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Behavioral Health Nurse 2 (RN) - Relocation Offered

companyMarion County
locationSalem, OR 97308, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/5/2024

This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants and will remain open until filled. If you have already applied for recruitment #558-2024-1, you do not need to reapply. New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.

Are you a registered nurse who is looking to work in a fast-paced outpatient setting? Do you enjoy working in psychiatric nursing? Do you want to make a positive impact in your community? If so, keep reading!

Marion County Adult Behavioral Health is seeking an experienced behavioral health RN to provide direct nursing care to adults diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, some of whom have co-occurring substance use disorders. Duties include completing nursing assessments, taking vitals, administering injections, providing support to our team of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners, and coordinating care and medications for individuals in service. Other duties include overseeing Behavioral Health Nurses 1 and assigning daily duties to other staff. You will be working directly under the Nurse Program Manager, and overseeing daily operations of the outpatient clinic, working closely with the medical team.

The ideal candidate will be compassionate, detail-oriented, reliable, and enjoy working with a team. Workdays will vary depending on program needs but will fall Monday- Friday 8-5.
We hope that you apply so that you can join our talented treatment team! Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We offer the following recruitment bonus, prorated based on FTE:

  • $2,000 bonus for employees new to Marion County starting on January 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. Bonus will be included in employee's first paycheck.

For those relocating from outside of Oregon, we provide the following relocation package:

  • Up to $3,000 reimbursement of moving expenses
  • Relocation bonus in the amount of $3,000 (prorated based on FTE) as a one-time payment upon proof of Oregon residency

Responsible for coordination of nursing services for identified Behavioral Health programs; serves as liaison and coordinator for the nursing staff consisting of RN's and LPN's; provides lead direction for Nursing Services, including coordination of the work assignments, quality assurance and problem solving.

Works under the general supervision of the Nurse Program Manager, who assigns duties, establishes goals and reviews results.

Provides lead direction and coordinates activities of nursing positions.

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following

  • The incumbent in this position upholds confidentiality rules/regulations including HIPAA. This position is considered essential and the incumbent performs all nursing duties onsite and in-person during state of emergencies; Marion County provides PPE during public health emergencies. The incumbent performs all of the following within scope of practice and using a person-centered, strengths-based, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive, and ethically-guided approach:
  • Provides direct nursing care including the following: nursing assessments, taking vitals and weighing patients, administering injections. Provides emotional support, compassion, and de-escalation (when necessary) to patients/guardians/relatives; escorts persons served to psychiatric offices, injection spaces, and restrooms.
  • Triages and processes incoming requests for psychiatric medication interventions; provides case management.
  • Prepares, organizes, and manages information/data/records pertinent to psychiatric prescribing and nursing services (psychiatric medication intervention records, injection no-show lists, incident reports, etc.). Prepares schedules to ensure adequate prescriber/RN coverage; takes lead on coordinating case transfers; monitors caseload and patient flow and recommends changes when necessary. For psychiatric team meetings prepares and keeps records related to meeting business (such as the Morbidity and Mortality review records).
  • Prepares training materials relevant to the following areas: Nursing services; understanding and recognizing mental illness and symptomatology; psychotropic medications, medication management, dispensing, drug interactions, and side effects; medication documentation (including MAR documentation); incident reporting, etc. Provides in-person and technology-based training to nursing, non-nursing, persons served, guardians, and staff in the following settings: clinic and licensed adult foster homes and licensed residential facilities.
  • Provides training to newly hired nurses; provides guidance and consultation to nurses on complex cases; provides input to the manager/supervisor concerning performance strengths and areas of improvement among nursing staff.
  • Prepares and writes service records that are clear, legible, accurate, and professional in nature and in accordance with federal regulations, state statutes and rules, and agency policies.
  • Identifies problems associated with quality of behavioral health services, investigates causes of quality gaps, and develops solutions to timely correct issues; prepares written workflows and recommends improved workflows; monitors implementation activities related to quality improvement.
  • Liaises between prescribers, counselors, pharmacies, residential facilities, guardians/relatives, and others involved in the patient's care; liaises with hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and primary care providers.
  • Monitors medical equipment inventory and ensures that inventory records are accurate and complete. Identifies medical and nursing needs of patients and reports these to the agency's Nurse program manager. Assists in coordinating referrals to community providers.
  • Other job duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Response Level 2: In the event of an emergency, employee makes a reasonable effort to report to work. Employee may be required to perform duties outside of their regularly assigned duties. Employee may be requested to work an extended or flexible schedule. Staff at this response level must complete Incident Command System 100 and 700 on-line or in-person training.

Requirements for the Position


  • Associate degree in nursing; AND
  • Four years of behavioral health nursing experience; OR
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., nursing, health education, psychology or social work), and two years behavioral health nursing experience; OR
  • Any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County.

    • Possess a current license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the state of Oregon at the time of appointment.
    • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. The policy can be found at:
    • The finalist for this position may be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
    • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
    • This position may be subject to the following: Must not be excluded from participation in the federal health care programs (Medicaid, Medicare and other federally funded programs that provide health benefits); AND must not be excluded from participating in federal procurement (Federal Acquisition Regulation) and non-procurement activities (Executive Order No. 12549).
    • This assignment is represented by a union.
    • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
    • Typical Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.

    Comprehensive knowledge of the practice of community behavioral health nursing, organization of behavioral health programs; methods, principles, techniques and materials, and equipment used in providing behavioral health services; agency policies and procedures, state statutes and administrative rules for behavioral health programs.

    Ability to provide direction for professional staff; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients and other agency personnel; accept and utilize management direction and consultation.

    Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; lifts, pushes, pulls and moves carts up to 10 lbs.; carries up to 5 lbs.; operates a keyboard; speaks clearly and audibly; reads a 12-pt. font; distinguishes colors and shades; hears a normal level of speech; may traverse uneven areas when delivering meds.

    Additional Information and/or Attachments

    We offer the following retention bonus, prorated based on FTE:

    • $1,500 bonus after six months of continuous employment
    • $1,500 bonus after twelve months of continuous employment

    Marion County offers a generous benefits package to regular employees working 50% or more of the regularly scheduled work week and their eligible dependents. Temporary employees and part-time regular employees working less than 50% of the regularly scheduled work week are not eligible for benefits.

    Regular positions in this classification are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA). For a summary of benefits, click here. For a complete and detailed overview of the ONA benefits package, click here, and select ONA Benefits from the left menu or Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) from the page links. Temporary employees are not represented by the union.

    Salary and benefits are subject to union contract negotiations and may change as a result.

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