UPMC Psychiatric Nurse John Merck Program (JMP 6th Floor) D/E 8&12 hour shifts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is hiring a Full-Time Psych Nurse to help support the John Merck Program (JMP 6th Floor)for its Oakland location. This position will work rotating D/E 8 and 12 hour shifts including weekends and holidays.

The John Merck Program (JMP) is a 28-bed inpatient program designed to treat children and adults with both intellectual disabilities as well as an acute psychiatric illness.

The Psychiatric Nurse is responsible for demonstrating clinical competence in the delivery of direct patient care and the implementation of the milieu management program.


  • Maintains competency requirements.

Attends two unit-based or institute-wide inservices yearly.

Serves as mentor to students and new employees.

Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology in delivery of patients care.

  • Participates in interdisciplinary activities including, treatment team, staff meeting, co-worker feedback process and other committees as assigned.

Follows research protocols as required.

  • Performs a nursing assessment and initial plan of care within 8 hours of patient's admission.

Orients/educates patient regarding hospitalization.

Documents in the medical record according to established policies.

Maintains current knowledge of medication policies and practices, including side effects, dosage and patient response.

Completes medication administration safely and accurately, including transcription, administration and documentation according to established policies.

  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of DSM IV diagnosis as evidenced by individual, group and milieu therapeutic interventions.

Manages crisis situations effectively using positive approaches.

Adheres to Nursing Standards and Policies including ANA Standards for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, ANA Professional Code for Nurses, the WPIC policies and procedures and the Nurse Practice Act.

Performs point of care testing per unit (i.e., glucose monitoring, urinalysis, Hemocults.)

  • Performs charge RN responsibilities competently and effectively.

Participates with unit management in Program Development and Performance Improvement Activities.


  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing required. BSN preferred.

  • Six months of experience in Clinical Psychiatry preferred.

  • Successful completion of the central and unit specific orientation programs including the medication proficiency examination.

  • The incumbent must by physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent, mentally ill patients as necessary including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring, and pushing and pulling equipment, such as, wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities REQNUMBER: 609728