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Registered Nurse II (Temporary)

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Boston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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 setting.

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 groups.

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 environment.

  • Assists patients in reviewing and revising their Individual Crisis Plans (ICPP) and brings recommended changes to the Treatment Team.

  • Performs related duties such as responding to health and safety issues and initiating appropriate action, communicating with appropriate staff and preparing and maintaining pertinent documentation.

  • 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 all colleagues.

  • 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 satisfaction.

  • 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 environment.

  • 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 orders.

  • Participates in organized meetings and in team building to ensure total patient care needs are met, and to establish good working relationships.

  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions by gathering information through observing and questioning individuals.
  • Talent for communicating effectively in oral expression, writing clearly and concisely, and developing ideas in logical sequence.
  • 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 emergency situations.
  • Capacity to work in a team setting and in group situations.
  • Willingness to interact with our most vulnerable clients.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with individuals with serious, persistent mental illness, substance abuse and/or who have experienced homelessness.
  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

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.

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
  • 12 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

Pre-Offer 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

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 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) 626-9276

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


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.


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.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Boston , Registered Nurse II (Temporary), Other , Boston, Massachusetts

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