Oversees the Nursing Department and ensures the departmental employees provides nursing care through physical and mental assessments, laboratory testing, plans of care and therapeutic treatments. Knowledgeable of a wide range of nursing leadership responsibilities and how to motivate and lead a team. Has knowledge of mental health disorders; cognitive, emotional, developmental, social and behavioral. Performs crisis intervention. Participates in the department's performance improvement and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities. Functions as a leader in the hospital and is a key leader on the Executive Team and has responsibility for maintaining compliance and ensuring overall nursing functions are followed.
Clinical / Technical Skills (40% of performance review)
Has key responsibility overseeing nursing PI activities and how those activities maintain patient safety and regulatory compliance.
Supports the education and compliance of hospital policy and is actively involved in reviewing and providing feedback for changes as needed.
Leads members of the nursing leadership team and nursing department through active positive communication, continual educational opportunities, and ensuring accountability of the departmental employees.
Maintains strong collaborative relationships with all hospital departments, leaders, and Medical staff.
Participates actively in the hospital governance process via committee membership and consistent attendance.
Has accountability for departmental financial responsibility.
Responsible for maintaining a therapeutic milieu that is safe and focused on delivering quality patient care. This includes leading the team that is on shift through appropriate assignments and thorough communication.
Conducts admission and daily shift nursing assessments for all patients. Identifies and manages patient medical conditions and changes in patient condition. Assesses pain and utilizes appropriate pain management techniques
Provides education to patients and families.
Conducts medication reconciliation as part of the medication management process. Administers medications utilizing safe medication practices and according to policy. Knowledgeable of medications, including psychotropic drugs, and their correct administration based on the age of the patient and their clinical condition.
Follows Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) protocols.
Establishes and maintains individualized treatment plans depending on patient need.
Works as an active member of the team and communicates with team members (physicians, therapists, administration, other departments etc.) regarding patient care issues.
Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors. This includes competence in using electronic medical record and CPOE for all physician/Nurse Practitioner orders as well as wristband scanning prior to medication administration.
Functions as a patient and family advocate, at all times.
Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations
Utilizes proper protocols for the use of Seclusion and Restraint, and the requirements associated with it.
Will assist with conducting performance appraisals, (90-day and annual), staff counseling’s and corrective action.
Perform other duties as assigned
Safety (15% of performance review)
Strives to create a safe, healing environment for patients and family members
Follows all safety rules while on the job.
Reports “near misses”, as well as errors and accidents promptly.
Corrects minor safety hazards.
Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.
Attends all required safety programs and understands responsibilities related to general, department, and job specific safety.
Participates in quality projects, as assigned, and supports quality initiatives.
Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.
Teamwork (15% of performance review)
Works well with others in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation.
Responds willingly to colleagues and serves as an active part of the hospital team.
Builds collaborative relationships with patients, families, staff, and physicians.
The ability to retrieve, communicate, and present data and information both verbally and in writing as required
Demonstrates listening skills and the ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken and written word.
Demonstrates adequate skills in all forms of communication.
Adheres to the Standards of Behavior
Integrity (15% of performance review)
Strives to always do the right thing for the patient, coworkers, and the hospital
Adheres to established standards, policies, procedures, protocols, and laws.
Applies the Mission and Values of SUN Behavioral Health to personal practice and commits to service excellence.
Supports and demonstrates fiscal responsibility through supply usage, ordering of supplies, and conservation of facility resources.
Completes required trainings within defined time periods, as established by job description, policies, or hospital leadership
Exemplifies professionalism through good attendance and positive attitude, at all times.
Maintains confidentiality of patient and staff information, following HIPAA and other privacy laws.
Ensures proper documentation in all position activities, following federal and state guidelines.
Compassion (15% of performance review)
Demonstrates accountability for ensuring the highest quality patient care for patients.
Willingness to be accepting of those in need, and to extend a helping hand
Desire to go above and beyond for others
Understanding and accepting of cultural diversity and differences
Required: Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Current unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state of employment. CPR and hospital-selected de-escalation technique certification.
Preferred: Master’s Degree in Nursing or other Healthcare related field. Advanced degree or certification in nursing from an accredited nursing program or agency
Maintains education and development appropriate for position.
Preferred: A minimum of ten (10) year experience in a behavioral healthcare setting. A minimum of five (5) years of Healthcare leader experience.
Regulatory and survey experience including The Joint Commission, CMS, and State level survey activity
SUN Behavioral Health operates a system of behavioral and substance use disorder hospitals throughout the US. SUN's mission is to partner with communities to Solve the Unmet Needs of those who suffer from mental illness and addiction. Currently, we are searching for nursing applicants for our Ohio and Kentucky hospitals.