Responsible for the delivery of psychiatric nursing care/services to members being treated in the behavioral health service departments. Positions assigned to this classification are characterized by providing interventions that: promote and foster health; assess dysfuntion; assist patients to regain or improve their coping abilities; maximize patient strengths and prevent further disability. These interventions focus on the psychiatric-mental health patient and include: health promotion and health maintenance; monitoring patients and assisting them with self-care activities; monitoring psycho-biological treatment regimens; providing triage decisions and facilitating patient movement into appropriate services.
Coordinates with pharmacy regarding approved medications.
Provides information and education to members in a variety of forums.
Documents Services rendered utilizing standard nursing procedures in member chart.
Triage phone calls and refer to appropriate staff or community resources.
Assist Psychiatrists with coordinating internal and external hospitalizations of members.
Performs basic physical assessments of patients including vital signs and monitoring for side effects of psychiatric active medications and referring information to physicians as appropriate.
Provides prescribed medications to patients per physicians orders following appropriate protocol.
Utilizes electronic medical record for medication refills.
Reviews lab results and refers to physician within protocols and guidelines.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Department Administrator and/or Chief of Psychiatry.
Minimum one (1) year recent (within the last three (3) years) RN Psychiatric experience.
Graduate from an accredited Nursing School.
License, Certification, Registration
Registered Nurse License (California)
Basic Life Support from American Heart Association
Psychiatric and chemical dependency knowledge.
Able to triage and evaluate various aspects of the psychiatric population.
Group leadership skills, excellent verbal & written communication skills.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Level II required.
Telephone triage experience.
Occassional clinic coverage for Downey Behavioral Health Clinics
Must successfully pass or have passed the bilingual test (within the last 12 months), or be active in the QBS program.