Additional Salary Information:Entry level and experienced applicants start employment at the rate of $16.66 per hour.
LPN positions at Montana State Hospital are open posting positions and do not require reference to a position number or closing date. Montana State Hospital (MSH) is a 209 bed state psychiatric hospital located in Warm Springs, Montana. MSH is the only state hospital in Montana. The Hospital averages 600 admissions per year. Procedures for hospital admission are specified in state law. Montana State Hospital is located in the Deer Lodge Valley between Butte and Missoula. This location is ideal for individuals or families seeking to locate in a smaller community with good schools. Easy access to local airports and the interstate freeway system make travel convenient. Nearby outdoor recreation opportunities abound and include hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, golf, rafting, kayaking, and wildlife watching.
Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:Criminal History Background Check
Collects, reports, and records objective and subjective data; collects pertinent information regarding the physical and mental health status of the patient, communicates health information verbally or by written documentation, evaluates and reports the effects and side-effects of prescribed medications. Provides interventions which promote, maintain or restore physical and mental health and contributes to the evaluation of response to intervention; receives and transcribes verbal and written physician's orders, administers and documents the administration of medications and medical treatments, secures and accounts for all medications, provides, structures, and maintains a therapeutic environment in collaboration with the patient and other members of the treatment team, verbally encourages and behaviorally assists patients on a day-to-day basis with activities of daily living, social/communication skills and symptom management, teaches health information to patients using formal and informal teaching methods in individual and group settings, intervenes during psychiatric emergencies/patient crisis using a graded system of approaches, observes, monitors and documents the physical and emotional status of the patient in seclusion/restraint, communicates nursing interventions and the patient's response to specific interventions. Supervises nursing care provided by Psychiatric Technician's and provides direction and information to new employees; as delegated by a registered nurse, assigns & directs the nursing care provided for each patient on a daily basis, provides verbal and/or written input towards the development of performance plans and completion of performance evaluations, records & reports policy/procedural violations to the registered nurse & participates in the implementation of corrective counseling, supervises, as assigned, the clinical experience of individuals in the Psychiatric Technician or LPN orientation or student practical nurses. Participates in activities which promote standards of practical nursing practice and individual development as a practical nurse; participates in & contributes to continuing education activities/programs, serves on hospital committees as requested, adheres to the nurse practice act of Montana & all statues and regulations governing the practice of practical nurses & the provision of patient care at MSH; contributes to the development & implementation of hospital & treatment program policies & procedures; teaches & reviews hospital policies & procedures to other members of the Treatment Team, primarily Psychiatric Technician?s; routinely checks hospital equipment & supplies.
Thorough knowledge of the principles & skills of practical nursing as they apply to the provision of medical, geriatric & psychiatric services to adult individuals in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Knowledge of medication, their therapeutic effects & side effects. Knowledge of hospital policies & procedures, state statutes regarding patient rights and treatment planning. Knowledge of patient education principles. Knowledge of common safety hazards & precautions. Basic knowledge of principles of delegation and supervision. Knowledge of Montana statutes and rules relating to LPN's. Successful completion of a planned training program to include managing symptoms of mental illness, patient education principles, patient's rights, psychiatric treatment planning psychopharmacology, basic group techniques, and basic supervisory techniques. Skill in the accurate administration of a variety of treatments & medications; in using various types of equipment for examination & treatment procedures; in maintaining accurate and legible records/documentation and skill in approved nonverbal, verbal & physical techniques to effectively & safely work with aggressive and non-aggressive people. Proficient in the skill of performing CPR and Heimlich Maneuver and in administering basic first aid. Must possess the ability to work with individuals who are seriously mentally ill; react calmly and effectively in emergencies; give & follow written & oral instructions; perform accurate & thorough work & maintain quality control standards; recognize problems offering constructive solutions & intervening when necessary; accurately communicate pertinent subjective & objective patient data verbally and in writing; interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines & procedures; supervise & teach effectively; maintain effective working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, other employees, DPHHS, other agencies, students & the public.
Graduation from an accredited School of Practical Nursing. Active LPN State of Montana licensure.