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Date: Sep 13, 2021

Location: CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL, US, 32324

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Requisition No: 401981 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: REGISTERED NURSE - 60006455

Position Number: 60006455 

Salary:  $25,774.06-$82,784.80 

Posting Closing Date: 12/16/2021 



The applicant selected to fill this position shall be required to submit to a pre-employment medical examination.  This position requires lifting, pulling, and squatting.  Duties of this position require the incumbent to be knowledgeable of and utilize the principles of Total Quality Management.


This is an entry-level professional nursing position within the nursing field (less than 1 year of medical/psychiatric experience) and possesses an entry level of nursing knowledge, skill and ability with responsibility for nursing care within the unit  for residents assigned and serves as a nursing resource to the multi-disciplinary service implementation team.  Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

a. Administer or supervise administration of medications (all forms), bloodwork, IVs, treatments, specimen collection and related nursing duties according to the Unit Dose Policy 150-35 of Florida State Hospital.

b.  Participates in hospital infection control program/policies/guidelines (FSHOP's 153's) with documentation of information on a daily basis and routing to Infection Control Nurse for daily report.

c.  Participates in assessment and formulation of initial service plan and subsequent plans of care for residents assigned.

d. Prepare or supervise nurse in preparing resident for EKG, EKG, consults,  x-rays and related procedures.

e. Assesses, implements, documents manual holds, seclusion/restraint processes utilizing required documentation/forms.

f. Assist the medical physician during sick calls, during physical examinations, or as needed.

g. Responsibility for documenting or seeing that consultations, lab slips, x-ray reports, and related documents are properly reviewed by nurses supervised and follow-up with physicians/ARNP/PA as needed.

h. Coordinate residents' appointments outside the unit.

i. Provide emergency nursing care and examination of injuries with documentation and follow-up care as needed.

j. Responsible for proper maintenance and inventory of medical equipment and reporting to supervisor if repair needed.

k.  Responsible for ordering and maintaining adequate resident/nursing and supplies with inventory and discarding any outdated supplies.

l. Responsive and compliant with current residents rights and advocacy issues; adheres to and complies with unit, hospital, and departmental policies and guidelines.

m. Accepts written, oral and phone orders from physicians, psychiatrists, ARNP's, PA's or dentists, transcribes orders and initiates or carries out orders. 

n.  Participates in the formulation of individualized residents' treatment plans.

o. Admits and transfers residents to and from home unit or other hospital facilities with proper forms completed and ensures that appropriate documentation accompanies residents.

p. Designates (in conjunction with physician) the mode of travel for residents with medical problems who are traveling off the ward for services or appointments.

Provides individualized and group counseling to resident (behavioral, medication, treatment) and psychotherapy as needed.

Participates in resident evaluations, diagnoses, and development of each resident's treatment and discharge plan with the treatment team.  Preparation of nursing care assessments/service implementation plans for designated residents.

Serves as a resource person to other nurses for training and continuing education activities; works with supervisor in scheduling/ approving attendance to outside training activities for nursing personnel as needed.

Monitors, supervises, and evaluates unlicensed assistive personnel in performing assigned nursing functions according to DCF OP 155-5 with copies to their supervisor for inclusion on staff's evaluation.  Provides training to them when needed to perform assigned function.

Performs other related duties as required to meet the needs of the department or resident's quality of care.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques.

Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

Knowledge of Operating Procedures of Florida State Hospital and Department of Children and Families.

Knowledge of Florida Statutes - Chapter 464 Nursing Practice Act, 64B9 Florida Board of Nursing Rules/Regulations. 

Knowledge of licensure requirements for State of Florida nurses.

Knowledge of types of equipment needed to provide quality resident care.

Skilled in utilizing nursing/medical equipment to provide quality resident care (Nebulizers, Vital Sign Machines, IV's, venipuncture, oxygen administration, CPAP's, Care of ostomies, NG tubes).

Skilled in nursing triage and performing nursing care to residents at FSH.

Skilled in administration of medications/treatments (in all forms) in a safe/secure manner.

Ability to administer prescribed medications/treatments with few to no variances.

Ability to provide quality resident care and treatment with notification to physician/ARNP/PA as needed for further care. 

Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical/emotional issues/needs and maintain calm demeanor.

Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care of residents and coordinate work assignments to staff supervised.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to the resident's served or obtain interpreter as needed. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Ability to work with little to no supervision while performing nursing duties.

Ability to prioritize duties and complete by timeframes specified.

Ability to assess residents for adverse effects or side effects of medication with documentation and notification of physician/ARNP/PA with follow-up care as needed.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Florida Statute, Chapter 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27 and less than one year of professional nursing experience.

***Florida State Hospital is a tobacco free environment ***


All employees of state mental health treatment facilities are required to wear face masks and appropriate protective equipment as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, staff will be required to complete Covid-19 testing prior to hire and routinely during employment.


Nursing fields, in a position assigned to and actually working evening or night shift, would begin receiving a temporary shift differential of $3.00 an hour.


“BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT: It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background investigation results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background investigations shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies. Also, employees are subject to background re-screening at least every five (5) years.”

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee