POSITION SUMMARY:

The Registered Nurse provides nursing care to all patients in the South Unit & ensures appropriateness of care for all age groups in the unit specific population. He / She demonstrates an ability to incorporate knowledge of patient’s age, growth, developmental level in the provision of care.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

· Completes Nursing Assessment upon admission and each shift thereafter in accordance with unit standards and hospital policy.

· Enters, reviews, and updates electronic health record information per unit policy. This includes minimum of one patient care note every shift in addition to other required documentation.

· Includes cultural & gender considerations when assessing appropriate method for care management.

· Creates / follows plan of care to meet patient care goals, incorporating the physical, social, and psychological needs in the process.

· Responsible for monitoring patient safety and wellbeing.

· Participate & ensure that patient contraband search is properly conducted.

· Makes purposeful rounds a minimum of 4 times per shift.

· Is observant of changing patient needs and/or environmental conditions impacting the patient & takes appropriate & timely action. (Including but not limited to ligature risk assessment).

· Delegates patient care activities to appropriate personnel (CBHT / MHT / Unit Secretary), supervises & follows through to assure care completion.

  • Effectively addresses & ensures patient safety needs are met & that hospital policies are followed regarding:
  • Fall Risk
  • Aspiration Risk
  • Restraint / Seclusion
  • Wound Care Protocol
  • Elopement Risk
  • Emergency Codes
  • Patient Rights
  • Patient knowledge of Grievance Process
  • Ligature Risk Assessment

· Works & assists collaboratively with all other members of the health care team.

· Administers and documents medications accurately according to established policies & procedures.

· Participates in South Unit / Hospital QAPI activities.

· Follows hospital policy and regulatory requirements regarding use of restraint and/or seclusion.

· Utilizes sound judgment and decision making criteria in observing psychiatric patients, gathering & analyzing information, drawing conclusions, & taking required action. (Problem analysis).

· Able to identify & anticipate patient changes and potential problems, & communicate these issues to other relevant members of the healthcare team and / or significant other as appropriate & in a timely manner.

· Recognizes significant changes in patient clinical parameters and immediately reports to physician & charge nurse. (Critical Value of lab and radiology reporting).

· Responds promptly in accordance with policy and procedure to all emergency situations that arise on the unit or in the hospital.

· Identifies patient/family/significant other needs for health teaching & utilizes available resources to assist in patient / family / significant other teaching as needed.

· Begins discharge planning upon admission & observes hospital discharge policies.

· Utilizes best practices in hand-off communications to oncoming shift.

· Participates in Orientation of new personnel.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES / SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

· Demonstrates appropriate knowledge & skill as a psychiatric nurse.

· Performs in a calm and professional manner during crisis and emergency situations.

· Provides quality nursing care through Nursing Process of Assessment, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.

· Adheres to department/hospital safety & infection control standards according to established policies and procedures.

· Ability to give instructions and to supervise other staff members when any need arises.

· Ability to work in teams.

· Prioritize & Complete tasks in a timely manner.

QUALIFICATIONS:

· Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing; ASN required, BSN preferred

· Current licensure as a Professional Registered Nurse in the State of Florida

· Previous psychiatric nursing / relevant nursing experience preferred.

· Current BLS required; ACLS preferred &/ or required per departmental standard.

· Baker Act Training and Aggression Control Education required upon hire and annually thereafter.