Psychiatric Nurse, Senior

Butte County Environmental Health Oroville , CA 95965

Posted 2 months ago

Summary

Bachelors of Science Nursing (BSN) is preferred.

Under limited direction performs professional nursing duties in the care of mentally ill youth and/or adult patients; requires in-depth knowledge of the laws relating to Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services; advises and collaborates with other staff and interdisciplinary health treatment teams in diagnosis and treatment planning for such patients; and, assists and participates in various administrative and mental health program activities.

FLSA: Non-Exempt Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledges, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Collaborates with other medical and mental health staff to develop and implement the program concepts, standards, goals, and objectives of the nursing services component of mental health care, and to coordinate and integrate nursing services with other program components.

  • Studies, investigates, reviews and analyzes the organization, administrative procedures, and nursing techniques of the nursing services; makes recommendations and implements changes to improve nursing services and medical care.

  • Observes and reviews the nursing care portion of patients' treatment to ensure that the nursing care is performed as directed, treatment is administered in accordance with physician's instructions and quality standards are met.

  • Provides lead direction and reviews the work of subordinates as assigned by supervisor.

  • Assesses, treats and monitors patients' physical medical needs and condition; and explains treatment procedures to patients.

  • Observes and reports patients' mental and physical condition and behavior to physician and mental health treatment team as part of overall assessment and treatment planning; implements assigned parts of treatment plan.

  • Maintains medication supplies and records, inventory and physical security of drugs and medical supplies; dispenses prescribed medications; administers medications, noting reactions and results; and consults with medical staff regarding individual patients' medications.

  • Maintains complete charts and records of patients' condition, treatment, and reactions.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and provides leadership in applying behavioral interventions specific to the needs of mentally ill patients.

  • Ability to quickly assess medical issues complicating psychiatric care.

  • Manage incidents of assaultive or inappropriate behavior.

  • Provide lead direction to non-medical mental health staff regarding proper procedures specific to the care of client's medical conditions.

  • Provide specific necessary health education to clients as needed.

  • Demonstrate leadership in team building to unite non-medical and medical staff members to work together in the best interest of the patient.

  • Ability to diagnose medical conditions from psychiatric symptoms.

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of psychotropic, mood management and related medications - their benefits, side effects, and a correct therapeutic dosage.

  • Set up and coordinate complex 1:1 patient medical management plans.

  • Ability to present clearly and effectively patient history, assessment, or care plans to psychiatrist, emergency room physician, or other nursing staff.

  • Conducts intake assessments by interviewing patient, relatives and others to gather case history data; makes diagnosis regarding medical and emotional status of patient; and recommends treatment options.

  • Performs intervention services, including evaluation and referral to other appropriate resources.

  • Assesses and makes recommendations on patients' social and treatment needs related to discharge planning.

  • Conducts and assists in individual and group counseling sessions.

  • Prepares equipment and supplies, and aids physician during treatment and examination of patients.

  • Adheres to the confidentiality standards of the Privacy Act of 1974., {U.S.C. 552A} as amended.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (if assigned to a crisis or inpatient facility)

  • Provides lead support for the management of a secure facility

  • Performs comprehensive on going nursing assessment of all patients on the daily census or census by shift.

  • Thoroughly and effectively communicates patient history, assessment or care plan to judges in Reese hearings or other court settings in a concise and accurate manner

  • Assists in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and patients by removing physical hazards, providing patient seclusion and directing physical patient restraint.

  • Transports patients to and from facility.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college/school nursing program and three (3) years experience performing the duties of a Registered Nurse in a Psychiatric or other acute care nursing setting.

  • Possession of a current Registered Nurse license issued by the State of California and remain active with all annual licensing requirements.

  • Possession of a current valid CPR certificate.

  • A State of California driver's license is required.

  • If assigned to the Inpatient Unit, must pass a pre-employment physical.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed in outpatient and/or inpatient psychiatric settings; full manual dexterity and visual acuity required.

  • Work involves the potential for exposure to high risk physical situations and patients

  • Some non-standard work hours are required.

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