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    The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit manages patients experiencing an acute episode of psychiatric illness & substance-use disorder. As an RN assigned to the Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit, the nurse is primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of veteran patients admitted to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.

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    Duties include, but are not limited to; assuring that appropriate documentation reflects assessment of patient needs, interdisciplinary treatment plans, clinical interventions, and evaluation of patients' responses to treatments.
    In addition, the nurse delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to adult and geriatric patients.
    The incumbent provides direct nursing care to individual and groups of patients within the scope of a Registered Nurse.
    As a Registered Nurse you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to veterans.
    Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and psychiatric illnesses Demonstrates knowledge in caring for patients with acute medical illnesses such as but not limited to CHF, Diabetes, and Chronic Liver Failure. Is able to assess and provide care for the dual diagnosis patient with focus on drug and alcohol counseling and prevention of an exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms. Provides safe, knowledgeable care for the patient with neurological disturbances such as Alzheimer disease, brain injury, CVA and direct care to the Nursing Assistants and LPNs in the provision of care. or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade.

    • Must be able to demonstrates good judgment in determining the need for restraints, either safety or security, for the protection of the patient, staff, or others. Able to evaluate patients withdrawing from alcohol or drugs, responding to significant symptoms.
    • Capable of re-directing patients who display inappropriate behaviors, assisting them in gaining insight into their actions and behaviors.
    • Demonstrates knowledge in the rehabilitation process, able to assist residents in working toward an alcohol and drug free lifestyle.
    • Maintains current/active BCLS certification.
    • Screens all new admission for care issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, suicide intent and pain and refers the patient to the appropriate staff for care provision Assesses the patient for the developmental, abuse, gender, and ethnicity concerns that may affect the patients emotional stability.
    • Capably provides guidance and direction to the LPN and NAs in the care of the Psychiatric/drug and alcohol patient at the various stages of their illness, focusing on age related needs.
    Work Schedule: 2 Positions Available:
    Evenings 4pm-12:15am with rotating weekends and Holidays
    1 Nights 12:00am to 8:00am with rotating weekends and Holidays

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0610 Nurse

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