The primary responsibility of the psychiatric nurse is to provide quality nursing care to children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health illnesses requiring treatment. The psychiatric nurse functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team, which is responsible for the implementation of the mission, values, and goals of Acadia Healthcare and Southwood. The psychiatric nurse delivers medical and psychotherapeutic care through assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation, and serves as a role model to patients, their families and team members. Depending on the individual nurses’ employment type (full-time, part-time or relief) he or she may be responsible for some or all of the responsibilities listed.
Unit Specific Performance Objectives
1. Demonstrates an understanding of pediatric mental illnesses, their developmental
progression and associated nursing clinical interventions.
2. Utilizes this knowledge to implement age specific/developmentally appropriate
nursing interventions for all patients.
3. Completes initial and ongoing assessments, communicates results, and utilizes information in
formulation of Initial/Master Treatment Plan and subsequent reviews.
4. Completes documentation to reflect ongoing implementation of treatment plans.
5. Participates in family education as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Acts as a resource to
families during visiting and telephone contacts.
6. Provides age specific psychotherapeutic and health education to all patients.
7. Implements discharge planning to include discharge education, instructions, and follow-up care to
patients, families and/or appropriate agencies.
8. Identifies and initials appropriate levels of clinical observation and medical interventions to provide
9. Identifies, demonstrates and utilizes appropriate interventions in potential and/or actual crisis
10. Utilizes TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) techniques appropriately during restraint and
11. Leads cognitively based psycho-education groups
12. Plans activity and theme groups utilizing principals of growth and development.
13. Determines immediate and shift to shift nursing care needs. Communicates this information to
other interdisciplinary team members and delegates responsibilities as appropriate.
14. Assumes primary nurse responsibilities for assigned patients.
15. Evaluates nursing care on an ongoing basis as a component of the quality improvement process.
16. Adheres to policy, procedures and established practices in the medication administration
17. Provides ongoing patient education and evaluation in regard to medication use.
18. Acts as a preceptor in the orientation of new staff.
19. Demonstrates knowledge of age-specific growth and development.
20. Participates in own performance process.
21. Maintains competence in identified universal, core and critical competencies.
22. Perform other duties as requested.