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Clinical Nurse (RN) PRN Behavioral Health & Psychiatric RN (Adults)

Kansas City, Kansas

Job ID: R-20015

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Our nurses are leaders and decision makers, working closely with physicians to provide the best care and most advanced treatments. On our team, you’ll work in an environment of respect and professionalism, and you’ll have the support to advance your nursing career in the direction you choose. Find out more about the wide variety of opportunities for nurses at The University of Kansas Health System.


Job Summary

Job ID: R-20015 Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Position Summary / Career Interest:

The Behavioral Health and Psychiatric RN ensures that all clinical care is delivered in a manner that meets or exceeds goals and expectations for clinical outcomes, quality assurance standards, and patient satisfaction. The RN gauges the behavioral health patients’ psychiatric state, collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team to support each patients’ care plan, monitors adherence to all treatments, administers psychotropic and other mediations, has strong de-escalation skills, maintains patient safety during restraint, hold or seclusion events, conducts education, and helps prepare the patient and family for a safe discharge and therapeutic continuum of care.


  • Provides thorough, timely and accurate documentation of all pertinent data, therapeutic interventions and patient responses including assessment, care plan, patient goals and interventions according to established standards for the care of the behavioral health care patient.
  • ·Coordinate daily behavioral health plan of care.

    ·Evaluating and implementing for comfort and well-being of the patients’ s medical, social, and emotional needs in the behavioral health setting.

    ·Provides patient and family education regarding behavioral, psychiatric, and medical needs from time of entry into the health care setting to disposition to next continuum of care.

    ·Safely administers medication in accordance with provider orders, protocols, and policies and monitoring effectiveness with a strong knowledge of the psychotropic drug class.

    ·Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team regarding care and disposition specific to the patient’s behavioral, psychiatric, and medical needs.

    ·Delegates tasks as appropriate to Behavioral Health Technicians and other members of the behavioral, psychiatric, and medical health care teams.

    ·Maintains a safe behavioral health environment.

    ·Maintain a safe behavioral health milieu.

    ·Provide direct therapeutic interaction and participation with behavioral health patients and their families.

    ·Provides patient care based on standards of practice, procedures, and policies of the health system.

    *Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.

    *Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.



    • ADN prepared nurses hired after February 24, 2017; must complete BSN within five years of hire
    • Upon hire/transfer into role, must become certified in behavior management techniques
    • 6 months or greater of RN experience
    • RN License in state of practice
    • BLS Certification or obtained within 14 days of hire.
    • CPR certification
    • Knowledge and understanding of physician desk reference guide
    • Computer literate and proficient in various computer programs
    • Knowledge of accreditation standards  


    • BSN degree 

    We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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    The main reason I love coming to work is because of the amazing team. We promote a nursing culture that encourages kindness and teamwork, and I absolutely love that about our hospital. Riley Ferree, RN


    • Healthcare

      Our robust medical, dental and vision package allows you to choose options that are best for your family. We offer life, disability, and accident insurance plus voluntary offerings such as critical illness insurance and identity theft protection.

    • Giving back

      In addition to the quality healthcare we provide, we have opportunities to serve externally in our community in activities throughout the year.

    • Team-based culture

      At the health system, we are a team. If you are highly skilled and motivated but don’t want to work in an “everyone for themselves” culture like many academic institutions have, this is your place.

    • Support and Resources

      We have a comprehensive wellness program with resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health. Our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) includes free counseling sessions and legal advice options.

    • Tuition Reimbursement

      We offer tuition reimbursement for formal education credits.

    • 401(a)

      We offer a retirement savings plan with an employer contribute.

    Success Profile

    What makes a successful Nurse at The University of Kansas Health System? Review the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right combination.

    • Compassionate
    • Acccountable to Team
    • Takes Initiative
    • Possesses Integrity
    • Patient-Focused
    • Desire to Grow & Develop

    Our Culture

    • Work with a team that supports you, in a place where you will feel you belong and will make a difference. We empower staff to put the patient first in all things – even beyond clinical care. We value people.
    • Driven to serve: Every employee makes an impact, regardless of your role – no matter if you’re in scheduling, facilities or clinical staff. We know that each step of the process ultimately impacts the patient.
    • Our leadership is approachable, open-minded, and adaptable to challenges in healthcare.
    • We demonstrate values proudly and consistently. Values such as diversity and inclusion are important to our staff; there is a desire to see this reflected by the health system internally and externally.
    • Even though we are a large organization, our employees feel the health system’s resources, culture and commitment to quality allow them to provide exceptional care for patients.
    • Our health system welcomes patients and cases that other hospitals cannot. This represents our commitment to care and our passion to challenge ourselves and be the best.
    • We are a true healthcare leader in the region, rooted in experience and excellence.
    • We offer unique opportunities for professional development, as well as convenient pathways for onsite continuing education among healthcare professionals and staff – from GED to CEUs.
    • We make a difference in our communities by improving the health and lives of our patients.
    • We also support our communities through Health System Employees Reaching Out events.

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