Registered Nurse: Behavioral Health
Hospitals include: MedStarFranklin Square Medical Center MedStar Harbor Hospital General Summary of Position Independently assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates the nursing care of patients from admissions through discharge. Provides professional nursing care for patients in accordance with established procedures and coordinates care planning with other members of the healthcare team. Functions in leadership role. Practices nursing as outlined by the Maryland Nurse Practice Act. Qualifications EDUCATION: Valid RN license in the State of Maryland. EXPERIENCE: 2 years RN experience, or 1 year RN experience plus 5 years LPN experience; 1 year in the provision of services to psychiatric patients. LICENSE/CERT/REG: CPR certification. SKILLS: Demonstrated ability to precept. Demonstrated high level of clinical competence. Ability to provide therapeutic interventions. Ability to make independent decisions consistent with clinical needs, department and hospital protocols, standards of care, policies and procedures. Strong organizational skills. Strong interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication. Basic computer skills preferred. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Administers and monitors medications. Assesses, monitors, and reassesses mental, emotional, and medical status of patients; documents and reports in accordance with policy. Completes a thorough initial assessment and develops initial interventions and/or care plans for each patient. Serves as a resource in planning care for complex patients. Completes all documentation relevant to activities. Complies with and ensures adherence to all documentation standards. Complies with all data collection, entry, and reporting requirements. Consistently demonstrates effective documentation practices and develops strategies to ensure complete documentation of patient care. Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Seeks opportunities to participate in developing/revising standards of practice to meet changing patient population requirements. Demonstrates effective therapy and teaching skills in leading therapeutic and education groups. Develops and implements health teaching for patients, families, and caregivers. Effectively uses and adapts a variety of teaching resources in meeting the learning needs of patients/families. Participates as member of the treatment team to develop and implement multi-disciplinary treatment plans, monitor treatment progress, and plan for discharge. Assists others in developing, revising, and coordinating patient's plan of care. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in the management of aggressive patients as needed to ensure the safety of patient, self and others. Recognizes early warning signs of escalating behaviors and intervenes as appropriate. Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with specialists as required, and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Facilitates collaboration among other health team members fostering effective communication with other disciplines. Supervises emergency nursing interventions as needed. Consistently demonstrates effective leadership behavior. Supports the social worker and discharge planner in development of a comprehensive discharge plan. Models patient/family advocacy. About MedStar HealthMedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.