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Date:  Nov 16, 2023

Chester, IL, US, 62233-2542

Job Requisition ID:  33051

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date: 11/17/2023
Closing Date/Time: 12/04/2023
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $5,927 - $8,179 per month ($71,124 - $98,148 per year)  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Randolph  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC023  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.


While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) is recommended. When applicable, titles that require specific coursework, professional license or certification will include a notation requesting the appropriate document(s) be uploaded in the Additional Documents section of your application. Failure to upload requested transcripts, license and/or proof of certification when specified may result in ineligibility. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) regardless of vacancy title before any offer can be extended.


Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number 10-78-33051 

Position Overview

The Division of Mental Health is seeking to hire an independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented licensed Registered Nurse for the Chester Mental Health Center located in Chester, Illinois. This position will be responsible for performing direct nursing care for people with mental illness on an assigned shift on an assigned unit. The successful candidate shall demonstrate a valid Illinois License and good oral and written communication skills, be a self-starter, and be able to carry out nursing assignments pursuant to the direction of medical personnel.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Utilizing the nursing process, assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of nursing care for patients receiving health care services on an assigned shift on an assigned unit.  
  2. Serves as designated lead worker to lower level staff.
  3. Provides report to staff and to oncoming lead worker to ensure continuity of care.
  4. Participates in meetings and discussions with clinical, medical, administrative and other staff.
  5. Monitors the use of appropriate techniques to ensure a safe, secure therapeutic and sanitary environment of care and general performance of duties.
  6. Completes mandatory training requirements and participates in continuing education workshops and seminars to maintain age and disability specific professional competency through observation and evaluation.
  7. Attends ongoing education programs mandatory and optional in-service programs.
  8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires (a) graduation from an approved nursing education program resulting in an associate or diploma degree in nursing and two (2) years of progressively responsible professional nursing experience; OR (b) a bachelor’s degree in nursing and one (1) year of professional nursing experience; OR (c) a master’s degree in nursing.
  2. Requires licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends and holidays on a rotation basis.

  2. Requires the ability to serve on an on-call basis.

  3. Requires the ability to utilize office equipment, including personal computers and basic computer skills.

  4. Requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted.

  5. Requires the ability to acquire and maintain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.

  6. Requires the ability to physically restrain patients as necessary to prevent injury to the patient or others.

  7. Requires ability to travel in the performance of job duties.

  8. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.

  9. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law

*The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.

Work Hours:  Tues - Sat, 3:00pm - 11:00pm  

Medical Diagnostics
Work Location: 1315 Lehmen Dr Chester, IL 62233-2542  

Division of Mental Health

Chester Mental Health Center

Nursing Services
Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Health Services; Leadership & Management; Social Services  


About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program

  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually

  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)

  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
      * Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour & part-time Work Schedules (as applicable)

  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years

  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)

  • 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan

  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility

  • GI Bill® Training/Apprenticeship Benefits eligibility for qualifying Veterans

  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions

  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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