Job Description

Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse Child and Adolescent I (CAI 3rd Floor) D/E 8&12 hour shifts
Job ID: 642312
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Day and evening 8 and 12 hour shifts
Shift: Rotating
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: WPR Child _ Adolescent I
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is hiring a Full-Time Psychiatric Nurse to help support the Child and Adolescent I (CAI 3rd Floor) Department for its Western Psych location. This position will work day/evening rotation, 8 and 12 hour shifts.

The Child/Adolescent I unit is a 26 bed unit which specializes in the treatment of behavioral and emotional problems of children and adolescents typically between 3 and 18 years old. 


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 inservices yearly. Serves as mentor to students and new employees. Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology in delivery of patients care.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary activities including, treatment team, staff meeting, co-worker feedback process and other committees as assigned. Follows research protocols as required.
  • Performs a nursing assessment and initial plan of care within 8 hours of patient's admission. Orients/educates patient regarding hospitalization. Documents in the medical record according to established policies. Maintains current knowledge of medication policies and practices, including side effects, dosage and patient response. Completes medication administration safely and accurately, including transcription, administration and documentation according to established policies.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of DSM IV diagnosis as evidenced by individual, group and milieu therapeutic interventions. Manages crisis situations effectively using positive approaches. Adheres to Nursing Standards and Policies including ANA Standards for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, ANA Professional Code for Nurses, 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 and effectively. Participates with unit management in Program Development and Performance Improvement Activities.


  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing required. BSN preferred.
  • 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
  • Registered Nurse

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Union Position: Yes

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