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Nurse II/Clinical Coordinator

Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Nurse II/Clinical Coordinator

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

The Clinical Coordinator/ Registered Nurse II (RN II) works 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the Maximum Security Multiple Disabilities Unit.

The RN Clinical Coordinator is clinically supervised by the Nurse Manager and administratively by the Program Director. He/she is responsible to provide activities that support the mission of the program and North Texas State Hospital. The RN Clinical Coordinator is a champion of the social learning program and is knowledgeable in the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and the recovery oriented models of care. The RN Clinical Coordinator may serve in the capacity of Program Nurse Manager during their absence. Reviews the Nursing 24-Hour report and follows up accordingly. He/she participates in the identification of program specific training needs and develops curriculum to address those needs. The RN Clinical Coordinator participates in program development, maintenance, and clinical oversight. He/she conducts nursing audits to ensure on-going compliance and assures drills are completed as required. The RN Clinical Coordinator participates in the development of nursing specific, program policies and procedures. The RN Clinical Coordinator may be assigned to prepare monthly nursing schedules. He/she will participate in the hiring process and serve as a preceptor for newly hired RNs/LVNs. The Clinical Coordinator will provide clinical RN coverage, as assigned by the Nurse Manager. The Clinical Coordinator may serve as a member of the Program Quality Improvement Team (QIT). The Clinical Coordinator understand that duties, location of work, shift/pattern are subject to change as determined to meet the needs of the hospital.

Performs routine nursing work. Work involves providing for the assessment, care and treatment of patients. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Employee has access to limited set of records in accordance with HIPAA Regulation, access level of Health Care Operations PHI 2-B.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
1. Assists the Nurse Manager as assigned, to assure compliance with departmental rules, nursing standards of practice, hospital policies and procedures and program requirements. Uses available data to prepare reports, and conducts clinical audits as a method to ensure Joint Commission readiness.
2. In the absence of the Nurse Manager assumes the responsibility of this position both administratively and clinically to ensure continuity of nursing operations, and promote program integrity.
3. Communicates significant events related to patient care and management of the unit to the Nurse Manager and Program Director. Staffing plans reflect the program is staffed according to the established nurse staffing plan.
4. Provides focused educational in-services to staff, and assists in the tracking of Agency and hospital required training. Helps to monitor compliance with required drills and ensures supplies are available to staff for the provision of care.
5. Performs clinical duties consistent with a RN I when assigned to provide clinical coverage for the program. Is available for prompt intervention, modeling, coaching, and guidance for both staff and patients to promote therapeutic communication and a healthy milieu.
6. Serves as a preceptor for newly hired RNs/LVNs to promote retention. Participates in recruitment initiatives, and in the hiring process to promote available human resources. Participates in new employee orientation.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recover or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1. Knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures; of health care laws and regulations; of medical diagnoses and procedures; of accepted medical treatment programs; and of community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures.
2. Experience in the care and treatment of patients and in the operations of computers and applicable computer software.
3. Ability to provide patient care, to prepare and maintain records, to explain public health laws, and to communicate effectively.
4. Ability to provide professional and individualized nursing care to a group of patients in state mental health hospital.
5. Knowledge of human behavior, social interaction, and basic interpersonal relations theories.
6. Ability to perform staff teaching of basic nursing skills such as health assessment, treatment planning, and evaluation.
7. Ability to formulate nursing diagnoses or problem lists from assessment data.
8. Ability to respond with basic skills in emergency situations.
9. Ability to obtain certification for Basis Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and ability to perform CPR in clinical setting.
10. Ability to complete Treatment Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS) prior to work on patient care unit.
11. Physical and emotional ability to manage sudden and extreme acts of aggression.
12. Ability to speak, read and write English in order to communicate effectively with patients and their families.
13. Skill in communicating effectively with subordinate staff in order to provide effective clinical supervision.

Skills in using reasoning to identify problems, in considering appropriate resolution of situations, and in the operation of computers and applicable computer software.

Ability to provide patient medical care, to prepare and maintain records, to communicate effectively, and to train others.

Peer Review/Standards of Care

Medication Management:
a. Psychopharmacology
b. Medication Administration
c. Medication Errors
d. Transcription of Orders
e. Order Entry
f. Consents
g. MediMAR
h. Pyxis

Technical Skills:
a. Glucometer
b. Oxygen Administration
c. TB/Exposures
d. TST Screening
e. CPR
f. TIPS
g. Urine hCG
h. Ear Lavage
i. EKG
j. Anticoagulants
k. Wound Care
l. Restraint/Seclusion
m. Pat Down/Metal Detector
n. Blood draw

Computer Skills LAN

Group Process/Teaching
a. Medications
b. Disease Processes
c. Health Promotion

Psychiatric Rehabilitation
a. Therapeutic Communication Skills
b. Psychiatric Disorders
c. Milieu Management
d. Psychiatric Symptoms (Delusions, Hallucinations, Aggression, Suicidal)
e. Aggression Management
f. Enhanced Observations

Age Specific
a. Growth & Development
b. Child/ Adolescents
c. Geriatrics

(Aging, Aging and bone fractures, Nutritional considerations, Dementia management of the cognitively impaired)

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas or in a party state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact as described in Art. 4528b of the Nurse practice Act.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas or in a party state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact as described in Art. 4528b of the Nurse Practice Act.

Additional Information:
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

This position is on the Multiple Disabilities Program and will work 10 hour shifts and have alternating Friday and Monday off

MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor?s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

- Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.



Keywords: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus, Wichita Falls , Nurse II/Clinical Coordinator, Other , Wichita Falls, Texas

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