State of Oregon Licensed Practical Nurse (Salem) in Salem, Oregon

Licensed Practical Nurse (Salem)



Licensed Practical Nurse (Salem)


$3,473.00 - $5,053.00 Monthly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Limited Duration


Oregon Health Authority-Oregon State Hospital

Job Number



1/30/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Oregon State Hospital, a division of the Oregon Health Authority, has a fantastic opportunity for LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES to join an excellent team working to help people recover from their illness and return to their lives in the community.

What you will do!

You'll assist in determining and providing the medical/psychiatric nursing care and treatment for patients at Oregon State Hospital, under the supervision of the RN. This involves providing nursing care and treatment to patients who are elderly, mentally/emotionally impaired, behaviorally impaired and physically compromised. In addition, you'll assist in providing a safe, secure environment and contribute to the maintenance of a therapeutic milieu.

What's in it for you?

Collaboration in a modern psychiatric hospital with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. If you are a LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE, don't delay, apply today!

This posting will be used to fill permanent or limited duration positions (approximately 17 month duration) located in Salem, OR (2600 Center St NE). These positions are represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Patient Care - Medical:

  • Administer and document routine medications and treatments according to OSH Nursing Policy and Procedure

  • Administer medication by any route except IV

  • Independently administer PRN medications with a current Physician order in the classification of: laxatives/stool softeners, antacids, and non-prescription analgesics

  • Consult with the RN before giving all other PRN medications

  • Administer nursing procedures such as oxygen administration, oral and nasotracheal suctioning, colostomy care, blood glucose testing, catheterization, nasogastric tube insertion, tube feeding, specimen collection, intake and output monitoring, seclusion and seclustion/restraint

  • Provide complete personal and hygienic care to patients

  • Recognize and initiate appropriate action in actual or potential psychiatric/medical emergencies

  • Observe and report changes and trends in the patient condition, both obvious and subtle, to the RN

  • Report situations and patient conditions to a Physician and may receive verbal or telephone orders, in consultation with the RN

  • Recognize and report changes and trends in the patient condition, both physical and mental, which have relevance to the health status of the patient

  • Provide care for patients whose conditions are stable or predictable under minimal supervision of the RN or Physician

  • Monitor and/or assist patients in activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, grooming and dressing

  • Complete functional assignments such as patient laundry, unit cleaning tasks and making beds

  • Participate in the admission, transfer and discharge of patients

  • Set up and serve meals and/or nourishment to patients

  • Take and record vital signs

  • Prepare patients for tests, examinations and treatments, clinic and outside appointments and assist Physician with physical exams

  • Participate in developing individualized treatment care plans with other treatment team members

  • Write clear, concise progress notes that reflect implementation of patient treatment care plans

  • Sign off, transcribe and implement Physician orders, as delegated by the RN

Patient Care - Behavioral:

  • Support a therapeutic environment by being an integral part of maintaining a therapeutic milieu

  • Incorporate components of behavioral management in monitoring all patients and, in particular, those with a potential for violence or those who ar vulnerable

  • Ensure that interventions follow hospital and program policies and procedures

  • Interact with patients to develop rapport

  • Intervene with patients using the least restrictive means for out-of-control behavior under the direction of the Physician, RN or other designated professional

  • Recognize and use therapeutic communication techniques in staff and resident interactions; demonstrate active listening principles, deal with anxiety, conflict and confrontation in an appropriate manner

  • Maintain awareness of individual patients overall rehabilitation goals and rehabilitation plans, support and assist patients in meeting their goals

  • Understand and apply psychiatric rehabilitation values and process in all interventions with patients

  • Assist with coordination of unit activities

  • Escort and provide supervision for patients who are off campus for extended time periods, e.g., pass to discharge, acute care hospital stay, etc.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

A Licensed Practical Nurse license must be obtained within a reasonable amount of time from the application date.

Experience with adults/elderly patients in psychiatric setting preferred.

Valid drivers license preferred.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: E-mail addresses are REQUIRED, the State of Oregon requires ALL applicants have a valid e-mail address.

Oregon Health Authority will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

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 Oregon Health Authority, Office of Human Resources. Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit, and select veterans' preference.

Pay Equity

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to fair employment practices and non-discrimination, including pay equity for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class (race, sex, veteran status, disability, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation) in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary by completing a review of your application materials to evaluate your related education, experience and training for this position.

Applicants can review the Oregon State Hospital's anti-retaliation notice at

If you need assistance to participate in the application process you are encouraged to call Michael Lewis at (503) 945-2816 or the Office of Human Resources at (503) 945-2815 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday.


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

OHA strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

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.