Registered Nurse (Baylor)
Company: North Star Behavioral Health
Posted on: January 17, 2020
This position is eligible to receive a sign-on bonus for a one-year
or two-year commitment. Please apply and/or contact Human Resources
The Registered Nurse is responsible for delivering quality general
and psychiatric nursing care to patients with emotional or
psychiatric disorders; serves actively and constructively as a
member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, supporting the
organization and program philosophy of care; ensuring the safety
and well-being of each patient. The Registered Nurse:
* Assesses new patients within 24 hours of admission through a
systematic process of interaction with the patient, their
significant others or families, and the appropriate health care
* Collects and analyzes data regarding the patient s physical,
psychosocial, environmental, self-care, educational, and
anticipated discharge planning needs and responds to needs
assessment calls when necessary.
* Develops a comprehensive outline of care and updates master
treatment plans, special programs, and problem sheets.
* Assists in developing goals and interventions; gathering relevant
data and communicating it to the treatment team.
* Establishes effective discharge plans, individualized and
relevant to the needs of patients and significant others.
* Maintains effective communication with all units and
* Maintains designated lines of authority and supervises direct
patient care as required.
* Participates in implementing and managing the therapeutic system
and other applicable facets of behaviorally-oriented treatment
* Implements crisis prevention and intervention procedures as
* Follows correct protocols for crisis management and demonstrates
skills in defusing potentially combative or aggressive behaviors;
distinguishes correctly between psychotic behavior and self-control
problems, manipulation, or rebellious behaviors.
* Demonstrates sound knowledge of psychotropic medications and
other medications commonly used with psychiatric patients.
* Ensures that orders of seclusions & restraints are promptly and
* Ensures that rounds and interval checks are properly made and
documented and that problems are reported in a timely manner.
* Assists in the selection and orientation of qualified personnel
to provide optimum patient care.
* Participates in in-service programs and takes a leadership role
in maintaining therapeutic milieu.
* Provides guidelines/direction to staff regarding care required;
provides structure to the units by ensuring program schedules are
* Provides feedback for 90 day and annual performance evaluations
for MHS staff.
* Assures that all psychiatric mental health standards are being
* Attends mandatory monthly nurse meetings.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Must have an Associate's degree or higher
in Nursing and a valid State of Alaska RN license.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Must have a working knowledge of basic RN care
and standards related to the treatment of pediatric and adult
psychiatric populations; ability to perform assignments with
minimal supervision; ability to work successfully under highly
stressful conditions; ability to make sound, independent judgments
based on scientific and/or ethical principles; ability to
collaborate with other multidisciplinary team members in an
appropriate fashion; capability to adapt to varying workloads and
work assignments on a constant basis; have effective comprehensive
reading skills, strong communication skills, written and verbal;
have excellent assessment skills; and have a working knowledge of
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION: Must be willing and able to
execute the patient de-escalation methods, both verbal and
physical; able to complete new hire requirements such as State of
Alaska Background Check and Drug Testing; demonstrate special
training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups, as well as
job and/or program specific competency within the first three (3)
months of training; be certified in CPR and Handle with Care
Training within the first month of employment and annually
thereafter; complete all required mandatory in-services annually;
be tested for Tuberculosis with a PPD skin test or chest x-ray upon
hire; PPD skin test required annually or chest x-ray tri-annually
GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Working conditions for all employees
are as follows, but are not limited to a psychiatric hospital
setting: risk involved in the event of aggressive patient(s);
workload may include day, evening, night, weekend, and/or holiday
shifts. Employees may occasionally be exposed to blood borne
pathogens and loud noises. Mental demands described herein are
representative of those which must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of the job, but are
not limited to the ability to remain calm in stressful
environments; and the emotional stability, physical stamina, and
agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requirements include, but are not limited to
the ability to communicate effectively with employees; the ability
to effectively utilize communication equipment; the physical
agility to manage cleaning equipment; the ability to read and
write. Additionally, the Registered Nurse must frequently utilize
physical ability for standing or sitting for long periods of time;
regularly utilize physical ability for speaking, hearing, and
seeing with correction for close and distance vision, color
discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception and focusing
ability. Speaking and hearing may be necessary for conversing with
and assessing employees; be able to ascend/descend stairs and
ramps; use body agility; bend body downward and forward by bending
spine at the waist; bend legs at knees to come to a rest on knees;
be able to extend hands and arms in any direction; be able to use
upper and lower extremities to exert force in a pulling or pushing
motion. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up
to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force
constantly to move objects; be able to raise objects from a lower
to higher position or from side-to-side; concentrate amidst
distractions; must be able to perform work of a repetitive nature;
must respond calmly to potentially volatile clients. The worker is
subject to both environmental conditions and hazards, as activities
can occur inside and outside with various physical conditions.
Mental demands include but are not limited to emotional stability,
physical stamina and agility to handle stress and respond quickly
and effectively to emergency situations.
All employment at UHS is with one of the subsidiaries of Universal
Health Services, Inc., including its management company, UHS of
Delaware, Inc. Universal Health Services is a holding company.
UHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such, openly supports
and fully commits to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion
and compensation of all individuals without regard to race, color,
religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics,
protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by
federal, state or local laws.
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