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Behavioral Health Charge FT NightsChicago, Illinois

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Job ID 378557 Date posted 01/29/2020 Facility BU Chicago North


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At Kindred Healthcare we provide care and support in the most appropriate care setting for those recovering from illness or injury. Whether a patient receives care in our hospitals or in one of our rehabilitation facilities, our purpose is to ensure they recover to the fullest extent possible. 

A Behavioral Health Charge Nurse 
  • Assesses, plans, coordinates and evaluates patient’s care along with members of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Documents the patient’s condition and nursing needs accurately and in a timely manner. Reports pertinent observations and reactions regarding patients promptly to Supervisor and Physician as necessary. Receives and records physicians’ orders.

  • Ensures staff complaince with Unit program schedule. Maximizes group attendance by patients through coordination of delivery of care in a manner that supports patients’ ability to attend. Conducts group as assigned.

  • Communicates staffing problems and needs to the Behavioral Health Milieu Manager, Program Director and House Supervisor. Provides input on staffing ratios and deployment of nursing resources. Provides oncoming shift Charge Nurse, RNs and Nursing Supervisor with accurate and complete patient status report. Maintains all documentation as required on unit. Develops work assignments for RNs, LPN/LVNs and Behavioral Health Associates in collaboration with the Program Director and Milieu Manager as requested. Supervises, directs and evaluates staff (i.e., RNs, LPN/LVNs, Behavioral Health Assocociates, etc.) as directed. Participates in counseling, disciplinary action and termination of staff to the extent permitted by law.

  • Assures compliance with policies and procedures. Reports problems and complaints timely to the Program Director, Milieu Manager and Nursing Leadership. Provides feedback to Program Director, Milieu Manager and Nursing Leadership regarding performance of RNs, LPN/LVNs and Behavioral Health Assocoates.

  • Participates in hiring and selection of RNs, LPN/LVNs and Behavioral Health Associaties. Gives feedback and participates in performance appraisals as assigned. Supervises nursing assignment, which includes directing assigned nursing staff to the extent permitted by state law.

  • Coordinates and performs admission, transfer and discharge or patients. Completes all appropriate assessments relative to the patient’s status.

  • Serves on and participates in committees as assigned.

  • Assures that inventory and supplies are maintained in a clean and safe manner on the unit, are utilized economically and communicates need for housekeeping, maintenance or nutritional services assistance. Assures all medications are up-to-date and are not expired. Supports and participates in the center’s Performance Improvement Initiatives. Participates in Survey readiness. Completes records and reports as needed.

  • Adheres to professional codes of ethics, Kindred’s Code of Conduct and maintains PHI confidentiality in the hospital and in external locations, including electronic social networks.

  • Provides direct care and/or assists with care as directed and consistent with their scope of practice and competency. Makes rounds with physicians and other team members as needed. Assist physicians and consultants with special tests or procedures within the scope of state specific nurse practice act and personal clinical competency.

  • Coordinates patient assessments, recognizes the need to review and revise patients’ assessments as needed based upon patient condition. Coordinates patients’ care activities and communicates changes to other team members and patient and patient’s family/significant others as patient allows.

  • Reviews, transcribes, communicates and implements physician orders, obtaining RN signature as required by State Regulations. Communicates with patient’s physician. Initiates, recommends, communicates and implements changes in patient’s care plans. Assists with or institutes emergency measures, including participation in Crisis Prevention Institute(CPI) protocols for sudden adverse developments in patients. Directs and administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Documents care performed and observations of patient status in the clinical record promptly by utilizing standard clinical documentation guidelines as required by Kindred, and local, state and federal rules and regulations. Monitors completeness and accuracy of own clinical medical record entries and those of assigned staff daily.

  • Participates in medication management to promote optimal safety and effectiveness for patients by: Administering medications as ordered, including next scheduled dose following admission/readmission. Notify Supervisor of medications not available; Preparing, administering and documenting medications as prescribed; Observing and reporting patient responses to medication; Identifying and promptly communicating adverse drug reactions; Maintaining narcotic records accurately; Ordering or arranging for ordering of pharmaceuticals; Notifying physicians of automatic stop orders; Transcribe verbal orders obtained from other professionals; Completes recapitulated physician orders review as assigned; Notifying supervisors of discrepancies in drug inventories; Cleans, organizes and replenishes supplies on medication/treatment carts after each use and prior to shift change.

  • Completes clinical admission paperwork for new admissions. Initiates and assists consultants while providing services. Reviews documentation from consultant visit and follows up on recommendation. Assist with follow up on results of qualitative and quantitative medical record audits. Communicates and implements pharmacy review/DRR recommendation as assigned. Assists with clinical discharge process.


Behavioral Health Charge Nurse:

  • Graduate of accredited RN School of Nursing.

  • Current valid RN license in the state employed.

  • Valid CPR certification.
  • CPI Certification.
  • At least (1) one year of nursing experience preferred.

  • Evidence of continuing education or special preparation or experience in psychiatric nursing.

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