Job Detail

  • License Type RN Registered Nurse

Job Description

Position Summary: Provide professional nursing care for assigned patients in a mental health/psychiatric environment. Design nursing care plans and assist in the development of overall care plans for psychiatric patients, ensure administration of appropriate overall care in a manner conducive to recovery. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric age groups. Accountability:

  • PRECEPTOR – Participate in orientation, and having successfully completed preceptor training, assume precepting and evaluation responsibilities of new personnel
  • PATIENT CARE – Interview, examine, and assess the health status of psychiatric patients with various cognitive, emotional, developmental, social, and behavioral disorders
  • PATIENT CARE – Observe patient behavior, activities, and mental status; perform triage and crisis intervention
  • PATIENT CARE – Write treatment plans; coordinate patient drug and procedure activities; administer medication and treatment; provide and coordinate nursing care of assigned patients; may facilitate group therapy and/or education sessions
  • PATIENT CARE – Chart and report observed symptoms, reactions, treatments, and changes in the patients’ conditions; collect and document data and information; may perform computerized data entry
  • PATIENT CARE – Perform nursing intakes, draw blood and other patient specimens; may perform or coordinate laboratory tests
  • PATIENT CARE – Educate patients and families on treatment regimens, management of side effects, and compliance with the treatment plans; provide emotional support and acts as advocate for patients and families
  • PATIENT CARE – Provide information and facilitate communication between physicians, medical students, staff, patients, families, and community; coordinate and consult with a milieu of service providers
  • TESTS AND PROCEDURES – Assist with special tests and procedures, ensure proper consent has been obtained
  • EMERGENCY MEASURES – Assist with or institute emergency measures for sudden, adverse developments in patients
  • MEDICATION – Administer medication, including IV medication, via the Seven Rights; document and communicate clinical findings
  • ENVIRONMENT – Maintain a safe, comfortable, and therapeutic environment for patients/families in accordance with Hospitals standards
  • POLICIES AND PROCEDURES – Follow established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards
  • DEVELOPMENT – Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops
  • ADMINISTRATION – Perform various administrative functions such as monitoring expenditures and preparing reports and correspondence; may participate in a variety of research projects to develop service plans; may propose changes to program policies and procedures
  • PATIENT SAFETY 1 – Follow patient safety-related policies, procedures and protocols
  • PATIENT SAFETY 2 – Demonstrate proactive approach to patient safety by seeking opportunities to improve patient safety through questioning of current policies and processes
  • PATIENT SAFETY 3 – Identify and report/correct environmental conditions and/or situations that may put a patient at undue risk
  • PATIENT SAFETY 4 – Report potential or actual patient safety concerns, medical errors and/or near misses in a timely manner
  • PATIENT SAFETY 5 – Encourage patients to actively participate in their own care by asking questions and reporting treatment or situations that they don’t understand or may “not seem right”
  • Certification Requirements:

  • RN MATRIX – Complete and maintain unit/clinic based required certifications and competencies as listed in the department expectations/and or the unit/clinic education matrix
  • Education Requirements:

  • Nursing program (nationally accredited) graduate
  • New graduate Associate Degree nurses will agree to complete their BSN within 3 years or MSN within 5 years
  • Licensure/Certification Requirements:

  • Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) in State of New Mexico or as allowed by reciprocal agreement by State of New Mexico
  • CPR Certification for Healthcare/BLS Providers or for Professional Rescuers or must obtain within 30 calendar days of date of position
  • Education Requirements – Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing
  • Experience Requirements – Preferred:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Bilingual English/Keres, Tewa, Tiwa, Towa, Zuni, or Navajo
  • 1 year directly related experience
  • Physical Demands Requirements:

  • Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects or people. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Medium Work.
  • Testing Requirements:

  • Tuberculin Skin Test required annually
  • Working Conditions Requirements:

  • Sig Hazard: Chemicals, bio hazardous materials requiring extensive safety precautions and may require protective equipment
  • Sig Haz: Physical risk, injuries due to combative patient behavior
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