The Registered Nurse is responsible for coordinating and providing individualized quality patient care for the adult and/or older adult patient with mental illness, based on the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Works cooperatively with ancillary, nursing and other patient-team personnel to maintain standards for professional nursing practice. These nursing functions of the RN are carried out according to the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act, hospital policy, the hospital Mission Statement, and the Philosophy of the Department of Nursing.
**SIGN ON BONUS UP TO $5000 for EXPERIENCED NURSES JOINING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH**
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated. Performs assessment of the mental and physical status of all assigned patients. Implements, evaluates, and documents patient care interventions and patient responses in accordance with hospital policy.
Demonstrates accountability for initiating and maintaining the multi-disciplinary treatment plans, assuring that all elements are reviewed and revised as required by departmental policy and regulatory standards.
Assesses patient/family learning needs and provides and documents psycho-educational interventions by utilizing a variety of therapeutic programming modalities (patient education groups, individual sessions, etc.).
Demonstrates appropriate knowledge base of psychopharmacology.
Demonstrates appropriate skill as a member of the Control Team, in responding to agitation/violent behavior of individuals requiring verbal de-escalation and/or physical restraint.
Demonstrates competence in caring for the patient requiring restraints or seclusion.
Collaborates with others to complete job duties as appropriate, is open to considering and offering new ideas and approaches to doing things
Demonstrates proper chain of command for work related issues.
Directly supervises and is accountable for the care provided by the Mental Health Technician and all other ancillary staff.
Maintains clinical records of all patient contact according to hospital policy and other regulatory guidelines (i.e., State, JCAHO). Documents patient information thoroughly, reflecting consideration of treatment plan.
Completes Departmental Orientation Checklist within 90 days of employment and completes all identified competencies for job description on an annual basis.
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Sit up to 2 hours per day; 1 hour at a time. Stand for up to 8 hours per day, 4 hours at a time. Walk 6 hours per day; 10 minutes at a time. Consistently lift, carry and push objects up to 10 lbs. Frequently lift, carry and push objects up to 75 lbs. Transport patients weighing up to 250 lbs. via wheelchair, bed and/or stretcher with assistance when appropriate. Consistently pull up to 10 lbs. Frequently pull up to 250 lbs. with assistance when appropriate. Frequently stoop and bend, crouch, kneel and climb. Frequently reach above shoulder level. Occasional crawling. Must be able to perceive attributes of an object through touch. Frequently finger and handle objects. Occasionally firmly grasp, twist, and turn objects with hands and fingers. Must be able to hear as it relates to normal conversation, and high and low frequencies. Must be able to see as it relates to general, near, far color, and peripheral vision, depth perception, and visual monotony (e.g. computer screen).
Registered Nurse with current license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania or seeking Pennsylvania licensure through reciprocity.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Previous psychiatric, medical, and / or geriatric nursing experience preferred. ANCC certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health nursing preferred. Evidence of successful completion of BLS.
Full time and part time, evening shift and overnight shifts available.
St. Luke's Sacred Heart Campus, St. Luke's Quakertown Campus, St. Luke's Gnaden Huetten Campus
Additional Salary Information: Sign on Bonus for those who qualify, Excellent Benefits Package
Internal Number: R041529
About St. Luke's University Health Network
St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized network providing services at ten hospitals and more than 315 sites in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. We dedicated to providing our patients and visitors with easily accessible services and excellent quality care delivered with outstanding customer service.