Washington State DSHS Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN/PSN) - Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington


The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), is seeking experienced, motivated Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to join our team. We are looking to fill both on-call and full-time jobs are located at Eastern State Hospital (ESH).

Evening and night shifts include a shift differential in addition to standard rate of pay. On-call staff are scheduled 4 weeks in advance based on projected staffing needs; and include a combination of weekday and weekend shifts.

We offer a $1,000 tuition reimbursement yearly. We also offer a benefit package that rivals any employer in Washington State. If you seek to use both your mind and heart to improve lives on a daily basis, come join our team and our mission in Transforming Lives. (Above Salary reflects a 17.5% increase starting September 1, 2016)

Eastern State Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day and is composed of three clinical areas; Forensic Services Unit, Adult Psychiatric Unit and Geropsychiatric Unit.

On a regular basis you'll:

  • Provide patient care and security to individuals experiencing acute mental distress or who have a chronic mental illness.
  • Exchange pertinent clinical information during shift change.
  • Administer medications and treatments.
  • Complete paperwork for medication orders and Pyxis/electronic documentation.
  • Implement security policies and requirements.
  • Complete patient education.
  • Lift and transfer patients; de-escalate patients; and escort and transport patients.

We're looking for someone who has:

A valid Washington State license as a practical nurse, or the ability to obtain a valid license prior to employment.

Our Forensic Services Ward is seeking individuals who have two years' experience caring for patients or residents in a hospital, school, mental health, or other treatment facility.

Additionally, be willing to:

  • Work in a facility receiving Medicare funds
  • Administer medications
  • Adjust scheduled hours of work to meet the hospital's workload demands (i.e. work overtime, holidays, etc.)
  • Work with patients who have high risk behaviors and medical problems.

Here's what we're looking for

We would like to find someone who is proficient in the operation of the following equipment: computer, copy machine, metal detector, and patient lifting equipment, Pyxis, electronic documentation, and hospital emergency equipment.

This announcement will remain open until an adequate candidate pool is available. Screening of application materials will be ongoing. We review applicants weekly and encourage you to apply as early as you can.

To be considered for this opportunity

To be considered, you must attach a chronological resume which clearly describes your education and work history.

Who we are

Eastern State Hospital (ESH) is a fully accredited, state-owned, 287-bed psychiatric hospital serving eastern Washington by providing evaluation and inpatient treatment for adults with serious or long-term mental illness.

ESH is located in the City of Medical Lake and is within a 20-minute drive to both Spokane and Cheney. Situated in a wooded area between two lakes, ESH shares the grounds with an abundance of deer, geese, turkeys, and other wildlife. The area has many unique features and services to offer including shopping, dining, theater, snow skiing, snowmobiling, water sports, a comprehensive park system, three universities, two community colleges, and is a family friendly environment. Local sport teams include the Spokane Shock (arena football), Spokane Indians (baseball), and the Spokane Chiefs (hockey).

To learn more about Eastern State Hospital and how our Licensed Practical Nurses make a difference in transforming lives visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/bhsia/division-state-hospitals/eastern-state-hospital-overview online.

At Eastern State Hospital, you will enjoy a rewarding career with impressive benefits designed to help you maintain a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family, including:

Ensuring safety to the people we serve is number one. Applicants considered for this position and other positions with DSHS, require a background check. The successful candidate will be required to undergo regular tuberculosis screening. You will be required to comply with union shop requirements. This position has been designed as emergent under the DSHS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

If you have questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brenda Fitzpatrick at (509) 363-5032 or brenda.fitzptrick@dshs.wa.gov and reference #07013

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-07013

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $4,532.00 Monthly

Location: Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA