Western Massachusetts Hospital operated by the Department of
Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse. We
are a specialty care hospital providing in-patient services to
individuals in need of ventilator/respiratory, end of life care,
neuromuscular, Alzheimer's, and chronic care.
The selected candidate directs and participates in the nursing
care of adult and geriatric patients on an inpatient unit following
standards of care. Transcribes, administers and/or supervises
administration of medication in accordance with standard practices
and protocols. Maintains accurate records related to activities,
meetings, groups, treatment plan schedules and all nursing
assignments. Establishes and maintains a current nursing care plan
and completes written assessment of nursing needs. Provides
professional expertise and knowledge in carrying out emergency
functions, all codes, and unexpected emergencies.
The ideal candidate will have one (1) year of experience as a
registered nurse and will combine the knowledge, clinical skills,
and judgment necessary to perform all nursing procedures as
outlined in the scope of practice.
Please Note: This position is 24 hours per week, 7:00 AM - 3:30
PM shift and will share weekend/holiday coverage and other shifts
as operationally needed.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary
and not all inclusive):
Performs direct hands-on nursing care using established hospital
policies and procedures along with nursing standards of care to
ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
Assesses and records the patient's health status upon admission
and therefore, using the Western Massachusetts Hospital Nursing
Develops and maintains an up-to-date written plan of care for
each patient using nursing diagnosis to identify patient
problems/needs, care to be given and patient goals. The
inter-disciplinary team is responsible for each element of
Documents changes in the patient's condition and care rendered
according to established nursing service guidelines.
Participates and takes actions that are directed by nursing and
hospital-wide Quality Assurance activities.
Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with
patients, families and other members of the care team in order to
enhance continuity of patient care.
Maintains personal and professional growth by attending
in-services, keeping current with contemporary nursing practice and
participation on hospital committees.
Participates in employee performance reviews by keeping
supervisors informed of staff performance through consultation and
Performs duties of charge nurse on the unit for a single shift
or regular basis
- May instruct unit personnel in nursing techniques, procedures
Knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing
Understanding of the problems in providing nursing services to
special client groups such as mentally, physically and or
- Knowledge of the types and application of emergency medical
procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
Meditech & Meta experience, CPR and IV certification.
Sound knowledge of philosophy, principles, practices, and
theories of public health and public health nursing.
Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures,
methods, techniques, safety practices and medical
Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals,
families, providers, physicians and staff members.
- Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word,
Excel, and Outlook.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are
offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of
services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a
paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an
outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider
towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred
Compensation 457(b) plan
11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and
Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Professional Development and Continuing Education
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
About the Department of Public Health:
The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
(DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure
access to high quality public health and health care services, and
to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the
Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy
optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states
according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges,
including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse,
violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.
DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific
diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of
vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and
enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions
under which people live are most conducive to health and enable
people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a
variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the
state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor
health status and manage vital records including births, marriages
and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work
closely with local boards of health and community partners to
identify and solve public health problems.
- A criminal background check will be completed on the
recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by
the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the
candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
- Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in
accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring
Education and license/certification information provided by the
selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public
Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply
within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or
equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a
recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, or (B) any
equivalent combination of the required experience and the
I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted
for the required experience .*
- Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of
the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid
registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board
of Registration in Nursing.
- Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have
applied for the first available registered nurse examination.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid
Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.