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State of Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in St. Peter, Minnesota

Working Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Job Class: Licensed Practical Nurse

Agency: Human Services Department

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 05/26/2023

  • Closing Date : 08/24/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Human Services Dept / DHS St Peter AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : St Peter / Forensic Services

  • Work Shift: Rotating Shift (day/evening hours)

  • Work Hours :6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

  • Days of Work : Varies

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $22.70 - $30.70 / hourly; $48,398 - $64,102 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 204 - Health Care Non Professional/AFSCME

  • Work Area : Forensic Services - St Peter

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Candidates may be eligible for a hiring bonus up to $10,000!!!

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to join our Forensic Services within the Direct Care and Treatment (DCT) division of agency.

This announcement will be used to fill permanent, full- and part-time, rotating shift positions at Forensic Services. Currently, we are hiring for ten (10) full-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) positions all on rotating shift which includes day and evening hours.

The Forensics Services campus in St. Peter is comprised of the Forensic Mental Health Program and the Forensic Nursing Home. Forensics Services provides mental health evaluation and treatment services to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness who present a risk to public safety. This is a safe and secure treatment environment.

The LPN performs entry level practical nurse duties while providing quality therapeutic and person-centered care to people with mental and physical health issues. Under the direction of the charge nurse, work is done according to established rules and procedures. Entry level practical nursing work may include but is not limited to:

  • Administering medications, treatments, and other therapies following the practitioner’s orders and treatment plan for the client.

  • Assisting the client in developing optimal independence in living or assisting with Activities of Daily Living as needed.

  • Completing assigned unit tasks.

  • Monitoring, reporting and appropriately documenting interactions with client.

  • Collecting and reporting data about physical and mental health needs of the client. Responding appropriately to client’s physical and mental health needs. Documenting interactions, plans and client responses to interventions offered. Assisting the RN in planning and implementation of the nursing plan of care and/or multi-disciplinary plans of care.

  • Responding immediately and appropriately to emergency situations to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment.

  • Maintaining professional boundaries in a manner that creates a positive and caring environment and an accepting attitude towards diversity in people.

Working for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Direct Care & Treatment division PAYS!

In addition to a rewarding career in which you will be positively impacting the lives of Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents, we provide competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. This includes a competitive hourly wage, affordable insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off and more!

When you start a career with us, you may also be eligible for:

  • $10,000 Hiring Bonus (Current State of Minnesota employees are not eligible for a Hiring Bonus)

  • Annual pay increases

  • Corrections Early Retirement Program

  • Tuition reimbursement for courses related to the work of DHS

  • Student loan reimbursement

  • $50 bonus for voluntarily working days off and weekends

What a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that is committed to our staff, clients, and community!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an approved school of nursing

  • Current licensure in Minnesota as a Practical Nurse

Preferred Qualifications

  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that you clearly describe your work experience in the areas listed for each job held.

REFERENCE CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

EDUCATION VERIFICATION - Applicants may be required to provide documentation to demonstrate proof of education if required for the position.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.