Washington State DSHS Nursing Assistant/CNA/Mental Health Technician 1 (Non-Perm) in Lakewood, Washington


Over twenty years ago, Western State Hospital(WSH) hired a Mental Health Technician 1,who today serves in a management position. We mention this because it speaks to the opportunities this position could hold - especially if you have the right attitude and the compassion to make a difference in the lives of our patients. Although this job is entry level, it does provide a benefit package that only a few employers can offer.

Please Note: all shifts are available, please indicate in the supplemental questions, your preference

As a Mental Health Technician 1 at WSH, you will find yourself contributing to many meaningful efforts, serving patients on their way back to recovery and sometimes back to the community. Being involved with patients is rewarding in itself, but the challenge of doing so consistently allows for personal growth as well as a deeper understanding of mental illness.

What you will do in this job:

In your role, every day is a little different and so is the variety of your responsibilities. No matter what the day brings, you will always keep a close eye on the patient's behavior and offer help if needed. If the situation calls for it, you will notify other clinical staff for support. You will also assist patients with their daily living activities such as hygiene, meals and ambulatory needs.

Safety for patients and staff is a top priority, so making rounds in the ward and taking census of patients is vital. Should a situation become tense, you will need to de-escalate it and intervene as appropriate. You'll be responsible to keep patients' room neat which means you will be doing some simple housekeeping. You will be part of a team that works and supports each other.

Other Duties:

  • Provide patients with mental illness routine physical, emotional, psychological, or rehabilitative care under the direction of RN or LPN;
  • Complete documentation such as patient's condition and activity;
  • Escort patients to programming, activities, and appointments on and off hospital grounds;
  • Co-facilitate active treatment/groups in the treatment mall, on the ward and participate in treatment planning as assigned
  • Participate in in-service educational programs.

We are most interested in applicants who meet the following desirable qualifications:

High school diploma or GED ANDa Nursing Assistant Registration (NAR) with the State of WashingtonANDeither has or is eligible for a Food Handler's Permit within 14 days of hire.

Simply click on the link we provided and get started on your NAR application.http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/NursingAssistant/ApplyOnline

_Application Process: _ Submit a completed application. You are encouraged to contact the Recruiter, Lolo Arevalo, with any questions regarding this job, either via email arevalf@dshs.wa.gov or phone (360) 485-7229

The hiring manager reserves the right to review application materials and make a hiring decision at any point during this recruitment process. Applicants will be reviewed on a daily basis. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as soon as possible.

Some jobs in our department may require a background check, including criminal record history and may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Benefits: At Western State Hospital, you will enjoy a rewarding career with a benefits package designed to protect you and your family. These include, but are not limited to: major medical, dental, vision, optional medical flexible spending account, long-term disability, fully funded retirement, savings plan options, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and holidays and continuing education. For more detailed information regarding benefits, please review the benefits tab.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


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Salary: $33,336.00 - $43,344.00 Annually

Location: Pierce County – Lakewood, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Job Number: 2017-06491

Closing: 7/21/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov