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DSHS ESH Nursing Assistant - Psychiatric Security Attendant, Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA

Organization: Eastern State Hospital
Category: Nursing Assistant
Location: Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Date Job Posted: October 9, 2021
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DSHS ESH Nursing Assistant - Psychiatric Security Attendant

Salary $18.93 - $24.63 Hourly
Location Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Job Type Various Job Types
Department Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number 2021-11029
Closing 10/31/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Psychiatric Security Attendant - Nursing Assistant

Eastern State Hospital has opportunities for experienced, motivated Nursing Assistants with a passion for helping people with behavioral health issues to join us in Transforming Lives!

If you are currently working in a direct care setting that includes aspects of behavioral health or psychiatric assistance, we encourage you to explore what this job has to offer. We are looking for people who are passionate, tolerant and have the ability to build long-term, beneficial relationships with both co-workers and patients. Over time, you will find that the challenge of this work is very rewarding and to become a contributing member of the team is worthwhile.

We currently have evening and night shifts available. Evening and night shift staff receive a $1.00 an hour shift differential.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Provide patient care and security to patients who have acute psychiatric and physical needs
  • Observe and document behaviors and changes in patient conditions
  • Participate in the directed treatment plan for patients
  • Encourage and supervise patients in a group or in individual recreational, social, and related activities; act as a patient escort
  • Lift and transfer patients

We're looking for someone who is:

  • Willing to work with patients who have behavioral, emotional, psychiatric, social, medical, and/or correctional issues, and who may exhibit inappropriate non-compliant and/or aggressive behavior
  • Able to communicate with management, peers, clients, and the public
  • Proficient in the operation of the following equipment: computer, copy machine, metal detector, and patient lifting equipment
  • Able to adjust scheduled hours of work to meet the hospital's workload demands

Who should apply:

  • Those with at least 2 years of experience in the care of psychiatric patients. (Note: Licensure as a Practical Nurse may be substituted for the experience provided that the training included experience in psychiatric nursing. College-level course work in one of the social sciences may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.)
  • Registration as a Nursing Assistant is required.

College-level coursework/degrees in Behavioral Science, Social Science, or Social Services that may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis can include coursework such as:

  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Social Services
  • Social Welfare
  • Counseling
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology

Proof of education will be required at the time of the interview.

Information regarding the Nursing Assistant registration (NAR) with the State of Washington can be found here.

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact DSHS Recruiter by email and reference job number #11029.

Per Governor Inslees’ Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.


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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