RN - Behavioral Health Unit - Greenville, NC

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Vidant Medical Center

Full Time

Regular

Vidant Health

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a regional health system serving 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. We are working every day to improve the health of the 1.4 million people we serve. Vidant Health is made up of 8 hospitals, physician practices, home health, hospice, wellness centers and other health care services. Vidant Medical Center is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant Health strives to support local medical communities and to work with providers throughout the region to deliver quality care. Our goal is to enhance services that are available locally and to eliminate barriers involving time, distance and lack of awareness that sometimes prevent patients from receiving the care they need.

Vidant Medical Center

Behavioral Health (BH)

Mission: To be the national model for rural behavioral health and wellness by creating a premier, trusted academic behavioral healthcare delivery system for the benefit of people of eastern North Carolina

Description Of Units/Populations Served:

  • Four Distinct Units for a Total of 52 beds:
    • Adult Unit (23 beds)-Patients on this unit are typically between the ages of 18 and 65; and are able to perform, with minimal assistance, their own ADL’s; have not been diagnosed with an intellectual disability; and require minimal intervention for medical (non-psychiatric) problems.       
  • Psych/Med Unit (14 beds)-Patients on this unit typically have co-morbid medical/physical illnesses that require medical intervention many other psychiatric facilities cannot provide.  This unit treats many patients older than 65 years of age.  It is one of about four dozen Psych/Med programs in the country.
  • MI/ID (Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability) Unit (10 beds)-Patients on this unit have both a psychiatric illness and an intellectual disability. It is the only program of its kind in North Carolina (as of 2016).
  • Acute Unit (5 beds)-Patients on this unit require more intensive monitoring and intervention than patients on the other units. Patients who are at high risk for elopement or aggressive behavior or whose psychiatric condition necessitates an environment with a low level of stimulation are typically placed on this unit until their condition improves sufficiently for them to participate in the therapeutic activities on the other units.
  • Patients admitted to Behavioral Health have a primary psychiatric disorder diagnoses (e.g. Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder, and Mania). Patients may also have co-occurring substance use disorders and/or an intellectual disability. All patients are screened for appropriateness for admission by a psychiatric triage team. Both voluntary and involuntary patients are accepted for admission.
  • Average length of stay: 8-10 days
  • Average number of admissions per year: 1,500
  • Patient care is delivered via an interdisciplinary treatment team approach.

Staffing/Scheduling

  • RNs and Mental Health Technicians (MHTs) provide direct patient care on each of the units. A combination of licensed and non-licensed personnel, based on the number of patients and acuity level, is assigned to each unit. Typically the patient to staff ratio ranges from 2:1 to 5:1.
  • A circulating charge nurse (often the assistant nurse manager) assigned each shift acts as a resource person and direct care leader for the unit.This position typically does not carry a patient assignment.There is also an assigned team leader on each of the four units which is rotated among the RNs working on that particular unit. The team leader has a patient assignment but the number will typically be less than that of other team members.
  • Most staff work 12-hour shifts, 7a-7p or 7p-7a.
  • Staff members are trained to work within all units of Behavioral Health.
  • Staff members utilize the FlexWork scheduling tool to either self-schedule or set up a “tracked” schedule per their preference, in collaboration with their “scheduler” and based upon patient care needs.

Positions

  • RNs
  • MHTs
  • Most positions are 0.9 FTE but there are a few positions that are 1.0 FTE, part-time, or supplemental pool.

Orientation:

  • Length of orientation is based on several factors including previous experience in the position.
  • Average length of orientation for experienced RNs and is 4-6 weeks, experienced MHTs is 5 weeks, and new graduate RNs is 16 weeks.However, orientation is individualized and may be shortened/extended as needed.
  • Orientees are assigned to one primary coach but, in order to fully orient to all units within Behavioral Health, may have alternate coaches for some experiences.

Dress Code

  • May wear scrubs of hospital approved colors or appropriate professional wear.
  • Wearing of jeans and open-toed shoes is not permitted.
  • Identification badges must be worn and displayed (above the waist) at all times
  • Staff are discouraged from wearing necklaces, bracelets, or dangling earrings.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Current RN licensure in the state of North Carolina or temporary North Carolina licensure or meet requirements to hold RN licensure in a compact state.
  • Current BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) required.
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) may be required depending on unit requirements.

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

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