This position is responsible for 24- hour operations and accountability of the behavioral health unit to support patient/family focused, high performance/ high commitment care.Provides and defines standards for quality patient care.Maintains regulatory requirements.Develops, manages and evaluates work team performance.Participates in development and maintenance of policy and procedures and is accountable for compliance with all pertinent standards along with local, state, and federal requirement.Hires, supervises and evaluation of all staff along with handling performance management issues.Consults with staff, physicians on nursing problems and interpretation of facility policies to ensure patient needs are met.Provides nursing care through physical and mental assessments, laboratory testing, plans of care and therapeutic treatments.Participates in formulation of patient treatment plans.Performs medication teaching and the management of therapeutic milieus.Knowledge of a wide range of disorders; cognitive, emotional, developmental, social and behavioral.Performs crisis intervention.Maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in CQI activities.Provides mandatory and voluntary in-service training of specialized treatments and therapiesAssists in formulating and managing the budget.
Master’s Degree Nursing preferred.Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in Arkansas.Four years’ experience working in psychiatric behavioral health.Management experience preferred.BLSCPI training will be providedBasic computer knowledgeStrong interpersonal skills
Employee may work in high stress direct patient care areas. Stress levels may be high due to frequent dealings with life and death situations, physicians, families and other healthcare providers. Demands high level of concentration and the ability to work in emotionally charged situations.
Ability to handle heavy materials or patients. Physical demands greater than moderate may require knowledge of use of appropriate equipment. Frequent bending, lifting and pulling require proper use of good body mechanics. Must be able to communicate effectively with patients, staff physicians and visitors displaying a smile and maintaining a pleasant attitude. This job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Also, the ability to communicate by phone is important.
This position manages the staff.