1. Directs all nursing activities within the Psychiatric/Mental Health Facility and assesses the quality of nursing or health care services provided by the nursing and mental health staff; coordinates with staff of various divisions such as radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy to arrange for client services;
2. Participates in and supervises staff in daily patient care activities and planning of patient after-care; plans, assigns, and reviews the work of regular nursing staff, orders supplies and equipment and supervises their proper use and maintenance; ensures compliance with state regulations and laws within the area of responsibility; plans and adjusts the work schedule of all nursing staff within the facility
3. Evaluates employee performance for the nursing staff and submits Employee Performance Reports (EPRs) to the manager of the facility, analyzes and evaluates the need for staff training and provides staff training on patient treatment issues;
4. Interviews candidates for nursing positions, conducts new employee training, orienting them to departmental policies and procedures and mental health laws and regulations;
5. Makes recommendations regarding changes to nursing services and clinic activities; confers with staff to review and revise policies and procedures; develops and implements policies, procedures, and program objectives; maintains and writes updates to the department policy and procedures manual related to nursing services
6. Participates in departmental and team meetings to discuss patient care and progress and program policies and procedures, attends regular committee meetings in order to keep abreast of current issues, trends, and procedures, and informs and educates staff.
7. Ensures that Physician Orders are followed correctly
The following requirements are a prerequisite to be considered for the position:
Registered with the SANC as a Registered Nurse with (general, psychiatry, community health)
Preferably holding an Advanced Mental Health Nursing qualification
At least 3 years’ experience as a general nurse, followed by 3 years’ experience as a psychiatric nurse
At least 3 years’ management experience in a similar position, or Unit Manager role
Prior experience in a Psychiatric facility, in a senior/management capacity
Postgraduate qualification in Nursing Management
A good understanding of the government/Non-profit health care sector
Valid BLS certificate
Knowledge of legal framework and regulations regarding nursing practices. Good leadership/people management skills and maintain constructive relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team. Basic financial management skills. Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in at least two of the three official languages
Principles and practices of effective employee supervision, development, and evaluation; psychiatric nursing treatment and psychotherapeutic interventions; theories, techniques, and practices of professional nursing; principles, practices, and laws of professional nursing; basic occupational therapy and social work; laws and regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing; the uses and effects of psychotropic drugs and narcotics; patient safety practices and locked-facility security; theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy; symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; mental health community resources and services; health education and interviewing and counseling techniques; common mental and physical illnesses, diseases, disabilities, injuries, and nutrition; medical equipment operation.
Ability to: plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of nursing and support staff and facility activities in a 24-hour psychiatric unit; identify and make recommendations regarding operational problems; develop and conduct staff training; explain mental health laws and regulations; observe the emotional and physical behavior of patients; evaluate and assess the need for mental health services; analyze a situation and adopt a a course of action; prepare and maintain medical records and reports; recognize and respect limits of confidential information; communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic origins; speak before groups; exercise independent judgment in medical emergencies; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, patience and compassion; establish and maintain working relationships with other mental health professionals, subordinate staff, co-workers, other agencies, and organizations; comply with and enforce nursing policies, protocols, and program regulations; understand and follow instructions, work independently.
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