Bergen Regional Medical Center REGISTERED NURSE, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES in United States


Assessment, treatment and patient care responsibilities are delivered with a knowledge of patient growth and development and are appropriate to the ages of the patients served.

Identifies and documents initial observation and assessment of the patient's needs for immediate nursing action.Systematically and accurately assesses nursing needs of the patient in order to detect pertinent changes in the clinical picture.

Identifies appropriate foci.

Selects, plans, evaluates, and documents care based on this assessment.

Assesses, intervenes, and documents appropriately to meet patient's health, educational, psychosocial, and discharge planning needs.

Initiates appropriate referrals to other departments, services, and/or outside agencies for patient care.

Gives comprehensive patient care.

Initiates and follows through with patient and family teaching.

Consults with unit Nursing Leadership regarding significant changes in patient's condition.

Collaborates with all members of the health care team.

Communicates relevant patient care information on shift to shift report.

Utilizes patient care standards in clinical practice.

Provides individual and group therapy.

Documents pertinent information regarding patient's response to treatment and progression toward goals in patient's chart.

Completes Admission/Transfer Summary Sheet and/or Discharge Summary.

Transcribes physician's orders in patient chart accurately and timely.

Seeks clarification of physician's orders that are unclear or inappropriate.

Interprets clinical data and notifies the physician promptly if immediate changes in management are indicated.

Administers medications in compliance with policies and procedures.

Titrates medications as per physician's prescriptives, protocols, and standard.

Selects and performs therapeutic measures essential to providing quality care as evidenced by identified nursing goals and actions on the interdisciplinary treatment plan.

Assures that the LPN’s practice is limited to performing tasks and responsibilities within the framework of reinforcing the patient teaching program through health teaching, health counseling and provision of supportive and restorative care, under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed or otherwise legally authorized physician as demonstrated by the charge RN’s ability to assign LPN’s appropriate tasks on the assignment sheet.

Takes responsibility for the nature and quality of all nursing care including the assessment of the nursing needs, the plan of nursing care (within the interdisciplinary treatment plan) the implementation, and the monitoring and evaluation of the plan.

Delegates selected nursing tasks (as deemed appropriate in the BHS division) in the implementation of the nursing plan of care to LPN’s, RA’s and MHA’s.

Assures that when the RN’s delegate select nursing tasks to LPN’s, RA’s, or MHA’s, the RN shall be responsible for exercising that degree of judgment and knowledge reasonably expected to assure that proper delegation has been made. A registered professional nurse may not delegate the performance of a nursing task to persons who have not been adequately prepared by verifiable training and education. No task may be delegated which is within the scope of nursing practice.

Responsible for the proper supervision of LPN’s, RA’s and MHA’s on the assigned shift as the charge nurse.

Delivers primary mental health care as outlined in the Standards of Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nursing Practice written by the American Nurses Association.

Performs intakes including physical and psychosocial assessments on new admissions completing the nursing assessment form fully, renders diagnostic and dispositional judgments, and facilitating the patient’s movement in their hospital stay.

Utilizes skills and resources to foster the restoration of individual patient’s previous adaptive abilities and allows for the acquisition of new ones.

Maintains all aspects of a therapeutic milieu, which will facilitate the patient’s potential growth and change.

Employs psychobiological interventions including various emergency procedures and standard nursing measures such as relaxation techniques, medication education, nutrition/diet regulation, exercise and rest schedules, monitoring response to medication, and other somatic treatments including monitoring the patient’s responses to psychobiological interventions and the overall treatment program.

Provides direct crisis intervention services to patients in crisis and that the appropriate interventions are used as evidenced by observation of staff during Team 20 and Dr. Strong emergency codes.


Graduation from accredited school of nursing.

Current NJ Registered Nurse licensure.

Certification as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health certification preferred.**

Previous experience in psychiatric nursing preferred.

Knowledge and understanding of the mental disorders occurring in adults.

Experience in facilitating and understanding the dynamics in a group situation preferred.

American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification required.

Requisition Number: 17-0417

Post Date: 8/1/2017


Division: Nursing

Employee Type: Full Time Day

Work Hours: 40.0