Under the general direction of the Director of Nursing (DON) and the Program Manager the RN is responsible for utilizing the nursing process to meet the needs of individuals in the Psychiatric Assessment Center according to the professional standards of nursing care. The Registered Nurse assures that the philosophy, mission, objectives, policies and procedures of the (PAS) and Community Healthcore are followed. The RN is responsible for delivering quality care, delegates appropriately, demonstrates positive interpersonal relationships with others in communication and problem resolution, and is sensitive to the needs of individuals, their family members and fellow co-workers. The position provides nursing care to individuals presenting with signs and symptoms of a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder diagnosis along with individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and intellectual or developmental disability. Duties include but are not limited to direct and indirect nursing care. The RN utilizes the nursing process to plan, implement and document nursing care provided to individuals under the requirements of the Texas Nurse Practice Act and in accordance with nursing licensure standards and established policies and procedures of Community Healthcore. The RN works to ensure the safety of individuals presenting in need of psychiatric services, staff and visitors.
Graduated from an accredited school of nursing. Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas; Current CPR certification; Current valid driver's license in state of residence, proof of automobile liability insurance, and a driving record insurable by the center's insurance carrier.
Demonstrates knowledge of standards of nursing practice for Registered Nurses; Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Working knowledge of licensing standards for the Psychiatric Assessment Center. 1 year experience preferred in Nursing/Mental Health. Knowledge of ANSA/CANS
Physical/mental requirements that are bona fide occupational qualifications essential to the performance of the job:
Ability to exercise self-control in potentially volatile situations; must respond quickly and effectively. Must be able to work and concentrate amidst distractions such as noise, conversations and foot traffic. Must be flexible and able to complete tasks assigned in a timely manner. Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, grasp and display accurate perception of objects (size, shape, temperature, texture).
Must be able to perceive detailed information through written and oral communication.
Position requires carrying of charts and assisting with patients (up to 50 lbs.). Must be able to verbalize information and respond to complaints. Must have minimum standard of visual acuity with or without correction that enables completion of tasks/duties and visual observation of patients. Must be able to attend meetings. Must have endurance to work an average 8-hour day - 12 hours may be required on isolated occasions.
Must be physically able to complete Santori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA), CPR, and First Aid.