Job Description

Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse 90% Dual Diagnosis (DD, 10th floor) Day/Night 3-12 hour shifts
Job ID: 718975
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Variable
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: WPR Dual Diagnosis
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213



Are you passionate about mental health?  Are you interested in working at one of the nation's finest Psychiatric Hospitals?  If you are searching for an opportunity to have variety in your day, to be challenged as a nurse, and to grow in your career, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic could be the perfect fit for you.

For more than 60 years, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic 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

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus!  Whether you’re a recent Graduate Nurse looking to launch your nursing career, or a seasoned RN seeking a change, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC!


Sign-On Bonus Details (Full Time or Flex Full Time status)

• $10,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience

• $5,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses with less than two years of experience

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is hiring a Full-Time Psychiatric Nurse to help support the 90% Dual Diagnosis (DD 10th Floor) Department for its Oakland location. This position will work day/night rotation, with three 12 hour shifts. 

Dual Diagnosis is an Adult Drug Abuse and Psychiatric Treatment Unit consisting of a 28-bed inpatient service. The focus is on treating adults with a primary psychiatric disorder and co-occurring chemical dependency problem. 


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

CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management
  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $25.46 / hour

Union Position: Yes

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