Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Registered Nurse

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description



    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services.  Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.  We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values. 


    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Benefit eligibility is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.

    Position Description

    POSITION PURPOSE: The Registered Nurse is responsible for monitoring the general psychiatric and physical health of all program clients. The Nurse dispenses and accounts for all medication as ordered by the Program Psychiatrist. The range of authority is consistent with that of MHS nursing staff.


    • Provides service coordination for an assigned group of clients, and assumes responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, and evaluating overall treatment goals in conjunction with the treatment team.
    • Provides supportive counseling and symptom management and educates and support clients and family members.
    • Conducts comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history and physical health needs as part of the treatment team.
    • Provides on-call crisis intervention and serves as a back-up to evening and weekend staff as needed.
    • Assists in administering Patient Assistance Program, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in all aspects, while completing all charting and documentation as contractually required and as dictated by program requirements.
    • In collaboration with the treatment team, participates in the organization and management of medication coaching and delivery to clients, as well as integrating medication administration into treatment plans.
    • Acts as liaison with Program Psychiatrist to obtain corrections to documentation and adjustments to procedures as needed, and ensures that all medical policy and procedures are followed and meets regularly with Program Leadership to monitor this.
    • Dispenses and accounts for all prescribed medication, assists in administering and evaluating medications prescribed by Psychiatrist, evaluating medication effectiveness, side effects, and complications, and arranges for lab work according to protocol, and represents program at quarterly Medication Monitoring Committee meetings.
    • Reports to Program Manager regarding overall operations of the program, and serves in a mentoring role to staff and interns re: pharmacology and patient care, and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings and Daily Organizational Staff Meetings.
    • Maintains a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring, and gender responsiveness and trauma-informed care.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs and seeking out supervision when needed.


    Education/Experience Requirements


    • Possession of a nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
    • Experience treating mentally ill and dually diagnosed populations.


    • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, Farsi, or another California threshold language is preferred.
    • Cultural competency relevant to community/communities served.
    • Knowledgeable of Assertive Community Treatment model and CCISC initiative as it relates to patient care.
    • Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.
    • Resourcefulness, initiative and the ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
    • Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.
    • Maintain the distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion as evidenced by maintaining a cooperative and flexible attitude toward coworkers, showing adaptability to change, exhibiting effective communication and interpersonal skills, and taking initiative to solve problems.
    • Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.


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