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Acute Unit Registered Nurse

Fond du Lac County

Location 459 E First Street Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Posted 1130 days ago -
Type: Full-Time
Wage:$25.92 - $29.55
Reference ID: 1146340

Description

Under the general direction of the Acute Unit Supervisor, maintains patient safety, evaluates and assesses patients' status, and implements care plans and needed changes in nursing action, carries out medical orders, evaluates new admissions, prepares detailed discharge plans, and informs the doctor of patient status changes. Reviews medical records, educates families and patients, supervises nursing personnel, handles crisis intervention and protects patients' rights. Examples of Duties: The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. - Provides a safe, therapeutic environment that protects patient's rights. - Uses the nursing process in planning, providing and evaluating each patient's care and produces a written nursing assessment and up-to-date nursing care plan. Assessments are ongoing with changes implemented as needed. - Documents patient's status and response to care. - Applies restraints and/or imposes seclusion in emergency situations, notifying the Clinical Director, designee or on-call psychiatrist for orders as soon as possible. - Develops a therapeutic relationship with patients. - Conducts nursing support groups and individual 1:1 supportive counseling with appropriate approval and supervision. - Sets limits on patients' behaviors and intervenes to decrease panic in disturbed patients. - Admits and discharges patients based on physician orders. - Assesses appropriateness of admission, obtains orders and ensures that all admission documents and consents for treatment are correct and present. - Prepares detailed discharge plans for each patient and coordinates follow-up treatment with the patient's county of residence. - Administers medications. - Assists with procedures and physical exams and provides general nursing care as required. - Reviews medical records, checks physician orders and records these orders. - Observes patient's behavior for changes in order to intervene appropriately, guide nonprofessional nursing staff, communicates changes to appropriate staff and record changes. - Supervises nonprofessional nursing staff in providing quality nursing care. - Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team and dictates treatment planning and discharge planning notes from these meetings. - Teaches patients and their families concerning, among other things, medications, therapies and mental illness. - Communicates with patients, their families, physicians, other community agencies, legal authorities, etc., as needed. - Participates in staff development and performance appraisals. - Participates in committee activities. - Attends unit meetings and in-services. - Provides crisis intervention services. - Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of the unit's and facility's philosophy, objectives, standards, policies and procedures. - Acts as charge nurse in the absence of the unit supervisor Typical Qualifications: Desirable Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of psychiatric disorders and medications, Wisconsin laws relating to mental health, patient's rights, and current practices. Ability to make accurate assessments, intervene in a crisis, and interact effectively with patients, their families and the general public. Good physical and mental health with sufficient strength to handle physically aggressive patients and normal day-to-day duties to include lifting up to 50 pounds to restrain or relocate patients and perform laundry and related duties as needed; frequent lifting or carrying of objects, intermittent standing and walking; occasional driving; bending, twisting, squatting, pushing, pulling and reaching; distinguish sounds a various frequencies and volumes; distinguish people or objects at varied distance under a variety of light conditions; using hands for grasping, fine manipulation and operating/controlling equipment. Ability to maintain emotional stability in stressful working situations. Ability to follow oral and written instructions and communicate clearly orally and in writing. Willingness to be part of the treatment team and work hours as needed. Training and Experience: Registration as a professional nurse in the State of Wisconsin and one year of experience in medical/surgical and/or psychiatric nursing. A combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position are considered. Supplemental Information: Work Direction Received: Daily duties are performed independently. Patient orders are provided by the physician. Supervision Exercised: Supervision is given to LPN's and Nurse's Aides. The incumbent makes decisions regarding evaluation and assignment of employees. Decision Making: Independently determines PRN medications, actions to ensure patient safety such as seclusion, and the assessment of the patient's condition. Determines assignments of nursing personnel. Interaction: There is significant interaction with counties, police departments, social services, group homes, other care facilities, patient families, pharmacies, dietary staff, and the general public.The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. - Provides a safe, therapeutic environment that protects patient's rights. - Uses the nursing process in planning, providing and evaluating each patient's care and produces a written nursing assessment and up-to-date nursing care plan. Assessments are ongoing with changes implemented as needed. - Documents patient's status and response to care. - Applies restraints and/or imposes seclusion in emergency situations, notifying the Clinical Director, designee or on-call psychiatrist for orders as soon as possible. - Develops a therapeutic relationship with patients. - Conducts nursing support groups and individual 1:1 supportive counseling with appropriate approval and supervision. - Sets limits on patients' behaviors and intervenes to decrease panic in disturbed patients. - Admits and discharges patients based on physician orders. - Assesses appropriateness of admission, obtains orders and ensures that all admission documents and consents for treatment are correct and present. - Prepares detailed discharge plans for each patient and coordinates follow-up treatment with the patient's county of residence. - Administers medications. - Assists with procedures and physical exams and provides general nursing care as required. - Reviews medical records, checks physician orders and records these orders. - Observes patient's behavior for changes in order to intervene appropriately, guide nonprofessional nursing staff, communicates changes to appropriate staff and record changes. - Supervises nonprofessional nursing staff in providing quality nursing care. - Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team and dictates treatment planning and discharge planning notes from these meetings. - Teaches patients and their families concerning, among other things, medications, therapies and mental illness. - Communicates with patients, their families, physicians, other community agencies, legal authorities, etc., as needed. - Participates in staff development and performance appraisals. - Participates in committee activities. - Attends unit meetings and in-services. - Provides crisis intervention services. - Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of the unit's and facility's philosophy, objectives, standards, policies and procedures. - Acts as charge nurse in the absence of the unit supervisorWork Direction Received: Daily duties are performed independently. Patient orders are provided by the physician. Supervision Exercised: Supervision is given to LPN's and Nurse's Aides. The incumbent makes decisions regarding evaluation and assignment of employees. Decision Making: Independently determines PRN medications, actions to ensure patient safety such as seclusion, and the assessment of the patient's condition. Determines assignments of nursing personnel. Interaction: There is significant interaction with counties, police departments, social services, group homes, other care facilities, patient families, pharmacies, dietary staff, and the general public. Benefits: Please see the attached link for more information on our benefits.http://www.fdlco.wi.gov/departments/departments-f-m/human-resources/benefits

Required Experience

Desirable Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of psychiatric disorders and medications, Wisconsin laws relating to mental health, patient's rights, and current practices. Ability to make accurate assessments, intervene in a crisis, and interact effectively with patients, their families and the general public. Good physical and mental health with sufficient strength to handle physically aggressive patients and normal day-to-day duties to include lifting up to 50 pounds to restrain or relocate patients and perform laundry and related duties as needed; frequent lifting or carrying of objects, intermittent standing and walking; occasional driving; bending, twisting, squatting, pushing, pulling and reaching; distinguish sounds a various frequencies and volumes; distinguish people or objects at varied distance under a variety of light conditions; using hands for grasping, fine manipulation and operating/controlling equipment. Ability to maintain emotional stability in stressful working situations. Ability to follow oral and written instructions and communicate clearly orally and in writing. Willingness to be part of the treatment team and work hours as needed. Training and Experience: Registration as a professional nurse in the State of Wisconsin and one year of experience in medical/surgical and/or psychiatric nursing. A combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position are considered.

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