AHMC Healthcare


Posted Date 1 month ago(4/11/2024 3:46 PM)
Requisition ID
Seton Medical Center
# of Openings
Position Type
Regular Full-Time





JOB TITLE: Staff Nurse  II

CC/Department: 6341/Geriatric Behavioral Health

Reports to: Department Director



The Staff Nurse is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility and accountability for the assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients and their families in compliance with the standards for care at AHMC Seton Medical Center, American Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and American Nurse Practice Act. Staff Nurse ll’s are capable of independently performing the full range of clinical nursing services involving patient care. May supervise the work of professional and paraprofessional staff of the assigned unit.




DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification; however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.


  1. Ability to communicate emphatically, respectfully and effectively with mentally ill patients and their families.
  2. Exemplary interpersonal skills and works effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  3. A thorough understanding of client rights, thorough of understanding of psychiatric nursing process.
  4. Knowledge of DSM/ICD and basic medical and psychiatric terminology.
  5. Familiarity with behavioral health resources in the community.
  6. Able to understand and follow all policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations of Nursing Service, Seton Medical Center, American Nurses Code of Ethics, and American Psychiatric Nurses Standards of Practice
  7. Knowledge of legal terminologies and practices associated with psychiatry
  8. Accurately provide care with respect to medication administration, skin and wound care, ADL's and other essential patient care related activities
  9.  Develops, implements, evaluates and makes modifications in the nursing care plan; prepares required records and reports.
  10. Gathers and assess information about patients to meet nursing needs; assists and consults with physician in the performance of procedures and diagnostic tests; contracts physicians and/or other departments to obtain or provide patient information.
  11. Organizes, supervises, makes adjustments and accepts responsibility for the quality of care provided patients by co-workers for a given work period; at the level II assumes responsibility as a charge nurse when assigned.
  12. Participates in promoting a healthful, safe, and therapeutic environment for patient and families; set up and controls the environment essential for infection control.
  13. Participates in the implementation of patient care standards, infection control standards and quality assurance criteria; assist with conducting studies; participates in unit and other meetings.
  14. Provides and evaluates patient care established standards and criteria in conformity with the nursing care plan. Will adhere to the No Pass Zone.
  15. Monitors patients for significant and critical changes and initiates procedures as required; documents care given according to set standards and at required intervals.
  16.  Interprets and explains procedures, regimens, and services to patients and families; teaches patients and family member’s health care plan of care.
  17.  Utilizes evidenced based best practice such as: hourly rounding on all assigned patients, environmental rounding for safety, and bedside hand-off.
  18. Actively engages in the department project and quality improvement initiatives,
  19. Participates in every shift huddle report to communicate any red flags and ensure efficient patient hand-off.
  20. Clean and organize workstations, aware and practice safety protocols of the department at all times.
  21. Uses AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank you) in patient and family interactions when appropriate.
  22. Assist patients with developing coping skills to help with their recovery
  23. Demonstrates knowledge in management of aggressive/assaultive behaviors.
  24. Provides education/training to other team members as necessary.
  25. Other duties as assigned.




  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing required
  • BSN  degree  preferred



  • At least 6 months of bedside nursing in acute care setting
  • Training and experience in psychiatric, geriatric, dementia care nursing preferred




  • Current California RN licenses required
  • Current American Heart Association BLS certification required
  • Workplace Violence (AB-508) or CPI certification required within the first 3 months of hire.


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