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Registered Nurse

State of Alaska

This is a Contract position in Eagle River, AK posted September 19, 2020.

Job Description

The Alaska Department of Corrections, Division of Health and Rehabilitation Services, is recruiting for a full-time Psychiatric Nurse I/II, for our beautiful Eagle River, Alaska facility.
Hiland Mountain Correctional Complex (HMCC)

What you will be doing:
The position is under supervision and is focused on the full range of psychiatric nursing duties to include the following:

  • Work collaboratively with the unit mental health clinicians, psychological counselors, and psychiatrists to establish and maintain appropriate nursing services within the therapeutic milieu;
  • Administer all medications and narcotics; Evaluate responses to treatments;
  • Triage medical requests/complaints and administer appropriate nursing care; and
  • Provide treatment of acute and severe psychiatric disorders, and evaluate any changes in mental and/or physical status.

The position is responsible for daily patient interaction emphasizing counseling and education within a strict behavioral milieu. In the absence of the unit Mental Health Clinician, the position is responsible for the overall functioning of the therapeutic environment. The position requires thorough knowledge of nursing principles and procedures, especially with respect to the diagnosis and management of complicated multi-axial psychiatric disorders.

This is a flexibly staffed Psychiatric Nurse I/II position. If you are hired at the Psychiatric Nurse I level, you will receive a flex training plan to guide your training. Upon completing the training plan and acquiring the necessary competencies, demonstrating you are able to complete the higher-level duties, completing probationary period, and meet the minimum qualifications for Psychiatric Nurse II, you will be eligible to be flexibly promoted to the Psychiatric Nurse II level.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

HARS Vision Statement: We are committed to the wellbeing of those under the care of the Alaska Department of Corrections. Individuals will be treated in a safe, respectful and compassionate manner. We are dedicated to providing essential care and to promoting health and rehabilitation description.

HARS Mission: To provide timely access to essential care through an evidence-based approach. We are committed to a culture of professionalism, quality and safety.

The benefits of joining our team:

We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified Registered Nurse to join our diverse team. You will be providing care to a female population on an acute and sub-acute mental health units. Our unit is fast passed, you will have exposure to various types of scenarios and the work is very rewarding. The Department of Corrections offers all of its Nurses free unlimited access to Continuing Education Credits (CEU) through Nursing Spectrum/CE Direct.

The working environment you can expect:

You will be working on an acute mental health unit providing nursing care to inmates with severe mental illness, low cognitive abilities, suicidal ideation, various medical issues. The unit is located in segregation. You will be provided nursing care to approximately 16 on the acute unit and up to 40 on the sub-acute unit. The unit is usually busy and fast passed. You will be working daily with the mental health provider and clinicians.

This is a straight night shift position, Sunday through Tuesday, 12 ½ hour shifts.

Who we are looking for:

We seek a highly motivated and qualified Psychiatric Nurse to join our diverse team and provide care to an under-served population.

Minimum Qualifications
Psychiatric Nurse I
Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska.

Special Note:
Candidates not currently licensed by the State of Alaska, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska and requisite qualifying experience, may apply for vacancies in this job class. Applicants qualifying under this option may receive a conditional job offer; however, proof of licensure will be required prior to final appointment and reporting for duty.

Some positions may require the successful applicant to pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, as a prerequisite to employment. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.

Some positions may require the successful applicant to provide proof they are free from active pulmonary tuberculosis at the time of hire. Employees are required to be tested annually. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.

Psychiatric Nurse II
Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska;
AND EITHER
Successful completion of a formal training plan as a Psychiatric Nurse I with the State of Alaska;
OR
One year of entry level experience as a Registered Nurse. Examples of this experience include but are not exclusively limited to prior service as a Psychiatric Nurse I, Corrections Nurse I, or Nurse I with the State of Alaska or its equivalent with another employer.

Substitution:
Combinations of prior training and experience in other specializations of nursing care (e.g., Med-Surg, Corrections, Public Health, Critical Care) will be evaluated for comparability on a case-by-case basis.

Special Note:
Candidates not currently licensed by the State of Alaska, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska and requisite qualifying experience, may apply for vacancies in this job class. Applicants qualifying under this option may receive a conditional job offer; however, proof of licensure will be required prior to final appointment and reporting for duty.

Some positions may require the successful applicant to pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, as a prerequisite to employment. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.

Some positions may require the successful applicant to provide proof they are free from active pulmonary tuberculosis at the time of hire. Employees are required to be tested annually. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.
Additional Required Information

COVER LETTER
A detailed cover letter highlighting your knowledge, skills and abilities, as pertaining to the strengths and responsibilities listed above, is required .

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Applicants are required to either attach to their application or provide at time of interview the following:

  • List of three professional references;
  • Educations transcripts; and
  • Copy of professional license.

FLEXIBLY STAFFED

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 salary range is identified at the top of this notice and depends on the experience of the selected candidate(s). Starting salary will be determined by the level at which the position is hired. If filled at level I, promotion to the level II will 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.

PREA NOTIFICATION

The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.

EDUCATION

If post-secondary education is required to meet the 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, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. 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. post-secondary institution 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 post-secondary institution or high school. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

WORK EXPERIENCE

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS/APSIN/ACOMS

Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS). A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS. DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice. Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

FINGERPRINT NOTICE

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

MULTIPLE VACANCIES NOTICE

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.

NOTICE

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 ‘govermentjobs.com’ domains. For information on allowing emails from the ‘governmentjobs.com’ domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at https://www.governmentjobs.com/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska .

EEO STATEMENT

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 the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
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 recruitment.services@alaska.gov .

For applicant password assistance please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska

Contact Information
Name: Tesfa Subani
Title: Psychiatric Nurse III
Phone: 907-696-9137
Email: tesfa.subani@alaska.gov


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits . (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits

  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/programs/index.html for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman’s Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
    • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
      • General Government
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts
      • Public Safety Employees Association
      • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)

Optional Insurance Benefits

  • Group-based insurance premiums for
    • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
    • Long-term and short-term disability
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
    • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/retirement/index.html for additional information

Paid Leave & Other Benefits

  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year
  • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ghlb/employee/health/gymListing.html for additional information

01

Where did you learn about this available position? Select each applicable source.

  • Current DOC employee
  • Workplace Alaska
  • Monster.com
  • Alaska Nurse Magazine
  • Military Medical News
  • HelpwantedAK.com
  • Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association
  • Anchorage Daily News
  • Job Fair
  • Other

02

If you answered “Other” in the question above, please specify.

03

Have you ever initiated or engaged in a sexual assault and/or sexual abuse in prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility or other institutions?

  • Yes
  • No

04

Have you ever been the subject of an investigation for engaging, or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse?

  • Yes
  • No

05

Have you ever been disciplined, terminated, or resigned in lieu of an employment action surrounding allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or assault?

  • Yes
  • No

06

Have you ever been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the prior questions above related to sexual abuse or sexual activity?

  • Yes
  • No

07

If you responded “Yes” to the any of the four preceding questions, please describe each incident, including dates and locations, in the text box below.

08

Are you eligible for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska?

  • Yes
  • No

09

Provide your State of Alaska Registered Nursing License Number, if applicable. If you do not have this license yet, then explain where you are in the process of obtaining one.

10

Do you have at least one year of entry level experience as a Registered Nurse? OR Have you successfully completed a formal training plan as a Psychiatric Nurse I with the State of Alaska?

  • Yes
  • No

11

I understand that this job bulletin is for a flexibly staffed position. Please select one of the following statements:

  • I only want to be considered for the Psychiatric Nurse I level.
  • I only want to be considered for the Psychiatric Nurse II level.
  • I want to be considered for both the Psychiatric Nurse I and Psychiatric Nurse II levels.

Required Question

Agency State of Alaska

Address PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811

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

Website http://workplace.alaska.gov/