Registered Nurse (Per Diem)

The Registered Nurse is responsible for delivering quality general and psychiatric nursing care to patients with emotional or psychiatric disorders; serves actively and constructively as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, supporting the organization and program philosophy of care; ensuring the safety and well-being of each patient. The Registered Nurse:

  • Assesses new patients within 24 hours of admission through a systematic process of interaction with the patient, their significant others or families, and the appropriate health care providers.
  • Collects and analyzes data regarding the patient s physical, psychosocial, environmental, self-care, educational, and anticipated discharge planning needs and responds to needs assessment calls when necessary.
  • Develops a comprehensive outline of care and updates master treatment plans, special programs, and problem sheets.
  • Assists in developing goals and interventions; gathering relevant data and communicating it to the treatment team.
  • Establishes effective discharge plans, individualized and relevant to the needs of patients and significant others.
  • Maintains effective communication with all units and departments.
  • Maintains designated lines of authority and supervises direct patient care as required.
  • Participates in implementing and managing the therapeutic system and other applicable facets of behaviorally-oriented treatment programs.
  • Implements crisis prevention and intervention procedures as required.
  • Follows correct protocols for crisis management and demonstrates skills in defusing potentially combative or aggressive behaviors; distinguishes correctly between psychotic behavior and self-control problems, manipulation, or rebellious behaviors.
  • Demonstrates sound knowledge of psychotropic medications and other medications commonly used with psychiatric patients.
  • Ensures that orders of seclusions & restraints are promptly and correctly followed.
  • Ensures that rounds and interval checks are properly made and documented and that problems are reported in a timely manner.
  • Assists in the selection and orientation of qualified personnel to provide optimum patient care.
  • Participates in in-service programs and takes a leadership role in maintaining therapeutic milieu.
  • Provides guidelines/direction to staff regarding care required; provides structure to the units by ensuring program schedules are implemented.
  • Provides feedback for 90 day and annual performance evaluations for MHS staff.
  • Assures that all psychiatric mental health standards are being met.
  • Attends mandatory monthly nurse meetings.
  • Float to other units as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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