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Nurse I/II (Psych), Anchorage, AK

State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services


Anchorage, AK

June 6, 2019

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Nurse I/II (Psych) (PCN 06-2452M)

Salary $6,123.00 - $6,541.00 Monthly
Location Anchorage, AK
Job Type Full Time
Department Health & Social Services
Job Number 21494
Closing 7/31/2019 5:00 PM Alaska
Division Alaska Psychiatric Institute
Position Open To All Applicants
Bargaining Unit General Government
Range 20/21


Job Description

*** Please be advised that a hire incentive may be offered for up $10,000*** For additional information, please inquire at time of interview.

This position is flexibly staffed. This position will be filled at either the I or II level dependent on the applicant's qualifications and job experience.

It is recommended that you apply for all levels if you qualify

The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) is recruiting for multiple Nurse I/II (PSYCHIATRIC) positions.

Three shifts; 12.5 hours each

API operates as Alaska's only state-owned, 24-hour, 7-day a week, mental health facility that provides:

  • Acute, short-term, in-patient, psychiatric care of patients whose needs are so great or complex that an appropriate level of care cannot be provided in their home town or community, and
  • Adult Competency Restoration Treatment & Forensic Evaluation Services.

Treatment Units & RN I/II Float Positions Descriptions:

Chilkat Unit: The Chilkat Unit is a 10-bed, in-patient unit providing crisis psychiatric care to adolescents who are 13-17 years of age. The adolescents may be admitted on a voluntary or involuntary status.

Denali Unit: The Denali Unit is a 10-bed, Specialty Unit Services for Adult Competency Restoration Treatment and Forensics Evaluation Services for short-term and long-term care needs of patients sent to API from the Department of Corrections who are in various stages of the legal process. The Denali Unit also provides services for civil patients who are in need of a secure setting until their mental illness or their behavior has stabilized, and they are able to function in a less restrictive setting.

Taku Unit: The Taku Unit is a 10-bed, Specialty Unit Services for Adult Competency Restoration Treatment and Forensics Evaluation Services for short-term and long-term care needs of patients sent to API from the Department of Corrections who are in various stages of the legal process.

Katmai Unit: The Katmai Unit is a 26-bed, short-term, Adult Acute Care Admission unit for patients with a wide variety of acute psychiatric problems.

Susitna Unit: The Susitna Unit is a 26-bed, short-term, Adult Acute Care Admission unit for patients with a wide variety of acute psychiatric problems.

Nursing Office Float: This position will be assigned under the Nursing Shift Supervisor (NSS) in the Nursing Office as a Float Nurse working on each of the 5 patient care units, supporting admissions and back up to be Relief NSS.

Unit Based Educator: This position will be based on the unit and would work to provide patient care and staff education on the units.

Most Important duties of this position:

  • Under the supervision of a RN III Supervisor or Nursing Shift Supervisor (NSS), this position gives skilled nursing care to patients.
  • Provides individualized patient assessment and care, participates in therapeutic activities as facilitator or co-facilitator.
  • Administers medications to patients and provides medication education including expected outcomes, possible side effects, and any food/drug interactions.
  • Transcribe all orders; records this information in each patient's Electronic Medication Administration Record (e-MAR), and chart regarding patient behavior and responses to medication treatment.
  • Completes nursing assessments on newly admitted patients and acts as a back up to the Admissions Screening Officer as assigned.
  • Completes assessments for patients on close-observation special status, or patients that may require seclusion or restraint.
  • Determines and prioritizes individual nursing needs.
  • Gives direction to Office Assistant I's and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants including work assignments, and monitoring those assignments for both completion and accuracy.
  • Maintains the flow of patient care in relation to the patient's individual treatment plan, individualized interventions, and supports the Role Recovery Model.
  • This person reports any changes in patient behavior, responses to treatment, or changes in overall status to the appropriate member of the Treatment Team.
  • Understand the importance of the unit milieu and explain unit programs to patients.
  • Trained in Team Solutions and is responsible to assure that all unit programs are accomplished each shift.
  • De-escalating unpredictable, dangerous, or violent behavior.
  • Intervene non-verbally, verbally, or physically with patient's who may cause harm to themselves or others.
  • Recognize potential hazards to keep a safe and therapeutic environment.
  • Make frequent rounds to check patient's locations and safety.
  • Under supervision, meet with family, significant others, consultants, and representatives of other healthcare agencies.

Desired Strengths for this position:

  • Candidate with experience working with the mentally ill or developmentally disabled persons is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and with good judgment, and the ability to work as a team member.
  • Must be able to apply discretion in handling confidential information and situations.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, discretion, and sound judgment in the performance of the work.
  • Must possess good organizational skills with ability to prioritize and productively manage time to ensure compliance with numerous deadlines.
  • Must be able to work effectively under pressure with continual interruption, reorganizing priorities in a dynamic, frequently changing work environment.
  • Must possess above average communication skills. Must be able to communicate information courteously, accurately, and effectively.
  • Ability to answer questions and determine appropriate course of action relative to incoming messages, calls, or requests.
  • Interpersonal skills will be utilized on a daily basis through interaction with a diverse, cross-section of people and organizations.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of the work and have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of personalities.
  • Ability to greet visitors, answers the phone, and responds to routine inquiries.
  • Must competently operate an electronic health record and common computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook and Word.

NOTE: This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

To view the general description and example duties for a
Nurse I/II (Psychiatric) please go to the following link:

Minimum Qualifications


Graduation from a school of nursing, accredited by the National League for Nursing OR license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska.

Special Note:

Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska is required.

For some positions in this job class a background investigation including fingerprinting is required.


Graduation from a school of nursing accredited by the National League of Nursing OR license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Alaska.


One year of entry level professional nursing. This experience is equivalent to Nurse I with the State of Alaska.

Other combinations of training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability; however, there is no substitution for the required training.

Special Note:

Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska is required.

Some positions are located in institutions providing care for psychiatric or developmentally disabled individuals and require one year experience in these specialized fields.

For some positions in this job class a background investigation including fingerprinting is required.

Additional Required Information

At the time of the interview applicant must submit:

  1. A complete chronological Resume that shows all employment history. This resume must include: Company/Agency name, dates of employment by month and year, position title with description of job duties.
  2. The names and current telephone numbers of three (3) references.
  3. Copies of all performance evaluations that have been received for the last two (2) years, if available.
  4. Copies of three (3) Letters of Reference.
  5. A copy of your current State of Alaska Registered Nurse license, or a copy of proof of eligibility for State of Alaska Registered Nurse licensure.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.


This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the I or II level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level of the position. If filled at Level I, promotion to the Level II will only occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class and final approval by supervisor. It is recommended and you are encouraged to apply for all levels if you are qualified and want to be considered for all levels.


To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information


Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name: Cynthia Montgomery, PhD, MSN, Health Practitioner I
Phone: (907) 269-7190
Fax: (907) 269-7225


State of Alaska


PO Box 110201
Juneau, Alaska, 99811


(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)


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