Psychiatric Nurse

Job Description

Position Overview:

As part of a multi-disciplinary, core services team, provides nursing assessment, direct-support services and primary health care to seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals who are enrolled in the PACT Program. Provides support and education to other team members in nursing/medical treatment and health care.

Create and Maintain:

  • A wellness and recovery-oriented environment by using person-first language, respectful documentation, person centered planning and evidence based practices. All services provided will promote a wellness and recovery outcome.

  • A culture of compliance with internal and external policies, regulations, laws and high ethical standards

Responsibilities (Participates):

  • As a team member in the frequent monitoring and assessment of the mental and physical health status of people served

  • Within the team in the development of a nursing assessment, comprehensive assessment and an individualized recovery plan, providing knowledge and expertise from the nursing discipline

Provides and Monitors:

  • Mental and physical health education, community living skill training and supportive counseling in the home and other natural environments to people served and significant others, often focusing on psychiatric medications, side-effects and physical health care

  • Crisis intervention services for people served with acute psychiatric needs whose circumstances and conditions require rapid intervention

  • 24-hour on-call coverage on a rotating schedule

  • Rapid and flexible response to crisis, including but not limited to: accompanying the person to the local screening center or psychiatric emergency service and remaining with the person during the assessment process

  • Symptom assessment and management, medication monitoring, medication education and monitoring of side effects

  • Outreach to new direct service recipients and encourages reluctant persons to accept mental health services through interventions with person served and/or family members and friends concerned with the person's welfare

  • Technical assistance and education to members of the team in the area of psychiatric nursing and physical health care

  • Metabolic Syndrome screening

  • Prepares a medication education curriculum that is presented to non-medical staff on an ongoing basis

  • Administers prescribed medications and injections, draws blood, and prepares laboratory specimens for delivery, if certified to do so

  • Responsible for accurate record-keeping of all medications administered in the Medication Record

  • Adheres to nursing protocols regarding medication administration and storage

  • Consults with other service providers and resource people regarding the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation needs of the person served

  • Assess individuals' daily living skills, and teach individuals needed skills in the areas of budgeting, cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping, personal hygiene, community transportation, self-advocacy and ways to maintain housing

  • Support to assist persons served to find and maintain employment and/or education/training

  • Documentation charts assigned as directed by supervisor(s)

  • Timely documentation and the inclusion of family and/or significant others as permitted by person served


  • Creates, receives and responds to all e-mail correspondence in a prompt and professional manner. Emails must be read once per work day/shift

Scope of Responsibility:

  • Familiarizes self with the formal and informal departmental goals, standards, regulations, policies and procedures which may include some familiarity of other departments within the agency

Decision Making:

  • On a regular and continuous basis, exercises sound judgment and assume responsibility for decisions, consequences and results having an impact on people, costs and/or quality of service within the functional area


  • Bachelor's degree in nursing preferred

  • Registered Nurse required with valid license in NJ

  • Two years paid post degree/certification/license work experience required. One year of psychiatric nursing required

  • Valid driver's license required

  • No more than one moving violation within the past 12 months

  • Vehicle required

Other Skills/Abilities (Communication):

  • Exchanges non-routine information using tact and persuasion as appropriate, requiring excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Speak, read and write English (also Spanish speaking preferred)

  • Demonstrates empathy and respect toward person served

  • Appropriate conflict resolution skills

  • Conveys hopefulness towards person served

  • Non-judgmental manner

  • Case recording

  • Report writing

Emotional Skills:

  • Responds calmly to person served in crisis

  • Relates well to people of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds and disability groups

  • Presents and fosters a trusting professional relationship with all persons encountered on a daily basis

  • Upbeat, Professional attitude, and a willingness to learn

  • Works well as part of a closely knit team

Intellectual Skills:

  • Comprehend hospital/medical records

  • Manages diverse responsibilities

  • Excellent multi-tasking skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Good organizational and problem-solving ability

  • Must demonstrate a high level of initiative and ability to work autonomously

Computer Proficiency:

  • MS Office applications, with strong emphasis in MS Word.

  • Must be willing to learn and utilize all current and future computer applications and technology as related to the position.

  • Operate a personal computer (and computer accessories) and successfully navigate in order to access e-mail, electronic calendars and other basic office support software as well as web based programs such as Essential Learning, electronic timesheets and Credible

Company Description
Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Inc. is a leading psychiatric rehabilitation service agency providing assistance for residents of Northern and Central New Jersey who have experienced psychiatric disabilities. The spirit of Bridgeway flows through all of our programs which provide skill development and support services to assist people in their journey towards mental health recovery, wellness, self-sufficiency and quality of life. Bridgeway provides innovative high quality services and incorporates best practices to improve positive outcomes for persons served. Bridgeway seeks to share expertise with mental health professionals and organizations through technical assistance and training.

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