Psychiatric Nurse - I
Placer County - Placer County, CA

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This position is scheduled to receive a 2% wage increase effective November 15, 2014.

This is a continuous recruitment and will be open until filled.

Health and Human Services Department, Adult System of Care partners with agencies in Placer County to assist adults and older adults to achieve optimal levels of self-sufficiency and independence by providing a range of treatment and support services including therapeutic intervention, case management, crisis intervention, skill development, and medical and support services. Adults in crisis are protected through services in locked and unlocked inpatient and residential treatment programs.

Extra Help/temporary assignments are not eligible for benefits and are limited to working 28 hours per week with a fiscal year cap of 1000 hours or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants. Extra Help appointments may be eligible for transition to permanent status, should vacancies arise, with the approval from the County Executive Officer.

The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used in the future to fill additional extra help and or permanent positions.

DEFINITION To provide professional psychiatric nursing care and other nursing care to emotionally disturbed or mentally ill patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is the entry level class in the Psychiatric Nurse series. This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience. Employees work under general supervision while learning job tasks.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives general supervision from assigned management staff or a Supervising Psychiatric Nurse.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Oversee medication crisis telephone calls and walk-ins; provide assessment of and intervention with clients who are medication-only patients.
  • Provide monitoring of medication-only clients; provide specific medication counseling and education to clients regarding the need, purpose, and effects of prescribed medications.
  • Provide direct medication treatment (under psychiatrist's orders); assist in preparing medication-only treatment plans.
  • Assist in developing a medication education program; assist in developing standards and procedures for medication monitoring by nursing staff; plan and provide in-service training for Division staff as directed.
  • Assess needs/situation of selected new clients and provide case management and supportive therapy through observation, history taking, physical examination, analysis, documentation of findings, and consultation with psychiatrist.
  • Make home visits; make site visits to contracting providers to provide clients with medication supervision and instruction.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below.

Experience: No professional experience is required.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nursing or a related field.

License or Certificate:
  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • General and psychiatric nursing principles and practices.
  • General legal and regulatory issues involved in treating the mentally ill.
  • Pharmacology and the use and purpose of psychotropic medications.
  • Crisis intervention and conflict resolution techniques, including management of assaultive behavior.
  • Principles and practices of instruction.
Ability to:
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects, identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at a desk for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, climb, twist and reach while making site visits or making educational presentations. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift light weight.
  • Provide professional psychiatric nursing care; administer and handle medications.
  • Provide instruction regarding use, purpose, and side effects of various psychotropic medications.
  • Observe, assess, and record client behavior as related to psychiatric condition/treatment.
  • Provide crisis intervention as necessary.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interview; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, dictation machine, facsimile machine, postage meter, and photocopy machine.
  • Use nursing care and clinical supplies and equipment, including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, syringes, and needles.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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