Psychiatric Registered Nurse
Company: Amedisys Inc.
Posted on: August 3, 2022
What You Will DoResponsible for furnishing comprehensive,
skilled, medical, and behavioral health/psychiatric nursing
services to all patients in their place of residence. Assesses the
medical, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, safety, developmental
status, and behavioral health/psychiatric nursing needs of the
patient during the initial nursing evaluation. Supervises case load
including LPNs and Home Health Aides assigned to the patient
managed by the RN Case Manager. Facilitates care coordination with
PRN staff when care is provided for caseload. Helps to achieve and
maintain continuity of patient care by communicating information
timely, effectively and systematically with all patient care team
members. Facilitates interdisciplinary communication and follow-up
through care coordination on assigned caseload for duration that
patients are on service. Assesses the appropriateness of care and
criteria for acceptance to medical as well as behavioral
health/psychiatric home health care. Reports the status of all new
patients to the Clinical Manager and the patient's physician and/or
psychiatrist. Evaluates the patient's management and compliance
with the medical and psychiatric plan of care. Maintains awareness
for indicators in patient's behavior that call for change in the
treatment modality (crisis, suicidal ideation) as well as other
medical signs and symptoms. Observes and evaluates the physical and
mental status of the patient for complications and medication side
effects and implements appropriate interventions while working
closely with the physician and/or psychiatrist. Implements nursing
actions that will promote, maintain, or restore physical and mental
health, prevent illnesses, and effect rehabilitation. Instructs
patient/caregiver in cognitive and technical aspects of care,
medication regimes, disease processes, safety interventions, ADL
care, coping skills, symptom management, and other interventions.
Administers IM medications, performs lab draws and specimen
collections, and educates patient and caregiver in appropriate
medical techniques. Documents visit, including instructions and
interventions, in an accurate and timely manner while complying
with the home health care agency's policies and procedures.
Documents all telephone calls and physician contact for inclusion
in the patient's chart. Respects patient's and family's rights as
defined by the Federal and State laws and Patient Bill of Rights.
Respects patient's right to confidentiality and patient's property.
Establishes emergency procedures, instructs patient/caregiver when
to call nurse, MD and 911. Maintains patient safety while a crisis
occurs, calling police/911, MD, and nursing supervisor on call, and
then documenting in clinical record, and filling out completing an
incident report after crisis. Communicates closely with MD,
interdisciplinary team, agencies and institutions for continuity of
care regarding patient's progress. Acts as a case manager in
coordinating care for all medical patients and behavioral
health/psychiatric patients as assigned. Uses universal precautions
while administering care to patients and is knowledgeable of
policies, procedures, and protocol regarding infection control.
Supervises home health aides every two (2) weeks and reviews
patient care plan as needed. Reviews treatment planning under the
direction of a physician or psychiatrist every 30 days with updates
every 60 days, or before or as patient status changes require.
Nursing action, interventions, and goals are stated for each
individual patient. Discharge summaries are completed after
patient's discharge from home care services. Supports health care
professionals within the care center for other patients with
psychosocial issues, assisting in developing a treatment plan of
care. Performs other duties as assigned.Required Current,
unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse specific to
that state the employee is assigned to work by the company. May
possess either a single state license in each non-compact state
and/or a compact license in their state of residence that is
accepted in all Nurse License Compact (NLC) participating states.
Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) documents the following: The mutual
recognition model of nurse licensure allows a nurse to have one
license (in his or her state of residency) and to practice in other
states (both physical and electronic), subject to each state's
practice law and regulation. Nurses must legally reside in a NLC
state to be eligible to have a multi-state license.
A registered nurse must meet one of the following to meet CMS
requirements for psychiatric nursing in the home care setting: An
RN with a Master's degree with a specialty in psychiatric or mental
health nursing and licensed in the state where practicing. The RN
must have nursing experience (recommended within the last three
years) in an acute treatment unit in a psychiatric hospital,
psychiatric home care, psychiatric partial hospitalization program
or other outpatient psychiatric services. An RN with a Bachelor's
degree in nursing and licensed in the state where practicing. The
RN must have one year of recent nursing experience (recommended
within the last three years) in an acute treatment unit in a
psychiatric hospital, psychiatric home care, psychiatric partial
hospitalization program or other outpatient psychiatric services.
An RN with a Diploma or Associate degree in nursing and licensed in
the state where practicing. The RN must have two years of recent
nursing experience (recommended within the last three years) in an
acute treatment unit in a psychiatric hospital, psychiatric home
care, psychiatric partial hospitalization program or other
outpatient psychiatric services.
Must have good verbal and written communication skills and
evaluation techniques and demonstrate knowledge of clinical skills,
judgment, current nursing practices and analytical capabilities.
Current CPR certification. Must be familiar with Medicare,
Medicaid, and other third-party payor guidelines. Must have a
current driver's license, agency-required automobile liability
insurance, and availability of personal, dependable transportation
to conduct home visits. Able to assess patient status and identify
requirements relative to age specific needs. Must be familiar with
general use and functions of the computer, such as, user names and
password concepts; internet; e-mail; navigation of computer
desktop, including starting programs, using files, and windows,
effectively use navigation buttons and tool bars; ability to
self-manage online HR services and online training
programs.Amedisys is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified
employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy,
marital status, national origin, citizenship status, disability,
military status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition or
carrier status or any other legally protected characteristic.
Keywords: Amedisys Inc., Norfolk , Psychiatric Registered Nurse, Healthcare , Norfolk, Virginia
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