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  • Full-time


The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) provides inpatient psychiatric care to persons with serious mental illness who need long-term behavioral health care. ASH promotes hope and wellness for our patients and creates opportunities to participate in planning, delivering and evaluating services that assist with recovery. Treatment is individualized with goals that focus on education about an illness, instilling hope and improving one's overall quality of life. The Arizona State Hospital has a wide range of positions available, from our direct care staff, Nurses and Behavioral Health Technicians to Social Workers, Rehabilitation Specialist and Security to name a few. The Arizona State Hospital also offers 12 hour shifts for our Direct Care staff as well as some alternative work schedules, flexible hours for non-direct care staff. 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 Shift Supervisor (PNSS)

Arizona State Hospital

Job Location:

Address:  501 N 24th St, Phoenix 85008

Posting Details:

Salary: $45.2838 

Grade: N2


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

The position serves as the shift supervisor for assigned staff and provides direct patient care to assigned psychiatric patients. Plans, directs, coordinates, documents, and evaluates nursing care on assigned unit. Administers medications and treatments per policy, assuring adherence to quality nursing standards. Assigns, supervises and evaluates performance of subordinate staff. Prepares reports and staff schedules.

Job Duties:

– Assigns, supervises, and directs care provided by subordinate nursing personnel;
– Completes performance evaluations;
– Prepares work schedules; reviews and approves leave;
– Provides input into disciplinary actions; orients and mentors new staff
– Provides direct psychiatric and medical care to psychiatric patients,
– Facilitates group and individual leisure and educational activities;
– Administers medications and treatments, provides patient medication education;
– Documents in health records, including assessments, seclusion and restraint forms;
– Completes incident reports and reviews incident reports as assigned;
– Ensures adherence to regulatory agency rules/regulations/standards and to hospital policies; and procedures

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
− Psychiatric and medical nursing application.
− Unit, hospital, and departmental policies and procedures.
− Pharmacology.
− Unit management and principles of supervision.
− Interpersonal relationships and communication.
− Standards of nursing care.
− Medication administration, nursing assessments and documentation.
− Patient rights.
− Infection prevention.
− Nonviolent crisis intervention.
− Seclusion and restraint policies and documentation.
− Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies
Skill in:
− Communication, written and verbal.
− Application of nursing standards, observation, and assessing patients
− Leadership and supervision
− Management of aggression
Ability to:
- Communicate both written and verbally with patients, subordinates, and colleagues.
- Implement therapeutic interventions including nonviolent crisis intervention.
- Provide education to staff and patients
- 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 ideal candidate will have a:
– A Bachelor's degree in nursing or health-related field, or current enrollment in a BSN program with scheduled completion within 18 months of hire.
– Three (3) years of experience as an RN with at least 1 year in a psychiatric setting
– Two (2) years of experience of supervisory

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Licenses and Certifications?
Must have:
- Must possess a license in good standing as Registered Nurse in the state of Arizona.
- Associate degree (AA) emphasis in nursing or psychology
- A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07.

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 R2-10-207.12).

“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

Critical Services Premium Pay Stipend 
This position may be eligible to receive a temporary stipend of 10% in addition to base pay beginning in December 2021.  If eligible, the temporary stipend amount will be calculated using the employee's base rate of pay and will be reflected in each paycheck.  It is anticipated that this temporary stipend will be available through June 30, 2022.

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) 220-6462. 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.