Registered Nurse

Nursing ServicesWestcott Behavioral Health Dalton, Georgia


Hamilton Health Care System, Inc.
Job Description and Performance Standards


Title: Staff Nurse I - 553432000

Department:  Westcott Center

Reports To:  Director of Nursing

Shift: 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm-7:00am; Days / Nights Vary

Status: PRN 



Provides skilled nursing and psychiatric and alcohol and drug care appropriate to the age group served ranging from adult to geriatric patients to assigned patients; acts as role model when assigned; and functions as a member of the Multidisciplinary Treatment Team.  Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the specific needs of the age group served.  Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development and assess data reflective of the patient’s current status in relation to their age specific needs.


Education:  R.N. from an accredited School of Registered Nurse Programs.

Licensure:   Must be licensed to practice in the State of Georgia.
AHA BLS CPR required

Experience:    Experience as an R.N. in a hospital or inpatient psychiatric facility is preferred but not required. Evidence of continuing professional development in the nursing field.

Skills:  Nursing procedures, techniques of patient care and interdisciplinary treatment techniques. 
CLINICAL:  Must be able to perform basic age specific nursing care of adults across the lifespan with supervision and direction of the Nurse Manager.  Additionally must be able to perform these clinical activities with the supervision and direction of the Nurse Manager in psychiatric/mental health nursing: 1) assessment skills (nursing, physical status, age specific needs, mental status, psychiatric, alcohol and drug); 2) formulation of age specific needs plans; 3) evaluation of effectiveness of nursing care; 4) patient education skills for adult to geriatric patients (mental health concepts, chemical dependence, psychotropic medications); 5) psychiatric/alcohol and drug liaison skills; 6) crisis intervention.  Ability to obtain and interpret information in terms of the patient’s needs that are age appropriate.  Ability to select proper instrumentation/supplies appropriate for age specific needs of the group of patients served. Must maintain active Crisis Prevention Institute Certification.


Maintain moderate to high energy level.  Should have a high degree of self-control, problem solver, not easily angered and be of a congenial nature.  Requires almost total walking or standing, some patient transfers from bed to chair.  Requires full range body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye hand coordination.  Requires good problem solving skills, emotional stability, corrected vision and hearing to normal range.  Requires a high degree of emotional and physical stamina.  See, hear, learn, problem-solve, emotional stability, lift, push, restrain patients as needed, bend.

Works in patient care area in in-patient setting; may require assessments on medical floor or in the Emergency Care Department to assess and meet needs of a diverse patient population affected by psychiatric disorders and/or chemical depression.  Occasionally exposed to contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances including potentially abusive and aggressive patients; occasionally exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illnesses); subject to having varying and unpredictable situations.  Occasionally subjected to irregular hours and frequent interruptions due to multiple calls inquires.