Millionsof Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. This is nearlyone in five adults. Are you searching for the opportunity to make an impact onthese individuals? Are you passionate about dispelling widespread stigma andmisunderstanding associated with mental health?
For more than 60 years, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been a national leader in the treatment of mental health and addictive disorders throughout the lifespan. In conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, we continue to strive to be one of the nation's foremost academic- based psychiatric care facilities and remain dedicated to providing professionals with state-of-the-art training and assistance.
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is seeking a dedicated full time 90% psychiatric nurse to help support the inpatient Resource Pool for its Oakland location. This position will work day/night rotation, with three 12 hour shifts. The Psychiatric RN working in the Resource Pool will receive a rate differential.
The Psychiatric Nurse is responsible for demonstrating clinical competence in the delivery of direct patient care and the implementation of the milieu management program.
Maintains competency requirements.
Attends two unit-based or institute-wide inservicesyearly.
Serves as mentor to students and new employees.
Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology in deliveryof patients care.
Participates in interdisciplinary activities including,treatment team, staff meeting, co-worker feedback process and othercommittees as assigned.
Follows research protocols as required.
Performs a nursing assessment and initial plan of carewithin 8 hours of patient's admission.
Orients/educates patient regardinghospitalization.
Documents in the medical record according to establishedpolicies.
Maintains current knowledge of medication policies andpractices, including side effects, dosage and patient response.
Completes medication administration safely andaccurately, including transcription, administration and documentation accordingto established policies.
Demonstrates a working knowledge of DSM IV diagnosis asevidenced by individual, group and milieu therapeutic interventions.
Manages crisis situations effectively using positiveapproaches.
Adheres to Nursing Standards and Policies including ANAStandards for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, ANA Professional Code forNurses, the WPIC policies and procedures and the Nurse Practice Act.Performs point of care testing per unit (i.e., glucose monitoring,urinalysis, Hemocults.)
Performs charge RN responsibilities competently andeffectively.
Participates with unitmanagement in Program Development and Performance Improvement Activities
Graduation from an approved School of Nursing required.
Six months of experience in Clinical Psychiatry preferred.
Successful completion of the central and unit specific orientation programs including the medication proficiency examination.
The incumbent must by physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent, mentally ill patients as necessary including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring, and pushing and pulling equipment, such as, wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
Act 73 FBI Clearance
Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Comprehensive Crisis Management
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities