Psychiatric Nurse II - Acute Psychiatric...
County of Santa Clara - San Jose, CA

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Under general supervision, to provide the full range of professional nursing and psychiatric care; to initiate and perform established nursing interventions utilizing clinical knowledge.

The Acute Psychiatric Service (APS) of the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS) is comprised of two psychiatric programs. Barbara Arons Pavilion (BAP) is a 50 bed acute (locked) program; and Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS) is an outpatient psychiatric emergency and crisis stabilization program. Both programs are licensed as part of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (VMC). The programs are located in San Jose on the VMC campus.

The current vacancies are half-time (.5) positions in BAP and EPS.

The list established may be used for Psychiatric Nurse II vacancies within locked inpatient units (BAP) as well as EPS as they occur.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

All candidates must respond to the supplemental questions. Applications received without these supplemental questions will be rejected.

Two Nursing Reference Request forms must be submitted in order to continue in the recruitment process. Those applicants that do not have these forms completed will be rejected. It is recommended that a supervisor or manager complete the Reference form. Nursing Professional Reference Request form . Reference forms can be attached to application or faxed to the number listed on the form.
Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Distinguishing Characteristics:

Typical Tasks:

  • Analyzes and validates data taken from interview of patient and/or family for common relationships, revises assessments based on patient behaviors and conceptual view of individuals;
  • Assesses the competencies of personnel assigned to a specific patient group;
  • Assesses the numbers and levels of personnel needed to provide nursing care for a specific patient population;
  • Assesses patient care problems and utilizes this knowledge to formulate appropriate nursing interventions into patient treatment plans;
  • Applies a triage method for assessing treatment priorities.
  • Establishes priorities and coordinates activities needed to implement patient care;
  • Plans strategies for solving patient care problems;
  • Collaborates with appropriate support personnel in the discharge planning of patients and in the appropriate referral to other mental health resources in the community;
  • Assists in developing plans for teaching patients and families about the multiple requirements of proper home care. (eg: medications, follow-up care, mental health resources, etc.);
  • Provides professional nursing care to psychiatric patients and assists in the administration of psychiatric and/or medical treatments;
  • Explains treatment procedures to patients and provides support before, during, and after treatment;
  • Assists in the orientation and training of new or less experienced staff as necessary;
  • Assists patients in developing skills for daily living;
  • Administers psychiatric medications with a thorough understanding of their indications, contraindications, side effects, and adverse reactions;
  • Teaches the patient and family how to follow psychiatric treatments after discharge (eg: medication reactions, dietary changes, etc.);
  • Teaches family to recognize signs/symptoms of decompensation and appropriate interventions in the event that this occurs in the psychiatric patient;
  • Performs mental status examinations and crisis interventions and makes recommendations for further treatment as necessary;
  • Leads or co-leads group therapy sessions;
  • Collaborates with appropriate personnel in performing new procedures and/or in functioning in unfamiliar situations;
  • Maintains a safe and supportive environment;
  • Acts as a liaison between patient and physician;
  • Assumes a leadership role in emergency situations and monitors the work of nursing staff and directing the care of patients in a single unit;
  • Applies counseling skills to encourage socially acceptable behavior;
  • Physically restrains combative patients following accepted standards of practice;
  • Evaluates patient response to care and utilizes this information to re-assess and revise plan of care;
  • Evaluates interventions made by less experienced staff and makes modifications where necessary;
  • Observes, assesses, records, and reports the patient's behavior, condition, and reaction before, during, and after treatment;
  • Evaluates outcomes of emergency situations and provides support for staff and patients involved.

Employment Standards:

Possession of a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of California and one year of progressively responsible clinical experience, which included charge assignments in an acute psychiatric nursing service and the ability to demonstrate possession of the qualifications necessary to successfully perform the typical tasks noted above.

Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran’s), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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