Behavioral Health Nurse
This position provides direct patient care and assessment, as well as coordinates care between providers and interdisciplinary team members; assists patients in their recovery process by being person-centered and providing support towards optimal and realistic goals. Serves under the general direction of the Behavioral Health Supervisor.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be required and assigned.
• Conducts behavioral health nursing assessments including: presenting problem, gathering information regarding history, symptoms, current and previous psychiatric medications, previous treatment or therapy, etc. Secures medication consent documents.
• Develops initial treatment recommendations; completes psychiatric appointment referral and scheduling as needed.
• Provides clinical nursing services to behavioral health including coordination with various providers, counselors, social workers, hospitals and physicians both internal and external to the organization and BH unit.
• Consults with staff psychiatrists in diagnosis, treatment planning, other provider coordination, medication prescriptions, administration, monitoring and scheduling.
• Monitors clients under psychiatrists’ care including symptom assessment, response to medication, side or adverse effects, and documenting observations.
• Administers and monitors psychiatric medications, including injections; coordinates and consults with other providers including social workers, therapists, community caregivers, etc. May involve picking up prescriptions/supplies and filling med planners.
• Coordinates with pharmacists, onsite and externally, to provide refills, current prescriptions and medication prior authorizations.
• Provides emergency services including assessing suicidal and/or homicidal individuals; makes decisions regarding safety.
• Responds to potential psychiatric emergencies by performing counseling and appropriate interventions including contacting medical staff, law enforcement, or arranging for hospitalization or admission.
• Performs triage work in various crisis situations by stabilizing the client until determination or plan of care is developed.
• Coordinates and consults as needed, with various internal and external staff to facilitate mental health treatment, planning, intervention; or admissions to various facilities.
• Provides ongoing case coordination with those involved in client’s care.
• Consults with treatment team and attends client meetings; consults with professionals; collaborates with family members and other community partners.
• Maintains medical records as required.
• Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor’s degree from a nursing program accredited by the National Professional Nursing Accrediting Organization.
• Wisconsin Registered Nurse license required.
• Three years nursing experience in a health care or community support program, with focus on behavioral health preferred.
• Must successfully pass criminal and caregiver background check.
Full Pay Range: $62,473 – $84,090
Expected Pay Range: $62,473 – $69,990
Department: Health and Human Services: Behavioral Health