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Licensed Practical Nurse (Children's Mental Health). Job in Portland Care Jobs

Portland, Oregon
Job Type
Full Time
30 Jul 2022
Job Details
Job Location
Campus - Subacute - Portland, OR
Position Type
Full Time (30+ hours per week)
Education Level
2 Year Degree
Salary Range
$30.00 - $30.00 Hourly
Travel Percentage
Job Shift
Job Category
Children's Mental Health Services

We're seeking a night-shift Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to provide nursing care to children and adolescents served in our Crisis Psychiatric Care (subacute) facility, routine healthcare including pain management, vital signs and lab sample collection. You will also assist in completing the admission process by gathering medical information, obtaining and processing medication and admission orders from the psychiatrist and assisting children with all other entry needs. Our LPNs provide basic triage and emergency care including assessment and documentation of injuries. Also, you'll manage children's medications, complete phlebotomy services, and assess each child for injuries by completing and documenting a nursing assessment for each child involved in an Emergency Safety Intervention. 


Our Children's Psychiatric Crisis (Subacute) program offers short-time, safe, and secure residential placement for children and teens who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Services focus on mental health stabilization, psychiatric evaluation, and transitional planning with an average length of stay around three weeks. Common diagnoses include major depression, suicide ideation, and anxiety. You'll support a diverse population, including transgender and nonbinary youth as part of an impactful, multidisciplinary team.


Join our team and get a $2,000 sign-on bonus!


Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. When you join Kerr, you become part of a team motivated to provide innovative and excellent programs, services and care.


All Kerr employees are required to be fully vaccinated or meet the requirements for a medical or religious exception prior to beginning work.


Essential Duties

  • Assist in completing the admission process by gathering medical information from other health care facilities, including thorough medication reconciliation. Obtain and process current medication and admission orders from the psychiatrist; and assist children with all other entry needs.
  • Provide routine healthcare including pain, nutrition, and vision assessments, blood pressure, pulse, respiration, pulse oximetry, and temperature screenings. 
  • Provide basic triage and emergency care including assessment and documentation of treatment of injuries (i.e. falls, scratches, sprains, bites, wounds and other injuries/illnesses).  Appropriately refer to nurse practitioner and/or physician when indicated.
  • Obtain, write, and process all medication orders as directed by the psychiatrist and/or nurse practitioner including documentation accurately.
  • Manage childrens medications by procuring, creating, and maintaining safe medication administration practices. Act as the liaison between pharmacy and health care practitioners.  Implement and follow the medication administration protocol.
  • Complete medication cart audits per policy.
  • Complete chart audits per policy for required documentation.
  • Proficiently complete phlebotomy services.
  • Assess each child for injuries by completing and documenting a nursing assessment for each child involved in an Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI).
  • Conduct a personal search of all children upon entry to Subacute to assess for medical problems, signs of abuse, and to ensure that the child is not bringing contraband into the program.
  • Prepare all discharge medication prescriptions and obtain psychiatrist signature prior to childs discharge.
  • Assist line staff by supervising the children on the units to maintain milieu safety by participating as a recreation leader and assist with any other unit activities as needed.
  • Provide health education regarding sleep hygiene to clients presenting with insomnia.
  • Act as a medical/nursing resource to the children and families served and provide health education as needed.



  • Paid medical, dental, and vision employee benefits
  • Paid basic life & accident insurance and short- & long-term disability
  • Paid internal training and career development
  • Paid holidays and generous time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with up to 4% employer match
  • 24-hour Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) that provides resources for everything from mental health to pet insurance and financial counselling
  • Satisfies employment requirement for student loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF)


  • Licensed to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Oregon.
  • Completion of a Licensed Practical Nursing program.
  • Previous experience working in mental health preferred, but not required.
  • Meet the following physical demands:  meet physical requirements of Oregon Intervention System and ability to respond physically to crisis intervention; stand for long periods of time; twisting, running, and some heavy lifting (minimum of 50 pounds).
  • Proficient use of MS Office Suite.
  • May involve exposure to pathogens and possible assaults/injury.

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  • Job Reference: 672147204-2
  • Date Posted: 30 July 2022
  • Employer: Albertina Kerr Centers
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Children & Young People, Mental Health, Nursing, Other
  • Job Type: Full Time