Whether you are a nursing student, starting your professional life or already have a substantial career in nursing, you are invited to explore a life-changing career with Alpine Special Treatment Center, Inc. When you become a Nurse at ASTCI, you put yourself on the path to a rewarding career that can lead in many directions.

As an ASTCI nurse, you will become a vital member of a dynamic team at one of San Diego County’s exceptional mental health care institutions. You will also discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect, and—most importantly—a life-changing career.

ASTCI offers many different nursing career opportunities to meet the needs of nursing professionals with a variety of educational and work experiences.

Whether you have a vocational certificate, or an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, ASTCI’s multidisciplinary, team-oriented work environment presents opportunities that are rarely experienced elsewhere in the mental health community.

Learn about Alpine’s many nursing opportunities and benefits:

Nursing Support

Safe staffing levels have been shown to be a critical factor in determining client outcomes. When there is a sufficient ratio of direct care staff to clients, a number of basic safety and preventative measures are more likely to occur. There is better surveillance for client problems; better communication and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams; and less stress for staff.

ASTCI strives to provide a high level of nursing support as indicated by our current staffing hours.

Alpine maintains licensed and unlicensed nursing staff on site 24 hours per day 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

  • Registered Nurse: 29 hours per day average
  • Licensed Nurse: 109 hours per day average
  • Unlicensed Nurse: 143 hours per day average

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Nursing Assistant: The Certified Nursing assistant is responsible for accomplishing the day to day unlicensed nursing care and related technical work in the care, treatment, and rehabilitation of mentally ill individuals. Under the direct supervision of Nursing Leadership, the Certified Nursing Assistant ensures the safety of the milieu by evaluating medical stabilization, monitoring, assessment and reporting of client needs, crisis intervention, providing structured activities and support. Additional responsibilities include documentation related to daily care, reporting changes to physicians, and assisting with unlicensed nursing-related duties assigned.
  • Pre-Licensed Nurse: The Pre-Licensed position has been designed to develop nursing skills for employees that have successfully completed an LVN or RN program, but have yet to receive licensure, by providing training and oversight in a mental health setting. The Pre-Licensed position will complete implementing client care plans designed by the client’s treatment team, as well as direct care staff duties under the direction of the licensed nurse such as admissions, transfers, documentation, and rounds, and assisting clients with activities of daily living.
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Psychiatric Technician:
  • Level 1: Licensed Nurses at the level within ASTCI typically work assignments as the medication nurse for the shift. Nurses at this level will facilitate and prepare medication educations groups weekly; assist clients with medication education tests and increasing basic knowledge of medications
  • Level 2: Licensed Nurses as this level within ASTCI will typically float between the medication and floor nurse assignments. Nurses at this level order medications and communicates with pharmacy and labs daily; completes timely daily/weekly/quarterly summaries of client progress as assigned.
  • Level 3: Licensed Nurses at this level within ASTCI typically work assignments as the floor nurse. Nurses at this level provide day of assistance for new admissions and discharges as assigned; complete Weeklies and Quarterly documentation as assigned, provide formal and informal training and support for Nurse 1 and/or Nurse 2 positions as needed.
  • Level 4: Licensed Nurses at this level within ASTCI typically serve as the charge nurse for the shift and the building they are working. Nurses at this level assist with crisis de-escalation by communicating with all Nurse levels in identifying client’s current state as well as initiating interventions and safety needs as dictated by client behavior, participate in department and facility performance improvement activities; prioritizes nursing tasks and duties for the shift, and acts as lead resource to all levels of nursing staff and clinical team.
  • Registered Nurse: Registered Nurses provide direct and individualized nursing care to clients based on the application of scientific nursing principles. Registered Nurses will develop a plan of care that is individualized for the adult or geriatric client reflecting collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.

Salary Ranges and Benefits

Our full spectrum of benefits offers employees a flexible program with many choices to fit many lifestyles and help them to accomplish their goals — at work and in life.

ASTCI offers competitive salary and benefits packages for all full-time and part-time positions commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.   Education, experience and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant: Hourly rates from $14.30 per hour – $20.00 per hour
  • Pre-Licensed Nurse: Hourly rates from $17.60 per hour – $22.80 per hour
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (Level 1 – 4): Hourly rates from $24.00 per hour – $33.25 per hour 
  • Registered Nurse: Hourly rates from $29.00 per hour – $44.00 per hour

Differentials

  • Weekend Differential – $1.25 per hour additional for eligible hours worked
  • 3rd Shift Differential – $3.00 per hour additional for eligible hours worked

Benefits

  • Pay and Time Off:
    • Market Competitive Base Pay and Performance-Based Merit Increases
    • Employee Referral Incentive Programs
    • Paid Time Off, Bereavement Leave
  • Retirement:
    • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Matching and Profit Sharing Contributions
  • Health & Wellness:
    • Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance Plans
  • Financial Wellness:
    • Flexible Spending Accounts with employer contributions
    • Life and AD&D, Critical Illness and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Work life Resources:
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Individual/Family Counseling and Mental Health Programs.
    • Passport Discount Program and Entertainment Events

Hours of Work

ASTCI supports all staff with opportunities for flexible work schedules and to transition between Full-time and part-time positions.

8 hour shifts

  • 1st Shift: 7:00a – 3:30p
  • 2nd Shift: 3:00p – 11:30p
  • 3rd Shift: 11:00p – 7:30a

Education & Career Growth

ASTCI offers a full calendar of education opportunities for nurses developed as part of ASTCI’s commitment to advance the knowledge and skills of our clinical staff. ASTCI is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Educational and Professional Development Funds

Alpine Special Treatment Center, Inc. (ASTCI) is committed to “continuous learning.” With this concept in mind, ASTCI has the ASTCI Employee Educational Assistance and Professional Development Fund.

To encourage your professional development, ASTCI may help pay for certain outside educational opportunities through the Educational Assistance and Professional Development Fund.

The program reimburses eligible employees up to $5,000 annually of the eligible expenses for educational and vocational courses taken at an approved educational institution.

The Educational Assistance and Professional Development Fund is designed to assist employees in taking advantage of educational opportunities that will benefit both the employee and ASTCI.

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