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Company: Mercy Health
Location: Fort Smith, AR
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


The Psych Evaluation Nurse functions under the manager of Case Management, in collaboration with the ED clinical staff and the Department of Psychiatry. This position is a highly responsible and specialized direct service clinical worker functioning as a screener serving a variety of populations who have mental and substance abuse issues. The Psych Evaluation Nurse works in the ED and inpatient units and serves as a liaison between the hospital and the psychiatrists and hospital providers to coordinate transfers and care of behavioral health patients. Work involves screening and assessing patients for appropriate psychiatric disposition, obtaining authorizations for services and treatment, and making referrals to community agencies.

Performs initial diagnosis in accordance with DSM-V criteria; performs screening for 72 hour hold or other established program criteria; gathers information for psycho-social assessments, mental status exams, and treatment plan; documents patients' mental health history; presents information to psychiatrist/medical provider; makes referrals for discharge planning and transition of care. Coordinates 72 hour hold placement and discharges to behavioral health facilities for patients in the ED and on the inpatient units. Maintains communications with necessary outside agencies and institutions to assure the patient continuum of care beyond the primary care physician and hospital. Utilizes effective communication techniques to promote patient, and family compliance with the anticipated plan of care. Demonstrates competency within the scope of practice, as appropriate to the ages of the patient services (neonate, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric) and maintains knowledge of growth and development with an understanding of the range of treatment needed by these patients.Work is performed in accordance with established policies, procedures, and state and federal regulations. Work is reviewed through observation, presentations, discussions, clinical supervision and case records.

We're a Little Different

Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.

At Mercy, you'll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We're a team and love working that way. We have opportunities for nurses who are inspired to pioneer new models of care and want to transform the healthcare experience. Work with advanced technology and innovative procedures. Be state of the art, and never stop exploring. We're expanding to help our communities grow, offering an exceptional opportunity to join our team.

Position Qualifications:


      1. Associates Degree in Nursing along with a current and valid nursing license for the state of Arkansas
      2. OR Bachelors' degree in psychology, social work, mental health counseling, or related field
      3. One year of clinical mental health/substance abuse experience or related experience
      4. One year experience in psychiatric setting or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:
      6. Bachelors Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing with a current and valid nursing license for the State of Arkansas OR
      7. Masters Degree in psychology, social work, mental health counseling, or related field
        1. RN License
      9. Complete MANDT System, Advanced training, CPR, during the first ninety (90) days of employment.

We'll Support You at Work and Home

Getting respect doesn't come easy in healthcare. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, tuition reimbursement and employer-matched retirement funds to benefit-eligible co-workers, including those working 48 hours or more per pay period!

What Makes a Good Match for Mercy

Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We're also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care-that's just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.

Mercy has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.

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