About our Inpatient Medical-Psych unit (5 West):
5 West is a very unique unit, ranging from the structure of treatment to the type of experience one can gain from working here. We are the only medical psychiatric unit within the University of Utah Health system, and one of the only available within the Utah valley.
Our patients have a primary psychiatric diagnosis, but often have acute medical comorbidities that need care. Patient conditions, whether medical or psychiatric, change frequently throughout their stay, allowing our staff exposure to a variety of ailments and scenarios. This environment creates many opportunities to grow professionally.
Our nurses develop, improve, and maintain their medical skills while being able to refine their ability to assess and address patients' medical and emotional needs.
Another quality we facilitate on our unit is multidisciplinary teamwork. Everyone from the psychiatrists to the psychiatric technicians is passionate about providing the best care to our patients. This creates a very friendly and respectful work environment, where everyone is valued for their area of expertise and their input into individualized patient care.
We are dedicated to continuing education and keeping up with the most current evidence-based practices. 5 West is truly unique and an excellent unit to learn a variety of skills, grow professionally and give back to a very underserved population.
- Currently accepting new grads!
- Acute medical and behavioral health care
- 20 bed psych unit with 4 tuberculosis beds
- Average length of stay is 7-10 days
- Patient care includes schizophrenia, suicide attempts, FTT, psychosis, drug/alcohol use, eating disorders, and other medical-psych care
We're looking for a few more nurses to join our team of clinical professionals that are passionate about psych, focused on safety, and dedicated to a teamwork environment!
- Identifies, assesses and diagnoses problems through patient assessment and interactions; and evaluates actual or potential patient health problems.
- Assesses, plans and implements interventions for solving patient care problems.
- Formulates care plans for specific patients and documents the nursing process in patient’s record.
- Evaluates patient response to interventions and modifies plan of care as needed to achieve health care goals.
- Develops and participates in educating patients, their families, or significant others about post discharge care programs.
- Initiates patient care meetings with the health care team to revise the plan of care as the patient’s condition warrants.
- Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.
- Provides guidance and direction to members of the health care team to ensure quality patient care.
- Keeps current on advances in nursing care by participating in educational programs.
- Orients and educates new staff in nursing techniques and departmental procedures.
- Provides and oversees direct patient care in accordance with established nursing protocol and physicians’ orders.
- Utilizes knowledge of medications, procedures, infection control, and safety precaution; and initiates appropriate interventions in crisis situations.
- Participates in total quality management to positively affect patient and system outcomes to improve care.
Location/Region: Salt Lake City, UT (US - 84132)