University of Utah Health Care

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Registered Nurse - Inpatient Med / Psych, rotating schedule

Registered Nurse - Inpatient Med / Psych, rotating schedule

Requisition Number 
28004
Reg/Temp 
Regular
Employment Type 
Full-Time
Shift 
Rotating
Work Schedule 
Variable: Mon-Wed days, Fri-Sun nights
Location Name 
University of Utah Hospital
Patient Care? 
Yes
City 
SALT LAKE CITY
State 
UT
Department 
UUH IPC 38W PSYCH ACUTE 5W
Category 
Behavioral Health

More information about this job

Overview

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

 

This position is responsible for delivering exceptional nursing care to patients by utilizing strong organizational and leadership skills to assess patient status, implement clinical nursing interventions to modify symptoms, and develop and implement patient care plans to enhance and improve outcomes and ensure a safe and therapeutic environment.

This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.

 

About our Inpatient Medical-Psych unit (5 West):

 

5 West is a very unique unit, ranging from the structure of treatment to the type of experience one can gain from working here. We are the only medical psychiatric unit within the University of Utah Health system, and one of the only available within the Utah valley. 

 

 

Our patients have a primary psychiatric diagnosis, but often have acute medical comorbidities that need care.  Patient conditions, whether medical or psychiatric, change frequently throughout their stay, allowing our staff exposure to a variety of ailments and scenarios.  This environment creates many opportunities to grow professionally.

 

Our nurses develop, improve, and maintain their medical skills while being able to refine their ability to assess and address patients' medical and emotional needs. 

 

 

Another quality we facilitate on our unit is multidisciplinary teamwork.  Everyone from the psychiatrists to the psychiatric technicians is passionate about providing the best care to our patients.  This creates a very friendly and respectful work environment, where everyone is valued for their area of expertise and their input into individualized patient care.

 

We are dedicated to continuing education and keeping up with the most current evidence-based practices.  5 West is truly unique and an excellent unit to learn a variety of skills, grow professionally, and give back to a very under served population.

  • Currently accepting new grads!
  • Acute medical and behavioral health care
  • 20 bed psych unit with 4 tuberculosis beds
  • Average length of stay is 7-10 days
  • Patient care includes schizophrenia, suicide attempts, FTT, psychosis, drug/alcohol use, eating disorders, and other medical-psych care

We're looking for a few more nurses to join our team of clinical professionals that are passionate about psych, focused on safety, and dedicated to a teamwork environment!

Responsibilities

  • Identifies, assesses and diagnoses problems through patient assessment and interactions; and evaluates actual or potential patient health problems.
  • Assesses, plans and implements interventions for solving patient care problems.
  • Formulates care plans for specific patients and documents the nursing process in patient’s record.
  • Evaluates patient response to interventions and modifies plan of care as needed to achieve health care goals.
  • Develops and participates in educating patients, their families, or significant others about post discharge care programs.
  • Initiates patient care meetings with the health care team to revise the plan of care as the patient’s condition warrants.
  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.
  • Provides guidance and direction to members of the health care team to ensure quality patient care.
  • Keeps current on advances in nursing care by participating in educational programs.
  • Orients and educates new staff in nursing techniques and departmental procedures.
  • Provides and oversees direct patient care in accordance with established nursing protocol and physicians’ orders.
  • Utilizes knowledge of medications, procedures, infection control, and safety precaution; and initiates appropriate interventions in crisis situations.
  • Participates in total quality management to positively affect patient and system outcomes to improve care.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions as outlined above.
  • Ability to provide care to the population served.
  • Demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to function during regularly scheduled, 12 hour, extended or alternative shifts.
  • Ability to display mental and emotional stamina in situations dealing with death, multiple patients, family members, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to function calmly and competently in high stress situations.
  • Ability to deal with the hazards involved in assessing and providing care to patients.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.
  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 90 days of hire under the interstate compact if switching residency to State of Utah. If not changing state of practice to Utah, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in a state covered by the Interstate Compact.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Preferred

  • Some positions may require additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) within one year of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 100 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing medical care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners and behavioral health patients.

 

 

About our Inpatient Medical-Psych unit (5 West):

 

5 West is a very unique unit, ranging from the structure of treatment to the type of experience one can gain from working here. We are the only medical psychiatric unit within the University of Utah Health system, and one of the only available within the Utah valley. 

 

 

Our patients have a primary psychiatric diagnosis, but often have acute medical comorbidities that need care.  Patient conditions, whether medical or psychiatric, change frequently throughout their stay, allowing our staff exposure to a variety of ailments and scenarios.  This environment creates many opportunities to grow professionally.

 

Our nurses develop, improve, and maintain their medical skills while being able to refine their ability to assess and address patients' medical and emotional needs. 

 

 

Another quality we facilitate on our unit is multidisciplinary teamwork.  Everyone from the psychiatrists to the psychiatric technicians is passionate about providing the best care to our patients.  This creates a very friendly and respectful work environment, where everyone is valued for their area of expertise and their input into individualized patient care.

 

We are dedicated to continuing education and keeping up with the most current evidence-based practices.  5 West is truly unique and an excellent unit to learn a variety of skills, grow professionally, and give back to a very undeserved population.

  • Currently accepting new grads!
  • Acute medical and behavioral health care
  • 20 bed psych unit with 4 tuberculosis beds
  • Average length of stay is 7-10 days
  • Patient care includes schizophrenia, suicide attempts, FTT, psychosis, drug/alcohol use, eating disorders, and other medical-psych care

We're looking for a few more nurses to join our team of clinical professionals that are passionate about pscyh, focused on safety, and dedicated to a teamwork environment!

 

We are University of Utah Health. healthcare.utah.edu

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking