Penn Highlands Healthcare


Job Location US-PA-Brookville
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/30/2020 7:44 AM)
Job ID
# Positions
Senior Transitions Unit (STU)- GeroPsych Unit
Varied shifts
Full Time


We at Penn Highlands Brookville (PHB), in affiliation with Penn Highlands Healthcare, are very proud of our record in both cost effectiveness and innovation. As our 34 plus bed hospital evolves to meet today's ever- changing health care needs, the main focus remains on the patient and PHB's role in the community. The hospital has experienced enormous changes since its founding in 1919. Today, technological changes in health care are occurring at an even faster rate. While the hospital has kept pace with these rapid changes, its strength lies in the personalized healthcare given by the PHB family, which includes the physicians, employees, and board of directors.


To fulfill this mission and vision, we focus on bringing together talented healthcare professionals who believe that the best way to treat patients is to offer individualized medical care in an environment that is friendly, personalized, and close to home. In order to serve our patients in this manner, we are actively recruiting individuals who want to work in this type of environment. 


The Unit Supervisor, under the supervision of the Inpatient Director and Senior Transitions Program Manager, manages patient care, assures quality, and assists in the supervision of other professionals and health care workers.



*Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS BROOKVILLE policies and procedures,

accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations


Participates in the formulation and implementation of department goals



Participates in the development of the unit policies and procedures



Actively participates as a member of a hospital committee as appropriate



Provides ideas and input for developing services and marketing approaches for their departments


Organizes the department and assumes responsibility for the activities of the department.

Assures the hospital policies and procedures are being followed by departmental staff

Actively supports, monitors and evaluates changes in the therapeutic milieu and initiates remediation as necessary


Conducts monthly department safety rounds, documents findings, and collaborates with Department Manager to solve patient safety problems

Conducts performance reviews as assigned by Department Manager which may include 45 day, 90 day and annual reviews


Actively coordinates the team of caregivers, for which he/she is responsible, to deliver quality patient care and service on all shifts

Prompts Multidisciplinary Team members to function as managers of patient care and to

monitor patient progress towards established outcomes.   Assures

Multidisciplinary Team members intervene appropriately and in a timely manner for the patient

Resolves problems that arise on the department. This includes dealing with department staff, physicians,

ancillary personnel, etc., to begin problem solving immediately.

Completes time and attendance




Maintains department staffing schedule




Communicates problems/issues to appropriate Department leader in a timely manner



Communicates serious department issues to Vice President of Patient Services on a daily basis in the absence of the Department leadership

Reports broken equipment, obtains supplies and performs other functions necessary to assure that adequate,

functioning equipment and supplies are available for all shifts

Attends meetings as assigned by Department




Ensures completion of Performance Improvement functions as assigned by Department Leadership



Assists with consistent follow through on any issue that the Senior Transitions leadership has been dealing with on the unit (i.e. assures that a newly implemented policy is followed)

Initiates coaching, counseling and positive discipline process and documents as indicated,

collaborating with their Director, Vice President of Patient Services or Human Resources Department as appropriate

Serves as daily role model and resource person for the staff



Obtains health information through interview process, assessment, and data collection



Consults with multidisciplinary health care team regarding nursing assessment findings and plan of care


Identifies patient problems/focus through physical assessment, interview, and observation


Implements nursing care in accordance with Penn Highlands Brookville standards of care, policies and procedures


Evaluates patient's response to medical, nursing, and other disciplines’ interventions



Revises the plan of care with input from the patient, significant other, and other

health care providers


Utilizes clinical and social resources




Administers medications according to policy/procedure/protocol {i.e. patient ID, follows 5 R’s, etc.}


Maintains proficiency in starting and maintaining IV lines utilizing standard precautions



Responds appropriately to changes in patient condition



Reviews medical record for diagnostic test results on an ongoing basis




Conducts clinical rounds on patient assignment after receiving report




Implements the plan of care according to physician’s, nursing orders, nursing care standards,

and multidisciplinary team decision/recommendations

Identifies patient’s biopsychosocial and learning needs on admission and throughout a patient's stay

Initiates discharge planning and collaborates with other multidisciplinary team members to achieve goals

Develops and implements a teaching plan for discharge



Evaluates the results of patient teaching and discharge planning



Reviews written instruction provided to patient/significant other regarding medications,

activities, diet, treatment, and follow-up plan of care with patient and/or significant other and documents accordingly

Plans patient care based on the priority of needs and available resources


Delegates and supervises assignment to other staff members according to patient needs and abilities of personnel


Reports changes in patient's condition to physician and nursing personnel and follows-up


Conducts a shift summary by reporting on assigned patients


Performs responsibilities for patient care/unit operation


Monitors patient's response to interventions performed by other staff members


Utilizes cost effective measures in delivering patient care


Monitors the environment of care and implements measures to maintain safety of staff, patients, and visitors

Supports and demonstrates understanding of mission and goals of the unit


Orients and/or preceptors new staff



Demonstrates welcoming behavior to new employees


Introduces new staff to all health care team members


Assures socialization of new staff (i.e. take along to lunch, breaks, and educational programs)


Serves as resource person for new staff




Participates in the development of an individualized orientation plan that is based on the

new staff member's education, experience, competence, and unit priorities

Utilizes educational resources as indicated




Follows unit-based performance standards as criteria for evaluation of new staff



Participates in the evaluation process of new staff members on a regular basis



When functioning as a preceptor/mentor, submits a written progress report

on new staff members to the director/manager as per unit protocol


Complies with departmental and hospital polices regarding attendance and work schedule


Participates in the development and revision of competency-based standards of care and unit based goals and objectives


Attends in-service programs on new products/equipment and procedures



Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members



Participates in the improvement of department through individual or work team contributions



Provides feedback to enhance coworker performance



Participates in unit staff meetings as scheduled




Complies with departmental and unit policies regarding dress code



Develops and promotes professional relationships



Utilizes appropriate resources for problem resolution



Solves those problems that are within their scope of responsibility and practice



Informs Unit RN Supervisor/Program Manager of unusual or difficult patient care problems and consults with ANC Supervisor Unit as needed

Appropriately communicates evaluation of patient response to intervention to the multidisciplinary team


Performs patient safety/observation checks every 15 minutes



Complies with contraband policy




Manages changes in behavior that puts the patient or others at risk



Complies with restraint/seclusion policies



*Facilitates an efficient and timely review and disposition of referrals consistent with department policy



General duties as directed.






Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Nursing or related field required.

Experience: Two years behavioral health experience preferred

Required skills: Current CPR certification required or must obtain within 6 months of hire. Non-Crisis Intervention training must be obtained within one year of start date, Desire to develop management skills and accept responsibility for departmental functioning with, and in the absence of designated supervisors, Progressive and successful work history

Preferred Skills:


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