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Mental Health Registered Nurse
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Mental Health Registered Nurse
Mental Health Registered Nurse



Mental Health Registered Nurse


$5,625.00 - $7,430.00 Monthly


Pendleton, OR

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Oregon Health Authority-Addictions & Mental Health

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5/30/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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What you will do!

The Mental Health Registered Nurse provides nursing care in the State Delivered Secure Residential Treatment Facility, serving high risk/high profile individuals currently residing in the Oregon State Hospital. Monitors and adjusts staff schedule, work assignments, and supervises MHT1 staff to provide therapeutic, safe, and secure milieu.

What's in it for you?

Collaboration with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year.

This is a full-time, permanent position represented by Oregon Nurses Association.

This position is located in Pendleton at 2585 Westgate.

Note: This position has a flexible work schedule. The number of hours may vary on a daily basis. Shift beginning and ending times may vary.

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Nursing Care Plan/Interdisciplinary Teams:

+ Responsible for observing and assessing resident's physical and psychological condition, including behavioral changes.

+ Assess medication or food allergies and monitor resident response tolerance to medications.

+ Assess treatment needs and develop Nursing Care Plans, make changes to treatment when indicated.

+ Maintain written records, including Nursing Care Plans, treatment plans, progress notes, medications and case records.

+ Documents reports involving unusual incidents involving residents or staff.

+ Participate as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team to develop and plan scope of treatment for the residents.

Medication and Treatment:

+ Verify and implement physician orders. Counter-sign transcriptions of physician orders on Medication Administrative Reviews (MARS) and Treatment Administration Reviews (TARS).

+ Administer injectable medications and oversee or administer topical and oral medications as prescribed.

+ Act as leader during crisis and hands-on decision making responsibility until physician or emergency medical team arrives.

Patient and Staff Education:

+ Educate residents and their families about mental illness, medical and physical needs and importance of following prescribed medication regime. Teach daily living and self-management skills to residents in managing their mental illness and medical needs.

+ Provide professional leadership for staff regarding program policy, therapeutic milieu, and safety of residents and staff.

+ Plan, organize, develop and evaluate classes or group therapy in areas such as alcohol and drug abuse, human sexuality, and psychiatric rehabilitation.

+ Conduct in-service for staff members on new or specialized medical findings, procedures or techniques. Also provide training on agency policies, procedures and processes.

Shift Responsibilities:

+ Make resident and staff assignments related to nursing and medical procedures and protocols.

+ Exhibit professional leadership, resolve problems with staff when possible or refer to supervisor.

+ Acts as the MHRN on the shift to direct and coordinate MHT1 staff.

+ Directs, coordinates, monitors, and adjusts number of staff on shift and assigns staff duties to assure number of staff on shift and assigns staff duties to assure a safe, secure and therapeutic environment.

+ Assess staff performance and provide informal feedback to supervisor.

+ Participate in training and orienting new employees.


Work performed in a residential setting in a secured residential treatment facility, serving high risk/high profile individuals with mental illness. Daily routines can be hectic, with exposure to hostile, angry residents with the potential for violent behavior. Daily exposure to infectious diseases, biohazards, noises and contaminants. Work hours subject to change with little notice. May be required to work hours that exceed regular schedule, i.e. a double shift or different shift in addition to regular schedule. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

You must have a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record. If not, you must be able to provide an alternate method of transportation.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


+ Possess a valid Oregon Registered Professional Nurse's License at the time of application.


+ All employees in this classification must possess and maintain a valid and unencumbered Oregon Professional Registered Nurse license during the entire length of their employment.

+ Must possess CPR and Pro-Act Certification.

+ Will be tested for TB and Hepatitis B within two weeks of beginning employment.


+ The ability to be flexible with regards to working hours (days and shifts).

+ Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in different and unusual situations with a wide variety of people.

+ The ability to think quickly and address problems as, or before they arise.

+ Experience with addressing the needs of residents who have persistent and chronic mental illness and those with Personality Disorders.

+ The ability to perform venipuncture's for lab draws.

+ Experience in facilitating/teaching groups that address the wellness of the residents.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the desired attributes will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information


To apply, please follow these steps.

1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.

2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

3. Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application.


If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test.


If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit, and select veterans' preference.


If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call Karen Nixon at 503-947-4236 between 8:00am to 5:00pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

For technical support, please call toll free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance.


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

OHA strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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