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Job Summary

The Psychiatric Registered Nurse is responsible for initial assessments, and in monitoring the physical, medical and medication management elements of patient care. The Psychiatric RN must be able to effectively assess and monitor a patient’s medical and psychiatric care and work within a multidisciplinary team.

Medication Management

  • Follows policies and procedures for medication administration.
  • Conducts patient education sessions with an emphasis on understanding and complying with medication orders.
  • Works with physicians, pharmacy, state providers, case managers, group homes and staff at medication clinics to secure authorization for exchange of information and current medication lists. 

Displays Effective Skills for Patient Care Practices:

  • Responds to identified client/family learning needs and implements appropriate measures to meet them.
  • Performs documentation duties on the unit and in patient record, which is timely, accurate and concise.
  • Attends daily treatment team meeting to discuss medications, laboratory results, physical complaints of patients and physical conditions.
  • Conducts group sessions to include symptom management, health and nutrition, and medication management.
  • Advocates for the patient while balancing stewardship for the organization and prudent management of resources.
  • Proactively prevents medical necessity denials through education of physicians, staff, and patients, interfacing with payers and documenting relevant information
  • Ensures that patient presenting problems and goals are adequately communicated through telephone calls and/or electronic medical records.
  • Applies interventions to proactively prevent readmission.
  • Negotiates with payers regarding available options for transitions of care and informs patient of risk/cost/benefit of all options.

Maintains Professional Development:

  • Demonstrates an awareness of self-responsibility and accountability for own professional practice.
  • Maintains CPR certification, Rights certification and CPI certifications
  • Demonstrates sound knowledge base and actions in the care of the psychiatric patient.
  • Demonstrates self-directed learning and participation in continuing education to meet own professional development.
  • Participates in development and attainment of unit and hospital goals.
  • Practices effective problem identification and resolution skills.

Maintains Positive Working Relationships in the Community:

  • Maintains positive working relationships with referents to be readily available for assessment.
  • Assesses individuals in the community to evaluation for admission criteria.
  • Offers initial treatment-planning foci, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Works in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to motivate the clients to maintain attendance in order to progress towards positive treatment outcomes.

Maintains Working Relationships:

  • Participates actively in staff development activities for the Department and assists the hospital with mental health assessments as necessary.
  • Formulates and maintains effective working relationships with all health care team members, clients and significant others.

Maintains Safety:

  • Performs efficiently in emergency client situations, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons and documenting events.
  • Functions with an awareness and application of safety issues as identified with the institution.
  • Demonstrates awareness of legal issues in all aspects of client care and unit function and strives to manage situation in a reduced risk manner.

Quality Improvement:

  • In collaboration with the partial hospitalization leadership team, develops and implements quality improvement plan.
  • Reviews, revises and modifies as needed.
  • Provides leadership team QI data that is pertinent to the role, including Utilization Review data.


The RN is responsible for evaluating the medical and psychiatric problems of clients in the Partial Hospitalization Program and provide care to clients via use of the nursing process, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, and by access or referral to medical care.

Desired Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Performs nursing assessment, focusing on physical, emotional and cognitive status. Assists in identifying discharge-planning needs.
  • Understands patient’s physical conditions and refers to appropriate medical care.
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity towards client/family rights and patient confidentiality, as related to the psychiatric population.
  • Maintains contact with, and provides information about changes in condition, laboratory results, proposed medication changes to others involved in the care of the patient.
  • Provides utilization management by obtaining initial and continued insurance authorizations for care in the partial hospitalization program.

Nursing Specific Info

Salary & Nursing Framework Level:
This UMPNC RN posting is posted as Nursing Framework LEVEL C.
Actual Nursing Framework LEVEL and salary will be determined at time of hire.
Nursing Framework levels range from Level A to Level F.

Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position. Posting may be filled after the initial 5-day posting period. Applicants who have left the UMPNC bargaining unit must include on their resume dates of past employment including months and years of service along with effort. Positions less than 20 hours/week may be combined.

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

Current license to practice nursing in the State of Michigan (RN).

Three (3) to five (5) years of psych experience required.

**Under Michigan Law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of employment or transfer for this position.

NOTE: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): 
You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

  • BSN
  • Consultation with patients and families/caregivers.
  • Utilization review skills with agency staff and referral sources as appropriate.
  • Participates in continuing education in compliance with state and federal guidelines.
  • Therapeutic group process skills.
  • Knowledge of both patient and payer eligibility and reimbursement regulations and impact on the continuum of care is required.
  • Knowledge of community resources to coordinate safe discharge from the emergency departments is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by the ability to work effectively with individuals and or teams, across disciplines is required.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative “partnership” model with Social Workers and other members of the interdisciplinary team, both internal and external is required.

Work Schedule

Hours/Week: 40 hrs/week
Shift: Day shift
All new employees will be expected to float to a designated unit(s) in times of low census.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U-M Professional Nurse Council union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.