Nurse II - Nurse Manager
Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 12, 2021
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 State Hospital System, under 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 evidence-based. Whether in a direct-care
or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the
life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team.
The Nurse II - Nurse Manager position is located on Fannin Hall and
works Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (hours may vary).
The Nurse Manager performs advanced (senior-level) nursing
functions such as; planning, developing, coordinating, and
evaluating the provision of nursing care on a 24-hour basis. The
Nurse Manager is responsible for directing the day to day
operations on assigned unit. The Nurse Manager facilitates the
identification and implementation of Standards of Practice that are
consistent with the HHSC and State Hospital rules and regulations,
The Texas Administrative Code (TAC), and the Texas State Board of
Nursing. The Nurse Manager is responsible for ensuring a competent
workforce. They provide clinical direction and expertise and ensure
care is provided based on individual patient characteristics such
as age, developmental level, diagnoses, and/or specialized patient
needs. They participate in the development and support of
partnerships within the hospital; other divisions and departments,
recovery teams, patients and their families; and external
organizations such as professional groups, advocacy groups, and the
general public to facilitate community involvement and awareness.
The Nurse Manager participates in the performance improvement
activities. Supervises the work of others. Works under limited
supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative
and independent judgement.
Performs other duties as assigned. Other duties as assigned include
but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a
supporting role to meet the agencys 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.
Essential Job Functions:
1. 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.
2. Serves as the spokesperson and catalyst for the professional
practice of program-based nursing services through active and
productive participation in performance improvement activities
which include monitoring nursing performance indicators, conducting
medical record audits, conducting nursing peer reviews, and
participating in patient death reviews. Performance will reflect a
high level of involvement, professionalism and productivity.
3. Promotes an environment that empowers nurses to provide
effective, compassionate and efficient nursing care by fostering a
climate that enhances job satisfaction through productivity and
quality improvement. Develops nursing policies and procedures that
promote a professional environment. Develops program specific
policies and procedures that promote the mission of the program and
assures congruence with professional and organizational
expectations. Facilitates, coaches, and supervises others in the
development and deployment of strategies to ensure optimal levels
of nursing services are available to patients 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Ensures awards and recognition activities that promote
staff morale. Assures the reporting of general patterns and trends
of nursing care are provided (e.g., 24-hour nursing report,
restraint and seclusion nursing documentation, staff call-ins,
etc.). Provides clinical direction and expertise and ensures that
care provided is based on an appropriate developmental level to
meet specific and specialized patient needs. Works with recovery
teams to implement patient-centered trauma informed care.
Facilitates the identification and implementation of hospital-based
Standards of Practice that are consistent with the Board of
Nursing, The Joint Commission (TJC) standards, Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid (CMS) conditions of participation, Texas
Administrative Code (TAC), and the rules and regulations of the
Agency and state hospital.
4. Serves as a resource on nursing practices and education programs
by performing consultative and administrative work. Ensures a
competent workforce by participating in the design, development and
oversight of the implementation of systems that evaluate and
contribute to the quality of patient care by participating in
Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiatives
that address important aspects of nursing care. Incorporates
program specific monitoring into on-going performance improvement
activities and assures timely reporting. Utilizes data as a basis
to identify and address patterns and trends as they relate to the
delivery of nursing care. Assures review/revision of program
nursing service manuals according to standards. Ensures that
patients rights are protected by addressing issues found in patient
care reports, client abuse and neglect reports, 24-hour reports,
patient satisfaction surveys, and other hospital reporting
mechanisms. Assures systematic capture, review and analysis,
communication, and follow-up in relation to significant events on
the program (e.g., Medication Errors, Adverse Drug Reactions,
Unauthorized Departures, Emergency Transfers, Deaths, Unusual
Occurrences, etc.). Oversees and conducts clinical reviews to
ensure adequate clinical care is provided to patients. Alerts
leadership of safety/risk management issues and actively
facilitates problem-solving strategies.
5. Works with leadership to meet the nurse staffing plan to support
the hospitals mission. Ensures the continuous (24-hours/day, 7
days/week) timely availability of nursing staff to meet patient
care needs. Establishes and evaluates annually a staffing plan for
nursing service that identifies minimum staffing for all levels of
nursing personnel to promote a safe environment that complies all
regulatory and professional standards. Seeks and utilizes
suggestions to effectively streamline work efforts and minimize
redundancy. Works with leadership keeping nursing management
apprised of nursing services resource allocation and reallocation
needs. Tracks and aggregates information for the purpose of
analysis and feedback to program staff as well as leadership.
Proactively identifies and seeks opportunities for improved
recruitment and retention of qualified personnel. The Nurse Manager
actively participates in the budget process that reflects patient
activity needs, census variance, and staff vacancy rates, within
the context of budget allocations and restrictions. Participates in
the development and support of partnerships within the hospital and
key stakeholders including patients and their families. Works with
external organizations such as professional groups, advocacy
groups, courts, law enforcement, and the general public to
facilitate community involvement.
6. Partners with leadership to help design and deliver a
high-quality system of care to patients using a multi-disciplinary
approach. Assists the Nurse Educator in providing clinical
rotations for academic linkages with colleges, universities, and
training programs. Participates in assigned committees, workgroups,
and task forces as requested. Promotes positive working
relationships with outside agencies (e.g. Provider Investigations
(PI), Office of Inspector General (OIG)), other hospital
departments, programs and divisions including ancillary/support
services, (e.g. Pharmacy, Medical Staff, Information Management,
Clinical Laboratories, Dietary, etc.). On an annual basis, uses a
customer feedback questionnaire to help identify opportunities for
7. Performs other duties as assigned. Other duties as assigned
include but are not limited to actively participating and/or
serving in a supporting role to meet the agencys 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:
1. Knowledge of Texas Nurse Practice Act, and the role of peer
review in the provision of professional nursing.
2. Knowledge of management theory, organizational planning, plan
deployment, and improving organizational performance.
3. Knowledge of the Recovery Model of Care.
4. Knowledge of training principles, practices, and techniques.
5. Knowledge of group process, group dynamics, and interpersonal
6. Knowledge of nursing competencies, standards and psychiatric
rehabilitation. practices and techniques.
7. Knowledge of professional nursing Standards, CPR, Abnormal
Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS), Treatment, Intervention, and
Protection Strategies (TIPS), and Psychiatric Nursing Assistant
8. Skills in the care and treatment of patients.
9. Strong interpersonal skills which promote teamwork.
10. Skills in utilizing computer hardware/software.
11. Skills in administering restraint and seclusion.
12. Strong coaching skills.
13. Ability to organize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing
14. Ability to instruct, train, and supervise the work of
15. Ability to develop a budget.
16. Ability to provide patient care.
17. Ability to prepare and maintain records.
18. Ability to organize and communicate information both orally and
19. Ability to interpret and explain standards and regulations.
20. Ability to instruct, train, oversee and provide guidance to
21. Ability to create and evaluate training objectives,
requirements, and effectiveness of delivery.
22. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in
23. Ability to formulate learning objectives.
24. Ability to manage time effectively.
25. Ability to intervene therapeutically with patients experiencing
psychiatric disorders (delusions, hallucinations,
26. Ability to perform CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, use the AED,
provide First Aid.
27. Ability to provide patient/family education regarding
medications, disease processes, and health.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Texas, or in a
party state, that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university
with major coursework in nursing or from an accredited nursing
program; may substitute three (3) years of work experience as a RN
in a recognized health agency, hospital, or health care facility
for a four-year education.
2. At least one (1) year of work experience as an RN in a
recognized health agency,
hospital, or health care facility.
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
Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must
be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The
position may be required to work overtime and/or extended
Compliance with HHSC immunization policy and state hospital
operating procedures related to immunizations is required.
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
individuals. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the
influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other
If you need assistance completing the online application, contact
the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include, but not limited to: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX,
46NX, 46SX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and
veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this
position. For more information see the Texas State Auditors
Military Crosswalk at
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
- 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
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