STAFF NURSE - SEMHC- Outpatient in Indianapolis, IN at Eskenazi Health

Date Posted: 1/14/2020

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Job Description

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: SEMHC  

Req ID:  2944 

Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 

Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center, Indiana's first community mental health center, provides comprehensive care for emotional and behavioral problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse. The Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center offers both inpatient and outpatient services, including several outreach centers as well as clinic- and community-based services.


The Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center Staff Nurse performs nursing services as a health team member in Outreach clinics. This position provides health education and patient counseling to control and prevent disease and promote optimum health and wellbeing of clients. This position responds to health needs of patients when seen in the clinic by identifying and assessing health care requirement of problems expressed.


  • Proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health’s mission: Advocate, Care, Teach and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. Models Eskenazi Health values of Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Development and Excellence
  • Performs nursing services as a health team member in Outreach clinics
  • Provides health education and patient counseling to control and prevent disease and promote optimum health and wellbeing of clients
  • Responds to health needs of patients when seen in the clinic by identifying and assessing health care requirement of problems expressed
  • Assists physicians and other team members in clinics
  • Develops and implements nursing care interventions based upon goals in the Plan of Care
  • Refers clients to appropriate agencies/organizations to promote continuity of care for patients and families based upon nursing assessment responses from the client/family
  • Works collaboratively with physicians and other health professionals to implement treatments, dispense medications, and give medication and injections in accordance with prescribed orders, instructions
  • Works as a member of a health team to counsel clients and their families in health education, medication education and treatment instructions
  • Attends staff meetings regularly and punctually to share information regarding patients, policies/procedures, peer review, and resource material
  • Completes and submits internal nursing audits regularly
  • Interviews patients and records health history, prepares, maintains and uses records for reports for direct client services
  • Alters activities/behaviors to reflect/ensure adequate care appropriate to the age of patients served (i.e. adolescent, geriatric, pediatric, neonatal, adult) as directed in the area/unit age-specific and/or job specific competencies
  • Ensures the timely completion of all documentation per policy
  • Meets productivity goal as set forth by the agency
  • Demonstrates an understanding of The Recovery Model


  • Performs all other job related duties as assigned or as necessary to maintain adequate support for clinic


  • Minimum of twelve months of clinical experience in Behavioral Health
  • Current Indiana License as Registered Nurse
  • Must have valid Indiana Driver’s License



  • Skills in nursing, health assessment, teaching/counseling, effective interpersonal communications
  • Knowledge of: disease processes and their treatment/prevention, basic science, current clinical protocol/nursing techniques, medication/drugs and their use/side effects, community resources’ referrals, culture attitudes/custom appropriate departmental procedures and local/State/Federal laws/regulations
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess date/interpret appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to age-specific needs
  • Ability to use appropriate communication skills. Age appropriate cognitive abilities, skills, techniques and communications are detailed in the department/area/unit job specific/age specific competencies
  • Follows directions, prioritize duties and shows flexibility
  • Works efficiently in stressful situation and demonstrates professional judgment
  • Applies problem-solving methodologies, techniques, motivates patients, displays sensitivity, empathy, and has appropriate response to culture patterns, differences


  • CPI
  • CPR
  • Annual Education
  • Age Related
  • Mental Status Exam
  • Medications
  • DSM IV
  • Addictions
  • Legal


  • Maintains patient and family confidentiality
  • Maintains protected health information in accordance with HIPAA privacy guidelines and regulations
  • Provides nursing services to caseload in clinics
  • Advocates/maintains patient rights


  • Employee may work independently under the general direction of their leader


  • Continuous professional contact with patients, visitors, and health team members
  • Frequent external contact with patient, families, physicians, healthcare and social service agencies to obtain/provide information or make referrals


  • Physical stamina, considerable walking, standing
  • Ability to perform duties and effectively respond in stressful environment and situations, mentally and physically. Care or effort to avoid injury and infection
  • Must be mentally capable of processing information quickly
  • Must be able to demonstrate flexibility in response to changing situation, workload, and/or client assignments
  • Must be free of extraneous 'devices' that limit ability to perform duties or impede hand washing
  • Must be willing and able to wear personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure of caseload volume, stress/crisis situations, accuracy required, regular deadlines for reports


                  • Client care areas, clinics, nursing offices
                  • May be required to attend meetings or perform work remote from clinic or hospital campus
                  • Exposure to communicable diseases, infections
                  • Risk of injury from lifting/moving clients and/or equipment, injury from combative clients and/or visitors

Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center's primary mission is to serve individuals with serious mental illness and chronic addiction as well as seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families. Patients of all ages are welcomed, from children to seniors, with a philosophy of care that stresses strength-based and family- and community-centered treatment utilizing the Recovery Model of treatment.


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