Agency Only - RN II, Head Nurse - 2nd Shift - ERS/Ward J - Shift Differentials & Weekend/Holiday Supplements Available - #740955

Virginia Southwestern VA Ment Hlth Inst

Date: 01/15/2022 04:30 AM

City: Crumpler, North Carolina

Salary: $2,885 / hour

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

A RN II, Head Nurse position working 2nd Shift hours of 2:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. is available on Extended Rehabilitation Services/Ward J.

There is one Head Nurse for each shift on the following units: AB Admissions, CD Admissions, EFK Geriatrics/Infirmary, and HIJ Extended Rehabilitation Services. Head Nurses assist the Unit Nurse Coordinator with middle managerial responsibilities in the nursing department and assist the Shift Nurse Coordinators with House Supervisory coverage. Head Nurses are expert Psychiatric Nurses and experienced leaders responsible to ensure quality care to individuals we serve who are on the road to recovery from mental illness

Head Nurses:
  • Provide leadership and management for day, assigned shift involving nursing staff who provide care for inpatients (depending on ward/unit and shift) with 24 hour day/7 day week perspective of nursing care delivery
  • Ensure accountability during shift and between shifts for both forensic and non-forensic adult clients who have mental illness as a primary diagnosis in a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment
  • Assist the Unit Nurse Coordinator with performance improvement activities, staff education, and providing middle managerial responsibilities in the nursing department as a whole
  • Participate in ensuring efficient and adequate work schedules for unit/shift nursing employees are prepared in timely manner
  • Ensure the Nursing Process is integrated within the Initial Plan of Care and carried out according to professional nursing standards through effective collaboration between nursing roles, facility shifts, departments, and disciplines
  • Utilize competent nursing experience and education to assessing and meeting client care needs, administer medications, provide treatments, assist in client/family activities and education, and other direct care services, and lead interventions for emergency situations on the unit/shift
  • Provide leadership with the Electronic Health Record as a Super User
  • Create and role model healthy interpersonal interactions with staff and clients
  • Collaborate assertively as part of an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental team to provide, observe, communicate, and encourage interventions, treatments, and behaviors that promote holistic well-being
  • Demonstrate professional leadership in various nursing roles which may include RN Supervisor, Primary Nurse, Charge Nurse, Medication Nurse, Treatment Nurse, and/or House Supervisor
  • Supervise and document performance of assigned group of nursing employees each shift: Psychiatric Care Technicians, LPNs, Ward Clerk/ PCTs, and/or RNs, through monthly meetings, interim/annual evaluations, and other times as needed

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Competencies required to successfully perform the work:

  • Demonstrate ability to supervise, retain, and develop staff through effective leadership skills; effectively inspire others toward facility goals and effectively deal with resistance
  • Supervisory skills to include use of problem identification and problem solving, implementation of performance improvement activities, thorough documentation, effective communication, and proven leadership ability
  • Demonstrate oral, written, and electronic skills to adequately communicate with others including client, family, and other customers; provide client/family education; complete medical record documentation, and “hand-off” information satisfactorily to other caregivers
  • Demonstrate successful interventions to manage conflict including crises and aggressive behavior, motivate others, work effectively in a constantly changing environment, and able to tolerate emotional stress
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate through electronic communication to perform document development, data management, learning tools and education
  • Utilize basic understanding of healthcare budgetary issues and fiscal management of nursing resources
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with successful outcomes with an interdisciplinary treatment team and to implement an effective Nursing Care Plan as part of an integrated Initial Plan of Care
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of registered nursing to provide care appropriate to adult and geriatric populations, including client care treatments, wound prevention, falls prevention, and infection prevention and control practices
  • Demonstrate safe and efficient medication administration, assessing effectiveness and providing teaching
  • Some knowledge of laws that identify and describe individuals admitted to SWVMHI, and of accreditation/regulating organizations that establish standards for providing healthcare delivery to these individuals
  • Ability to hear and see to assess and respond to safety concerns, and ability to work overtime in staffing emergency
  • Ability to work in a secure and locked environment with individuals who are experiencing acute symptoms of mental illness and/or additional forensic/legal involvement
  • The following physical requirements are necessary: repetitious walking and/or standing; bending, lifting and reaching overhead to position, restrain, transfer, transport, and/or escort clients, and to perform or assist in activities of daily living
  • Must successfully complete TOVA (Therapeutic Options of Virginia) Training, and CPR

Recovery-oriented nursing care at SWVMHI incorporates collaborative practice with an interdisciplinary team approach. There is an emphasis on orientation, on-site training, continuing education, and cross training with a focus on psychiatric nursing. Classified employees enjoy a highly competitive benefits package. Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

SWVMHI is an equal opportunity employer.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 276-783-1204 for assistance. Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service experience are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY

Minimum Qualifications

  • License or eligibility to practice as Registered Nurse by Virginia State Board of Nursing in the State of Virginia.
  • Graduation from an accredited school of registered nursing.
  • Computer skills needed to use electronic health records.

Preferred Qualifications
BSN Preferred

Strongly Prefer:
  • BSN
  • Extensive experience in providing nursing care in healthcare setting according to the Nursing Process.
  • Supervisory experience of staff working with people with mental illness.

Special Requirements
A fingerprint-based criminal history check, a Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services check, and drug testing is required for the selected candidate for this position. Under Virginia Code §§ 37.2-314 and 37.2-408.1, the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services is prohibited from employing or using as volunteers, persons who have been convicted of specific (“barrier”) crimes or persons who may be the subject of pending (“barrier”) charges (Go to the code section to see barrier crimes and related information).

Per the Governor’s Executive Directive Number Eighteen (2021) effective September 1, 2021, as a Commonwealth of Virginia employee you will be required to disclose your COVID-19 vaccination status upon hire. Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their vaccination status will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing and will be required to disclose those results to designated Agency personnel. In addition, all employees will be required to cover their mouth and nose with a mask in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), and SWVMHI policies while indoors and conducting public business.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted. Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application or resume. A resume will not substitute for a fully completed state application. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position. This is a tobacco free facility. Use of all tobacco products is prohibited on site at all times. Applicants who possess an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under the Department of Human Resources Management (DHRM) Policy 1.30 Layoff (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only), must attach these forms with their state application. Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute is an EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 276-783-1204 for assistance. Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service experience are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY. AMERICORPS, PEACE CORPS, AND OTHER NATIONAL SERVICE ALUMNI ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Name Jenny Haulsey

Phone 276-783-1204 Ext 204



Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute

Human Resources

340 Bagley Circle

Marion, VA 24354

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