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Registered Nurse Outpatient Psych

Company: Medstar Research Institute
Location: Olney
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Job Description:

Full TimePysc Day/Night18101 Prince Philip DriveNursing - Direct Patient CareDay Shift.90 Job Summary The Registered Nurse based in the Addiction and Mental Health Center (AMHC) outpatient clinic setting is a licensed health professional. The nurse is a member of a multidisciplinary team providing services under the direction of the consulting psychiatrist. Treatment modalities used in the outpatient clinic include: group therapy, individual therapy, family meetings, pharmacological management, skill building groups and educational groups. The nurse will have responsibility for leading psycho educational groups and may facilitate other groups with other licensed professionals from the team. Utilizing input from the treatment team the nurse will develop, implement and update individualized care plans. The primary patient population the nurse works with will be adults age 65 years and older. The nurse will also work with patients age 18 years and older who are participating in other outpatient programs and require further physical assessment. The nurse will collaborate with psychiatrists in providing care for patients receiving pharmacological management services.

Minimum Qualifications Education/Training Bachelor's Degree

Experience 3 - 5 years of Mental Health/Addiction experience preferred

License/Certification/Registration Maryland licensure as Registered Nurse required; Certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse from American Nurses Association preferred

CPR Certification

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English.

Basic Computer skills to perform Data entry.

Knowledge of mental illness and chemical dependence

HIPAA policies on Confidentiality

Basic knowledge of mental health laws.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities Clinical: Provides individual, family and group psychoeducational services based on an understanding of normal growth and development and mental health issues. The Registered Nurse will: Participate in ensuring a safe and therapeutic environment.

Supervise and monitor patients' activities.

Act as a case manager for patients 65 years of age and older. Many of these older adults have chronic medical conditions in addition to their primary mental health diagnosis. Help older adults access needed services, e.g. Metro Access, Manna, etc.

Track insurance authorization and do utilization review as necessary. Makes referrals to other levels of care as necessary.

Collaborate with inpatient staff when older adults who are in the 6 West outpatient programs are hospitalized or if there is an older adult patient on the inpatient unit.

Provide referrals to community providers (therapist, psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, specialists, etc. to all 6 West outpatients.

Collaborate with the treatment team and psychiatrist in providing treatment to older adults.

Evaluate outpatients who are in crisis for safety in collaboration with other team members..

Document care they provide to patients.

Collaborate with outpatient staff in providing care to all AMHC outpatients.

Assessments: Assesses and diagnoses patient and family needs. The assessment process focuses on the physical, psycho social realms of care. It also identifies selfcare, educational, discharge planning and environmental needs of the patient. These duties include: Assessment of the patient's health care needs on a systematic and continuous basis.

Completion of assessment of physical pain for AMHC outpatients when needed.

Assessment of AMHC outpatients who are not feeling well physically on request.

Administration of medications including injectable medications to AMHC outpatients. If warranted by pt assessment, assisting pts in preparing a weekly pill box.

Reporting any identified issues in a timely manner to the physician.

Team: Acts as a departmental and hospital resource through informal leadership and technical expertise. This nurse will: Coach and/or mentor other employees.

Identify with and encourage team concepts.

Serve as integral member of the interdisciplinary team, demonstrating an ability to effectively communicate and interact within the team.

Participate in the orientation of new staff members, assist with supervision of students and volunteer as needed.

Provide AMHC with support for education activities for staff/patients.

Participate in various community mental health activities.

Consult, and develop partnerships with outside organizations and community professionals.

Serve as team leader organizing work assignments and ensuring that patient needs are met with supervisor is not available.

Development: Maintain current knowledge and licensure. Identifies learning needs in self and initiates actions to address these education needs.

Attends continuing education programs in order to maintain certification.

Attends hospital sponsored training programs as required by the department.

Completes all mandatory requirements, certifications, and licensure within allotted timeframes for completion (CPR, License, PPD, Competencies, etc.)

Organizational knowledge: Works effectively within and between departments. Participates on inter-departmental teams and committees, communicating unit knowledge as appropriate.

Provides department/unit with information and knowledge acquired during participation with interdepartmental teams and committees.

Demonstrates a constructive approach during all interactions with staff, supervisors, and managers both inside and outside the unit.

Department/Unit Specific Functions and Duties Consistently displays professionalism in interactions with patients and families, staff and physicians.

Provides coverage as needed when there are identified needs with in the AMHC.

Keywords: Medstar Research Institute, Olney , Registered Nurse Outpatient Psych, Healthcare , Olney, Maryland

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