Psychiatric Inpatient Charge Nurse (RN) - Recovery Place Kent

Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care
Kent, WA
Sep 26, 2019
Sep 28, 2019
Contract Type
Psychiatric Charge Nurse (RN) - Recovery Place Kent

Position Summary

Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses care for clients living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders which have led to the need for acute treatment by means of involuntary hospitalization. Psychiatric nurses are responsible for the direct care of clients located in either/or the Evaluation and Treatment or the Secure Withdrawal Management unit of Recovery Place Kent. Registered nurses will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of medical and clinical professionals to administer safe and therapeutic treatment to clients. With a focus on therapeutic client interaction, registered nurses will be responsible for providing safe and therapeutic nursing services to clients by means of assessment, diagnosis, care planning, and treatment.

Essential Job Functions: (This is not the job description in its entirety)

· Primary accountability for a patient care, including ongoing assessment, medication management, withdrawal, and ancillary medical needs (i.e. wound care, ostomy care, etc.) as per protocol

· Assess patients' medical status and refers as necessary

· Prioritize RN and LPN responsibilities independently, or with supervision, based on patient care needs, unit milieu, and number/discipline of assigned staff available to provide care

· Administer and perform prescribed treatments and medical interventions, including transcribing and administering routine and prescribed medications in accordance with procedures established by medical staff and nursing leadership

· Complete medical treatments and other tasks within the scope of licensed practical nurses and the program services and procedures (i.e. phlebotomy, immunizations, EKGs, TB testing, wound care, ostomy care, etc.)

· Conduct facility admissions, obtain physical health data, complete health history screens (to include HIV, TB, etc.) and complete necessary documentation

· Inventory and care for patients' personal possessions

· Complete ROI's and coordinate care with external agencies and/or facilities as per policy and regulations

Charge Job Functions:

● Functions as the shift supervisor to support staff in making front-line operational decisions; consultation with Nurse and Program Managers on day shift and On-Call Administrators on night shift

● Work with facility Admissions Coordinator to screen referrals from local Emergency Departments for clinical propriety

● Physically receive patients at the facility and assist RNs and LPNs to complete various aspects of facility intake, which may include completion of initial health screenings, skin assessment, medication reconciliation, hygiene protocols, belongings inventories, etc.

● Assist RN's and LPN's in various aspects of client discharge as necessary

Minimum Qualifications:


● Washington State License as a Registered Nurse

● BLS certified

● CPI Certification required within 6 months of hire (training provided by Valley Cities)


● Two or more years experience in psychiatric nursing required and one year experience in an acute care setting preferred

● Psychiatric and/or Acute Care experience preferred, though not exclusionary

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Must be able to work with respect and tolerance in a multidisciplinary setting

● Psychological Resilience; ability to tolerate the daily stress of an acute psychiatric care setting

● Able to interact with patients with sensitivity, tact and respect while setting firm limits and boundaries when necessary

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills

● Ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and demands

Our caring, professional staff is Valley Cities' most important asset - the very heart and center of who we are. Every day, we strive to ensure that your experience working at Valley Cities reflects the importance of your role as we carry out our mission. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefit package including medical, dental, vision, disability, retirement, paid time off, and 10 paid holidays. Please send resume & cover letter to our Human Resources Department: Email:, FAX 253-661- 8644 or directly to Valley Cities/HR, 325 W Gowe St, Kent, WA 98032

We are dedicated to Equal Opportunity Employment & embrace the contributions of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans and does not unlawfully discriminate under federal, state, or local laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

Company Description

Valley Cities is a community behavioral health center established by the people of South King County in 1965. Today, we operate comprehensive outpatient clinics in Auburn, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Meridian (Northgate), Midway (Des Moines), Rainier Beach, and Renton.

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