The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a state agency of Florida. The department provides social services to children, adults, refugees, domestic violence victims, human trafficking victims, the homeless community, childcare providers, disabled people, elderly.The Florida Department of Children and Families has three mental health treatment facilities located in Gainesville, Macclenny and Chattahoochee, Florida. Employees for the State of Florida receive an exceptional comprehensive benefits package including education reimbursement. You can continue your education while working in your field.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. Nursing will provide guidance in the care and treatment of residents. Administers medication and treatments as ordered. If applicable, checks medications for accuracy when returned from pharmacy following established policy/procedure. Administers treatments such as, but not limited to: sterile dressings, enemas, irrigations, catheterizations. Takes vital signs and assessments of residents, and assists staff in the care of residents. Makes routine rounds on wards. Checks complaints of residents, notifies the registered nurse and/or physician when required. Assists in maintaining and completing resident records. Completes nursing progress notes and nursing summaries as required. Monitors charting compliance of direct care staff and reports deficiencies to immediate supervisor or designee. Provides monitoring, supervision, and coordination of direct care staff regarding appropriate resident care and maintaining a therapeutic environment. Signs and carries out physician’s orders including faxing medication orders, fills out X-ray requisitions and other diagnostic procedure requests, completes diet slips, flow sheets, etc. Assists with maintaining accuracy of Kardex and incident reports and other forms and reports as necessary. Keeps medical supply cabinets and treatment room stocked, clean, and orderly on a daily basis. Attends unit meetings as required. Maintains compliance with unit and FSH mandatory in-service training. Gives/receives report at beginning and end of shift. Maintains an accurate daily nursing report with information of occurrences during shift and new orders give. Performs related duties as requested. Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position: Knowledge of the principles and practices of health care or the behavioral sciences. Ability to assist in carrying out treatment and rehabilitation activities centered around personal and social adjustments. Ability to assist in group therapy sessions. Ability to observe changes in person served’s behavior patterns. Ability to assist persons served with personal care activities. Ability to assimilate data and recommend changes in policies, procedures and techniques. Ability to document effectively. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Physical agility requirements: Must be able to ambulate up and down a stairwell. Must be able to assist with evacuation of persons served during an emergency situation. Must have normal vision and hearing, including use of corrective devices. Must be able to work with or around cleaning chemicals and supplies. Must be able to do repetitive movements with arms, hands, neck and head. Must be able to demonstrate competency, as appropriate, in all areas of training, some of which requires physical activity such as CPR and MANDT. Must be able to bend, twist, turn, kneel, stoop, squat, push, pull, lift and walk extended distances. Must be able to physically operate all equipment necessary to do job tasks. Must be able to lift and carry 20 pounds. Must be able to sit and/or stand for one hour without a break. Must be able to work 16 hour shifts on occasion. Must be able to remain alert while on duty. Must be able to drive an EZ Go or vehicle if job essential.Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite): Licensure as a practical nurse in accordance with Florida Statute 464Other job-related requirements for this position: Working hours: (A) Daily from VARIES to VARIES (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Must be able to work 16 hour shifts on occasion.*** Florida State Hospital is a tobacco free environment *** “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.