Admissions Registered Nurse

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Location: Lynn, MA
Job ID: 156849-1A
Date Posted: Oct 2, 2019

Job Description

Welcome To

Lahey Health Behavioral Services is part of a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.

About the Job

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Inpatient Behavioral Health Admissions RN is responsible for completing a comprehensive nursing admission assessment of patients entering through the BayRidge Hospital Intake Area. The position is responsible for providing care for patients in the Intake Area while they await timely transfer to the inpatient unit. This includes monitoring of vital signs, medicating patients per provider order when indicated, and collaborating with other disciplines to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment is maintained for all patients. The Admissions RN is responsible for providing a comprehensive clinical hand-off to the receiving unit and communicating any areas of the admissions assessment which are incomplete. 

Shift

32 hours per week, evening shift

About Us

The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.

Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Collaborates with Admissions Department, admitting provider, and inpatient unit nursing staff to ensure timely admissions for all patients and promotes professional working relationships between the various hospital departments

  2. Assesses all patients for safety at time of admission and completes comprehensive nursing admission assessment in EPIC

  3. In collaboration with Admissions staff, provides care for patients in Intake Area while they await transfer to the inpatient unit. This may include monitoring of vital signs and for signs/symptoms of illness (for example, withdrawal), medicating patients as ordered by provider, de-escalation and management of crisis situations, patient education, etc. 

  4. Safely administers medication to patients in Intake Area, in both emergent and non-emergent situations, in accordance with hospital policy and procedures (use of barcode scanning, workstation on wheels, etc.).

  5. Possesses strong oral and written communication skills 

  6. Provides effective handoff communication to receiving unit with up to date, accurate clinical information prior to transfer of patient to floor

  7. Assists with training and orientation of new hire RNs on an as needed basis

  8. Maintains Pyxis Room in accordance with all regulatory requirements (all medications stored in Pyxis, etc.) 

  9. Receives daily pharmacy courier delivery, follows procedure for safe medication storage, and assists Pharmacy Technician with gaining access to Pyxis Room daily.

  10. Monitors Pyxis daily for discrepancies and ensures weekly controlled substance inventory is completed on time. Promptly reports any issues to the Associate Director of Clinical Operations. 

  11. Day Shift - responsible for ordering oxygen supply for hospital to maintain appropriate levels 

  12. Willing to perform other duties not documented in the job description including participation in performance improvement initiatives, etc.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION:

  • Graduate of an accredited RN School of Nursing

  • BSN preferred

  • 2 yrs prior mental health nursing experience required

  • Phlebotomy/EKG experience preferred or willingness to learn

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent computer skills (EPIC, Biopoint, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)

  • Maintains yearly/biyearly competencies of Restraint Elimination, CPR, Risk Management, Corporate Compliance, and other modules as assigned

Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others 

  • Maintains currency in profession 

  • Ability to use intuitive and sound judgment 

  • Demonstrates interpersonal relations skills 

  • Skilled in de-escalation and managing patients in the least restrictive environment

  • Knowledge of department standards, policies and practices 

  • Knowledge of all inpatient behavioral health work flows

  • Must be fluent in English (verbal and written) 

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.