Charge Nurse - Evening Shift
Rivendell Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas - Benton, AR

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Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion

Rivendell Behavioral Health Services is a 77-bed full-service behavioral healthcare acute care facility located in Benton, AR, that has been providing quality health care to the residents of Arkansas since 1986 that is currently seeking a Charge Nurse for 7p-7a. Rivendell Behavioral Health Services was recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2011. Rivendell Behavioral Health Services has been offering hope to individuals, families, and communities for nearly 30 years. Rivendell Behavioral Health Services is the leader in providing quality mental health and addiction treatment services. Our commitment to care includes developing integrated delivery systems through partnerships with medical surgical hospitals, community mental health centers, educational institutions, managed care organizations, local health professionals and agencies. Rivendell Behavioral Health Services strives to set the standard for excellence in the field of behavioral health care and maintains its leadership role by treating each patient as a respected individual of our community.

The Charge Nurse is responsible for the clinical practice of nursing which includes directing all services provided by the Nursing Services Department. This position ensures the safety of the patients and staff during their assigned shift and is ultimately in charge of all aspects of patient care.
  • Assumes responsibility for all clinical nursing functions for the designated shift; ensuring hospital and department policies and procedures are carried out fully, concisely and timely.
  • Makes unit assignments and staffing adjustments based on hospital and patient care needs, staff capabilities and co-descriptions. Shares in nursing on-call assignments to ensure patient safety, in an emergency situation.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency in age-specific criteria of the unit to which assignment is made:
    Adult Acute Care Unit (short term stays for general adult population above age 18)
  • Assists with activities of daily living as indicated for the specific unit including safety issues related to immobility, safety, restraints, and decreased sensorium. Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify cues for assessment based on functioning level. Understands the specific unit programming and functioning level interventions to meet the needs of the more chronic patient.
  • Acute Care Unit (short term stays for ages 5 through 17)
    Understands the difference between age appropriate behaviors versus pathological behaviors in the patient population. Understands the uniqueness of the program tract and the focus on development status.
  • The Academy – Adolescent (long term care for ages 12 through 17)
    Assists with activities of daily living as developmentally indicated for the specific unit including safety issues related to immobility, safety, emergency interventions, and decreased sensorium. Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify cues for assessment based on developmental theory. Understands the specific unit programming and developmentally sound interventions to meet the needs of the more chronic patient.
  • Demonstrates correct procedure for reporting and follow-up of any type problems, i.e. patient care, medical staff, employee, equipment failure, support areas, etc.
  • Serves as the fire Marshall during shifts, other than 7-3 shift. Responsible for notifying the AOC of any alarms and how patients were safely moved from harms way.
  • Uses empathetic, caring and customer-oriented approach when intervening with patients, families, visitors and other employees.
  • Participates in ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the therapeutic milieu by assisting in the collection of data for performance improvement studies. Demonstrates proficiency in completion of admission assessments and initial treatment plans using the nursing process.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in giving patient report to oncoming shift with complete and concise information in a timely manner.
  • Provides direct care services for patients.
  • Identifies actual and/or potential emergency situations and intervenes taking action to minimize or prevent occurrences.
  • Actively evaluates training needs for staff and completes yearly performance evaluations for members of his/her shift.
  • Participates in the orientation, training, and education of nurses and nursing support staff.
  • Completes pre-admission screening form on assessment and referral callers and arranges for assessment to determine level of care required.
  • Attends designated meetings and mandatory in-services, often times presenting new, up-to-date material. Has effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • May be asked to assist Director of Nursing to complete various jobs including infection control aspects and various staff trainings.

Must be a Registered Nurse licensed to practice in the state of Arkansas. CPR certification and Handle with Care are required. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Experience in psychiatric nursing required. Previous supervisory or charge experience preferred. Knowledge and understanding of nursing practices and principles within the psychiatric setting.

Directly supervises 15 to 20 employees in the Nursing Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.