Under the supervision of the program director is responsible for overseeing the nursing component of an intensive residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed/mentally ill adolescents. Participates as a member of the administrative team in developing and evaluating the nursing services and educational activities for program residents and staff. Provides direct supervision to program nurses, develops nursing policies and procedures and defines nursing standards and practices.
- Coordinates day-to-day nursing activities.
- Completes nursing scheduling.
- Facilitates communication between multidisciplinary team members.
Certifies nursing and residential staff in areas of defined nursing practices.
- Serves as a liaison to the medical director, pediatrician, nutritionist, pharmacy services and community providers in coordinating the medical and psychiatric needs of the residents.
- Ensures that all nursing policies and documentation requirements are followed and completed in a consistent, timely manner.
- Provides nursing orientation and necessary on-going in-service programs.
- Instructor for CPR and NVSD.
- Provides weekly supervision to nursing staff and disciplinary action when necessary. Makes recommendations to program director and/or designee in regard to further disciplinary action.
- Participates in performance improvement activities.
- On-call responsibilities.
- May perform other related duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or equivalent.
- Current registration to practice professional nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- 3 years experience supervising nurses in a psychiatric setting, one year of experience working with children or adolescents.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is of medium demand, walking and standing for several hours at a time. Some lifting and ability to perform physical intervention may be required. Clear visual acuity required to assess patient status and to utilize teaching materials. Normal hearing required to assess patient status.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED :
Under the general supervision of the program director, functions within established policies and procedures.
Provides direct supervision to program nurses.
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Usual working environment found on acute and intensive patient care units.