State of Oregon Mental Health Registered Nurse in Portland, Oregon

Mental Health Registered Nurse



Mental Health Registered Nurse


$67,500.00 - $89,160.00 Annually


Portland, OR

Job Type



Human Services-Seniors & People with Disabilities

Job Number



3/27/2018 12:00 AM Pacific

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) mission is the safety, health and independence for all Oregonians. We help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. We protect children who are abused or neglected. We serve seniors and people with disabilities. We help low-income people along the road to self-sufficiency with health coverage, job preparation, childcare and other supports. Our services are delivered in the least restrictive setting and in partnership with communities. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees. DHS is guided by our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Service Equity, Responsibility, Stewardship and Professionalism.

DHS employs over 7,500 people, in more than 100 locations around the state, and delivers services through and in coordination with many community partners.

Stabilization and Crisis Unit

SACU, which is a program of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), is seeking compassionate and dedicated individuals for a rewarding career opportunity assisting direct care residents living in local Residential Homes. There are over twenty community-based behavioral and medical homes located in the Willamette Valley area from Portland to Eugene, Oregon.

This employment opportunity is The Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU), which is part of the Department of Human Services. There are Three (3) full-time permanent Mental Health Registered Nurse position in Portland (2736 N Williams Ave). These positions are represented by a union and also includes generous benefits.

Upon review and determination that you meet the minimum qualifications and requested skills of this position, your name will be placed on the list of qualified applicants that will then be used to select applicants for job interviews.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to ensure all nursing and medical needs of clients are met. The RN establishes relationships within to maintain a holistic focus that includes physical, psychosocial, mental, emotional, social and spiritual components, conducting continuous and comprehensive preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative practices and services. The RN collaborates with physicians, prescribers, respiratory therapists, nurse specialists, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, other members of community health care teams, clients' families, guardians, representatives, county case managers, licensed practical nurses and direct care (HTT) staff. The RN is a vital member of the ISP team.

Ensure that all medical and related needs of clients are met as directed by:

  • Collaborate and communicate with all health professionals professional involved in the care of the client such as physicians, dietitians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and any other health providers, serving as a client advocate to promote health and wellness.

  • Provide direct nursing cares to clients, including but not limited to:

  • Respiratory management, including tracheostomy care, ventilator management, and administering respiratory medications and treatments.

  • Skin, ostomy, and wound care.

  • Enteral feedings.

  • Catheterization.

  • Medication administration via various routes.

  • ADL's, including toenail and fingernail care, peri-care, positioning, physical assistance, oral care, as needed and/or train or delegate tasks to direct care staff as appropriate.

  • Maintain continuous observation and assessment of client's behavior/health needs and report any significant changes/concerns to health care providers and nursing management, followed by written documentation.

  • Arrange medical/dental appointments for clients including transportation, and accompany clients as indicated.

  • Order all medications, treatments, nutritional supplements, and other medical supplies and ensure items are available when needed.

  • Formulate, follow and revise Nursing Care Plan for each client, as needed.

  • Review the Health Care Plan monthly or as needed as health care concerns arise.

  • Assist with staff training regarding client's needs: medical, positioning, and/or treatment per physician's orders.

  • Ensure all positioning and prosthetic devices are used per physician's orders and report need for repair to nursing management.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Maintain individual medical files in a complete, accurate manner by including:

  • Ensure all medical documentation is entered in to the electronic medical record per policy.

  • Functions in a Quality Assurance capacity to ensure that all health-related documentation is accurate, current, and accessible in the electronic health record as required per policy and by licensing, including but not limited to:

  • Copies of physician orders/physician visitation reports.

  • Obtain and maintain physician phone orders and ensuring they are properly signed.

  • Medication Administration Record, including PRN follow up

  • Document changes in status, concerns or information from health care professionals.

  • Document seizures, intake / output, weights, menses, blood pressures, etc., as indicated for each client.

  • Maintain Medication Administration Record for each client.

  • Ensure unused, discontinued or contaminated medications, treatments, enterals, and other supplies are properly disposed of and documented. Maintain all supplies in an orderly manner.

  • Ensure special diets have physician orders and are followed.

  • Document and train staff on medical related issues including Nursing Care Plan, write and revise current medical protocols and any other healthcare related procedures or protocols.

  • Maintain specialized knowledge and understanding of developmental disabilities/intellectual impairments, physical disabilities, and mental health issues impacting clients, families, guardians, healthcare representatives, program staff and the communities in which they reside.

  • Write nursing orders/ standing orders based upon assessment and plan of care

  • Train or delegate tasks to direct care staff as appropriate.

  • Participate on the Individual Support Plan (ISP) Team as requested and ensure clients medical/treatment needs are incorporated into the ISP.

  • Follow and remain knowledgeable of established policies, procedures and guidelines to support SACU mission.

  • Must attend and participate in staff meetings, mandatory trainings and fulfill continuing education requirements.


  • Frequent daily lifting up to 75 lbs. involving transferring, positioning and moving individuals.

  • Frequent daily squatting, bending, and stooping.

  • Exposure to infectious diseases and body fluids.

  • Work with combative, unpredictable, argumentative, aggressive and developmentally disabled children or adults who may be a danger to themselves and others on a daily basis.

  • Daily exposure to household strength cleaning agents, detergents.

  • Exposure to a variety of work settings both within the home(s) and the community.

  • Occasional exposure to inclement weather (accompanying clients to doctor appointments).

  • May be required to work overtime to provide necessary staffing and support for individuals--7 days a week/24 hours a day.

  • Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record.

  • May be required to transport individuals utilizing wheelchair accessible vehicles, passenger vans, mini vans and/or standard size cars. Must have the ability to drive a car/van.

  • Must maintain a valid State of Oregon Registered Nurse License.

  • Must maintain up-to-date CPR.

  • Frequent contact with the public and other agency personnel.

  • Biannual Blood Borne Pathogen Training.

The skills and certificates below will be trained by the Stabilization and Crisis Unit:

  • Oregon Intervention System Certification

  • Current CPR/First Aid Certification

  • Medication Administration Certification

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


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


All employees in this classification must possess a valid Oregon Professional Registered Nurse license.


  • Experience working with clients with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

  • Experience establishing and maintaining nursing standards in compliance with state and federal statutes, rules and regulations

  • Ability to make competent judgmental decisions under situations involving anxiety, frustration, antagonism and deadlines

  • Ability to prepare written reports, records of nursing care given, and patient progress notes

  • Ability to adhere and follow the guidelines of professional standards, methods and behaviors.


A background check of the following will be done for all applicants offered a position: abuse history, criminal history check (this includes fingerprints if needed) and driver's license.

The Department of Human Services is a drug free workplace. All applicants will be subject to drug testing for Narcotics, Methamphetamines, Marijuana and other controlled substances. SACU receives funds from the Federal Government and though recreational Marijuana is currently legal in Oregon, federally funded programs cannot permit the use of Marijuana.

Your driving record must meet the qualifications of the DHS SACU Driving Policy and will be considered unacceptable for offenses, including, but not limited to any misdemeanor or felony traffic offense in the last 24 months.

If you are offered this positions, the program will offer training and you must become certified during the 10 day New Employee Orientation class in the following:

  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR Certification - Requiring you to complete compressions in a kneeling position.

  • Oregon Intervention System Certification (OIS) - Requiring you to get up and down from the floor while maintaining an approved restraint on clients.

  • Medication Administration Certification - Requiring you to demonstrate competency in completing doctor's orders, appropriate passing of medications to clients, appropriate documentation, and appropriate procedures for emergencies.

Applicants that most closely match the minimum qualifications and requested skills will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information

The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid email address.

Applicant E-Recruit Help and Support

This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

E-Recruit technical support:

Information on Veterans' Preference points

Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Christopher Fisher, Workforce Recruitment Consultant

DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900 and ask the Telecommunications Assistant to connect you to 503-945-5698 (8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday-Friday.

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 DHS, 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.


The Oregon Department of Human Services is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.

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.