The Advanced Practice Team Lead of the Acute Psychiatry Service (within the Emergency Department) is accountable for the delivery of consistent high-quality patient care and supporting the development of the Advanced Practice Nurse staff. Drawing on a broad understanding of clinical and hospital practices and policies, the APRN leader will continually assess clinical issues including scope of practice guidelines and advanced practice protocols.
This role, in collaboration with the APS Director, includes such responsibilities as the coordination of hiring, managing and onboarding, staff educational lectures, establishing protocols, systems development, and scheduling.
Further, the Team Lead will work to encourage full integration of the APS APRNs as a team as well as the team's interfaces with clinical and non-clinical staff in the APS and ED.
A majority of work hours will be spent providing direct patient care in a busy Emergency Department, caring for both child and adult patients in acute and emergent psychiatric distress.
Coordinates the overall orientation of newly hired APRN staff including orientation overview and coordination of necessary classes, schedule etc
Serves as a clinical resource to ARPN team
Coordinates ongoing education of APRN staff
Assists with monitoring compliance with established APRN regulatory guidelines, procedures, objectives, quality assurance.
APS APRN service liaison to other health care teams to further collaboration and working relationship- specifically to the attending MD group.
Coordinates APRN representation to the appropriate administrative meetings
Assists in coordination, development, implementation and evaluation of patient care policies and procedures designed to affect both clinical care and operational efficiency on the APS APRN service
Works closely with the associate APS director on staffing and scheduling and makes recommendations to the APS director regarding staffing patterns and unit needs
Collaborates with leadership in identifying current and future APRN service needs and share responsibility for establishing processes to meet these needs
3.0 Professional Development:
Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current Acute Psychiatry practice
Identifies his/her own developmental level of practice and appropriate learning experience to enhance development.
Identifies own learning needs and goals. Develops a plan to meet them.
Maintains and develops a professional practice through continuing educational programs and appropriate learning experiences.
The Acute Psychiatric Service is a very busy clinical service within the Emergency Department.
Direct supervision of 4.6 FTEs:
Preparation of performance evaluations
Meetings with employees regarding performance
Interviewing/hiring of new staff
3-5 years of experience as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner, with at least two years being in an acute care setting (inpatient or emergency dept) required. Prefer experience with both pediatric and adult patient populations.
Previous experience in a leadership or resource role.
Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current nursing education practices.
Contributes to committees, professional meetings, continuing educational and or formal academic programs
Demonstrates clinical competence.
Demonstrates leadership ability which includes interpersonal competence and organizational skills.
Valid Massachusetts Advanced Practice RN licensure in good standing.
Masters Degree required; either Bachelor or Masters Degree must be in Nursing.