North Arkansas Regional Medical Center

  • RN - Behavioral Health Unit

    Job Location US-AR-Harrison
    Job ID
    2018-2641
    Category
    Nursing
    Shift
    Varies
    Facility
    NARMC
    Type
    PRN
  • Overview

    The Registered Nurse will be responsible for the oversight of the daily, round-the-clock care of the Behavioral Health Unit patients.
    The Registered Nurse will be responsible for medication administration, order entry, nursing documentation, continual assessment, receiving and following physician orders.
    The Registered Nurse will function as a member of the multidisciplinary team.
    The Registered Nurse will assist in the maintenance of the therapeutic milieu

    Responsibilities

    • Takes necessary self-precautions, and manages both patients and employees against infectious diseases. Also, insures environmental precautions when handling supplies and waste.
    • The Registered Nurse will maintain regular contact with hospital departments for information, and to coordinate services.
    • The Registered Nurse will maintain regular contact with patients, nursing staff, physicians, referral sources and families.
    • Appropriately answers the telephone in a professional, business-like manner.
    • Interacts with referral sources in a pleasant and knowledgeable manner.
    • Supervises patients throughout the day and night.
    • Documents on assigned patients upon beginning and ending of shift, an extensive narrative note and any incidents or unusual occurrences.
    • Administers medication observing the 5 rights.
    • Documents medication administration.
    • Ensures that every patient is bathed every day.
    • Enters orders and ensures they are completed.
    • Contacts physician to report any unexpected symptoms.
    • Keeps neat and accurate records.
    • Oversees the admissions process for each patient.
    • Is knowledgeable regarding the psychiatric diagnosis, treatments and medications.
    • Assists with gathering patients while physicians make rounds.
    • Responsible for completing the pre-admission screening process when needed.
    • Completes all discharge paperwork gathering signatures of patient, educating patient, educating family, passing orders to the next level of care, calling report, discharging patient from the computer system and informing other departments.
    • Oversees visiting hours and ensures visitors sign visitor log.
    • Continually monitors all areas of the unit for contraband items or safety issues.
    • Immediately removes any item deemed unsafe and informs the nursing staff.
    • Continually behaves in a supportive, professional manner toward all patients.
    • Begins a Patient Care Plan for identified Nursing Problems upon admission and keeps this Care Plan individualized, updated and current.
    • Ensures that the discharged patient is well dressed and groomed prior to transporting.
    • Constantly strives to keep a positive atmosphere on the unit.
    • Serves as a team leader in developing a professional culture in the program.
    • Attends all hospital education and training programs.
    • Attends and actively participates in the Multidisciplinary Treatment Team.
    • Act as a resource and role model for other staff and students.
    • Makes suggestions for in-service programs.
    • Attends Hospital and Unit in-service programs.
    • Attends 90% of Mandatory Meetings.
    • Maintains a positive attitude.
    • Accepts constructive criticism.
    • Adheres to established Dress Code.
    • Readily accepts additional duties.
    • Does not accrue any unauthorized overtime.
    • Treats patients, visitors, physicians and coworkers with courtesy, dignity and respect.
    • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

    Qualifications

     

    Required

    Preferred

    Education:

    Associate’s degree from an accredited nursing school

    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing school

    Experience:

     

    Minimum of three (3) years in clinical environment.

    Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

    Arkansas Registered Nursing Licensure or Compact State.

    BLS certification

    CPI within 6 months of hire

    ACLS certification

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Knowledge of the psychiatric patient, disease process, medications and treatment.

    Excellent written and communication skills.

    Effective communication skills among peers, managers and staff.

    Physical demands require the ability to lift, push, pull, stand sit and walk distances without restriction.

    Meditech and/or other related medical office software a plus.

     

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