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Psychiatric Nurse

Salary: Psychiatric Nurse I (#6147)

$28.03-$34.22 hourly / $4,875-$5,951 monthly / Range: 6016

Psychiatric Nurse II (#6148)

$29.46-$35.97 hourly / $5,124-$6,256 monthly / Range: 6116

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, provides professional psychiatric nursing care to acutely and chronically ill patients; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Psychiatric Nurse I is the entry-level class in this series. Incumbents learn to perform the range of psychiatric nursing duties required to care for primarily high risk, mentally ill patients in a locked institutional setting. Incumbents are expected to progress to the Psychiatric Nurse II level within a reasonable period of time.

Psychiatric Nurse II is the journey-level class in this series. Incumbents perform the full range of psychiatric nursing duties. Work assignments require a thorough knowledge of mental health practices and procedures, laws and regulations, the ability to work independently, and involve team leader responsibility over other nursing and mental health workers.

Classes in this series are distinguished from Staff Nurse by the specialization in psychiatric nursing.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Observes assigned patients on a daily basis to identify, interpret, and document physical and emotional status and/or patterns, such as assaultive or suicidal behavior, and response to treatment or medication; as part of a multi-disciplinary team, assists in formulating a diagnosis and developing and implementing individualized patient treatment plans based on observations; provides crisis intervention to those individuals experiencing acute episodes.
2. Participates in or leads individual or group counseling sessions, family conferences, and recreational and social therapy sessions to assist patients in understanding the nature of emotional and physical problems, to accept the need for treatment, and to address issues such as communicable disease and family planning; participates in departmental and team meetings to discuss patient care and progress, shift activity, and program policies and procedures.
3. Administers psychotropic medications to patients, monitors use, and documents reactions; instructs patients on the purpose, dosage, and side effects of medication, and explains the legal process related to the patient's refusal to take prescribed medication.
4. Obtains medical, psychiatric, social, and family histories of new admissions; takes and records vital signs; obtains lab specimens; assists physicians with exams; schedules and arranges for special tests; develops discharge plans; maintains charts and logs; monitors supplies; performs catheterizations and enemas; and draws blood.
5. Aids patients in obtaining proper medical care, after release or during hospitalization, by identifying community agencies and resources to assist patients with stabilization while living in the community; interacts with private medical facilities, courts, and county and State agencies to express concerns of the patient and to discuss treatment; testifies in court as to the patient's mental and physical condition.
6. At the II level, acts as a team leader, on a rotational basis, for an assigned shift; plans, assigns, and reviews the work of other regular nursing staff, student nurses, and mental health technicians.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: PSYCHIATRIC NURSE I: Possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

Knowledge of: the principles, practices, and laws of professional nursing; health education, interviewing, and counseling techniques; common illnesses, diseases, disabilities, injuries, and nutrition; use and effects of general medications and immunizations; community health and social services.

Ability to: understand and explain mental health laws and regulations; learn the various methods, techniques, and procedures used in psychiatric nursing; learn the uses and effects of psychotropic drugs and narcotics; learn patient safety practices and facility security; observe and learn to recognize the behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; learn the theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy; evaluate and assess the need for mental health services; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; prepare and maintain medical records and reports; recognize and respect limits of confidential information; communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic origins; speak before groups; exercise independent judgment in medical emergencies; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, patience, and compassion; establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and organizations; comply with nursing policies, protocols, and program regulations; understand and follow instructions; work independently.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: PSYCHIATRIC NURSE II: Possession of a valid Registered Nurse license issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing; and,

1. one year of experience in an acute psychiatric care or outpatient community mental health facility; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to those of Psychiatric Nurse I with Santa Barbara County or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education or experience that would provide the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

Knowledge of: the laws and regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing; the various methods, techniques, and procedures used in psychiatric nursing; the uses and effects of psychotropic drugs and narcotics; patient safety practices and facility security; symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy; mental health community resources and services; the principles, practices, and laws of professional nursing; health education; common illnesses, diseases, disabilities, injuries, and nutrition.

Ability to: explain mental health laws and regulations; observe emotional and physical behavior; evaluate and assess the need for mental health services; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; prepare and maintain medical records and reports; recognize and respect limits of confidential information; direct and advise other nursing staff; communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic origins; speak before groups; exercise independent judgment in medical emergencies; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, patience, and compassion; establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and organizations; comply with nursing policies, protocols, and program regulations; understand and follow oral and written instructions; work independently.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Incumbents work in a locked facility with patients who can be a danger to themselves and others. Incumbents must be able to restrain patients in crisis and other situations, and work shifts.



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