New type of leave supports education

To help balance work-life options for state employees, a new type of leave is now available for all full-time, non-temporary employees.  Eight hours of education support leave can be used each year to attend parent-teacher conferences, volunteer for classroom activities, attend graduation ceremonies or participate in field trips, among many other activities.

House Bill 313 was signed by Governor Nathan Deal into law this past May and has been in effect since July 1. Employees can request to use the leave to participate in activities related to student achievement and academic support that promote public, private or home school education.

“What supports education is ultimately good for Georgia’s families on a variety of levels. It is also aligned with DBHDD’s evolution as a learning organization. We applaud the Governor’s continued efforts to enrich education in our state and encourage our employees to take advantage of this new benefit,” said Mark Green, DBHDD’s Director of Human Resources.

Please contact your direct supervisor or the Human Resources office for guidance on requesting and using this leave.

Nurses wanted

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Do you know someone looking for a great place to work with flexible shifts and career advancement opportunities?

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is hiring talented, compassionate and motivated nurses at each of our five state hospitals. Job descriptions and applications are available by location at dbhddjobs.com. Recruiters accept applications on an ongoing basis.

DBHDD nurses are among the best in the mental health field in Georgia and in the U.S. Our registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) work with professional colleagues who are committed to providing high-quality care to the individuals we serve. We encourage our nurses and provide them opportunities to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Our nurses have a variety of career opportunities which may be clinical, programmatic or leadership-focused. An RN in our hospitals may advance to a charge nurse, nurse educator, nurse auditor, nurse manager or administrator, specialty or advanced practice nurse, nurse practitioner or nurse executive. Positions for RNs and LPNs are open in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Milledgeville and Savannah. Applicants are generally able to choose the shift they would like to work.

We offer competitive salaries, including shift differentials for nurses who work on second or third shift. Additionally, our full-time nurses are eligible for the state’s comprehensive benefits package—one of the best available in Georgia.

DBHDD nurses are at the forefront of health care delivery for people with behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities. Interested parties are invited to apply for a position today, and see why there is no better place to help people in the state of Georgia than with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.