Job Description

Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse (Casual)- Allegheny County (System Nurse Resources)
Job ID: 71256739
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours:
Shift: Variable
Facility: Corporate Health Services
Department: 81593 PAG00 Sys Nur Res Ops Casual
Location: 3600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Purpose:

UPMC Corporate Services and the System Nursing Resources (SNR) team is currently seeking caring and compassionate registered nurses to work on a casual basis within our psychiatric nursing float pool. Our professional registered nurses (RNs) works per-diem and long-term assignments  throughout UPMC's Allegheny County facilities. 
 
The Psychiatric Nurse is responsible for demonstrating clinical competence in the delivery of direct patient care and the implementation of the milieu management program.
 
The System Nursing Resource Registered Nurse has responsibility, authority and accountability for the provision of nursing care. The System Nursing Resource Registered Nurse manages and provides patient care activities for a group of patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication and collaboration with all team members.
 
The role of the Systemwide Nursing Resource Registered Nurse encompasses leadership, partnership, collaboration and supervision. They establish and maintain collaborative relationships with physicians, other health care providers, patients and their families, to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. The Professional Staff Nurse demonstrates a commitment to the community and to the nursing profession.


Our nursing opportunities offer:

  • Highly competitive compensation with an hourly rate at $39.00/hr
  • Flexible work schedules that fit into your lifestyle needs
  • Ability to gain experience from multiple hospitals and clinics throughout the UPMC system.
  • Opportunity to gain highly desirable skills and exposure to specialties/equipment/electronic health records that build an impressive resume and career

Responsibilities:
  • Documents in the medical record according to established policies.
  • Performs point of care testing per unit (i.e., glucose monitoring, urinalysis, Hemocults.)
  • Assume day-to-day assignments at a variety of UPMC inpatient facilities, congruent with their clinical skills and experience. 
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, nursing colleagues, other departments, as well as patients and families.
  • 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.
  • Practice solid communication skills, and is able to articulate and translate the patient's condition to other care providers and to negotiate and make recommendations for changes in patient care and unit practices. 
  • Patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers. 
  • Provide detailed and appropriate teaching to patients and families to effectively guide them through the duration of their stay as well as transition to another level of care and/or home.
  • 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.
  • Attends two unit-based or institute-wide inservices yearly.
  • Serves as mentor to students and new employees.
  • Participates with unit management in Program Development and Performance Improvement Activities.
  • Good clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care. Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead in application of the nursing process. 
  • Mobility and visual manual dexterity. 
  • Physician stamina for frequent walking, standing, listening and positioning.
  • Orients/educates patient regarding hospitalization.
  • Performs a nursing assessment and initial plan of care within 8 hours of patient's admission.
  • Manages crisis situations effectively using positive approaches.
  • Follows research protocols as required.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of DSM IV diagnosis as evidenced by individual, group and milieu therapeutic interventions.
  • Maintains competency requirements.
  • Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology in delivery of patients care.
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to patients and colleagues.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary activities including, treatment team, staff meeting, co-worker feedback process and other committees as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Graduation from an approved School of Nursing required. 
  • BSN preferred. 
  • Six months of experience in Clinical Psychiatry preferred. 
  • Two years psychiatric nurse experience preferred, with six months recent inpatient experience
  • 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:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • OAPSA

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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