Licensed Psychiatric Technician/Licensed Vocational Nurse (Part Time) - La Serenata


Licensed Psychiatric Technician/Licensed Vocational Nurse - Position #1468


La Serenata


1017 La Serenata, Nipomo, CA 93444


Alexandria Jones, Program Director


(707) 463-8346


Class 112 ($17.32 - $22.79/hour)


Part Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


Until Filled



We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Licensed Psychiatric Technician/ Licensed Vocational Nurse reports to the Program Director and provides specialized services which will assist residents of the Crisis House for the Developmentally Disabled in achieving their treatment goals, under the supervision of the Program Director.


1.  Assist in the accomplishment of the treatment plan for residents, under the supervision of the Program Director.

2.  Order supplies and check deliveries; stock and maintain inventory.

3.  Maintain appropriate case recording documentation as per agency and contract guidelines.

4.  Transport patients to doctors' appointments and laboratories for tests.

5.  Conduct individual counseling, crisis intervention and pre-care coverage.

6.  Conduct work-oriented daily living skills sessions and re-socialization activity groups.

7.  Attend staff meetings as required.

8.  Attend job-related conferences and also participate in a variety of in-service trainings, seminars, and practicum.

9.  Participate in carrying out individual and group treatment programs for residents as part of the treatment team and encourage resident participation in treatment activities.

10.  Attend weekly supervision meetings with the Program Director.

11.  Motivate residents to develop self-reliance in daily living.

12.  Observe patient's physical condition and behavior; report significant changes to the Program Director.

13.  Responsible for ensuring staffing ratio is at a minimum by being able to work any and all shifts upon request.

14.  Respond to emergency health situations in appropriate manner as defined by emergency first aid training.

15.  Ensure that residents comply with schedules.

16.  Prepare and maintain a variety of records, and prepare reports, including actions of resident misbehavior and rule violations.

17.  Will think and act quickly and efficiently in emergencies. 

18.  Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

19.  Will drive on Agency business.

20.  Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee at Turning Point. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working. Employees also are expected to remain at work for their entire work schedule. Late arrival, early departure or other absences from scheduled hours are disruptive and must be avoided.

21.  Other duties as assigned by the Program Director. Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for an employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


1.  Possession of a valid license as a Psychiatric Technician or Licensed Vocational Nurse as issued by the State of California.

2.  A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or counseling in a related field and one (1) year full-time work experience providing direct client services in a mental health, social service, educational or similar setting; OR educational achievement equivalent to sixty (60) college semester units and two (2) years full-time experience providing direct client services in a mental health, social service, educational or similar setting; OR a high school diploma and four (4) years full-time experience providing direct client services plus twelve (12) college semester units in a mental health, social service, education, or similar course of study.

3.  Any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:  Supplemental college course work in behavioral or social sciences, and one (1) year of experience performing duties comparable to a Mental Health Worker or related nursing experience.

4.  Must meet the minimum age of 21 pursuant to California Health & Safety Code Section 1562. 

5.  Communicate effectively in written and spoken English. 

6.  Ability to write acceptable reports to referring agencies.

7.  Work effectively with diverse ethnic, religious, socio-economical, and professional groups.

8.  Plan, coordinate, and facilitate services for Developmentally Disabled residents of the Crisis House.

9.  Understand and apply principles and techniques involved in the care and treatment of individuals or groups of Developmentally Disabled clients.

10.  Recognize contraindications, side-effects, and signs of medication complications.

11.  Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

12.  Participate in treatment programs for patients.

13.  Understand and follow written and oral directions.

14.  Express ideas clearly and concisely, orally, and in writing.

15.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

16.  Must be certified in emergency first aid procedures prior to working alone with any client.

17.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

18.  Ability to operate within Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. 

19.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

20.  Ability to obtain criminal records clearance check.

21.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.  Hepatitis B Immunization Consent-Refusal form must be completed.  Hepatitis B Immunization is available at the request of the employee. 

22.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.