Director of Nursing - Behavioral Health in Pittsburgh, PA

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

LifeCare Hospitals   •  

Pittsburgh, PA 15286

Industry: Healthcare


5 - 7 years

Posted 54 days ago


We have an immediate opportunity for a Director of Nursing.

General Summary: The Director of Nursing Services (DON) of the LifeCare Behavioral Health Hospital develops and maintains behavioral health nursing service goals, objectives and standards of nursing practice; adheres to staffing plans; and develops nursing department policies and procedures in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, regulations that govern a Behavioral Health Hospital and as may be directed by the Administrator and the Medical Director. This position is responsible for organizing, developing and directing nursing services and ensuring the deliverance of quality nursing care. The BHH DON is active in department activities, transdisciplinary treatment team activities, and LifeCare activities to ensure individualized, patient-centered health care for all behavioral health patients admitted to LifeCare Behavioral Health Hospital. The DON is responsible for having the knowledge and skills necessary to perform position requirements are demonstrated through the successful completion of competencies established for the position, to include population served, and other special needs ofpatients and customers, served by the department. The director must be able to demonstrate competence to participate in interdisciplinary formulation of individual treatment plans; to give skilled nursing care the therapy; and to direct, monitor, and evaluate thenursing care furnished in the inpatient psychiatric hospital environment.

Patient Population: Delivers direct patient care appropriate to the patients served. Theages of the patients served are adult (18-65 years of age) and geriatric (65 and older).

Essential Functions:

  1. Uses discretion and independent judgment to organize and administer psychiatric nursing services at the hospital. Maintains and models effective working relationships with hospital employees, medical staff, patients, families and visitors.
  2. Ensures adequate numbers of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and mental health workers to perform appropriate discharge planning, provide nursing care necessary under each patient's individualized active treatment plan and tomaintain progress notes on each patient. Ensure the provision of appropriate education and training that addresses how to identify early warning signs of a change in a patient's condition and how to respond to a deteriorating patient, including how and when to contact responsible clinicians and how to use the chain-of-command.
  3. Provides leadership in developing performance standards for all nursing personnel. Evaluates and counsels all employees on their performance in a professional and timely manner.
  4. Responsible for department's financial performance to include: monitoring and controlling resource utilization and expenditures, while ensuring adherence to operating budget and budgeted hours (HPPD).
  5. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and participates in department functions and activities to achieve objectives in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, regulations that govern a Behavioral Health Hospital, and as may be directed by the Administrator and Medical Director.
  6. Plans the system for delivery of nursing care by utilizing alternative types ofnursing, appropriate staffing patterns and scheduling methods; assures presence ofsafe therapeutic environmental factors; and, directs the monitoring of quality patient care 24-hours a day.Assist in the development, implementation and update of thewritten procedures for the Discharge Planning program.
  7. Assesses and plans for educational and training needs of self and nursing staff in collaboration with the clinical educator, if applicable, for each skill level.Assures theprovision of in-service and educational programming in collaboration with the clinical educator, if applicable.
  8. Reviews, resolves and records complaints and grievances made by employees, patients and/or patient families in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, regulations that govern a Behavioral Health Hospital. Ensures that results of the grievance program are reported to the governing board no less than annually and as required by policy.
  9. Regular attendance and timeliness is required.

This description is a general statement of required essential functions performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


Supervision: Directs the activities and personnel of the Psychiatric Nursing Department. Oversees the hospital in the absence of the Administrator.

Experience: Three years of Psychiatric nursing management experience. At least four years of clinical experience in a Behavioral Health setting, with training and experience in the care of the mentally ill.

Education: Master's degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing or its equivalent from a school of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing. A bachelor's degree in nursing may be considered with appropriate experience in the nursing care of the mentally ill and documented evidence of on-going training in psychiatric or mental health nursing from a nurse with a Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing.

Licensure/Certification: Current Registered Nurse license required in the state where practicing. Current BLS certification is required and ACLS certification is required within six (6) months of hire. Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) education and certification is required within 60 days of hire. The Director of Nursing must maintain current licensure, BLS, ACLS and CCMcertifications while employed with LCBHH.

Valid Through: 2019-9-16