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Job/Position DescriptionAre 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 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 science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. The Nurse II works on Mesquite, which serves as an Adult Inpatient unit. Varied shift openings. The Nurse II performs complex (journey-level) nursing work. Work involves providing for the assessment, care, and treatment of patients. Work may include serving as a resource on nursing practices and education programs by performing consultative and administrative work. May train others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Nurse II reports to the Nurse Manager. Serves as a mentor providing guidance and supervision to Nurse I, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants. Mentoring involves teaching new employees on the unit hospital procedures, guiding new employees on the unit through daily operations, and counseling all employees on the unit. Training employeeand#146;s daily unit operation procedures is sometimes a daily assignment due to the fact the employees from other units may be temporarily assigned to the unit to insure adequate coverage. Possesses a unique knowledge regarding the patient population served. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Assesses, plans, and directs the implementation of nursing care; performs nursing assessments; functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team; provides direct care for individual patients; complies with established policies and procedures of the Nursing Services Department, the Hospital, and the agency. Promotes, establishes, and maintains the therapeutic milieu. Assists in teaching and directing other personnel. May be required to serve as house supervisor or coordinator. Must understand that duties, location of work and shift/pattern are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital. Must understand that duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Will be available for on-call duty as designated. Under the direct supervision of the Nurse Manager, observes, assesses plans, intervenes and evaluates outcomes and documents all aspects of patient care. Possesses a unique knowledge regarding the patient population to be served. Coordinates scheduling within assigned areas. Provides primary proactive management for service area during assigned shift with a supportive but clear supervisory manner. Supervises, counsels, and evaluates other nursing staff. Collaborates with Nurse Coordinator, other charge nurses, and MH Supervisor/Specialist to ensure 24-hour continuity of care. Assumes duties of the Nurse Coordinator during absence. Is flexible in work schedule. Has broad latitude for initiative and independent judgment. Provides direct nursing care to individual patients as needed. Understa\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=482219 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.