LPN Behavioral Health Nurse (EVENINGS)Job Location: Wallingford Center, Connecticut Apply Via Application
LPN Behavioral Health Nurse (Weekend Eves)
43-bed Behavioral Health Hospital at the Masonicare Health Center - Wallingford, CT
EVENINGS; 2:45pm - 7:15am
The Behavioral Health Nurse provides professional nursing care to emotionally disturbed and/or mentally ill patients for Behavioral Health. Works with clinical and case management staff to coordinate care and assist in treatment plans for patients; and to perform related work. Practices Evidence-Based nursing.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assumes the professional responsibility and accountability for a group of residents/patients including:
- Medication/Treatment Administration
- Supervision of all nursing staff to assure implementation of the interdisciplinary care plan.
- Conducts intake assessments through interviews with patients and relatives to gather case history. Performs ongoing and systematic assessments utilizing the nursing process to establish a comprehensive goal directed interdisciplinary plan.
- Plans and provides nursing care for patients.
- Communicates and collaborates effectively with residents/patients, families, colleagues and other members of the interdisciplinary team to assure that treatment is appropriate to meet the age, needs and abilities of resident/patient and unit needs.
- Administers and notes reactions to psychotropic drugs and other medications. Arranges further medical attention when necessary.
- Assists the client in understanding the nature of emotional disturbances and accepting the need for treatment.
- Assists in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and patients.
- Tests for vital signs of pain and ensures treatments of pain.
- Documents all patient information on medical charts and follows physician’s written orders.
- Maintains patient confidentiality.
- Maintains accurate records and documentation of patient treatments, immunizations and laboratory results according to standard medical recordkeeping.
- Performs administrative assignments such as filing, answering phones, typing, and completing progress notes in the computer system.
- Provides courteous, high quality service to patients and members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or making appropriate referral.
- Supervises the care provided by CNAs & LPNs assuring adherence to the plan of care, resident profile, policies and procedures.
- Participates in educational programs, inservices, meetings and workshops and utilizes current literature to enhance professional skills and knowledge. Attends all annual mandatory programs.
- Participates in quality improvement activities as directed.
- Follows standards of the Diligent Minimal Lift Program.
- Performs other duties as required.
Education: Graduate of accredited school of nursing. BSN Preferred.
Experience: Minimum one year clinical experience, preferably in an acute and/or Behavioral Health capacity.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Current RN or LPN license in the State of Connecticut, in good standing
- Professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients.
- Social, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders. Medical and psychological terminology.
- Medications, including psychotropic drugs, and effects on psychiatric patients. Control, preparation and administration of medications.
- State of Connecticut laws and regulations for the nursing profession.
- Regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing and the treatment of the mentally and emotionally disturbed patients.
- Theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy.
- Symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed mentally ill patients.
- Medical and psychiatric emergency procedures.
- Apply professional nursing care principles and procedures in the evaluation and treatment of geropsychiatric patients.
- Develop interpersonal therapeutic relationships with psychiatric patients.
- Keep accurate written charts and records of patient activities and progress.
- Comply with laws, rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures.
- Use professional judgment to ascertain and to apply appropriate intervention techniques with patients in crisis.
- Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
- Provide prompt, efficient, and responsive service.
- Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.
- Work as part of a team and to manage multiple priorities; to speak, read and write English in order to communicate with patients, residents and clinical staff; to effectively interact with residents and staff; organized; ability to utilize a personal computer/CRT to input and retrieve patient information; and familiarity with the Care Plan Development.