Staff Nurse or Mental Health Worker
32 – 40 hours per week (primarily evenings)
Rotating Schedule to include weekends and holidays and all shifts
The nursing staff play a vital role at Riggs – actively listening to patients in a consistent way that forges a therapeutic relationship. Capitalizing on patient strengths, the patient’s adaptive capacity to handle stress can improve. The patient learns new behaviors and makes sense of relationships while being part of a community where the other patients are also resources.
In addition, the registered nurse provides medical care, according to physician’s orders, and directs and guides other personnel in the delivery of nursing care.
Required qualifications include:
- Registered nurse candidates: current Massachusetts Nursing license with a minimum of three years previous nursing experience. Experience in psychiatric nursing and BSN required.
- Mental health worker candidates: experience in a hospital or related mental health setting; BA or BS in psychology or related field of practice required.
- Current CPR and CPI training/certification.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
- Ability to work with a wide variety of people and maintain patients’ rights at all times.
- Flexibility to work evening, day and occasional night shift.
- Physical stamina needed for evening, night extended shifts, and weekend work.
- Ability to concentrate despite interruptions, to tolerate anxiety and remain reflective under stress. Must demonstrate an ability to make use of one’s own affects to use them in the service of responding in role.
- Ability to use computer, telephone, fax and other office equipment.
"At the Austen Riggs Center nursing is an art, a chance to be creative using the unstructured time and space of relationships with patients, which can be challenging for staff and patients alike. The work is hard but there is an openness and freedom to do that work."
Read a blog written by one of our Primary Charge Nurses on what makes Riggs unique.
Hear more about the patient's relationship with nursing staff at the Austen Riggs Center.