Register Nurse-Inpatient

LINES OF AUTHORITY: This position is supervised by the Nursing Manager. Supervises shift staff of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN's) and Human Service Worker (HSW's) in Hospital.

POSITION SUMMARY: Provide care and safety to patients admitted to Hospital.  Care includes dispensing medications as ordered by MMHC physician, performing Accu Cheks, providing a therapeutic and educational program via Educational Protocols, performing lab tests and supervising staff LPN's and HSW's in the performance of their duties.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provides care and safety to patients admitted to Hospital, as evidenced by AEB direct observation, current Arizona License, current CPR (annual), and current Crisis-to-Care (CTC) Training refresher course (every six months).

  2. Makes assignments for the staff each day, AEB direct observation and Daily Assignment Sheet.

  3. Monitors Hospital daily for compliance of safety issues and infection control, AEB annual attendance and post test for Universal Precautions/ Blood Borne Pathogens in-service and direct observation.

  4. Ensures that Educational Protocols addressed in individual Treatment Plans for each patient are completed each shift, AEB Daily Assignment Sheet Group Monitoring Records, direct observation and Individual Supervision Logs

  5. Registered nurse supervisors are to work as a team and ensure that all rules and regulations for both patients and staff are adhered to. AEB direct observation, Patient Grievance Report, Incident/ Accident/ Death Reports, Individual Supervision Logs

  6. Provides customer service to internal and external customers and stakeholders as evidenced by direct supervision, complaint resolution, and interviews with customers.

  7. Participates in the Performance Improvement processes in the Clinic, as evidenced by meeting notes, supervision logs, and training logs.

  8. Ensures that Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review(s) are current and address patient specific needs, problems and goals, AEB audit of all Hospital records and Individual Supervision Log.

  9. The employee must work well under pressure meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.  The employee shall, at all times, demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors. This is evidenced through direct observation and interview with co-workers and supervisor.

  10. Performs other duties as assigned, AEB direct observation, and review of assigned tasks.

  11. Able to effectively de-escalate patients using techniques as trained and outlined in approved crisis intervention models.

PRIMARY CONTACTS:

  • Interaction with patients and their families/significant others, peers, subordinates and other community medical staffs.

POSITION REQUISITES:

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Current and valid Arizona Board of Registered Nurses license and CPR Certification.

  • Excellent health with no physical limitations.

  • No convictions for felonies or misdemeanor involving substance abuse, sexual misbehavior or assault.

  • Arizona fingerprint clearance. Lack of clearance status as per licensing standard is grounds for immediate dismissal.

  • 21 years of age or older.

  • R.N. must be able to calibrate and perform Accu Cheks as per MMHC policy, which includes doing a return demonstration in orientation and annually thereafter.

  • R.N. must be able to do lab draws per MMHC policy, which includes doing a return demonstration in orientation and annually thereafter.

Preferred:

  • 1-3 years experience in Psychiatric Health Nursing

Skills/Abilities

Required:

  • Possess excellent implementation planning skills

  • Possess good problem identification skills.

  • Possess excellent time management skills.

  • Possess ability to implement management of personnel resources skills.

  • Possess excellent social perceptiveness skills.

  • Possess excellent active learning skills.

  • Possess good learning strategies skills.

  • Possess good monitoring skills.

  • Possess good writing skills.

  • Possess excellent critical thinking skills.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS: Persons conducting assessments and/or providing treatment and/ or supervision for special populations are able, through training and experience as well as through agency-specific observation or competency  testing of performance to:

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY

Staff responsible for providing services to chemically dependent members has appropriate training, education, experience, performance and demonstrate competency.

Staff must be able to gather and assess information about:

  • The relationship of each member's physical status to the dependence.

  • The nature of the emotional compulsion to use alcohol and/or other drugs.

  • The intensity of the member's preoccupation with using alcohol/and/or other drugs.

Staff must also demonstrate competency in their ability to:

  • Interpret information about a member's use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

  • Develop a written summary and/or treatment plan based on member's problems and needs;

  • Provide appropriate services.

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Staff responsible for providing services to child and adolescent members have appropriate training, education, experience, performance and demonstrate competency.

  • Staff demonstrates knowledge of growth and development of children and adolescents.

  • Staff demonstrates their ability to develop treatment plans and services based on member's problem and needs.

  • Staff demonstrates knowledge and skill in working with family systems.

SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL

Staff responsiblefor providing services to seriously mentally ill members has appropriate training, education, experience, performance and demonstrate competency.

  • Staff has knowledge and ability to gather and interpret information about seriously mentally ill members.

  • Staff understands the member's needs and the range, intensity, and duration of care, habilitation and rehabilitation required.

INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED

Staff responsible for providing services to members with intellectual disabilities has appropriate training, education, experience, performance and demonstrate competency.

  • Staff has knowledge and ability to gather and interpret information about a member with an intellectual disability.

  • Staff understands the member's needs and the range, intensity, and duration of care, habilitation or rehabilitation required.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to sit, stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Occasional lifting (5-10 lbs) and reaching.

  • Able to read and understand chart documents and other written communications.

  • Position may require assisting patients in ambulating, eating and activities of daily living or assisting other medical staff in the installation of restraints.

Equipment Operation

  • Dictaphone, telephone, Fax, personal car, blood spinner, weigh scales, sphygmomanometer, audio/visual equipment (TV and VCR), washer and dryer, microwave, dishwasher.

Environmental Conditions

  • Air conditioned and/or heated office setting.

Accommodation(s)

Mohave Mental Health Clinic will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, unless it would cause undue hardship.  We define reasonable accommodation as any change in the work environment or in the way a job is performed that enables a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities.  We will make a good faith effort to list any special requirements in our job descriptions.