Date:  Sep 9, 2023


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Requisition No: 551284 

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60010046 

Salary:  $22.00 hourly with shift dif available for 3-11,11-7 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2023 

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 upon hire and routinely during employment.

Shift differential at the time of this ad is : $3/per hour (subj to change)
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.  The employee in this position spends a minimum of 75% of his/her time performing duties as outlined on official position description. The incumbent of this position provides practical nursing services to residents assigned under the direction of a Registered Nurse and includes working with multi-disciplinary staff while caring for residents in a psychiatric/medical setting.
a. Administer oral and injectable medication and controlled medications in accordance to Unit Dose Policy/Procedure/Guidelines (OP 150-35) and within their scope of practice in a mental health setting within the timeframes specified with completion of paperwork as required.
b.  Participates in Hospital Infection Control process/program with reporting of potential infections to Registered Nurse/Physician for follow-up care and documentation in required forms
c. Prepares paperwork, administers medications/preps as required for consults to EKG, EEG, X-ray, clinics, outside appointments
d.  Assists physician/ARNP/PA during sick call, physical examinations with documentation and routing of referrals/consults, labs as required
e.  Coordinates resident's appointments with ward staff making sure medications are given as required to resident prior to leaving and paperwork given to staff accompanying resident.
f.  Provide emergency medical/psychiatric treatment within the scope of practice and notify Registered Nurse/Physician/ARNP/PA for assistance as soon as possible.
g. Inputs lab orders as assigned or per physician/ARNP/PA orders
h.  Reports any problems with medical/nursing equipment to nurse for follow-up
i.  Responsive and compliant with current resident rights and advocacy issues; adheres to and complies with unit/hospital and departmental policy/procedures/guidelines
j.  Admits and transfers resident to and from other units or outside sources with assistance to Registered Nurse for required admission workup and care
Assess resident complaints and determine action, notifies doctor when necessary, receives and records verbal and written orders from physician.  Completes incident reports.  Completes progress notes on resident care in accordance with Florida State Hospital Operating Procedures/Guidelines, provide documentation in accordance with standards.
Observes for side effects or adverse effects to medication and reports to registered nurse/physician/ARNP/PA for assessment and follow-up care as needed
Schedules, holds and documents Medication Education groups or 1:1 sessions as assigned/needed to increase resident's knowledge of medications prescribed and compliance to medication/treatment regimen
Maintains/cleans/inventories medical/nursing equipment and supplies in assigned areas with ordering/re-stocking of supplies needed to provide adequate supplies for the residents issues/needs.
Performs other related duties as required to meet the needs of the department and resident's quality care.
Knowledge of licensed practical 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 Licensed Practical Nurse Scope of Practice and limitations of duties at FSH
Knowledge of types of medical/nursing equipment needed to provide quality resident care
Knowledge of Licensed Practical Nurse licensure requirements and standards
Skilled in the use of medical equipment and instruments used in providing nursing care to residents. 
Skilled in triage in an emergency and providing quality care of the resident.
Skilled in administration of medications/treatments (po and IM, aerosol) in a safe/secure manner
Ability to provide quality nursing care to residents with notification of RN/Physician/ARNP/PA as needed for further care. 
Ability to administer medications/treatments (po, IM, aerosol) in a safe/secure manner
Ability to observe residents for positive, as well as adverse effects or side effects of medication/treatment.
Ability to observe, assist Registered Nurse in the processes of manual holds, seclusion or restraint.   
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments. 
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally. 
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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. 

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