RN Charge Nurse – BHU – Main Campus

Job Category: Behavioral Health Unit
Job Type: 12HR
Job Location: Main Campus


This position supports the Mission of the Hospital through the provision of distinctive and compassionate care to our patients. To provide safe and therapeutic management of patient care to adult and elderly behavioral health patients through utilization of the Nursing process, in adherence to the Standards of Practice and policies and procedures, and in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.


● Current CA RN license,

● Current BLS for healthcare provider card (American Heart Association)

● Current CPI certificate or within 30 days.

● LPS Designation within LA county (or within 90 days) whereby certifying RN to assess for and write 5150’s within CMC during scheduled shift (For FT RNs with 3 yrs. inpatient psych nursing experience).

● Minimum 1-year experience in acute human services area. Inpatient psychiatric experience preferred.

● Knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the ability to assess and interpret data, determine patient care requirements and deliver care relative to the patients’ age specific needs. Knowledge of the principles and practices of psychiatric nursing.

● Experience as a charge nurse, relief charge nurse, or team leader


● Coordinates staff and patient activities during a specified shift

● Collaborates with Administrator to ensure appropriate skill mix is on duty for the oncoming shift.

● Monitors effectiveness of orientation process with new hires.

● Monitors timecards/sheets to verify staff are following the time keeping policy and procedure. Follows up with staff when non-compliant. Monitors and trends absenteeism and reports excesses to Administrator.

● Initiates and/or participates in coaching/counseling staff through the disciplinary process.

● Communicates to staff pertinent information through daily shift reports to ensure quality patient care.

● Makes rounds on unit each shift to inspect environmental and potential hazards

● Supervises unit environment to ensure safety

● Oversees medication nurse and alerts MD if untoward side effects are evident in patients.

● Ensures that all rounds are completed throughout assigned shift and precautions are followed for high-risk patients.

● Ensures that assigned documentation is completed in full by end of shift.

● Supervises all staff and ensures that staff complete their assigned duties each shift

● Assess activity of patients’ behaviors/symptoms to validate criterion for input, hospitalization, and reports any findings to Utilization Review, which do not support hospitalization

● Assesses voluntary patient’s behavior per LPS guidelines when requested by attending psychiatrist

● Assesses voluntary patient’s behavior per LPS guidelines when requested by attending psychiatrist

● Documents evaluation results in patient chart and completes 5150 certification accurately

Salary: $44.74 – $55.93 per hour

Benefits (Full-Time Only):

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

12 hour shifts.

Work Location: In person

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