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Registered Nurse BHI Adult Unit 1 Mercy St. Charles PRN in Oregon, OH at Mercy Health

Date Posted: 11/13/2018

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Job Description

Job Summary

The Registered Nurse provides care within the scope of the Ohio/Kentucky Nurse Practice Act.  The Registered Nurse is accountable for the delivery of nursing care utilizing the nursing process, evidence-based standards, policies, procedures and guidelines of the organization. The Registered Nurse will incorporate the American Nursing Association Code of Ethics for Nurses in daily practice.

Qualifications - Minimum


Required Minimum Education:

2 year Associates Degree

Specialty/Major: Nursing

Preferred Education:

4 year Bachelors Degree

Specialty/Major: BSN preferred.


Required: Current unencumbered applicable state license required. Basic Life Support Certification required. All full-time and part-time incumbents must obtain ANCC Psychiatric Nursing Certification within 1 year of hire. PRN not required to carry certification.

Preferred: New Graduate Nurses must sit for certification exam within 3 years of hire.


Minimum of two year’s experience as a registered nurse in psychiatric acute care setting desired. Experience in working in a psychiatric setting highly preferred.

De-escalation training required within 90 days of hire.

Group treatment experience desired, but not required.

Qualifications - Minimum

Ability to differentiate between patient psychological symptoms that occur concurrently with altered physiological functioning.

Ability to assess patients with significant deficits in biological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral systems.

Able to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and understand governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports and use proper grammar when documenting.

The ability and willingness to identify with, share in, and have a commitment to the philosophy, mission, values and vision of our Sponsors and Catholic Health Partners.

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

Professional appearance, aptitude, and attitude

Ability to prioritize multiple assignments while meeting rigid deadlines

Impeccable ethics and integrity

Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, families, a variety of professional disciplines and the general public.

Ability to use critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills including but not limited to analysis, problem solving, and decision-making.  Ability to analyze and solve problems that require the use of basic clinical or technical principles.   Examples include performing multi-step procedures, recognizing changes in patient behaviors or conditions and analyzing priorities to facilitate optimum work performance

Ability to efficiently manage time, priorities and resources

Possesses basic computer skills; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications

Ability to follow instruction, use constructive feedback, demonstrate professionalism, responsibility, critical thinking, and stress management skill

Knowledge of relevant regulatory standards

Ability to maintain strict client confidentiality, HIPAA compliance

 Cultural sensitivity

Ability to Travel

Ability to organize and maintain supplies and equipment

Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patient, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination.

Requires standing and walking for extended periods of time.

Frequently lifts and carries items weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance). Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.

Requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours.

Exposure to communicable diseases and/or body fluids.

Certificates License/ Registrations:  Current unencumbered applicable state license required.                Basic Life Support Certification required.  Must obtain ANCC Psychiatric Nursing Certification with 1 year of hire.

Education and /or Experience:  Graduate of an approved Registered Nurse program.  BSN preferred.  Minimum of two years’ experience as a registered nurse in psychiatric acute care setting desired. Experience in working in a psychiatric setting highly preferred. Special physical requirements: sits and stands throughout the day. Physical management of patients in crisis situation may be necessary.

Key Job Responsibilities: (not all inclusive)

It is expected that all of the Principal Duties and Responsibilities identified below will be performed in a manner that reflects the values of Mercy Caring and Catholic Healthcare Partners, which are: Compassion, Excellence, Human Dignity, Justice, Sacredness of Life and Service.

Assessment: The Registered Nurse shall:

Collect and record a nursing assessment of the health status of the behavioral health patient.

Collect and record objective and subjective data and communicate as appropriate to the other members of the healthcare team.

Modify the assessment as the patient’s condition/status changes.

Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the lifespan.

 Analysis:  The Registered Nurse shall accurately and timely:

Analyze the assessment data and establish, accept or modify a nursing diagnosis to be used as a basis for nursing interventions.

 Planning:  The Registered Nurse shall accurately and timely

Develop, maintain or modify the nursing component of the plan of care and;

Communicate the nursing component of the plan of care and all modifications to the plan to all appropriate members of the treatment team.

 Implementation: The Registered Nurse will accurately and timely implement the nursing plan of care, which may include:

Executing the current treatment regimen as prescribed by the Physician, Physician Assistant or Certified Nurse Practitioner.

Providing direct nursing care commensurate with education, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the registered nurse.

Collaborating with other nurses and members of the treatment team.

Delegating nursing tasks as approved by the Ohio/Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Complete 15 minute safety checks on the units.

Evaluation: The Registered Nurse shall accurately and timely:

Evaluate the patient’s response to the nursing interventions.

Document and communicate the patient response to nursing interventions to the appropriate members of the healthcare team.

Other Skills and abilities:

The registered Nurse systematically enhances the quality and effectiveness of the nursing process.

Direct supervision of assigned personnel.

Facilitate group, nursing and psycho-educational. Co-facilitate process groups.

 Adheres to the standards and policies of the Corporate Responsibility Program, including the duty to comply with applicable laws and regulations, and reports to designated Manager (or employer hotline) any suspected unethical, fraudulent, or unlawful acts or policies.

Demonstrates ethical, sound professional practices and personal accountability.  Acts in alignment with the mission and core values of Catholic Health Partners.  

Holds others accountable to standards of performance.

Displays a curiosity and desire for knowledge and staying current with colleagues, be curious about business and the health care services industry. 

 Participates in the supervision of clinical interns or students and/or volunteers, utilizing orientation, observation, record reviews, feedback and evaluations as required.

Participates in the safe management of the milieu, intervening effectively with patients who behave inappropriately or who are having coping difficulty, utilizing effective non-abusive crisis prevention/intervention techniques.

Treats patients and families with empathy and respect.

Maintains effective working relationships with team members, (requires both flexibility and setting limits).

Performs work in accordance with the facility standards and policies regarding risk management, safety, infection control, etc.

Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.

Develops annual personalized professional goals in conjunction with supervisor.

Seeks and participates in learning opportunities that meet personal and departmental goals.

Other duties as assigned by Director or Manager.


Hours per pay period: 0

Hours: 6:45am to 7:15pm

Contingent RN position fulfills scheduling vacancies.

Shift and Job Schedule

Job Shift: Days/Nights, Job Schedule: Contingent

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