The Behavioral Health RN assists in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients and their family members, to help patients utilize services to achieve optimum level of function and to coordinate discharge planning in accordance with Federal and State statutes, Standards of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice, the Code of Ethics for Nurses, SCHS and Behavioral Health mission, vision, values, success factors, philosophy, policies and procedures. As a nurse, this position will oversee the work of other caregivers, providing specific care to assigned patient(s) throughout the shift, as required under the scope of the RN licensure.
(May perform additional duties of similar complexity within SCHS as required or assigned)
Establishes and maintains therapeutic nurse-patient relationships, assists in facilitating a structured environment and therapeutic milieu, respects the privacy and protects the confidentiality of patients while maintaining the boundaries of the professional role.
Coordinates with peers to ensure nursing interventions have been assigned or delegated effectively and efficiently. Assigns or delegates to others, nursing measures which the person is prepared to perform and qualified to perform and are within that person's practice/scope of duties.
Works in collaboration with the treatment team and utilizes nursing processes of assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation of in-patient mental health patients when: assessing the patient’s condition and needs; setting outcomes; implementing appropriate nursing actions to meet the patient’s/ family’s physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual needs; and evaluating patient’s progress at admission through discharge.
Demonstrates knowledgeable and proficient medical/mental health nursing procedures including: Implementing the legal orders of the authorized physician, fundamental physical exam skills collection of laboratory specimens, utilization of seclusion and restraint, and completing a comprehensive mental status examination.
Administers medications in a safe and correct manner and demonstrates essential knowledge of medication side effects, notifies physicians as they occur and initiates emergency procedures as needed. Educates patients on use of medications.
Rapidly assess and respond to crisis situations utilizing available unit, hospital and community resources. Maintains an in-depth knowledge of current seclusion and restraint policies, laws and regulations.
Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Care Team to assure care is accomplished successfully and resourcefully in a cost-effective manner. Participates in clinical care conferencing.
Documentation: Gathers data and accurately documents information in a timely manner demonstrating compliance with department standards. Exhibits ability and competence with an electronic medical record.
Demonstrates awareness of and supports St. Charles Health System’s departmental and operating unit goals through participation in continuous quality improvement and departmental activities.
Patient Education: Participates with team members in facilitating patient’s and family’s learning throughout the continuum of care. Reinforces patient's continued health care through teaching and/or referral for community agency follow-up.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.
Participates in creating a healing environment that supports all aspects of the care environment and the wholeness of each individual, patient and caregiver.
Participates in creating intentional relationships and demonstrates focus attitudes and behaviors that enhance the care experience.
Provides a therapeutic presence in service to others by purposefully responding to the needs of patients/customers in a caring way. It includes introducing oneself and stating your purpose, asking the patient their preferred name, sitting with the patient to determine their care goals, active listening, and the skillful use of communication skills (touch, eye contact, etc.).
Calculates dosages and administers medications accurately in accordance with SCHS policies and procedures for medication administration.
Documents all patient care with proficiency in compliance with hospital policies and regulatory agencies
Participates in activities that promote professional growth and development of self and others.
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the health system’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violations of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all company investigations and proceedings.
Deliver customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate
Responsible to manage the patient’s experience by clarifying, integrating, and coordinating the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
Performs stand by call as assigned. Varies by department.
As required by licensure
Must be willing to take other coursework as required.
Current Oregon RN License
Code Grey Training required within 3 months of placement
Membership in local/national professional association for mental health nurses preferred
Valid Oregon driver’s license and ability to meet SCHS driving requirements
Personal Protective Equipment:
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.
Previous experience in an Acute Care setting preferred
Recent experience in a residential or hospital-based designated psychiatric unit/area strongly preferred
Knowledge of basic physiological, psychological, and psychosocial concepts including commonly used psychotropic medications preferred
Experience in high needs patient population problem-solving and de-escalation skills, and concepts of disease processes.
Experience dealing with the public and some clinical knowledge in the areas of mental and substance abuse disorders, counseling, and case management skills preferred
Must have excellent communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population and professionally represent SCHS.
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Strong team working and collaborative skills.
Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
Basic to intermediate ability and experience in computer applications, specifically electronic medical records system and MS Office.