Registered Nurse - Mental Health Services - Per Diem/Nights

Antelope Valley Hospital • Lancaster, CA 93586

Posted 4 days ago

Job Description

Job Objective:

A Registered Nurse is responsible for the nursing care of patients as established by the Nursing Practice Act of the Board of Registered Nursing of the State of California and as guided by policies and procedures of the hospital.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Nursing Process
  • Applies nursing process in direct patient care:
  • Provides accurate assessment and documentation of physiological, psycho social, cultural, developmental, socioeconomic, and spiritual needs of patient as evidenced by assessment within time frame appropriate for level of care
  • Provides logical sequence of action, updates nursing care plan as evidenced by notations on care plan, Provides evaluation each shift of patients progress In relation to the patient care plan, if applicable to area of care
  • Provides Information to patient/family relating to educational resources available, Directs patient/family educational process
  • Provides discharge planning beginning on admission with appropriate referrals and update as required by the patient
  • Adheres to the admission and transfer criteria
  • Adheres to all current policies and procedures in providing patient care and seeks clarification if needed.
  • Evaluates and documents outcomes of medical, nursing, and ancillary team interventions
  • Incorporates time management skills in accomplishing care
  1. Nursing Care Delivery Process
  • Knowledgeable regarding current nursing practices and procedures
  1. Demonstrates knowledge and use of resources and forms
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of hospital structure and administrative resources
  3. Demonstrates ability to interpret rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of legal aspects of nursing care
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal documents pertinent to unit/area of care
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Patient rights
  • Acts as liaison between medical staff and patient care team
  1. Technical Equipment
  • Able to operate technical equipment in area of care, safely, efficiently, and accurately
  1. Environment
  • Assists in maintenance of a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment
  • Assesses safety/cleanliness of patient/unit environment and reports conditions requiring change
  • Utilizes resources, equipment, and supplies efficiently and with cost awareness
  • Reports hazardous conditions to appropriate department for correction
  • Uses clean and aseptic techniques for protection of patients and personal safety
  • Prevents contamination and/or transfer of Infection by use of the Exposure Control Plan and Standard Precautions in daily work
  • Demonstrates knowledge of emergency codes
  1. Leadership/Professionalism
  • Supervises care provided by others
  1. Assumes responsibility for quality of care given
  2. Gives accurate and concise patient care report to appropriate persons
  3. Gives accurate, concise patient care reports
  4. Demonstrates knowledge of scheduling guidelines
  • Maintains professional attitude and effective working relationships with fellow staff members, other departments, patients families, medical staff and volunteers
  • Functions appropriately and effectively under pressure. Provides care as part of team effort in crisis or emergency situation
  • Adheres to all privacy laws when dealing with confidential and protected health information (PHI)
  • Maintains the confidentiality of patient, hospital and department information
  • Adheres to the Code of Conduct
  • Adheres to all Antelope Valley Hospital Compliance & Integrity Program policies and procedures including the duty to report compliance violations and the duty to disclose conflicts of interest
  • Completion of all mandatory initial and annual training within assigned time frames per established guidelines
  • Demonstrates ethical decision making, integrity, and a willingness to promote a culture of safety
  1. Communication
  • Communicates effectively with patients, families, visitors, and physicians
  • Responsible for problem solving and crisis intervention related to physicians, patients, families, and staff
  • Follows the Chain of Command and Conflict Management process established by AVH
  • Displays a willingness to follow directions and to accept and utilize constructive criticism
  1. Age Specific & Cultural Requirement
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding special needs and behaviors of age specific and cultural groups
  • Participates In age specific and cultural educational and training programs
  • Demonstrates proficiency in required age specific and cultural competencies

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Participates on unit or hospital based committees
  • Other duties as assigned, within compliance with Title 22, The Joint Commission, and CMS.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Supports and adheres to the values and mission statement established by the AVH Board of Directors
  • Conforms to required accreditation standards.
  • Conforms with and supports hospital quality management and performance improvement guidelines


  • Skill and ability to follow telephone etiquette/standards
  • Displays a willingness to work as a team player
  • Safely and effectively uses all equipment necessary to carry out duties


  • Ability to adhere to all established AVH policies and procedures and to interpret and function under these.
  • Ability to organize work and establish priorities
  • Ability to expand on own initiative in performance of duties
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure and meet time parameters
  • Ability to relieve clerical staff at desk, or to adopt any function commonly assigned to unlicensed
  • assistive personnel, or as allowed within scope of nursing practice, as needed
  • Ability to give and support the highest level of patient/customer satisfaction at all times
  • Ability to be flexible in meeting staffing requirements of the facility
  • Ability to meet basic health requirements and physical job standards

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust

Education and Experience:


Adheres to required educational standards

  • Maintains current licensure, certifications, education, and physical health standards

Participates in mandatory and/or optional educational activities/offerings. Attends staff meetings regularly and as required by assigned unit

  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency on hospital information technologies used in the designated patient care area.
  • Successfully completes written and practical competencies annually or otherwise as assigned.



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