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DSHS Nursing Assistant – Mental Health Technician

State of Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services – Medical Lake, WA


Mental Health Technician 1 - Nursing Assistant
If you are ready to put your registration as a nursing assistant to work and desire to provide care to patients with psychiatric and physical illnesses, consider this exciting opportunity.
Eastern State Hospital is seeking motivated Nursing Assistants with a passion for helping people with mental health issues. In this role you will make real, lasting differences in the lives of our patients. Come be part of a team that helps people on their way to recovery and join us on our mission to Transform Lives.
We currently have opportunities for day, evening, and night employment. Evening shift is 2:45pm - 11pm and Night shift is 10:45pm - 7:00am; these shifts include a $1.00/hr shift differential in addition to base pay.
Some of what you ll do:

  • Provide nursing care to patients under the direction of a registered nurse
  • Deliver care per individual treatment plans
  • Follow all hospital, state, and federal regulatory standards, policies and procedures
  • De-escalate patients as needed
  • Communicate information to registered nurses regarding changes of condition and clinical information
  • Escort and transport patients

What we re looking for:
  • Experience working in a patient care environment
  • Ability to communicate with management, peers, clients, and the public
  • Proficiency in the operation of the following equipment: computer, copy machine, metal detector, and patient lifting equipment
  • Ability to adjust scheduled hours of work to meet the hospital s workload demands
  • Willingness to work with patients who have behavioral, emotional, psychiatric, social, medical, and/or correctional problems, and who may exhibit inappropriate non-compliant and/or aggressive behavior

Who should apply?
Professionals who have high school diploma or GED AND a current Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC) or Nursing Assistant Registration (NAR).
Information regarding NAR with the State of Washington can be found here.
Want to know more about Eastern State Hospital? Click on the videos below to meet staff, take a tour and explore your career.
Questions about this opportunity? Please contact DSHS Recruiter by email or at (360) 725-5885 and reference job number 05528.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
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