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SMSH PATIENT VISITATION STATEMENT:  AT THIS TIME, SOUTH MISSISSIPPI STATE HOSPITAL HAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED ALL OFF-CAMPUS VISITORS AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE.  IN LIMITING VISITATION, SMSH IS TAKING PRECAUTIONARY STEPS PURELY OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE THE CHANCES OF EXPOSURE.​

CMS VACCINE MANDATE GUIDANCE: Upon contingent employment offer, employees must complete a background check, pre-employment drug test, and submit either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption request.

Public Relations Specialist II

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Second-level professional accountable for more complex research and communication strategies in providing information to the press, legislature, and the public. Assigned work may be more complex or controversial and may require decisions to be made using overarching guidelines rather than clearly defined procedures. May act as an agency liaison, disseminating information to the legislature, newspapers, radio, television, communication networks, and internet-based media.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS​: requires a Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of experience.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

ONLINE APPLICATION: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mississippi/jobs/3885793/public-relations-specialist-ii

Applications are being accepted at South Mississippi State Hospital, 823 Highway 589, Purvis, Mississippi. For more information on application to SMSH, please see the "How To Apply" section below.
 


Admin Support Assistant II (full-time)​

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The incumbent of this position will be responsible for administrative support for program/agency activities and operations. The duties and responsibilities of this position require experience in administrative and clerical functions; proficiency in working with Microsoft Office products; ability to multi-task; great communication skills; work in a fast-paced environment; ability to interact with court-committed psychiatric patients upon admission to the hospital; rotating front desk/switchboard coverage; taking minutes; handling confidential information; and ability to handle situations and people professionally.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS​: High School Diploma (or GED) plus 1-3 years of experience.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

ONLINE APPLICATION: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mississippi/jobs/3877019/admin-support-assistant-ii

Applications are being accepted at South Mississippi State Hospital, 823 Highway 589, Purvis, Mississippi. For more information on application to SMSH, please see the "How To Apply" section below.


Support Care Professional (full-time)​

POSITION SUMMARY:  Responsible for working with adults diagnosed with a mental illness. May lead or monitor patient education groups. Document patient activity throughout the day. Provide full-body care when needed. Take vital signs. Observe and assist with recreation therapy. Constantly monitor patient activity. Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION REQUIRED​: High School Diploma (or GED) required. 0-3 years of experience preferred.
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Preference given to candidates with CNA designation**

WORK SCHEDULE:  Includes weekends and holidays (please see shift times below.)  

**(PRN) positions also available for all shifts**

Applications are being accepted at South Mississippi State Hospital, 823 Highway 589, Purvis, Mississippi. For more information on application to SMSH, please see the "How To Apply" section below.


Certified Peer Support Specialist (PRN)​

POSITION DESCRIPTION: South Mississippi State Hospital is seeking a Certified Peer Support Specialist to join their established peer support team. Applicant must self-identify as a consumer or former consumer of mental health services and must be doing well in long-term recovery.

The Peer Support Specialist establishes supportive relationships with hospitalized consumers, speaks to groups about recovery skills, and helps consumers to initiate Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP).     

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS​: 
·  High School Diploma or equivalent required
·  Must be a current DMH Certified Peer Support Specialist.
·  Must have demonstrated a minimum of twelve (12) months in self-directed recovery
·  Must have very good verbal and written communication skills
·  Must be able to lead educational group sessions to promote use of recovery skills.
·  Preference given to those certified in Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), but training can be provided if not already certified.
· Basic computer skills.

Applications are being accepted at South Mississippi State Hospital, 823 Highway 589, Purvis, Mississippi. For more information on application to SMSH, please see the "How To Apply" section below.


Registered Nurse (full-time)​

POSITION SUMMARY:  Provides quality care and treatment to adults diagnosed with mental illness, in an acute-care setting. Implements the nursing process in an organized, systematic manner to include assessment planning, intervention, and evaluation. Actively participates in treatment planning.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION REQUIRED​:  Current Mississippi (or Compact) RN License is required. Experience is not required.

WORK SCHEDULE:  Includes weekends and holidays (please see shift times below.)
B Shift (3 PM - 11:30 PM)
C Shift (11 PM - 7:30 AM)

Applications are being accepted at South Mississippi State Hospital, 823 Highway 589, Purvis, Mississippi. For more information on application to SMSH, please see the "How To Apply" section below.


Licensed Practical Nurse (part-time)

POSITION SUMMARY:   Ensures all therapeutic treatments are timely and safely delivered and documented accurately according to policies, procedures, and applicable laws. Serves as medication nurse with the knowledge and ability to administer IM, PO, and SQ medications. Performs medication passes in a timely manner, without excessive medication errors. Serves as backup/support in carrying out RN and Support Care Professional job duties. Maintains understanding of patient de-escalation, as well as the ability to recognize a need for PRN medications. Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION REQUIRED​: Minimum of a standard four-year high school or GED completion and completion of an accredited one-year (thirty(30) semester hour) practical nursing program and licensure. Applicant must attach a valid copy of his/her Mississippi License of Practical Nursing.

WORK SCHEDULE:  Includes weekends and holidays (please see shift times below.)  

**(PRN) positions also available for all shifts**

Applications are being accepted at South Mississippi State Hospital, 823 Highway 589, Purvis, Mississippi. For more information on application to SMSH, please see the "How To Apply" section below.


    How to Apply:
    • Click here to download and print an application. (If you intend to email your completed application, please save it to your device and email as an attachment to the email address shown above). 
    • Applications may also be accepted via mail at 823 Highway 589, Purvis, MS 39475 or online at www.mspb.ms.govdepending on the position.  Please read the posting in its entirety to determine which method to use.​
    • You may EMAIL your completed application to hr@smsh.ms.gov 
    • You may FAX your completed application to 601-794-0208 ​​
    • A Department of Mental Health Medical Staff Application is available here. (Physicians and Nurse Practitioners ONLY)

    Benefits:
    • Personal Leave: 18 days/year

    • Medical Leave: 12 days/year

    • Holidays: 10 days/year

    • State Health Insurance (Know Your Benefits)

    • State Retirement Package (PERS)

    • Semi-Monthly Pay with Direct Deposit

    **Unlimited leave accrual with no cap, begins date of hire, increases after three (3) years**


    Employee Handbook:

    You may download a copy of the State Employee Handbook (requires Adobe Reader) published by the Mississippi State Personnel Board.


    Equal Opportunity Employer:

    South Mississippi State Hospital is an equal opportunity employer for all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, age, physical handicap, disability or political affiliation. It is the policy of the Department of Mental Health and each program to recruit, employ and promote qualified employees without regard to race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, age physical handicap, disability or political affiliation. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which provides a clear mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.


    Internships:

    South Mississippi State Hospital may offer internships in Social Services, Psychology, Recreation/Music Therapy, and/or Public Relations. For more information, please call 601-794-0100 and ask for the department director.


    Thank you for your interest in South Mississippi State Hospital.

    Updated: 08/16/2022

    South Mississippi State Hospital
    823 Highway 589
    Purvis, Mississippi 39475
    Phone: 601-794-0100
    Fax: 601-794-0210