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  • Behavioral Health
  • Emergency Department
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  • Psychiatric
  • Nurse Practitioner
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Job Code:  236525
Facility: River Point Hospital
Location: JACKSONVILLE, FL US Southeast
Region: Southeast
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Associate Degree 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health, RN
Category: Nursing
FTE: .01
Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion

River Point Behavioral Health is a 93-bed treatment facility that specializes in quality behavioral health services for adults and seniors. We offer a full continuum of care through an integrated system of inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Progressive professionals in the fields of psychiatry, medicine, nursing, social services, and activity therapy provide our comprehensive services. We are seeking a PRN Registered Nurse who is willing to work at least 6 shifts each month with at least 2 shifts being on the weekend, attend a 5-day orientation and maintain all required trainings. Also they must do the following job duties:

Demonstrates knowledge of nursing department philosophy and assumes responsibility for maintaining National Standards of Nursing Practice and Standards of Care for all patients

Maintains current knowledge of nursing principles and their application to practice recommended with treatment of all patients

Works without direct supervision for each task that needs no supervision

Serves as primary channel of communication between shifts, for patient care unit and between departments during designated tour of duty

Seeks supervision from immediate supervisor for complex issues that arise within the therapeutic relationship

Serves as a positive role model for patients to observe and learn more socially effective values, attitudes and behaviors

Plans nursing care in conjunction with the treatment team and/or other staff members

Prioritizes nursing care interventions according to individual patient and overall unit milieu needs

Responds with therapeutic interventions to disruptive behavior disorders as listed in the DSM-IV

Professionally collaborates with all staff to facilitate coordinated contribution to patient care; maintains continuity of care

Uses Universal Precautions at all times

Participates in the development of patient’s problem solving abilities

Intervenes in crisis situations to promote positive growth and development and to reduce dysfunctional patterns of behavior

Provides feedback to patients, individually and in group settings, regarding their behavior

Demonstrates understanding of chemical dependency and the 12 step program

Gives direct patient care, including assistance in activities of daily living

Demonstrates effective limit setting skills

Conducts educational groups per the need of the patient/milieu

Identifies verbal and non-verbal cues for potential aggressive behavior and applies de-escalation techniques

Evaluates patient to maintain in least restrictive environment at all times

Demonstrates knowledge of and applies seclusion and restraining protocols according to policy

Aware of all hospital emergency protocols and on-call communication procedures and assumes responsibility for notifying appropriate persons

Intervenes in medical emergencies including proper notification of administration, physicians, primary therapist and family

Documents events to include follow-up/resolution in progress notes and incident reporting

Processes with other staff and evaluates incidents (i.e. elopement, seclusion, restraints)

Charts objectively in BIRP format maintaining the integrity and continuity of nursing care and treatment team plans

Documents assessment of mental status in progress note

Provides patient/family education and documents teaching method, content and response in patient record

Observes and interprets each patient’s behavior, demonstrating an understanding of psychiatric concepts, diagnoses and developmental stage

Integrates data gathered from the family, significant others and other treatment team members into the assessment

Accurately assesses patients in crisis and takes appropriate action to ensure patient safety

Completes comprehensive nursing assessment and initiates nursing interventions within 8 hours of admission

Evaluates nursing care given to assigned patients and revises treatment plans as needed, attends conference as applicable

Ability to adequately evaluate information provided by patient/family regarding history, allergies, symptoms, etc. as designed on the nursing assessment

Observes and interprets each patient’s behavior and physical status, demonstrating an understanding of the detoxification process

Demonstrates knowledge of legal implications of nursing practice

Delegates tasks and verifies completion

Demonstrates full level of awareness of unit milieu and provides guidance to staff

Demonstrates ability to establish priorities concerning total unit milieu

Addresses issues with coworkers in a prompt manner and keeps supervisor aware of issues that have been addressed

Demonstrates knowledge of actions, indications and contraindications, side effects, correct dosages and routes, and nursing implications of drugs in the administration of medications and seeks appropriate intervention for the side effect

Serves as a resource in assisting patients and families in understanding medications and treatment, side effects and long-term benefits; or can direct patient/family to alternative resources

Identifies age specific health education and medication teaching needed by patients and provides same in consultation with physicians

Documents administration of medications, consent for medication , medication education and first dose response per policy and standards of nursing practice

Counts and signs for controlled substance medications with off-going and incoming shifts

Assures all medications are properly documented and no blanks on MAR’s

Obtains new medications from night cabinet or pharmacist, receives orders from physician if medication unavailable

Always uses two (2) patient identifiers when administering medications and performing other patient care duties


Qualified candidates must have the following skills and abilities:

1) Must be a Registered Nurse within the State of Florida with a valid License

2) Must have at least 1-year Nursing experience preferably in Behavioral Health

3) Must be able to work 6 shifts each month with at least 2 shifts being on the weekend. 

4) Must be able to manuever throughout the unit

5) Be able to communicate to the staff, patients, family members and physicians

6) Must be able to assist with restraints of aggressive patients when needed



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