Info on Austin State Hospital

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    Can anyone fill me in on how the Austin State Hospital (psych) hires nurses? We are moving to Texas in June and I currently work at a state psych hospital here in NJ. I see that ASH has a permanent job listing for nurses & states that they will hire you as 20%, 60%, 80% etc. Does that mean that they do not hire you first as per diem, but rather as part-time? Here in NJ, they hire everyone, even aides, first as per diem to try you out.

    Also, will I (sigh) have to work nights or evenings again?
    ....thanks for any info.
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    i did my psych clinicals at ASH. from what little i remember, they run 8hr shifts: 0700-1500, 1500-2200, 2200-0700. i dunno if you will have to start out on evenings or nights but considering all the state penny-pinching you are probably more likely to get hired if you tell them you will work those shifts. they always seem to be hiring so i think they would need nurses fulltime, i would give them a call and talk to people, secretaries, etc until you actually get someone who understands you are an experienced pysch nurse looking for a job, i think they'd be nuts not to hire you!!

    best of luck to you!
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    Dear luv2yoga:

    I was a charge nurse @ ASH for a while, so I can answer your question. Because ASH is a "State" facility, they don't do "per diem". I'm sure it has to do with the State's budget. The closest they come to that category is a position that requires that you work 1, 2, 3 or 4 shifts per week. I was full-time, so I'm not sure what kind of benefits those part-time positions come with.

    I can say that I really enjoyed working there. You need to either apply on-line or go to the campus and fill out an application. They are always in need of good nurses, so you should quickly get a phone call following submission of your application. I originally filled mine out on-line. I frequently heard of nurses filling out an application at the hiring office (on campus) and being told "wait right here". They would be interviewed immediately by a nurse manager or shift supervisor authorized to hire. I was hired originally for the 7-3 shift, which (at most places) you usually have to wait until someone dies to get.

    I wish you the best. It was a challenging but not at all difficult job. There were always plenty of staff, and I never felt unsafe. I always got out on time, with the rare exception being if someone fell and split their head open during shift report. Also, it is a 100+ year-old campus, so it's nothing fancy to look at. The insurance benefits and retirement benefits are fantastic.

    PM me if you want to know more. Good luck!!

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    That's exactly the info I was looking for. Actually, I would prefer to work part-time so it sounds like I'll be able to do that. And maybe even day shift! That's great news.