Requisition Number: HOPEH-REGNU-H-05-2020-02
Job Title: Registered Nurse
City: Bethlehem
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $25.00-$30.00/hour

Registered Nurse

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Description/Job Summary

This position is located in the Lehigh Valley area, approximately 60 miles north of Philadelphia, PA

Competitive rate of pay provided.

The Registered Nurse (RN) is an essential member of the Hope House treatment team who oversees all medical aspects of the program.  He or she acts as the primary medical resource for staff and clients and as the liaison with the program psychiatrist and outside medical providers.  This is a highly autonomous position requiring a significant degree of self-direction, critical thinking and a professional demeanor.  This is a cooperative position with non-nursing aspects supervised by the program director. 
The RN assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the care of clients throughout their treatment at Hope House in accordance with the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act (P.L.317, No.69). 



Clinical Responsibilities

  • The initial nursing assessment of newclients and the monitoring of their medical and mental health status for theduration of their admission.

  • Consultation with the program psychiatristor outside medical practitioners on as needed basis.

  • Meeting jointly with clients and thepsychiatrist

  • Documenting pertinent information fromjoint sessions with the psychiatrist.

  • After hours consultation, via phone, inregard to medical issues.

  • The processing of physicians’ orders.

  • The monitoring of client medication logsfor accuracy.

  • The administration of non-routineinjectable medications (i.e. depot neuroleptics).

  • The administration of hepatitis bvaccinations to new staff.

  • Participation in the client dischargeplanning process.

    Educational Responsibilities

  • The presentation of training to staff onvarious medical topics.

  • Providing medication and wellness educationfor clients.

  • The training of all new staff formedication observation.

    Administrative Responsibilities

  • Control the supply and dispersal of samplemedications.

  • Reviewing any medication errors

  • Engaging in medication error problemsolving on an individual or group basis.

    Additional Responsibilities

  • Represent Hope House during inter-facilitymeetings.

  • Participation in on-going planning andContinuous Quality Improvement (CQI).

  • Attendance at supervisory meetings.

  • Attendance at monthly staff meetings.

~Clinical Responsibilities
• The initial nursing assessment of new clients and the monitoring of their medical and mental health status for the duration of their admission.
• Consultation with the program psychiatrist or outside medical practitioners on as needed basis.
• Meeting jointly with clients and the psychiatrist
• Documenting pertinent information from joint sessions with the psychiatrist.
• After hours consultation, via phone, in regard to medical issues.
• The processing of physicians’ orders.
• The monitoring of client medication logs for accuracy.
• The administration of non-routine injectable medications (i.e. depot neuroleptics).
• The administration of hepatitis b vaccinations to new staff.
• Participation in the client discharge planning process.

Educational Responsibilities
• The presentation of training to staff on various medical topics.
• Providing medication and wellness education for clients.
• The training of all new staff for medication observation.

Administrative Responsibilities
• Control the supply and dispersal of sample medications.
• Reviewing any medication errors
• Engaging in medication error problem solving on an individual or group basis.

Additional Responsibilities
• Represent Hope House during inter-facility meetings.
• Participation in on-going planning and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).
• Attendance at supervisory meetings.
• Attendance at monthly staff meetings.

Required Experience

1-2 years of experience working in the mental health population

Required Education

  • Must have a current license to practice Registered Nursing in Pennsylvania
  • Associate's degree accepted, Bachelor's of Science in Nursing preferred
  • Certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse preferred
  • Must have at least 1 year post-educational experience working with persons with mental illness.
  • Driver's license required

Required Qualifications

TheRegistered Nurse will be a person with an interest in and understanding ofindividuals with serious mental illness as well as experience working with thispopulation. He or she will be a mature individual with sound judgment whorepresents an appropriate resource for consumers and collaterals. He or sheshall be flexible enough to respond to crisis situations, work collaborativelyas a team, and take responsibility when decisions have to be made. He or shemust have the ability and experience to make independent decisions whenconsultation with supervisory staff is not possible. He or she will haveknowledge of current psychotropic medications and will be licensed toadminister medications as well as complete medical and psychiatric assessments.He or she will be authorized to accept verbal orders from a physician and callin medications to pharmacies. He or shewill have knowledge of proper documentation and be able to input data into the HopeHouse Program database. 

Thenurse will have knowledge of the PA Mental Health Act, related regulations, two(2) or more years nursing experience with six (6) or more months beingpsychiatric nursing experience.  He orshe must meet or exceed qualifications for the established Mental HealthProfessional or Crisis Worker position as per Pennsylvania State RegulationsTitle 55 Public Welfare, Part VII Mental Health Manual, Subpart D.Nonresidential agencies/ Facilities/ Services, Chapter 5240 Crisis InterventionServices, Section 5240.31 Staff Requirements, most recent revised additiondated 09.15.2014 or the most recent dated update. The nurse must have a validdriver’s license and reliable means of transportation, and provide a negativeFBI fingerprint, child abuse, and criminal background clearance.

Program Summary

Hope House provides short-term residential services foradults in psychiatric crisis. We offer a safe and supportive environment forpeople who need a place to stay until they stabilize and can safely return tothe community. Our maximum capacity is eight individuals. The average length ofstay is one week. Trained staff members are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days ayear. Our dedicated staff of Bachelor's and Master's level professionals isfocused on assisting consumers in resolving their immediate crisis andmobilizing support systems in the community for ongoing treatment andsupport. 

Hope House is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvaniaand is primarily funded through contracts with Magellan Behavioral Health,Northampton County MH/MR and Lehigh County MH/MR.


Resources for Human Development, is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran or disability status.

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.