Mental Health Unit (PHDC) Escondido, CAMental Health Unit (PHDC) Escondido, CA
Responsible for the overall operation of the Behavioral Health Inpatient program(s) and Consultation/Liaison Service for the Acute Care Inpatient areas. Major role functions include leading, managing, directing and delegating patient care, education, clinical program, consultation and resource, human resource management, and financial management. Uses clinical knowledge and advanced problem-solving skills to facilitate quality improvement, regulatory compliance, clinical initiatives and appropriate resource consumption within the departments. Responsible for the recruitment, assessment, evaluation, discipline, coaching and mentoring of staff. Uses critical thinking skills while evaluating processes and systems to support clinical staff. Contributes to ongoing regulatory readiness of staff. Utilizes strong analytical skills and proven change management strategies to create a positive practice environment that supports patient safety and nursing service excellence. Oversees the Utilization Review and Quality Management function of the assigned program; demonstrates compliance in the performance improvement process. Ensures consistency of practice in the clinical areas. Ensures quality programs, patient safety, respect for patient privacy and confidentiality, compliance with Federal, State, and County Mental Health laws, and a level of customer service that strives to exceed internal and external customer expectations. Provides direct patient services when needed. Requires 24-hour accountability.
Demonstrates a detailed knowledge of all clinical, legal, regulatory, operational and business issues associated with the assessment, care and disposition of the behavioral health patient in an acute state. Promotes teamwork and participates as a team member of the clinical interdisciplinary team to ensure appropriate care, support and resources to internal and external customers and displays on-going commitment to quality. Is an integral member of the Behavioral Health Leadership Team, working closely with the Director and other Behavioral Health leaders to maintain the consistency of these services; provides administrative on-call function. Develops and implements educational programs to prepare and maintain staff competencies and compliance with the Behavioral Health standards of practice. Along with the Director, develops, implements, and maintains behavioral health policies and procedures. Responsibilities also include evaluating program effectiveness, and developing, managing and analyzing outcome data.
Speaks and reads English at a level that is sufficient to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the position. Knowledge of standard office equipment (i.e., calculator, fax, photocopier) and personal computer and computer software skills (i.e., MS Windows, Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, internet, e-mail). Windows computer skills including proficient use of keyboarding, use of mouse or keys for functions such as selecting items, use of drop down menus, scroll bars, opening folders, copying and similar operations required upon employment or within the 1st two weeks of employment to perform the essential functions of the job. Performs other duties as assigned. Follows Palomar Health rules, policies, procedures, applicable laws and standards. Carries out the mission, vision, and quality commitment of Palomar Health.
Minimum Education: BSN or Master's Degree in a healthcare related field (to also include MBA)
Preferred Education: Secondary Masters in Business Administration if Primary Masters is in Nursing
Minimum Experience: 1-2 years related clinical experience in the Behavioral Health field
Preferred Experience: 2-3 years progressive management experience in the Behavioral Health field in a multi-unit or multi-hospital Health System
Required Certification: Crisis Prevention (CPI) within 6 months of hire
American Heart Association recognized BLS - Healthcare Provider
Required License: Valid Driver's License
Current CA RN License
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