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Psychiatric Nurse I/II (PCN 06-5050M)

Company: State of Alaska
Location: Anchorage
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) is seeking to fill multiple Full-time Psychiatric Nurse I/II positions with individuals who can help to drive the vision of (API) which is to provide an excellent experience for patients, families, community supports, students and staff with quality treatment and best practices in mental health care.

This position will:

  • Provide skilled nursing care to patients; individualized patient assessment and care; participates in therapeutic activities as facilitator, or co-facilitator.
  • Administers medications to patients and provides education including expected outcomes, possible side effects, and any food/drug interactions.
  • Transcribe all orders, recording this information in each patient's Medication Administration Record (MAR) and chart regarding patient behavior and responses to medication treatment.
  • Completes nursing assessments on newly admitted patients, patients on close observation special status, or patients that may require emergency seclusion or restraint.
  • Determines and prioritizes individual nursing needs. Gives direction to Office Assistant's and Psychiatric Nurse Assistants I/II/III including work assignments and monitoring those assignments for both completion and accuracy.

The Department of Health and Social Services mission is to: Promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans.


The Division's mission is to: provide emergency and court-ordered inpatient psychiatric services in a safe environment using culturally-sensitive, effective, person-centered treatment followed by a referral to an appropriate level of care and support for the recovery from mental illness.



Our division values are:

  • Safety
  • Education
  • Responsibility
  • Valuing Hope and Recovery
  • Integrity
  • Compassion-Fairness and Honest
  • Excellence


This position is located at: 3700 Piper Street in the U-MED district of east Anchorage which offers several maintained walking trails, parks and nearby lakes. This area is filled with several restaurants, shopping stores, and has easy access to public transportation.

The benefits of joining our team is:

  • A position that offers competitive salary with opportunity for regular merit/longevity increases and overtime opportunities, professional certification in MANDT and CPR, opportunities for advanced training from specialist in advanced psychiatric and health care topics, comprehensive orientation and annual training.
  • A position that offers meaningful work in supporting the mission of API and will allow you to grow your skills and advance your career.



Below are the knowledge, skills, and experience that demonstrate the skills we are seeking:

  • Experience working with mentally ill or developmentally disabled individuals is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a team member, with good judgment.
  • Ability to apply discretion in handling confidential information and situations, while exercising a high degree of tact, discretion, and sound judgment in the performance of the work.
  • Possess organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and productively manage time to ensure compliance with numerous deadlines while working effectively under pressure with continual interruption, reorganizing priorities in a dynamic, frequently changing work environment.
  • Communication skills with the ability to convey information courteously, accurately, and effectively.


This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.


To view the general description and example of duties for a Psychiatric Nurse I/II, please go to the following link:

Psychiatric Nurse I: 

Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska.


Psychiatric Nurse II:

Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska;


Successful completion of a formal training plan as a Psychiatric Nurse I with the State of Alaska;


One year of entry level experience as a Registered Nurse. Examples of this experience include but are not exclusively limited to prior service as a Psychiatric Nurse I, Corrections Nurse I, or Nurse I with the State of Alaska or its equivalent with another employer. r.

Special Note: 

Candidates not currently licensed by the State of Alaska, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska and requisite qualifying experience, may apply for vacancies in this job class. Applicants qualifying under this option may receive a conditional job offer; however, proof of licensure will be required prior to final appointment and reporting for duty.


Some positions may require the successful applicant to pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, as a prerequisite to employment. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.


Some positions may require the successful applicant to provide proof they are free from active pulmonary tuberculosis at the time of hire. Employees are required to be tested annually. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment. At time of interview applicant must submit:

  • Copies of all performance evaluations that have been received for the last two (2) years if available.
  •  The names and current phone numbers of two (2) references.  

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.


To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application.  (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview, or if/when requested prior to scheduling an interview.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application.  If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.  A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level.  Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position.  This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.


This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains.  For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name: Promise Hagedon, Assistant Director of Nursing 

Fax: (907) 269-7120


Keywords: State of Alaska, Anchorage , Psychiatric Nurse I/II (PCN 06-5050M), Other , Anchorage, Alaska

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