PRIMARY FUNCTION: To contribute to the overall operation of the department and the day-to-day care of adult and geriatric patients offered on the in-patient psychiatry units. To conduct nursing educational group and related activities, including programming. To collaborate with other health care professionals on patient treatment, diagnoses, discharge plans, and related information.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Conducts formal and informal nursing educational group and related activities. Comprehends psychiatric diagnoses. Assists in patient discharge and planning procedures. Diffuses crisis situations, assist in calming patients who have potential for violence, and summons emergency assistance in transferring patients to seclusion room for restraints. Communicates patients' individual, group and family behaviors to other psychiatric health care team professionals. Serves as primary caretaker along with nurse, closely follows patients' progress and documents on patient's records. Precepts new Mental Health Associates and coordinates training with Unit Educator. Assists with nursing procedures and activities for daily living, including vital signs, patient hygiene, urine collection, Accu checks and Breathalyzer. Handles crises line telephone calls in absence of psychiatric crisis team. Attends in-service meetings and unit meetings as required. Monitors performance improvement protocol and compliance; submits monthly documentation as assigned. Serves as representative on unit committees to provide input in formulating psychiatric protocol, standards and procedures. Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to provide care to adult and geriatric psychiatric patients, including knowledge of growth and development, the ability to obtain information and provide care as needed. Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices. Reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors. Cross-trains to provide "as needed" coverage on the Psych Crisis Team. Performs other related duties as required.
SCOPE, PURPOSE, AND FREQUENCY OF CONTACTS: Frequent contact with patients, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and other members of the health care team. Occasional contact with patient's family.
DIRECTION/SUPERVISION OF OTHERS: None
DIRECTION/SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Nurse Manager, Patient Care Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Charge RN and Staff RN's.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: B.S. Psychology, Sociology, Education or related discipline 1 year experience in nursing educational groups preferred --or- A.S. Mental Health Services or related principle 3 years' experience in nursing educational groups preferred An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge, skills, and abilities related to patient safety; e.g., restraints and seclusion, suicide precautions, crises intervention for adult and geriatric psychiatric patients. Knowledge, skills, and abilities related to therapeutic communication with adult and geriatric psychiatric patients. Knowledge of psychiatric principles, treatments, diagnosis, and terminology. Knowledge of procedures to effectively place a patient in restraint or therapeutic seclusion. Ability to work comfortably with psychiatric patients, communicate effectively and activate varied levels and models of care with a patient population displaying varied levels of behavior and reality orientation. Ability to procure, clarify and interpret information on verbal and non-verbal levels. Ability to exercise PEAT skills, to recognize major changes in patient behavior which may indicate an impending crisis, and to initiate the appropriate treatment and intervention. Ability to facilitate and lead formal and informal nursing educational groups and related activities. Ability to effectively diffuse crisis situations and handle occasionally abusive and combative patients. Ability to offer valuable input and planning for multidisciplinary treatment to other health care professionals. Ability to organize program workload and maintain it with minimal supervision. Ability to utilize effective listening skills and remain empathetic.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Psychiatric Emergency Assistance Training (PEAT) within twelve months in position. BLS Certification.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Frequent walking, sitting and standing. Occasional bending, stretching, lifting, and stooping to providebasic patient care
Internal Number: JR58093
About ChristianaCare Health System
ChristianaCare Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are ...positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.