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Psychiatric Nurse Supervisor

Salary: $36.88-$45.02 hourly / $6,414-$7,830 monthly / Range: 6566

DEFINITION: Under general direction, provides supervision of nursing staff and mental health technicians at the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF); and performs related duties as required.


1. Directs all nursing activities within the Psychiatric Health Facility and assesses the quality of nursing or health care services provided by the nursing and mental health staff; coordinates with staff of various divisions such as radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy to arrange for client services;
2. Participates in and supervises staff in daily patient care activities and planning of patient after-care; plans, assigns, and reviews the work of regular nursing staff, student nurses, and mental health technicians; orders supplies and equipment and supervises their proper use and maintenance; ensures compliance with state regulations and laws within the area of responsibility; plans and adjusts the work schedule of all nursing staff within the unit;
3. Evaluates employee performance for the nursing staff and submits Employee Performance Reports (EPRs) to the Mental Health Program Manager or the Medical Director of the facility in the Mental Health Program Manager's absence; analyzes and evaluates the need for staff training and provides staff training on patient treatment issues;
4. Interviews candidates for nursing positions and makes recommendations to the Mental Health Program Manager; conducts new employee training, orienting them to departmental policies and procedures and mental health laws and regulations;
5. Makes recommendations regarding changes to nursing services and clinic activities; confers with staff to review and revise policies and procedures; develops and implements policies, procedures, and program objectives; maintains and writes updates to the department policy and procedures manual related to nursing services in PHF;
6. Participates in departmental and team meetings to discuss patient care and progress and program policies and procedures, attends regular committee meetings in order to keep abreast of current issues, trends, and procedures, and informs and educates staff.
7. Participates in chart review, making necessary corrections, and the Utilization Review Committee to ensure compliance with program regulations;
8. Ensures that Physician Orders are followed correctly and keeps the Mental Health Program Manager and PHF Medical Director informed about the activities and problems of unit operation.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a current license as a registered nurse issued by the Board of Nursing Education and Nurse Registration in California; and:

1. Two years of psychiatric nursing experience including one year of experience serving as a lead worker over nursing staff in a psychiatric health facility or inpatient unit; or
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Psychiatric Nurse, Senior or two years equivalent to Psychiatric Nurse II with Santa Barbara County; or
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of effective employee supervision, development, and evaluation; psychiatric nursing treatment and psychotherapeutic interventions; theories, techniques, and practices of professional nursing; principles, practices, and laws of professional nursing; basic occupational therapy and social work; laws and regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing; the uses and effects of psychotropic drugs and narcotics; patient safety practices and locked-facility security; theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy; symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; mental health community resources and services; health education and interviewing and counseling techniques; common mental and physical illnesses, diseases, disabilities, injuries, and nutrition; medical equipment operation.

Ability to: plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of nursing and support staff and facility activities in a 24-hour psychiatric unit; identify and make recommendations regarding operational problems; develop and conduct staff training; explain mental health laws and regulations; observe emotional and physical behavior of patients; 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 other mental health professionals, subordinate staff, co-workers, other agencies, and organizations; comply with and enforce nursing policies, protocols, and program regulations; understand and follow instructions, work independently.

Desirable Qualifications: Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or other health-related field is highly desirable.

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

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