Washington State DSHS Psychiatric Security Attendant (Western State Hospital) in Lakewood, Washington


There are many places to start a career. Some turn out to be dead ends while others become stepping stones to bigger and better things. The difference between the two is the opportunity for advancement. Of course there are other factors directly associated with an individual person - like attitude, willingness to learn and good old fashioned hard work that are part of the equation, but if there is no place to go, these may not matter.

Western State Hospital (WSH) is currently looking to hire Psychiatric Security Attendants (PSA). While you may not have considered this type of work, it's a great place to start a career. What we feature is a living wage, and a benefit package that most employers do not have and the chance to learn and grow.

If you are currently working in a nursing home or providing in-home care or have a degree and an interest in social services, we encourage you to explore what this job has to offer. We are looking for people who are passionate, tolerant and have the ability to build long-term, beneficial relationships with both co-workers and patients. Over time, you'll find that the challenge of this work is the same as its reward - becoming a contributing member of a team that attends to the well-being of patients.

What you will do in this job:

  • Maintain order and discipline in housing and treatment area
  • Protect employees and patients from acts of violence from recalcitrant patients
  • Inspect patient quarters for cleanliness and order
  • Search quarters and persons for contraband; escorts patients on outside trips;
  • Observe patients for unusual or significant behavior
  • Participate in directed treatment plan for patients
  • Participate in providing therapeutic environment through acceptance of patient behavior and guidance toward more rational behavior
  • Provide for patient safety and comfort through attention to general health and assistance and guidance in cleanliness, grooming, rest, activity, and nourishment; maintains an attractive and comfortable ward environment;
  • Assist the nurses in the administration of medications and treatments prescribed by a physician
  • Prepare and care for patients receiving treatments administered by the physician
  • Encourage and supervise patients in group or individual recreational, social, and related activities, and acts as patient escort

We are most interested in applicants who meet the following desirable qualifications:

Qualified applicants for this job will have a high school diploma or GED ANDa Nursing Assistant Registration (NAR) with the state of Washington AND preferably two years of experience providing patient care in a psychiatric, mental health or closely related setting. College-level course work in a Social Science may be substituted for the required experience on a year-to-year basis.

NOTE: Information regarding NAR with the State of Washington can be found here

Application Steps:

Please complete the on-line application, especially the education and work experience section. If you have questions, feel free contact the Recruiter Anette Dotterer directly either via email dotteah@dshs.wa.gov or phone (360) 725-5815.

This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies. As a 24/7 facility, WSH offers three shifts. When you apply please choose your preferred shift in the supplemental question section and tell us if you want to be considered for on-call or permanent jobs.

The hiring manager reserves the right to interview applicants and make an employment offer at any time during the hiring period. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply for this opportunity as soon as possible.

Some jobs our department may require a background check, including criminal record history and may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Who We Are*:*

To learn more about Western State Hospital and how our staff makes a difference in our mission of transforming lives click HERE.


At Western State Hospital, you will experience a rewarding career with a benefits package designed to protect you and your family. These include, but are not limited to: major medical, dental, vision, optional medical flexible spending account, long-term disability, fully funded retirement, savings plan options, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and holidays and continuing education. For more detailed information regarding benefits, please review the benefits tab.

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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Job Type: Various Job Types

Job Number: 2016-07073

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 12/31/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $2,925.00 - $3,807.00 Monthly

Location: Pierce County – Lakewood, WA