Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking
to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed
professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may
be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine
psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth
residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of
excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care,
with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The
hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is
recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or
support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life
of a Texan.
The RN I performs entry level nursing work at the advanced
beginner level. Works under the clinical supervision of more
experienced Registered Nurses (RN II / III / IV) and provides basic
level nursing care to an assigned group of patients. Assists more
experienced nurses in assessing patients nursing care needs.
Observes, assesses, plans, performs, evaluates, and documents
patient care. Contributes observations to senior nurses and other
treatment team members to assist in planning for the patients'
care. Acknowledges, transcribes, and reviews physician orders.
Administers medications and basic treatments as ordered and alerts
senior nurse of any discrepancies. Promotes, establishes, and
maintains the therapeutic milieu. Performs one to one interactions
with patients in order to assess their needs and may assist others
in providing group interventions, Assists in teaching and directs
the implementation of nursing care by non-professional staff.
Provides clinical supervision to Licensed Vocational Nurses and
Psychiatric Nursing Assistants. Functions as a member of the
interdisciplinary treatment team. May relieve as charge nurse or
act as supervisor. Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a
specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule,
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave
policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Documents assessment, diagnoses, plan, implementation and
evaluation in patient record based on developmental level and
Directs the implementation of nursing care by non-professional
staff. Makes regular rounds and role models effective patient
interactions to non-professional staff.
Carries out physician's orders according to acceptable nursing
care standards and hospital policies and procedures.
Promotes, establishes, and maintains the therapeutic milieu.
Assumes responsibility for patient care and management of the unit
in the absence of the Charge RN with supervisory support via
telephone, and immediate on-site availability as needed.
Provides basic patient/family education to individuals or groups
as appropriate to increase patient knowledge of medications,
health/hygiene skills, and disease management/prevention etc. to
promote independent living skills.
Serves as an effective member of the treatment team, implements
basic nursing care plan, engages patients in therapeutic
interactions, and supports unit milieu/programs to assist patients
in meeting individual goals.
Maintains accountability for medications, assigned medication
room, and the security of assigned unit keys.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively
participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the
agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may
require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Basic knowledge of nursing procedures and practices.
Basic knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Rules and
Regulations of the Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of
Ability to provide basic professional and individualized nursing
care to a group of patients in state mental health hospital.
Knowledge of human behavior, social interaction, and basic
interpersonal relations theories.
Basic nursing skills such as health assessment, treatment
planning, and evaluation.
Ability to formulate nursing diagnoses or problem lists from
Ability to respond with basic skills in emergency
Ability to obtain certification for Basis Cardio-Pulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) and ability to perform CPR in clinical
Ability to complete Treatment Intervention and Protection
Strategies (TIPS) prior to work on patient care unit.
Physical and emotional ability to manage sudden and extreme acts
Ability to speak, read and write English in order to communicate
effectively with patients and their families.
- Skill in communicating effectively with subordinate staff in
order to provide effective clinical supervision. Registration or
Must be registered as a registered nurse by the State of Texas
or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure
Compact. Initial Selection Criteria:
Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas or in a
party state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure
Compact as described in Art. 4528b of the Nurse Practice.
The Registered Nurse I (RN I) will work a variable shift on the
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check,
pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the
Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid,
Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of
Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for
acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella,
varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping
cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are
vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires
employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with
patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the
influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
Requisition ID: 482495 MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. For
more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the
hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a
disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line
application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at
1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need
accommodation to participate in the interview process, please
notify the person scheduling the interview.