Work Schedule: Variable 12-hour shifts including weekend shifts & holidays as assigned by the unit; Days, Nights or Day/Night rotating available
Employment Type: Full-time, Part-time or Occasional Available
Location: Hughes Spalding
Requisition #: 56882
Behavioral & Mental Health at Children's
Children’s is committed to be a leader and a partner in building a pediatric behavioral and mental health ecosystem that improves outcomes, reduces stigma, and enhances access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Behavioral and mental health is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing pediatric health issues in the United States. What is known and felt very personally by millions of children, caregivers, teachers and pediatricians is that one in five children and adolescents in the U.S. have a behavioral or mental health condition. Alongside our community, we built a plan to help the 1.5 million children in the metropolitan Atlanta area flourish and thrive regardless of their circumstance. Through this plan we will deliver the outcomes our children need. We will reduce the rates of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, reduce the number of suicides in children and adolescents and ultimately increase the number of children who are resilient despite any number of life’s potential hurdles.
Together we will build a pediatric behavioral and mental health ecosystem in which our children truly are, “better today and healthier tomorrow.”
Brings an expert perspective to patient care for behavioral and mental health within accepted practices, policies, and philosophy of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This expert perspective provides both direct clinical care and support. Care aspects include assessment, clinical management, communication, crisis prevention, regulatory readiness, and evidence-based care practice. Proactively supports efforts that ensure delivery of safe patient care and services and promotes a safe environment.
- 1 year of psychiatric/behavioral health experience in the medical field or 1 year of experience as a clinical nurse in a medical inpatient/emergency department setting working with pediatric and adolescent patient populations
• Graduation from an accredited school of nursing
• Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the single State of Georgia or Multi-State through the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
• Completion of Marcus Crisis Prevention Program as a user and trainer within 90 days of hire
• Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days of employment
• Bachelor of Science in nursing preferred
• Preferred two to three years of clinical nurse experience
• Preferred experience in the emergency room setting
• Knowledge of normal/abnormal growth and development throughout the age continuum
• Previous experience with crisis management and de-escalation techniques and strategies
• Experience with and knowledge of the assessment, management and treatment of behavioral health patients is highly preferred
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES*
• Must be able to organize and manage multiple tasks.
• Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Must exhibit skills in coordination, delegation and team collaboration.
• Must exhibit abilities to use critical thinking and quick decision-making abilities
• Must show accountability for leadership and actions in an autonomous role
• Must be able to remain calm and manage verbal/physical responses in stressful situations
• Exhibit skills in establishing rapport and using therapeutic communication with others
PRACTICE (Caring for the Patient)
1. Provides direct patient care in assessment, management, and treatment plan development for behavioral and mental health patients in crisis in the Emergency Department and other practice settings.
2. Collaborates with Emergency Department and appropriate practice settings in providing medical stabilization and treatment according to scope of practice and training
3. Integrates values and language preferences into healthcare delivery through a culturally sensitive process.
4. Utilizes clinical decision support tools and resources to recognize issues, prioritize care, and modify plan of care as needed.
5. Ensures that appropriate documentation regarding care interventions, observation, medication administration, and monitoring is in place in accordance with policy and process identified
6. Participates in transfer of care; communicates any special considerations, care priorities, and support needs as appropriate.
7. Complies and promotes compliance with all behavioral health related policies and guidelines to protect patient, self and others from harm
8. Provides patient and family education appropriate for identified learning needs.
9. Maintains patients’ rights, including the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information
DEVELOPMENT (Fostering Clinical Knowledge)
1. Participates in lifelong learning and incorporates new knowledge into nursing practice.
2. Provides basic education and knowledge support to the care team surrounding mental and behavioral health diagnoses and supportive interventions.
3. Maintains professional records and participates in goal planning related to performance review and professional development.
ENGAGEMENT (Engaging and Leading Professionally)
1. Provides oversight and direction in treatment and interventions for the Behavioral Health Care Team including Mental Health Tech, patient safety sitters, and other care team members.
2. Leads Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) responses and debriefs for crisis level patient behavior escalation.
3. Shares information and collaborates with Behavioral Health Care Team members to ensure quality care coordination
4. Engages in ethical practices utilizing principles from The Code of Ethics for Nurses.
5. Maintains therapeutic and professional relationships with appropriate role boundaries.
6. Contributes to a supportive and healthy work environment.
7. Demonstrates support of shared leadership through awareness of initiatives and providing input.
OUTCOMES (Driving Excellent Results)
1. Integrates evidence and research findings into clinical judgement and nursing practice.
2. Participates in monitoring activities within work environment to maintain a culture of safety.
3. Identifies and communicates hazards and errors.
4. Participates in quality and process improvement activities to improve patient outcome and workflows.
5. Ensures equipment is in working order to provide safe patient care.
6. Demonstrates commitment and flexibility through times of change.
PROFESSIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
1. Completes orientation and initial assessment of competency successfully by determined due date.
2. Completes mandatory education and annual competency assessment requirements as defined by unit and system by due date.
3. Achieves 75% of staff meetings if applicable
Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.
Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.
Ability to lift up to 40 lbs independently and greater than 40 lbs with assistance
Bending/Stooping - Constantly (activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of time)
Climbing - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.
Lifting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Pushing/Pulling - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Sitting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Standing - Constantly (activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of time)
Walking - Constantly (activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of time)
Definite potential for exposure to blood and body fluids
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.
With 3 hospitals, 27 neighborhood locations and a total of 638 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 70 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Children’s has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for fourteen consecutive years and named one of the “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values. We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country. Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.
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Address: 35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Function: Allied Health - Behavior Health