Mercy Medical Center Clinton Registered Nurse - Psychiatric Crisis - D2721 in Darby, Pennsylvania


2001_2721 CrisIS Response Center

Expected Weekly Hours:



Evening Shift

Position Purpose:

• The Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the delivery of patient care. The professional nurse assumes the responsibility and accountability for the delegation of patient care to other members of the healthcare team.

Job Description Details:

Well-Coordinated Patient Care

• Prioritizes and organizes work assignment and adjusts priorities based on changing situations.

• Completes work within a predetermined time frame.

• Acts as a patient advocate and upholds patient’s rights.

• Promotes and maintains a safe, clean and orderly environment.

• Consults and refers to other Health Care professionals.

• Refers ethical concerns to appropriate resources.

• Delegates work to the care team as per State Board, job description and skill level

• Interacts professionally and communicates effectively with patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers.

• Plans delivery of care according to medical plan, patient acuity and staff competencies

• Anticipates potential length of stay or discharge problems.

• Is knowledgeable of Admission/Discharge criteria for the unit; and assists with timely patient bed assignment and discharge.

• Cooperates with all areas in the admission and transfer of patients throughout the hospital to ensure efficiency.

• Assists in promoting and enforcing the coordination of patient care.

• Keeps physicians informed of patient condition.

• Receives patients from other units in a timely manner.

• Verbal orders and “Read backs” are performed according to policy.

Performance Measures

• Completes all work within assigned time frame.

• Collaborates with the interdisciplinary care team, including but not limited to; care coordinator, social work, physician and Clinical Operations Leader, to keep them informed of patient status.

• 100% compliant with verbal order, “read back” policy

• 100% compliant critical test result policy and documents appropriately in the EMR

Patient Education

• Assesses learning needs, readiness to learn, and actual or potential barriers to learning.

• Integrates primary and secondary diagnosis into the educational plan.

• Incorporates education into patient activity, (i.e., medication, equipment, food-drug interactions).

• Individualizes educational plan based on age, cultural and spiritual values.

• Ensures that appropriate patient education is provided to meet individual/ family needs.

• Documents patient education in process plans section in EHR.

Performance Measures

• Individualizes patient educational plan and includes the family and/or significant others as appropriate.

• Documents 100% patient specific education appropriately in the EMR

• Utilizes teach back methodology 100% of the patient education encounters.

Psychiatric Nursing Skills

• Provides care for the Psychiatric patient

• Manages care of:

  • agitated patient

  • psychotic patient

  • suicidal patient

  • self-destructive patient

• Application of crisis intervention theory

• De-escalation and re-direction techniques

• Identifies Safety Hazards in the milieu

• Unit safety search, documentation and management of sharps

• Enforces safety regulations and initiates corrective action for safety issues

• Limit setting and redirection of patients’ behavior

• Maintains appropriate boundaries

• Multidisciplinary Treatment Team participant

• Establishes a psychiatric nursing diagnosis

• Leads Therapeutic or Medication Education Group

• Understands and utilizes family and community support system

• Participates in writing a Team Treatment Plan

• Accurately assesses:

  • Suicide risk factors

  • Homicide risk factors

  • Potential for violence

  • Sign of drug and alcohol abuse and acute intoxication

  • Coping skills

Performance Measures

• Demonstrates appropriate skill for area of practice.

Crisis Unit

• Understands psychological response to disasters or trauma

• Conducts telephone triage

• Arranges and coordinates inpatient admissions

• Arranges and coordinates outpatient referrals and pre-certifications

• Provides guidance for 302 petitioners

• Participates in insurance verifications

• Coordinates patient referrals and transfers to and from other agencies

• Interacts with police and emergency personnel

• Completes computerized registration of patients

• Interacts with county delegate to present 302 involuntary commitment petitions

Performance Measures

• Demonstrates appropriate skills for area of practice

BSN or BS/BA degree in Nursing

Current RN Pennsylvania state license required.

Current BCLS required or obtained by completion of orientation.

ACLS required or obtained by completion of orientation if Applicable to Area of Practice.

Professional certifications preferred.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Candidate must be organized and able to lead and manage a team.

Demonstrates ability to use problem solving, critical thinking and priority setting skills.

Ability to perform diversified duties with time limitations with a high degree of accuracy.

Computer skills preferred.

Prior clinical experience preferred

This is a 0.4 FTE evening shift, weekends PRN w rotation position.

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