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Job Summary

Provide clinical leadership in the nursing care of individuals, families and groups in the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) area. Collaborate with team members and associated resource persons to provide continuity in patient care. Participate with health team members for problem solving areas.Organization Relationships:Directly reports to the Clinical Nursing Supervisor, Manager of the Psychiatric Emergency Department, Medical Director of PES and has a functional relationship with the Director of Patient Care Services for Nursing.Collaborates with nurses, physicians and other health care groups in the hospital and community.

The University of Michigan Health is a Magnet recognized hospital. We have recently been named #1 hospital in Michigan and #5 hospital in the nation by US News and World Report for 2018-19!



Patient Care:

  • Utilize the nursing process to provide bio-psychosocial nursing care to the patient/family and document that process on the patient record.
  • Recognize patients/family's needs that require intervention by other resources, make referrals and contact the appropriate internal department.
  • Patient Education:
  • Teach patients and families about psychiatric disorders and the application of the therapeutic plan.
  • Teach patients and families methods and techniques of self-care.
  • Maintains patient education materials for the center.
  • Act as an advocate of the patient/family in interactions with the inpatient and community teams. Use the process of triage to assist the patient in obtaining timely and appropriate care consulting with the health team as necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to provide continuity of patient and family care.
  • Assist physicians with treatments and examinations and carry out medical orders.
  • Provide support to patient/families through utilization of both verbal and nonverbal communication techniques appropriate for age and physical condition.
  • Liaison with other UM Health System nurses in coordination of care.
  • Conduct standardized clinical rating scales as requested.
  • Report incidents, problems or concerns in a timely fashion utilizing appropriate communication channels.


  • Serve as a resource for staff by sharing skills and knowledge related to clinical area.
  • May assist in providing appropriate learning experiences for students and others assigned to the area.
  • Orient new staff to the nursing role in the clinical area.

Quality Assurance/Research:

  • Collaboration of nursing Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) as appropriate.
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement by involvement in teams, as appropriate, and by supporting changes recommended through the continuous quality improvement process.

Management of the Unit:

  • Provide clinical support to include triage, physical assessment and determination of patient care required for given shift as assigned.
  • Participate with other health team members in problem solving related to the management of the clinical unit.
  • Participate in area staff meetings for problem identification, problem solving and operational planning.
  • Assist in planning and policy making by participation in committee work as requested.
  • Assist in the development of standards, methods and tools to improve patient care.

Clinical Leadership:

  • Demonstrates professional commitment towards responsibility, accountability, dress and behavior.
  • Observe patient's right of confidentiality.
  • Utilize assertiveness skills.
  • Demonstrate effective work organization under stress.

Professional Development:

  • Attend continuing education conferences/seminars, staff development programs and mandatory programs.
  • Develop own performance plan consistent with goals of the unit and department.
  • Evaluates own performance periodically with PES Manager.


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.

Nursing Specific Info

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

Required Qualifications*

  • Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Michigan
  • Two (2) years psychiatric RN experience
  • Experience as a charge nurse or equivalent leadership

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 degree preferred
  • At least one (1) or more years in an Psychiatric Emergency Department as a RN
  • Certification in Psychiatric Nursing
  • Two (2) years RN experience in an acute care setting
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with multi-discipline professional groups.
  • MI Chart experience
  • CPI Certification

Work Schedule

Hours per week: 0.75  (24hrs 1 week and 36 hours the 2nd week)
Shift/ Days/ Hours: 12hr Day/Night rotator, every other weekend, holidays
* Scheduling flexibility required
Location: Psychiatric Emergency Unit

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

University of Michigan Health System 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

The University of Michigan Health System 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.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.   


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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