Under general supervision, serves as a lead worker over other staff
providing direct patient care to a population with a wide range of
psychiatric difficulties. Participates as a team member in providing
research support such as data collection and analysis.
1. Serves as lead worker over other staff working in a combined
research and clinical psychiatric setting. Determines work
priorities; and provides guidance and training.
2. Observes, records and interprets changes in the behavioral and
emotional status of patients.
3. Assists in devising a plan for the development of the patient's
physical, intellectual, and emotional capabilities. Directs
implementation of recreation, wellness, and other similar
4. Ensures the development of interventions and treatment strategies
for the drug-free schizophrenic patient.
5. Plans and implements treatment strategies at critical points in
patient's treatment management. Reviews individual treatment
plans and strategies for intervention.
6. Administers experimental drugs. Observes, records, and analyzes
patient behavior subsequent to drug administration.
7. Draws blood for laboratory analysis.
8. Participates in the development, revision, and implementation of
policies and procedures designed to insure optimal standards of
safety and care.
9. Administers first aid, emergency, and disaster measures.
10. Participates in team conferences, staff development programs, and
11. Compiles and analyzes research data for publication and grant
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: Current licensure as a Practical Nurse by the Maryland
State Board of Nursing.
EXPERIENCE: Five years experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse
including two years in an inpatient psychiatric patient care and
Thorough knowledge of interdisciplinary treatment methodologies and
therapeutic techniques in the treatment of the mentally/emotionally
ill. Skill in assisting with treatments and operating medical
equipment. Skill in assessing the physical, intellectual, and
emotional assets and deficits of patients. Skill in planning,
coordinating, and monitoring direct care and other support services.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to
write reports and maintain up to date and accurate records. Ability to
perform extensive standing and walking. Ability to lift and position
patients. Ability to provide guidance and training to others.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examination to determine the ability to perform the
job. Employees in this job class may be subject to pre-employment and
random drug testing. Overtime, weekend, on-call, and shift work may be
required in some positions.