Inpatient Psychiatric Nurse Manager at CHOP's new Behavioral Health Facility

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Summary

Provide the right care, at the right time, in the right setting at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Behavioral Health Services – Cedar Avenue. CHOP's first inpatient behavioral health facility offers two licensed psychiatry units with 46 private rooms; a warm, inviting crisis response center; and the opportunity to collaborate with a compassionate team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and technicians, child life specialists, art and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and teachers.


Responsible for the patient care systems and structures that promote the provision of excellent nursing care on the unit(s).  Manages all nursing personnel within the unit(s).  Collaborates with support staff to ensure the smooth operation of the units. Provides leadership in the multi-disciplinary care of the patient with behavioral health needs and their family.

Job Responsibilities

1.    Creates and maintains cost effective systems to ensure the availability of adequate staff for unit/program.

  • Identifies optimal patterns of staffing to meet patient care needs of unit/program.
  • Ensures unit/program schedule is prepared in a timely manner to meet needs of employees as well as staffing standards for unit/program
  • Develop systems for daily staffing adjustment within unit/program.
  • Collaborates with Behavioral Health team to ensure staffing needs within unit/program and across department are met.


2.    Ensures patient care provided by staff in unit/program is consistent with national standards and/or evidence-based practice.

  • Appoints staff representatives to department clinical practice committees.
  • Assists staff with development of effective systems to disseminate practice standards within unit/program. 
  • Supervises clinical practice of staff through rounds, assessment of documentation and feedback from families.
  • Ensures that staff participates in educational and clinical development programs to meet specific requirements of patient population served.
  • Knowledgeable of clinical standards of care for patient population served by rehabilitation and acute care child development.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Services (DCAPBS) and Patient & Employee Safety to optimize patient care and safety 

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

3.    Collaborates with other departments to foster interdisciplinary practice and meet the needs of patients and families.  

  • Works with leadership and staff from other disciplines to create collaborative relationships with nursing staff to meet patient care needs.
  • Works with other departments to ensure that clinical staff have systems and supplies/equipment needed to support patient care.
  • Fosters collaboration among all Behavioral Health personnel and clinical staff to ensure appropriate communication, consistency, safety, and care of the patient and family 


4.    Creates systems for regular family input into care and unit policies.

  • Uses patient satisfaction data and other forms of feedback to improve systems of care.
  • Involves family members in unit decision-making where appropriate.
  • Educates and supports staff to include families in planning and providing care.
  • Partners with Social Work and outside agencies as needed for patient support and decision making 

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

5.    Develops active quality improvement systems for unit/program and participates in nursing department QI initiatives.

  • Ensures that unit has at least one active quality improvement initiative per year.
  • Ensures that unit is represented on departmental QI committee and participates in department QI initiatives.


6.    Actively supports and ensures unit participation in other departmental and hospital initiatives.

  • Ensures unit staff are educated about and comply with hospital patient safety initiatives.
  • Implements and supports human resource and financial initiatives that are part of institutional annual goals.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Registered Nurse License in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or in the State of New Jersey, depending on the assigned work location.

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing


Required Experience: Minimum of two (2) years prior management or leadership experience. Minimum of two (2) years prior Behavioral Health Experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education:  Masters in Nursing

Additional Technical Requirements

Excellent communication skills, excellent leadership ability, excellent judgment.


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

Job Segment: Behavioral Health, Nursing, Registered Nurse, Nurse Management, Patient Care, Healthcare