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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Licensed Practical Nurse II - Full and Part Time (Benefited) Multiple Shifts - Continuous Posting

Westfield, MA

Job Description

This is an open and continuous posting for full-time and part-time positions on multiple shifts.

Western Massachusetts Hospital operated by the Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced Licensed Practical Nurse II. We are a specialty care hospital providing in-patient services to individuals in need of ventilator/respiratory, end of life care, neuromuscular, Alzheimer's, and chronic care.

The selected candidate directs and participates in the nursing care of adult and geriatric patients on an inpatient unit following standards of care. Transcribes, administers and/or supervises administration of medication in accordance with standard practices and protocols. Maintains accurate records related to activities, meetings, groups, treatment plan schedules and all nursing assignments. Provides professional expertise and knowledge in carrying out emergency functions, all codes, and unexpected emergencies.

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The ideal candidate will have one (1) year of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse and will combine the knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment necessary to perform all nursing procedures as outlined in the scope of practice.

Please Note: There are full time (40 hours per week) and part time (24 or 32 hours per week) positions available with rotating days off and every other weekend required. The shifts are:

1st Shift (7:00AM to 3:30PM), working every other weekend with days off as assigned.

2nd Shift (3:00PM to 11:30PM), working every other weekend with days off as assigned.

3rd Shift (11:15PM to 7:15AM), working every other weekend with days off as assigned.

Employees in this position will be required to perform mandatory overtime

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Performs direct hands-on nursing care using established hospital policies and procedures along with nursing standards of care to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
  • Documents changes in the patient's condition and care rendered according to established nursing service guidelines.
  • Participates and takes actions that are directed by nursing and hospital-wide Quality Assurance activities.
  • Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with patients, families and other members of the care team in order to enhance continuity of patient care.
  • Maintains personal and professional growth by attending in-services, keeping current with contemporary nursing practice and participation on hospital committees.
  • Participates in employee performance reviews by keeping supervisors informed of staff performance through consultation and documentation.
  • Assumes charge responsibility for a unit when assigned.
  • Instructs unit personnel in nursing techniques, procedures and equipment.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing
  • Understanding of the problems in providing nursing services to special client groups such as mentally, physically and or emotionally handicapped.
  • Knowledge of the types and application of emergency medical procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Meditech & Meta experience.
  • Sound knowledge of philosophy, principles, practices, and theories of public health and public health nursing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, techniques, safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals, families, providers, physicians and staff members.
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

About Western MA Hospital:

The Western Massachusetts Hospital is the only public hospital operating in the western region of Massachusetts with a mission to serve as a medical safety net for many uninsured and under-insured residents in the region. Western Massachusetts Hospital provides both acute and chronic hospital care to patients with a variety of chronic diseases and complicated medical conditions, such as:

  • Cardiac and pulmonary disease
  • Chronic neurological disorders
  • Complications of strokes
  • Dementia with major behavioral issues
  • End stage terminal illnesses of various diagnoses

Consider joining our dynamic team of health care professionals in a work environment that provides high staff to patient ratio and delivers high quality care to all patients on all units. Enjoy the opportunity to provide quality services in a long-term care setting where familiar faces are the norm rather than the exception.

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About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form

For questions, please contact Human Resources at 413-784-9339.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have at least one year of paraprofessional experience in the field of nursing as a licensed practical nurse.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a current and valid license as a practical nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Title 101 CMR 23.00 ("Regulation") requires certain agency staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccination and Influenza vaccination, or have taken required mitigation measures, to prevent viral infection and transmission in State Hospitals and State Congregate Care Facilities. The Regulation applies to this position. Successful candidates will be required to acknowledge and attest to your vaccination status for both COVID-19 and Influenza.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Client-provided location(s): Westfield, MA 01085, USA
Job ID: Commonwealth_of_Massachusetts-2400016A
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits

    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Pension
    • Financial Counseling
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program