Registered Nurse (RN)
Position Summary: This is a charge nurse position responsible for the supervision of direct care staff, delivery of care to the patients and management of a therapeutic milieu.
Duties include: Delivery of quality general and psychiatric nursing care to patients with emotional, developmental or psychiatric disorders; serve actively and constructively as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team; and to ensure the safety and well being of each patient; to administer medications in accordance with established safety, hospital & regulatory requirements with minimum medication errors; ensures patients are provided with medical care as needed including referring & sending patients for outside medical treatment as needed; conducts nursing assessments on patients & documents outcomes of assessments; attends to the medical complaints and concerns of patients in a timely and responsive manner. Processes admissions and discharges; oversees all seclusion & restraint episodes & obtains required orders and assessments; ensures accurate completion of incident reports & notification of incidents to the Risk Mgr. & on-site Supervisor. Provides health education, including medication information, to patients & their families as needed. Provides notification of incidents, medical concerns, medication changes to families & referral sources. Participates in PI and committees as directed. Supervises direct care staff, makes assignments, assures completion of duties, counsels staff and documents performance.
Education: Graduate of an accredited school or college of nursing. BSN or BS preferred. Specialty certification also preferred.
Experience: Minimum of one (1) year of recent experience; psychiatric preferred. ER experience or geriatric care may substitute. New graduate desiring mental-health specialty may be considered with three months mentoring.
Age-Specific Competencies: Cross-training for Adults and Adolescents
Licensure/Certification: Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Louisiana and able to obtain CPR and CPI/NCI Certification
Other: Demonstrates sound leadership skills and utilizes these skills in organizing the activities and schedules for medical and/or non-medical tasks of the unit for a given shift; record of consistently high quality of clinical and interpersonal skills to be an exemplary role model to others; displays basic knowledge of treatment procedures; interventions common to acute psychotic as well as to non-violent crises intervention practice; record of consistently high quality of clinical and interpersonal skills to be a role model to others; basic knowledge of abnormal psychology; application of this knowledge to nursing care; basic knowledge of medical terminology; thorough familiarity of psychopharmacology and the use of psychotropic medications; basic teaching and training skills helpful; problem-solving; organizational and time-management ; crisis intervention skills; written and oral communication skills; skills in facilitating and/or co-facilitating process oriented and didactic groups; eligible for CPR and CPI/NCI certification; skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of clinical and support team members; empathy for patients and their families; flexibility regarding hours and scheduled work; skills in maintaining information as highly confidential; skills in applying these concepts within a therapeutic treatment environment; skills in limit and boundary setting. Assertive communication; skills at counseling staff; personnel management
HIPAA: Has access to and adds information to the Medical Record. May only access medical records of assigned patients.
Work Demands/Environment: Requires full range of body motion, including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time. In addition to lifting of patients, occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Requires working under stressful conditions and/or working irregular hours. Potential exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, body fluids and other conditions common to a hospital environment.Company Description
Northlake Behavioral Health System offers a nurturing and caring environment for those in need of behavioral health treatment. Our dedicated team of doctors, nurses and technicians will work with you and your family toward your recovery from substance abuse and psychiatric illness.