4615 Alameda Ave El Paso, TX 79905
BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Nurse I (Staff Nurse) performs entry-level to routine (journey-level) nursing work at a competent level in the state hospital under the supervision of the Charge Nurse or Nurse Manager (Nurse II/III). Conducts comprehensive assessments of patients nursing care needs using specialized skills in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Identifies nursing diagnoses or problem lists and formulates an initial plan of care based on assessment data. Establishes unit routines and develops and maintains the therapeutic milieu. Makes observations of patient behavior and status and reports to the psychiatrist, other recovery team members, and supervising nurse, as appropriate. Carries out nursing interventions as identified in the multidisciplinary recovery plan. Administers medications as ordered and maintains medication administration and controlled drug records according to facility policy. Trains other staff members as necessary, or as requested. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (EJFs):
Performs comprehensive assessment of patients' nursing care needs including physical, behavioral, psychiatric, and social needs.
Observes and analyzes patient behavior and status, and documents in the medical record or reports, as needed, to other team members, including the attending psychiatrist.
Develops or contributes to the development of the individualized recovery plan in collaboration with other recovery team members, based on data obtained from the assessment.
Provides comprehensive individual or group health teaching and coping strategies to patients and/or families in order to meet patient/family needs.
Utilizes one-to-one counseling skills in therapeutic interactions with patients to assist them in identifying anxiety and developing coping strategies.
Initiates and implements population-specific nursing interventions based on appropriate standards of care for the assigned patient population.
Administers medications and treatments as ordered by the physician and maintains medication administration (MAR) and controlled drug records according to facility policy.
Establishes and monitors the therapeutic milieu assuring a safe and therapeutic environment for the patients.
Initiates and monitors the appropriate use of restraint or seclusion to ensure the safety of the patient and staff members.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, OR REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
Must be licensed as a registered nurse by the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures
Knowledge of medical diagnoses and procedures
Knowledge of accepted medical treatment programs
Knowledge community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures
Skills in the care and treatment of patients
Skills in the use of a computer and applicable software
Ability to provide patient care
Ability to prepare and maintain records
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Compliance with HHSC immunization policy and state hospital operating procedures related to immunizations is required. State hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with individuals.
Pay ranges $35-$40 depending on experience and shift assigned
Higher pay ranges are available for those with Psychiatric Experience
Contact Michael Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate consideration