Upon completion of orientation and under general supervision, provides professional nursing care to behaviorally disturbed and mentally ill patients. The Registered Nurse communicates and works collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team i.e. medical staff, administration, clinicians, dietitians, and milieu personnel. Takes reasonable care and precautions to ensure high patient safety standards and a therapeutic environment exist. Assumes professional responsibility for both critical and “nice to know” communication occurs in support of continuity of care. Continuously serves as a professional nursing role model to patients, their families, colleagues, and concerned others. May assume a coordinating or supervisory role with assigned licensed nursing and milieu personnel i.e. assignments, monitoring schedule/work, follow-through, and high acuity direction.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. In-person and telephone communication is consistently attentive, responsive and reflects “helpfulness”.
2. Professional awareness and boundaries are observed. Unnecessary self-disclosure is minimized.
3. Telephones are answered by the third ring whenever possible and a professional greeting. Dedicated extensions/mobile phones with voice mail have a personalized greeting, and messages retrieved/responded to in a timely manner.
4. Critical customer encounters are met with advanced customer service skills and resolved.
1. Consults, follows and documents with sufficient detail nursing care according to facility policy and procedures. When policies do not comprehensively cover the nursing/administrative practice, initiates supervision with nursing’s chain of command, medical staff and/or administrator-on-call if after hours.
2. Effectively communicates with the medical staff, receives verbal/written orders and takes care to minimize abbreviation or other errors.
3. Conducts a comprehensive nursing assessment on all patients admitted within eight (8) hours. Corresponding documentation reflects the medical and emotional status, admitting orders and the initial care plan.
4. Identifies indicators for reassessment of the patient’s conditions, reaction/responsiveness and involvement of other disciplines.
5. Administers medications, observes compliance/safe administration, consults pharmacy when indicated and records effectiveness or reactions to psychotropic and other medications.
6. Safely and accurately performs vital signs, electrocardiograms, phlebotomy/labs and diabetic/glucose monitoring. Interprets results and takes appropriate nursing action.
7. Provides patient education and verifies understanding.
8. Arranges for additional consultations and test, and proactively coordinate transportation when needed.
9. Monitors the work of assigned licensed and non-licensed personnel. When indicated initiates a refresher or recertifies competency in nursing processes.
1. Continuously self regulates professional presentation especially during emotional charged situations.
2. Presents informed and available to medical staff during patient rounds or telephonic consultations.
3. Partners with others to ensure cohesive teamwork and healthy communication.
4. Gives consideration to situations that may produce divisiveness or be received as diminishing others role or authority.
5. Considers the employees demonstrated strengths and skill-set in making patient care assignments.
1. Begins shift by receiving report, knowing scheduled activities and assessing assigned patient’s condition.
2. High visibility during increased acuity and takes an active role with indicated interventions.
3. Notices the work and reaction of coworkers, and offers to relieve for breaks or model effective interventions.
4. Records patient observation during indicated timeframe i.e. after-the-fact documentation isn’t an approved practice.
Education / Licensure:
-Candidate will possess an accredited and approved associates of nursing degree with
preference given to those with two (+) years of behavioral health experience.
- PEAK encourages all registered nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing or in
the behavioral health sciences OR meet requirements for national certification as a
psychiatric nurse within three years of employment.
-Candidate will possess a valid current registered nursing license from the TX Board of
Nursing or from a nurse compact state, where applicable.
1) Comprehensive understanding of the approved scope of nursing practice for advanced practice, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, nursing assistants and non-licensed nursing personnel;
2) Application of nursing standards and practice within an acute psychiatric setting;
3) Ability to apply cultural sensitivity and age specific competency to nursing practice;
4) Effectively respond and actively participate in a psychiatric crisis to resolution;
5) Prepares documentation that reflects a professional nursing perspective and
6) Coordinate care within a multidisciplinary team framework
. Candidate will possess an accredited and approved associates of nursing degree.
2. Preference given to those with two (+) years of behavioral health experience, but will
look at new grads
3. Candidate will possess a valid current registered nursing license
4. CPR certification
5. Day shift, 12 hour
Harlingen, Texas , 78550
$ 30 per hour
Jul 29th, 2020