Psych Nurse Job Description

Psych Nurse Job Description

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Psych nurse provides crisis intervention counseling and/or education with adults, children and families experiencing emotion disturbances, mental illness or problems related to substance abuse.

Psych Nurse Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective psych nurse job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included psych nurse job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Maintenance of infection control standards, and
Providing supervision to CNAs/PCAs
Play an integral part as they care for Pediatric or Adolescent patients in designated treatment programs
Conduct initial psychiatric / nursing evaluations for new patients
Assess patients daily for level of physical, emotional, and social stability
Offer guidance throughout treatment for better goal attainment
Monitor for change in mood or demeanor and intervene with de-escalation techniques to lead the patient back to safety and stability
Provide supervision to CNAs/PCAs
Maintain inventory standards for medicines, controlled drugs and narcotics
Coach, direct, support and evaluate the orientation of new nurses and the EMR

Psych Nurse Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Psych Nurse

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, CPR, ACLS, BCLS, CPI, SAMA, CNS, PALS, I.V

Education for Psych Nurse

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the psych nurse job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Nursing, Education, Associates, Graduate, School of Nursing, Health, Science, Nursing Program, Nursing Education, Patient Care

Skills for Psych Nurse

Desired skills for psych nurse include:

Psychotropic medication
Psychosocial systems
Psychiatric nursing and maintains the highest quality of comprehensive patient care
Communication of the processes to others
Growth and development
Psycho-dynamics and therapeutic processes as demonstrated by effective intervention and resolution of problems as they occur
Body substance isolation
Basic diagnostic categories of mental illness
Crisis management and intervention

Desired experience for psych nurse includes:

Adaptability to maintain both a high standard of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers, patients and visitors with satisfactory job performance despite the stress of a medical work environment
1 year psych setting experience in an acute care facility
Experience or education with a focus on crisis stabilization, age specific needs, and/or knowledge of chronic mental illness and chemical dependency is preferred
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse with the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas or compact license accepted
Master's degree in nursing or related healthcare field required
Psychiatric nursing experience mandatory

Psych Nurse Examples


Psych Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a psych nurse. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for psych nurse
  • Oversight of medication management/medication independence program
  • Utilize solution-focused, task centered treatment and motivational interviewing for improvement in member's clinical outcomes and self-management skills
  • Provide oversight to team and/or directly participates in assessment of the member's current medical and psychiatric status with face to face interventions when warranted
  • Facilitate communication with behavioral health providers and inpatient/outpatient behavioral health services
  • Monitor psychiatric medications for effectiveness, response of member, and side effects
  • Monitor the tapering of certain psychiatric medications according to Federal Regulations under the supervision/direction of an MD
  • Review all current medications, labs, x-rays and any other pertinent data available
  • Collaborate with the member's psychiatrist - review medications, dosages, use of prns and behavior patterns
  • Communicate/consult with a member's family and significant others as needed
  • Acts as liaison between disciplines, departments, and hospitals for assigned patients Participates in interdisciplinary meetings and other activities Maintains professional communication with multidisciplinary team members Able to interface with various members of multidisciplinary team members to coordinate all aspects of patient care
Qualifications for psych nurse
  • Adaptability to performing under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health certification
  • BSN Required or bridging to BSN with graduation date within one year
  • One year experience RN Psychiatric preferred
  • *Assessment required
  • BSN Preferred or BSN within one year of hire with graduation date

Psych Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a psych nurse. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for psych nurse
  • Develop and teach in both structured and informal settings
  • Ensure compliance with and participates in all pertinent regulatory reviews
  • Maintain CNS certification
  • Maintain accurate and concise clinical records
  • Maintain competency requirements Attend a minimum of 2 unit based inservices yearly Attend a minimum of 6 educational meetings offered within Institute or Outside Program Utilize up to date practices/information in delivery of patient care Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors Performs other duties as assigned
  • Must be physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent, mentally ill patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running toward or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment, such as wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds
  • Oversee the correct completion of documentation in the transfer of medical patients to psychiatric settings including legal commitment documentation of the 302, 303 and 304
  • Participate in relevant candidate conferences and M&M (Morbidity and Mortality) meetings and be prepared to offer insight and advice regarding specific patients and to assist the teams in treatment planning, candidate selection and preparing candidates for transplantation
  • Participate on institute committee as appointed
  • Provide education, direct and informal supervision of the C&L staff, including medical residents and students regarding assessments, psychiatric diagnosis, use of civil commitment and management of psychiatric disorders
Qualifications for psych nurse
  • Adaptability to performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure
  • 2 year Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing
  • One year experience RN Psychiatric experience preferred
  • Current and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse specific to the state of Ohio
  • One year experience RN Psychiatric experience required

Psych Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a psych nurse. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for psych nurse
  • The Registered Nurse is a graduate of a professional Nursing Program approved by the appropriate state-accrediting agency and is BLS certified and a citizen of the United States
  • S(H)e is directly responsible to the Psych Nurse Manager, the Assistant Chief of Patient Care Services and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services
  • The Psych Unit specializes in providing care to patients with acute psychiatric conditions, who range in age from adults (18-64) and adults (65+)
  • S(H)e demonstrates knowledge and competencies in technical and operational knowledge and is able to apply these skills in the clinical setting
  • The RN strives to maintain clinical competencies, continuous study, in-services, attendance at and participation in seminars and workshops
  • Develop and implement a system of administering and monitoring psychiatric medications to partial hospitalization clients
  • Develop and implement therapeutic groups and activities for the partial hospitalization client
  • Develop individual client treatment plans in conjunction with peer group, case managers and supervisor to assure commonality in goals of service
  • Performs and documents psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and follow up medication management appointments
  • Performs and documents suicide risk assessments and completes suicide safety plans
Qualifications for psych nurse
  • *This position is a .70 FTE
  • *FTE .80 (64 hours/pay period)- Part Time Variable- shifts are 7a-3pm and 3p to 11p (whichever is needed)- working every other weekend, and various days throughout the week
  • 1 plus years of experience in Behavioral Health
  • A minimum of 6 months recent experience as Staff Nurse in an Psychiatric and/or Chemical Dependency Nursing Acute Care Facility
  • Must have knowledge of the Nursing Process, Principles and Procedures
  • Hold a license to practice as a RN in the State of Texas

Psych Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of psych nurse. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for psych nurse
  • Initiates health promotion and disease prevention activities including health education and counseling and the use of prescribed treatments
  • Orders diagnostics studies, such as laboratory tests, radiological exams, EKGs, pertinent to the treatment of psychiatric disorders
  • Initiates requests for consults, prosthetics, and non-medical treatments for the treatment of psychiatric disorders
  • Prescribes psychiatric medications and monitors them appropriately
  • Conducts individual psychotherapy
  • Admits patients to .Mental Health Residential Rehab Program (MHRRTP) and provides psychiatric consultation during their admission
  • Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students
  • The LPN, is organizationally and administratively responsible to the Registered Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager,& Nurse Manager
  • Uses sound clinical judgment demonstrates the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on patients' conditions and needs
  • Recognizes deviations from normal and demonstrates the ability to respond to patients' immediate and long term needs
Qualifications for psych nurse
  • Certification as Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (PMHNP)
  • Previous experience working with the Mental Heath and/or Substance Abuse population
  • Experience with Substance Abuse and Mental Health in an Adult and young Adult population
  • Familiarity with Community-based Behavioral Health programming or Behavioral Health Residential program
  • A minimum of one year experience as a Psych Registered Nurse is required
  • Minimum 2 years of recent psych nursing experience

Psych Nurse Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of psych nurse. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for psych nurse
  • Participates in Interdisciplinary Treatment Team meetings to assist in developing rehabilitative treatment goals for patients
  • Delivers nursing care as needed and directed on any of the floors in the long term care center , emergency situation, staffing shortage, special projects
  • Utilizes knowledge of physical, social and emotional factors when planning patient care and uses this knowledge appropriately in Condition A & C and Code Blue emergencies
  • Participates in planning and/or implementation of Condition A & C and Code Blue drills
  • Assists the professional nurse and allied health professionals in the planning implementation of patient educational and recreational activities
  • Participates in group programing to include leading and co-leading groups and activities
  • Conserves organizational resources by maximizing asset utilization and by developing and implementing cost saving measures
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families/caregivers concerning preventative health, treatment options and community resources
  • Examines physician orders for completeness, accuracy, clarity and questions when appropriate
  • Helps promote program through referral development and community education events as assigned by Nurse Manager
Qualifications for psych nurse
  • CPI training within 90 days of employment
  • Two (2) years prior nursing experience in a psychiatric setting is preferred
  • Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing certification
  • 1 year of current Inpatient Psychiatry and/or Emergency Psychiatry professional nursing (RN) experience
  • 1 plus years of experience in Med Psych
  • Flexibility - Select the Shifts and Days you are Available to Work

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