DSHS WSH Psychiatric Security Nurse

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS WSH Psychiatric Security Nurse – Licensed Practical Nurse

At Western State Hospital, the work of our nurses is best described as remarkable. Our patients are people with serious or long-term behavioral health issues who count on us as they work towards healing and growth.
In the Center for Forensic Services, you’ll provide nursing care, ward security, and treatment on a ward within our secured facility. 

Currently, we have multiple opportunities: day, swing, and night shift; full-time or on-call.

Through great communication skills, you will develop long-term therapeutic relationships with patients. If the situation arises, you will safely and therapeutically intervene with patients utilizing assistance from your support team.
Some of what you’ll do:

  • Under the direction of a Registered Nurse, you’ll provide direct skilled nursing care to adults experiencing behavioral health issues
  • Participate in treatment planning, administer medications, as well as implement and chart treatment interventions
  • Be a patient advocate for health maintenance and clinical care by monitoring conditions that may be detrimental to the care and treatment of your patients

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • A valid Washington State license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse or the ability to obtain a valid license before employment 
  • Two years of experience in caring for patients or residents in a hospital, school, or other treatment facility

Who we are
Watch this video to learn more about how our staff makes a difference in transforming lives.  

Free ORCA cards are available for Pierce County employees.  

Interested?  Apply today. You can choose your available shifts under the Supplemental Question section. Evening and Night shifts include a shift differential in addition to the standard compensation rate.

To follow-up on your application status, email WSHemployment@dshs.wa.gov

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values, and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring equity, anti-racism, and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security. 


Per Governor Inslee’s  Proclamation, 21-14   (Download PDF reader)  state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified. Please note that medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.


Questions? Please contact DSHS Recruiter by email and reference #10907.

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