DSHS WSH Psychiatric Security Nurse

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

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 conditions who count on us as they work toward 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. 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.


Evening and Night shifts include a shift differential in addition to the standard compensation rate. Pierce County employees are eligible to receive an Orca Card for transportation needs. Opportunities performed on site at this work location at least three days a week may be eligible for an additional 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary.

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:  

  • Possession of a current Washington State license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse 

 Condition of employment: Completion of safety training within 30 days of hire


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


Questions? Email Saleen Hernandez, Recruiter, at saleen.hernandez@dshs.wa.gov or call the main recruitment line at 360-725-5810 and reference 05201. 

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. 

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