The Metro Boston Mental Health Units at the Lemuel Shattuck
Hospital is seeking an experienced and dedicated temporary
Registered Nurse, to provide dynamic care in an in-patient
Our Registered Nurses provide direct nursing care and treatment
to people served on DMH Continuing Care Units by participating as a
member of the multi-disciplinary team; assessing health care and
educational needs of patients and their families, assisting in
admission and discharge of patients and facilitating milieu
Please Note: This is a temporary full time (40hrs/week) day
shift position with alternating weekends off. Shift hours are from
6:45AM - 3:15PM. Days off are Sunday & Thursday (Week 1) and Monday
& Saturday (Week 2).
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary
and not all inclusive):
Assists patients in preparing for transfer or discharge to a
less restrictive setting by providing health and mental health
teaching to maximize the rehabilitation potential of each patient
and by facilitating a therapeutic milieu group that meets minimally
once per week.
Practices principles of Safety, Hope and Healing, including
prevention, trauma-informed care, de-escalation and
restraint/seclusion only when necessary to provide a safe
Assists patients in reviewing and revising their Individual
Crisis Plans (ICPP) and brings recommended changes to the Treatment
Performs related duties such as responding to health and safety
issues and initiating appropriate action, communicating with
appropriate staff and preparing and maintaining pertinent
Serves as a role model for staff at all times, by taking
initiative in meeting patient needs, demonstrating professionalism
and respect in all interactions and working collaboratively with
Investigates complaints by patients and others regarding such
matters as methods of treatment, room assignments, etc., and
attempts to resolve such complaints to promote patient safety and
Supervise and provide leadership to nursing staff by utilizing
professional standards of practice to ensure that patients receive
appropriate care and treatment.
Plans and assigns nursing duties according to the nature of the
activity to be accomplished utilizing the principles and practices
of supervision by evaluating the capabilities of subordinates (and
available resources) to provide a safe and therapeutic
Evaluates nursing activities by reviewing patient medical
records, observing nursing care, and visiting patients to ensure
that nursing care is carried out as directed, and that treatments
and medications are administered in accordance with physician
Participates in organized meetings and in team building to
ensure total patient care needs are met, and to establish good
Actively supports the goals and mission of the organization and
assigned unit by discussing strategies for achieving these goals
with the Nurse Manager, and serving as a role model for coworkers
promoting the psychiatric rehabilitation model of treatment, and
actively participating organizational committees.
Actively participates in the identification, planning and
implementation of hospital wide and unit based performance
improvement and team building activities.
- Remains informed of hospital and departmental policies and
procedures, as well as Joint Commission and CMS standards, in order
to ensure that regulatory and departmental standards are met and a
safe therapeutic environment is provided.
- Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions by
gathering information through observing and questioning
- Talent for communicating effectively in oral expression,
writing clearly and concisely, and developing ideas in logical
- Ability to perform basic mathematics.
- Skilled in interacting with people who are under emotional
stress with the ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful or
- Capacity to work in a team setting and in group
- Willingness to interact with our most vulnerable clients.
- Experience working with individuals with serious, persistent
mental illness, substance abuse and/or who have experienced
- Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual
About Shattuck Hospital:
At the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, we take pride in helping people
recover from illnesses and conditions that are often underserved or
difficult to manage in other health care settings. The DMH units
within the Hospital provide inpatient psychiatric services to
adults with serious mental illness with the goal of enhancing
autonomy, safety and return to the community.
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
- Low cost basic and optional life insurance
- Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred
Compensation 457(b) plan
- 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and
- Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and
- Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program
participation options Incentive-based Wellness Programs
- Professional Development and Continuing Education
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
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
Education and license/certification information provided by the
selected candidate is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records
Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For assistance please contact Health Human Resources at (617)
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, or (B) any
equivalent combination of the required experience and the
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.