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  • 514819
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Pilot Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Psychiatric Nurse

Arizona State Hospital

Job Location:

Address:  501 N 24th Street Phoenix, AZ. 85008

Posting Details:

Salary: Up to $43.00 (DOE) 

Grade: N1


Job Summary:
This position is eligible for a $5,000 hiring incentive.

The role of Psychiatric Registered Nurse will entail direct psychiatric and medical care to patients of the Arizona State Hospital. This role offers rotating schedules to include any day of the week to meet the needs of the hospital and its patients. We offer 12 hour work schedules, shift differentials and guaranteed shifts.

Job Duties:

– Providing professional and skilled nursing care for patients in collaboration the physician and other disciplines

– Performing all aspects of patient care including continuous improvement of the patient’s experience, clinical outcomes, and promoting a healthy work environment

– Providing direct psychiatric and medical nursing care to patients; attending group activities, assisting patients with activities of daily living; and observing of behavior and physical status

– Transcribing doctor’s orders, medication and chart review, administering medication and treatments, counting accountable medication, assisting doctor in sick call with nursing input

– Documenting in patient records, completing nursing assessments, summaries and other documentation as needed

– Providing orientation, supervision, and on the job training to new employees (RN's, LPN's); assisting in evaluation of job performance; and acts as a resource person for unit employees

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

− This position requires incumbent to have and maintain a current Arizona RN license

− Knowledge of psychiatric nursing and general principles of medical, adolescent, geriatric, and forensic nursing; the nursing process in the development of patient care plans; psychiatric rehabilitation; pharmacology; infection control; effective communication techniques, both verbal and written; hospital policies and procedures; patient rights and responsibilities; and basic computer programs and software related to the health record

− Skills and abilities assessment of patients' physical and mental status; patients' needs; communicating with patients, nursing staff, members of the treatment team and other departments; therapeutic interventions; providing education to patients and staff; documenting observations and interventions; assessment of staff skill mix to meet patient needs and acuity; clinical supervision of paraprofessional nursing staff; administer medications in a safe manner; enter patient information regarding assessment, observation, progress notes, medications, etc. into the electronic health record; maintain a safe and therapeutic environment; facilitating psychiatric rehabilitation and other educational groups; and provide guidance/ mentor-ship/clinical leadership for paraprofessional nursing staff

− Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Selective Preference(s):

– The preferred candidate will have experience with psychiatric patients

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- This position requires incumbent to have and maintain a current Arizona RN license

- A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07.

- Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR and NVCI certifications

- Driving is required for State Business.

- Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

“This position is subject to the vaccination requirements outlined in CMS Interim Final Rule - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination (published November 5, 2021) (86 FR 61555).”


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.