Intake Registered Nurse

Aurora San Diego San Diego , CA 92128

Posted 2 weeks ago

This is a position working in a behavioral health care hospital. To deliver quality general and psychiatric nursing care to patients who present for a behavioral health assessment or are hospitalized for treatment of psychiatric or emotional disorders; to serve actively and constructively as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, supporting the organization philosophy of care; to ensure the safety and well-being of each patient.

*This position is Full-Time Sunday-Thursday AM/PM Shift. Responsibilities:

  • Conduct medical screens for all patients who present for Intake
  • Determine if the patients are medically stable and can be treated safely on-site. Must be able to identify neurological deficits and level of consciousness
  • Conduct vital signs, breathalyzer, O2 saturation levels, and glucometer levels
  • Calculate and interpret BMI
  • Competent in assessment of communicable disease exposure, risk, and interventions
  • Complete a pain assessment. Understanding of general and psychiatric medications
  • Demonstrate understanding of EMTALA regulations and implementation
  • Able to evaluate for emergency medical conditions and competent in assessing when stabilizing treatment is necessary
  • Able to perform appropriate transfers to other facilities, including identification of risks and benefits of a transfer out
  • Review of labs and medical histories of patients in medical facilities to determine medical appropriateness for admission
  • Understanding of medical exclusion criteria and how to assess for conditions that are not medically appropriate for admission
  • Able to perform case consultations with other RNs and physicians to determine medical appropriateness
  • Ability to assess for substance intoxication and withdrawal symptoms. Assess for behavioral health symptomatology
  • Conduct case consultations with physicians to determine the level of care for patients presenting for treatment
  • Assess patients for self-harm/suicide risk and consult with a physician to determine appropriate monitoring levels for inpatient admissions
  • Able to manage patients at risk of self-harm or harm to others while in Intake
  • Complete risk assessments for AWOL, danger to others, sexual acting out behavior, and vulnerability
  • Knowledge of DSM-5 diagnoses


  • Demonstrates sound leadership skills and utilizes these skills in organizing the activities and schedules for medical and/or non-medical tasks of the patient for a given shift
  • Record of consistently high quality of clinical and interpersonal skills to be an exemplary role model to others
  • Displays basic knowledge of treatment procedures, interventions common to acute psychotic as well as to non-violent crises intervention practice
  • Basic knowledge of abnormal psychology as typically found in the general psychiatric population; application of this knowledge to patient nursing care; basic knowledge of medical terminology especially those terms associated with psychiatric care
  • Through familiarity of psychopharmacy and the use of psychotropic medications with the psychiatric population
  • Basic teaching and training skills helpful; problem-solving; organizational and time management
  • Crisis intervention skills; written and oral communication skills; skills in facilitating and/or co-facilitating process orientated and didactic groups
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a variety of clinical and support team members; empathy for patients and their families; skills in maintaining information as highly confidential

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stoop, crouch, reach, stand, and lift up to 10 pounds


  • Valid California Registered Nurse License
  • Psychiatric experience (1 year preferred)
  • Current BLS for Healthcare providers


  • Health Insurance, Vision Insurance, Dental Insurance
  • 401K Retirement Plan
  • Healthcare Spending Account & Dependent Care Spending Account
  • PTO Plan with Holiday Premium Pay
  • Life Insurance (Supplemental Life, Term, and Universal plans are also available.)
  • Short and Long-Term Disability (with additional buy-in opportunities)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
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