In a state psychiatric facility this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor responsible for Nurse Clinicians and performing client/patient care activities as senior triage officer, clinical evaluator and/or psychotherapist.
Receives general direction from a physician or other employee of higher grade.
Leads Nurses, Head Nurses, Nurse Clinicians and other staff as assigned in psychotherapy, clinical evaluations or when acting as senior triage officer.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Coordinates program or unit workflow and determines priorities;
Schedules, assigns and reviews work;
Establishes and maintains unit or program procedures;
Provides staff training and assistance;
Conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations;
Acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures;
Supervises psychiatric evaluations including taking of client/patient history, formulating of diagnostic conclusions and treatment plans and making appropriate dispositions;
Performs initial client/patient assessments on an emergency or walk in basis with appropriate intervention or referral;
Handles acute treatment or crisis intervention;
Periodically contributes to clinical research or evaluation studies;
Participates in nursing leadership activities to improve quality of practice and education;
May prescribe medication;
May make recommendations on policies or standards;
May prepare reports and correspondence;
May participate in interdisciplinary leadership committees;
May perform individual, group or family therapy;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
principles and practices of psychiatric nursing and psychotherapeutic functions;
current psychiatric rehabilitation concepts and methods;
and ability to apply concepts of interpersonal and group dynamics;
oral and written communication skills;
Considerable ability to facilitate interdisciplinary treatment approaches and collaboration;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience as a registered professional nurse in a psychiatric setting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of a Nurse Clinician in a psychiatric setting performing individual, group and/or family therapy.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
A Master's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel within the state in the course of their daily work.
Within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, incumbents in this class who write medications must have a current license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse issued by the Department of Public Health.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Lead Nurse Clinician (40 Hour) in Salary Group FP 30 approved effective January 31, 2006. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgment section) Final No. 23-244