ discharge back to the community.

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 http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.

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.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at (508) 977-3383

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

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, and (B) six months of which must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity.

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.