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RN (BHI) PRN Paducah

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Job ID: 4603324
Updated: November 16, 2018
Geographic Location: Kentucky
Full/Part Time: PRN
Shift: Other
Standard Hours: 0



BRIEF SUMMARY:           

The Registered Nurse provides care within the scope of the Ohio/Kentucky Nurse Practice Act.  The Registered Nurse is accountable for the delivery of nursing care utilizing the nursing process, evidence-based standards, policies, procedures and guidelines of the organization.  The Registered Nurse will incorporate the American Nursing Association Code of Ethics for Nurses in daily practice.


  • Ability to differentiate between patient psychological symptoms that occur concurrently with altered physiological functioning. 
  • Ability to assess patients with significant deficits in biological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral systems.
  • Able to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and understand governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports and use proper grammar when documenting.
  • The ability and willingness to identify with, share in, and have a commitment to the philosophy, mission, values and vision of our Sponsors and Catholic Health Partners.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professional appearance, aptitude, and attitude
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments while meeting rigid deadlines
  • Impeccable ethics and integrity
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, families, a variety of professional disciplines and the general public.
  • Ability to use critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills including but not limited to analysis, problem solving, and decision-making.  Ability to analyze and solve problems that require the use of basic clinical or technical principles.   Examples include performing multi-step procedures, recognizing changes in patient behaviors or conditions and analyzing priorities to facilitate optimum work performance
  • Ability to efficiently manage time, priorities and resources
  • Possesses basic computer skills; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications
  • Ability to follow instruction, use constructive feedback, demonstrate professionalism, responsibility, critical thinking, and stress management skill
  • Knowledge of  relevant regulatory standards 
  • Ability to maintain strict client confidentiality, HIPAA compliance
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to Travel.
  • Ability to organize and maintain supplies and equipment
  • Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patient, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand  coordination. Requires standing and walking for extended periods of time. Frequently lifts and carries items weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance). Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Exposure to communicable diseases and/or body fluids.


Certificates License/ Registrations:  Current unencumbered applicable state license required.              

  Basic Life Support Certification required. 

Must obtain ANCC Psychiatric Nursing Certification with 1 year of hire.


Education and /or Experience:  Graduate of an approved Registered Nurse program.  BSN preferred.  Minimum of two years’ experience as a registered nurse in psychiatric acute care setting desired.Experience in working in a psychiatric setting highly preferred.Special physical requirements: sits and stands throughout the day. Physical management of patients in crisis situation may be necessary.


Key Job Responsibilities: (not all inclusive)

It is expected that all of the Principal Duties and Responsibilities identified below will be performed in a manner that reflects the values of Mercy Caring and Catholic Healthcare Partners, which are: Compassion, Excellence, Human Dignity, Justice, Sacredness of Life and Service.

Assessment:The Registered Nurse shall:

  1. Collect and record a nursing assessment of the health status of the behavioral health patient.
  2. Collect and record objective and subjective data and communicate as appropriate to the other members of the healthcare team.
  3. Modify the assessment as the patient’s condition/status changes.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the lifespan

Analysis:  The Registered Nurse shall accuratelyand timely:

  1. Analyze the assessment data and establish, accept or modify a nursing diagnosis to be used as a basis for nursing interventions.

Planning:  The Registered Nurseshall accurately and timely

  1. Develop, maintain or modify the nursing component of the plan of care and;
  2. Communicate the nursing component of the plan of care and all modifications to the plan to all appropriate members of the treatment team.

Implementation:The Registered Nurse will accurately and timely implement the nursing plan of care, which may include:

  1. Executing the current treatment regimen as prescribed by the Physician, Physician Assistant or Certified Nurse Practitioner.
  2. Providing direct nursing care commensurate with education, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the registered nurse.
  3. Collaborating with other nurses and members of the treatment team.
  4. Delegating nursing tasks as approved by the Ohio/Kentucky Board of Nursing.
  5. Complete 15 minute safety checks on the units.

Evaluation:The Registered Nurse shall accurately and timely:

  1. Evaluate the patient’s response to the nursing interventions.
  2. Document and communicate the patient response to nursing interventions to the appropriate members of the healthcare team.

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