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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.
 


Support Care Professional III (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​: Must have copy of college transcript. Must have earned a minimum of 30 college credits. High School Diploma (or GED) plus 2-3 years of experience may serve as substitute for college credits. **Preference given to candidates with CNA designation**

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

**(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.


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.)  
1 Available for A Shift (7 AM - 3:30 PM)
4 Available for B Shift (3 PM - 11:30 PM)
2 Available for C Shift (11 PM - 7:30 AM)

**(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.


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.)  
Available for C Shift (11 PM - 7:30 AM)

**(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.


Law Enforcement Officer

POSITION SUMMARY:  No weapon required -- Professional work safeguarding the employees, patients, and property of the hospital. Provides support services to the population of the facility. Monitors the grounds, responds to emergency and security calls, admits and transports patients, and prepares written reports. Serves as backup when needed, in working with adults diagnosed with a mental illness. Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION REQUIRED​: Possession of a State of Mississippi Law Enforcement Professional Certification within six months of hire. By law, certain cadets are classified as non-state service until certificate is obtained.

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

**(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.


ALL SMSH EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A CURRENT DRIVER'S LICENSE AND PROOF OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


Shifts:

A Shift:  7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 30-minute lunch
B Shift:  3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., 30-minute lunch
C Shift:  11:00 p.m. - 7:30 a.m., 30-minute lunch

Most administrative and support positions are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 1-hour lunch


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