Mercy Cedar Rapids
People who provide care on the newly updated, 20-bed Behavioral Health Unit at Mercy Medical Center offer hope for patients facing mental health and/or chemical dependency crises. We help patients stabilize, rediscover strengths, make healthier lifestyle choices, learn important skills and reach their full potential. As the symbol of the Mercy cross reminds us, even in times of darkness there is always a light inside. Your expertise can help guide patients through the darkness they feel today and into the hope-filled light of tomorrow. Join our team to empower those living with a mental illness.
Job/Position Specific Duties
Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions
Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
Demonstrates competent assessment, planning, intervention, coordination and evaluation skills based on the individual patient plan of care
Continually assesses patient and family needs in order to provide quality care based on a patient centered care model
Demonstrates critical thinking skills and judgment necessary to implement a patient plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures
Maintains accurate and real time documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team, according to hospital policy and procedure related to documentation parameters
Functions as a role model for current and new staff by creating a healthy work environment to facilitate the department's or unit's ability to meet identified goals and objectives
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitor and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment
Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned
Demonstrate effective and age appropriate communication as well as the ability to understand the needs of the patient including non-verbal communication, fears, anxieties and language/cultural barriers
Responds within scope of practice to emergencies and life threatening conditions
Adheres to and promotes patient safety practices throughout the patient experience
Communicates and collaborates effectively with all members of the healthcare team
Provides ongoing education to patients and families
Delegates to other staff registered nurse, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, and other staff positions specific to the department.
Position Specific Job Duties/Essential Functions
Assesses and reassesses Suicide Risk, per policy, utilizing the tools provided and adapts the plan of care with appropriate interventions based upon assessment.
De-escalates patients in crisis to prevent acts of aggression towards self and others.
Conducts psycho educational groups as needed and/or educates one to one on diagnosis, symptom management, medication, wellness, and positive coping skills.
Monitors for withdrawal from alcohol and other substances and follows protocols and utilizes appropriate interventions based upon assessment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Sound background in basic nursing principles and procedures.
Demonstrates competency in unit specific skills.
Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective basic nursing care.
Role Models exemplary customer service skills including verbal and non-verbal skills and proper phone etiquette.
Creates a welcoming environment for all healthcare team members.
Committed to ongoing self-development and learning.
Professional Experience Required vs. Preferred
Experience in acute care setting preferred.
Experience in mental health and/or chemical dependency preferred.
Education-Required vs. Preferred
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration - Required vs. Preferred
Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Iowa or compact state required.
Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
Crisis Prevention & Intervention certification within 6 weeks of hire with recertification annually required.
Physical Activity Requirements
Constant = 67-100% of workday
Frequent = 34-66% of workday
Use of fingers
Occasional = 33% or less of workday
Physical Demand Requirements
Medium: Exert 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10-15 lbs. of force frequently