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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Richmond State Hospital

Date Posted:  Oct 8, 2019
Requisition ID:  25296

Richmond, IN, US, 47374


The Clinical Nurse Specialist is responsible for research, development and implementation of evidence- based programs for patient recovery and return to community. Position blends clinical practice, managerial, educational and research skills to formulate and implement quality patient programming.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develops patient programming according to best practice or evidence-based practice;
  • Collaborates with other disciplines and team members regarding patient programming;
  • Provides reasonable alternatives to staff providing patient programs;
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists and nursing staff to develop, implement or evaluate treatment plans;
  • Initiates action plans to maximize patient progress within the therapeutic plan of care;
  • Interacts with staff to problem solve;
  • Assures program objectives are measureable and that interventions are clinically appropriate;
  • Recognizes and interprets subtle changes in patient behavior, condition and appearance;
  • Mentors and shares clinical expertise with other nurses, students and support staff;
  • Assists patients to integrate the implications of illness into lifestyle;
  • Initiates and leads groups effectively utilizing pre-established goals and objectives;
  • Evaluates both individual and group programs;
  • Documents information according to Point of Reference (POR) manual;
  • Provides guidance on groups or process-related topics;
  • Identifies educational needs of patients and staff;
  • Develops and teaches formal educational or training programs;
  • Identifies barriers to learning and evaluates readiness to learn;
  • Serves as a patient advocate by effectively intervening;
  • Identifies alternative approaches for patient to resolve problems and provides regular and balanced feedback to clarify strengths and weaknesses;
  • Participates in activities aimed at professional growth and development including conferences or continuing education activities;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Requires current license to practices as an advanced practice nurse in psychiatric/mental health in Indiana;
  • Must be certified through ANCC or a national certifying body as an APRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and/or Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health;
  • Certified in professional rescuer CPR/AED, IV and TB;
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration is required for prescriptive privileges. Prescriptive privileges not required;
  • Demonstrates expertise in working with others to explore alternative goals and to devise obtainable outcomes;
  • Ability to communicate in a direct, goal-oriented manner with staff and members of the treatment team;
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills;
  • Excel in both written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist works with a high degree of independence. This individual evaluates the patients ensuring adherence to evidence-based programming, developing group programs specific to their needs. Decisions can be overruled by the Director of Nursing or Service Line Manager. Detection of errors would be moderately high. The consequences of an error could cause injuries to the resident or individual with liability to the institution.

Physical Effort:
Depending on the duties performed or environment setting, frequent walking, standing, climbing stairs or ladders, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling and/or similar movements may be involved.
This role requires above average strength when restraining one or more patients or offenders as per departmental policy and procedure.
This role requires the ability to lift patients and push wheelchairs in some cases.
This role requires legible handwriting to help partners in understanding written communication.
This role requires the ability to run short distances to provide immediate care, protection, or attention to patients or offenders.
This role requires keen observational and hearing skills to stay alert for possible dangerous situations.
Working Conditions:
This role performs work in a state operated hospital facility.
Operations may require this role to be available after hours (on-call) and/or work rotating shifts, evenings and weekends, or irregular hours.
There is potential for exposure to infectious diseases in this role.
This role may experience periods of high stress and/or pressure.
This role requires the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when necessary.

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Nearest Major Market: Richmond Indiana