Psychiatric Nursing Asst I - Adult Psychiatry Unit 1JPW

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Classification Title: Psychiatric Nursing Assistant

Department: Nursing 

Pay Grade: 04 

Schedule: Rotating day, evening and night shifts. Rotating days off

Location: John Pappajohn Pavilion (JPP) 

Rotations: Day, evening and night

Staff Type: Merit

Type of Position: Regular


 Positions available:

100% - 40 hours per week, rotating day, evening, and night shifts



Position Summary: Under direct supervision of Registered Nurses, performs specific tasks to assist members of the Nursing team in providing patient care. 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Establish therapeutic relationships with patients, families and multi disciplinary team.
  • Participates in planning patient care appropriate for patient's condition and age.
  • Documents patient behavior in a factual, legible manner and identifies material to report to the registered nurse.
  • Maintains patients’ safety and security by providing physical care and assistance; follows Standard precaution.
  • Provides supervision of patients during activities. 
    Identifies potential crisis situations, reports to the registered nurse, and intervenes.
  • Perform patient personal hygiene such as bathing, toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming and oral care for patients.
  • Take temperature, pulse and blood pressure.
  • Clean equipment, patient bedside area and nursing unit.
  • Set up rooms for patient admission.
  • Transport patients by bed, cart or wheelchair.
  • Transport equipment, specimens and supplies.
  • Stock and supply patient rooms and Nursing unit.
  • Perform basic CPR as required.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality. 

Aptitudes required in order to perform responsibilities: 

  • Work in an environment with conflicting demands and/or priorities and rushed and/or urgent timelines.
  • Manage multiple assignments and provide quick reaction and immediate response to emergencies.
  • Maintain attention to detail over extended period of time and continually be aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Strong communication skills and a tolerance for an active work environment with potential for negative behavior.
  • Work well with all levels and types of people. 

Please attach an updated resume as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Nursing Recruitment at


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. 


Applicant selected for position, if external, must be available to attend a 2-3 week orientation session Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.


Ability to read, write and follow instructions.



Preferred candidates will possess: experience defusing volatile situations. Be a Certified Nursing Assistant and have strong written communication skills with experience providing customer service relations. Previous experience in a Mental Health setting.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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