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Hospital Staff Nurse I/II - Psychiatric Services

Company: Kern Medical
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: January 12, 2019

Job Description:

Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles. Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care, inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing personalized patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for 15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.

  • Per Diem employees supplement department staffing needs, with no guarantee of minimum hours.
  • Per Diem minimum scheduling expectation is one (1) shift per four week schedule.Position: Hospital Staff Nurse I/II - Psychiatric Services - Per Diem RNThe 24-bed Inpatient Psychiatric Unit offers expert diagnosis and treatment for patients aged 18 and older with mood disorders such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, thought disorders including Schizophrenia, and substance abuse disorders. Kern Medical Inpatient Psychiatric Unit is the only unit in Kern County that treats patient with mental illness and co-occurring chronic medical conditions.Job DescriptionUnder close supervision, learns the nursing process through assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe, therapeutic care. All nursing clinical practice shall be evaluated and governed through the Chief Nursing Officer and/or their Registered Nurse designee. Essential Functions:Level I:
    • Collects and documents data about patients commonly seen on the unit according to prescribed methods.
    • Interprets assessment data to determine whether patient has physiological and/or psycho social risk factors; records and reports assessment data.
    • Develops and contributes to a plan of nursing action based on existing and potential patient problems and observable patient responses; incorporates the medical plan of care.
    • Uses combination of education and experience to provide a range of options for nursing actions; makes appropriate nursing decisions based on the assessment of the patient and interpretation of clinical data.
    • Establishes nursing diagnoses and initiates appropriate interventions; uses appropriate resources to formulate a written plan of care; evaluates the effectiveness of nursing intervention and revises patient care plans as necessary.
    • Implements therapeutic care for patients responding to the needs due to multi-system disease or complications of treatment; work with physician in setting priorities for care of patients.
    • Anticipates patient care problems and responds to changes on the unit by prioritizing for emergencies, changes in patient status and unusual occurrences.
    • Performs and documents the nursing process consistent with scientific principle and hospital policy as required by patient assignment.
    • Implements the medical and nursing care plans and coordinates patient care activities with nurses, physicians and allied health professionals.
    • Performs tasks described in the unit specific components of nursing practice for the unit to which assigned.
    • Assesses patient/family level of understanding and develops teaching methods and plans accordingly; follows through on teaching plans developed to instruct patients and their family members regarding; testing, procedures and disease process; knowledge and skills essential to coping with illness, and promotion of optimum health.
    • Observes and addresses the stressful situations experienced by patients/families and assists them in dealing with illness and hospitalization.
    • Coordinates and participates in patient care rounds and conferences.
    • Performs quality assurance monitoring; analyzes results of monitoring activities; participates in designing plan of improvement for identified problems.
    • May assist with training staff members and orienting new staff; works collaboratively with clinicians to manage patient care.
    • Completes all competencies, mandatory classes and educational coursework as required by the hospital.
    • Demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care of populations served by Kern Medical facilitiesLevel II: (In addition to the above functions):
      • Interprets complex assessment data to determine whether patient has physiological and/or psycho social risk factors; records and reports assessment data.
      • Uses combination of education and advanced experience to provide a range of options for nursing actions; makes appropriate nursing decisions based on the assessment of the patient and interpretation of clinical data.
      • Addresses the stressful situations experienced by patients/families and assists them in dealing with illness and hospitalization.
      • Trains staff members, orients new staff, serves as a mentor to staff as an experienced clinician and manager of care.Other Functions: (all levels)
        • Performs other duties as assigned.
        • Incumbents must have the ability to perform the Essential Functions of the job.Employment Standards:Level I: Graduation from an accredited registered nursing program, and a valid and unrestricted license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse;ORPossession of a temporary license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse.Level II:Graduation from an accredited registered nursing program, possess and maintain valid and unrestricted license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse,AND three (3) years of nursing experience;ORGraduation from an accredited registered nursing program, possession of a temporary license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered NurseAND three (3) years of nursing experience.Depending on assignment incumbents may be required to possess and maintain specific certificates of competency as a condition of employment.Level I/II:Possess and maintain a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.Employees must maintain all health requirements designated by Kern Medical Center. Possess and maintain a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.A background check will be conducted for this classification.

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