Penn Highlands Healthcare

  • Registered Nurse, Inpatient Behavioral Health

    Job Location US-PA-DuBois
    Posted Date 3 months ago(9/6/2018 2:50 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Behavioral Health Services - Adult/Adolescent
    Rotating 7AM - 7:30PM/7PM - 7:30AM
    Full Time
  • Overview

    The best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!


    Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.


    Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, PHD is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions. 

    The Registered Nurse is responsible to the Department Manager, and is to be clinically competent; delivers care to patients utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation; and effectively interacts with patients, significant others, and other health care team members while maintaining standards of professional nursing.


    *Complies with PH DUBOIS policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations

    *Uses the nursing process in the delivery of care as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Obtains patient history and conducts appropriate patient assessment
    • Collaborates with the health care team to develop and manage the plan of care, involving patient/significant other whenever possible
    • Implements appropriate nursing care to meet patient needs
    • Evaluates patient's response to medical, nursing, and other disciplines’ interventions and takes appropriate action

    *Demonstrates critical thinking and clinical competency in the delivery of patient care as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Administers medications, monitors effectiveness, and takes appropriate action as needed in accordance with policies and procedures
    • Proficient in starting and managing IV administration
    • Responds appropriately to changes in patient condition
    • Consults medical record for pertinent patient information such as diagnostic test results, physician progress notes
    • Implements the plan of care according to physician’s, nursing orders, clinical pathways, and nursing care standards
    • Appropriately delegates to and manages patient care delivered by support staff

    *Manages patient teaching and discharge planning as evidenced by but not limited to: 

    • Identifies patient learning needs on admission and throughout the episode of care
    • Collaborates with health care team to develop and implement the discharge plan
    • Prepares patient and significant others for appropriate home management regarding medications and the follow up plan of care 

    *Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff
    • When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and manager/charge nurse to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified

    *Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Achieves educational credits to meet hospital and/or licensing/certification requirements
    • Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members
    • Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives
    • Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
    • Ensures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
    • Informs Manager/Charge Nurse/Supervisor of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
    • Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues

    Unit Specific Duties

    *Ensures an environment of patient safety through:

    • Performs patient safety/observation checks every 15 minutes
    • Complies with contraband policy
    • Manages changes in behavior that puts the patient or others at risk
    • Complies with restraint/seclusion policies

    *Facilitates an efficient and timely review and disposition of referrals consistent with department policy


    *Proficiently conducts and documents individual nursing sessions 


    *Demonstrates knowledge and proper use of SBAR patient reporting


    *Demonstrates competency in assessment, observational and interventional abilities in regards to restrained or secluded patient one hour after start of a restraint or seclusion 

     *Maintains current CRP and CCM certifications


    *General duties as directed




    • Customer service attitude required
    • Current Pennsylvania Registered Nurse license or Temporary Practice Permit required
    • Previous behavioral health experience preferred
    • Current Healthcare Provider (BLS) certification required or must obtain within 6 months of start date in position
    • Completion of Comprehensive Crisis Management training model required or must complete within one year of start date in Behavioral Health


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