POSITION TITLE: Inpatient Registered Nurse
REPORTS TO: Director of Nursing
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates delivery of safe, therapeutically effective, individualized client care in accordance with Arizona Department of Health Services, ANA Standards of Professional Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, as well as policies and procedures of the CSU/WPH Unit. Ensures coordination of all health care team activities with respect to implementing physician orders.
1. Continuously assesses the health status of the client/family.
2. Continuously assesses the acuity of each client and the entire unit in order to ensure patient and unit safety.
3. Develops an individualized treatment plan for each client prioritizing needs, setting goals, and determining nursing interventions to achieve those goals.
4. Implements nursing interventions and carries out physician orders appropriately according to the client's individualized needs and plan of care.
5. Continuously evaluates client's/family's response to care and modifies treatment plan and interventions accordingly.
6. Directs the daily activities of the nursing staff in carrying out client care.
7. Performs other duties as assigned.
A. Supervision -
The Inpatient Registered Nurse is responsible for the direct supervision of the Health Services Technicians working on the PHF Unit during the shift; this includes overseeing client assignments, implementation of client care and other duties in accordance with skill level. Each nurse is also responsible for the ongoing supervision of assigned Health Services Technicians; this includes monitoring performance, assessing training needs, providing weekly supervision/training, and completing performance evaluations.
B. Confidentiality -
The Inpatient Registered Nurse will have on-going access to client medical records and will routinely handle treatment information generated by WYGC and other providers.
Mental Application -
The Inpatient Registered Nurse position requires decision-making ability which must be exercised in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating client care on a continuous basis. Decision making involves clinical concerns related to client health and safety as well as supervisory decisions in managing the acuity and overall safety of the unit. The Inpatient Registered Nurse must be able to make these decisions in a fast-paced and frequently changing environment where clients are frequently in crisis. These decisions must be made in accordance with WYGC policies and procedures.
An error in judgement could have a profound impact on the health, safety, and well-being of both clients and staff and could result in client or staff injury as well as the loss of time, expenses, or the undermining of public/employee goodwill.
The Inpatient Nurse continually works with clients, families, medical staff, peers, subordinates and immediate supervisor. Also frequently interacts with case managers, other WYGC staff, and other providers in the community.
F. Special Populations -
Child/Adolescent XGeriatric X Substance Abuse X SMI
XOther (specify): MR/DD
A. Working Conditions -The primary working locale will be the CSU/WPH Unit - an inpatient crisis unit where seclusion /restraint may sometimes be utilized.
B. Equipment Operation - Frequently used equipment would include basic medical equipment, computers, telephones, fax machine, copy machine and other basic office equipment.
A. Education Level:
High School/GED Associate Bachelor Master XOther Graduate of approved school of nursing. RN License. (specify)
B. Experience: Six months actual nursing experience in medical/ behavioral health facility within the past three years, or have successfully completed an accredited nursing refresher course. A new graduate must have 6 months experience as an LPN or nursing assistant and/or completed a preceptorship with Hillside PHF Unit and/or another approved psychiatric facility.
Field: Psychiatry preferred but not required.
Population (if applicable): Broad based psychiatric experience preferred.
Number of Years: No minimum.
Special Skills/Knowledge: Prefer strong knowledge of psychiatric/mental health nursing principles and procedures, psychotropic medications, substance abuse issues, and ANA Standards of Professional Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
CORE/INITIAL COMPETENCIES: List those competencies required to adequately perform essential functions, duties/ responsibilities of the job initially (at hire and for the first six months) and how and when they will be measured.