Under the direction of the Charge Nurse, Clinical Managers/Manager of Clinical Services or Unit Director, functions as a leader of milieu activities and supporter of clinical operations within the treatment team. Knowledgeable and competent in identifying and intervening in patient crises. Provides consistent reports of patient progress to parent(s)/guardian and treatment team. Understands and integrates into the delivery of patient care the needs of pediatric and adolescent patients in regard to their growth and development process. The position actively supports the Hospital's and the Department's quality goals and service excellence principles.
1. Provides direct patient care in a therapeutic environment focusing on areas of behavior modification, improved social skills, more effective coping skills, etc.
2. Completes duties assigned by Charge Nurse, Clinical Managers/ Manager of Clinical Services and/or Unit Director.
3. Leads and co-leads milieu activities per program.
4. Actively sets and communicates age/developmentally appropriate individual goals, expectations and behavioral limits within the parameters of the program.
5. Implements plans of care and individual behavior programs initiated by team.
6. Assists in group therapy, recreational therapy, classroom and other activities as assigned.
7. Maintains safety in the milieu, utilizing prevention and de-escalation CCM techniques.
8. Independently performs unit specific procedures, protocols and precautions.
9. Intervenes in anticipated emergency situations and knows emergency protocols.
10. Communicates changes in health or behavior to appropriate staff (nurse, primary therapist, physician, etc.).
11. Documents patient status and progress in patient's Medical Record as per program guidelines.
1. Supports clinical operations and decisions related to treatment plans.
2. Responds to environmental concerns (maintenance/cleanliness) of the area.
3. Participates in staff meetings as scheduled.
4. Adheres to scheduling requirements.
1. Maintains mandatory yearly reviews.
2. Appropriately seeks out supervision to function in professional role.
3. Assumes responsibility for professional development through participation in continuing educational events, conferences, group supervision and in-services, etc.
1. Bachelor's degree required in psychology, nursing, social services or other related fields.
2. Minimum of one year of direct experience in a mental health setting strongly preferred.
3. Must have strong knowledge of basic child care and development, mental disorders affecting children, signs of physical abuse/neglect, appropriate adult conduct towards normal and disturbed children, etc.