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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:P6283

PSYCHIATRIC NURSE I

NATURE OF WORK

This is professional registered nursing work for a County substance abuse treatment, behavioral health, or other County mental health program.

Duties include examination, treatment, and care of individuals with psychiatric, mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and/or other health conditions. Considerable judgment and initiative are required in performing all aspects of general nursing and/or specialized mental health or psychiatric nursing care. Work is performed in accordance with established general registered nursing and psychiatric or mental health nursing standards, state and federal rules and regulations and established County and division policies and procedures.

This classification may report to a Psychiatric Nurse II or other clinical superior, depending upon area of assignment, who will assess, evaluate and monitor job performance through observation and monitoring of job performance and review of medical records.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Renders comprehensive general and specialized nursing care to program patients or clients with the assistance of other nursing staff and/or ancillary staff as needed and assigned.

Administers comprehensive nursing assessments to designated patients and may complete admissions and discharge/transfer procedures.

Administers medications to patients as prescribed by a physician and follows orders of physicians or other health care providers, documenting activities in the medical record.

Observes, evaluates, monitors, and reports client health status.

Monitors medication compliance and response and patient behavior; documents observations and treatments appropriately on patient’s chart.

Confers with clients or patients, their caregivers and family members to gain the patient's understanding of and cooperation with treatment modalities regarding issues of care and treatment.

Assists in providing optimum physical and emotional environments for patients or service recipients.

Reports any problems concerning patient behavior within the assigned area to the supervisor or other administrative staff.

Assesses patient or client needs for medical or psychiatric intervention; assesses and appropriately responds to client or patient psychiatric and/or medical emergencies.

Assumes role and responsibilities of charge nurse, as assigned.

Conducts home and community visits as needed.

Facilitates and attends staff meetings and training as scheduled.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge of general nursing principles, practices and techniques and/or psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral health nursing principles, practices, and techniques as required by the area of assignment.

Knowledge of general medications and/or detoxification protocols and psychiatric medications as required by the area of assignment.

Knowledge of public health laws, JCAHO standards, federal confidentiality laws (42CFR, 45CFR), and state regulations (65D-30) and others as required for the area of assignment.

Knowledge of infection control practices and procedures.

Ability to establish and maintain client or patient medical records.

Ability to understand and carry out detailed instructions of a technical and professional nature.

Ability to triage individuals with substance abuse or co-occurring disorders or other health issues as required by the area of assignment.

Ability to effectively work in an inter-disciplinary team.

Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with patients or clients.

Skill in the use and application of medical instruments and equipment.

Skill in basic word processing and computer data entry.

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation.

  REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from an accredited school of nursing; one (1) year of experience in psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral health nursing and one (1) year of experience in substance abuse nursing; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Licensed as a registered nurse in the State of Florida and current CPR certification at time of hire.   Depending upon area of assignment, may be required to have and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license and to obtain and maintain authorization to drive on County business.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Code of Ethics Certification: No

Work Locations: Elderly & Veterans Services, Substance Abuse & Health Services, Human Services Department

Class Spec. Estab ./Revised: E4/81 R10/04

 


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