Job Description

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966.  Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities.  Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements

Job Summary
The Lead Crisis Intervention Nurse (LCIN) serves as the frontrunner of the multi-disciplinary team and coordinates the execution of rapid response to psychiatric emergencies encompassing de-escalation, restraints application, response, assessment and stabilization, disposition and evaluation. The LCIN facilitates and responds to Crisis Intervention, security and Code Lavender activation. The LCIN operates under the guidelines of the Code Lavender or other applicable guidelines/procedures and standardized procedures. The LCIN facilitates team huddles, debriefings and evaluation of the Crisis intervention, structure and process. The LCIN contributes to quality and performance improvement initiatives and provides ongoing education and training to staff.

The LCIN is responsible for the provision of safe and emergency patient care in a manner that is consistent with professional standards and hospital policies. The LCIN upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior, mentors others, and role models professionalism.

Minimum Qualifications

a. Bachelor of Nursing Degree: Graduate of an accredited school
of Nursing
b. Master's Degree (Preferred)

a.  Cert Critical Care Reg Nurse (Or) Certified Emergency Nurse
b. Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certification
c. Registered Nurse: Licensed to practice professional nursing in the state of Texas
d. Basic Life Support: From a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) or Red Cross approved program
e. Satori - Managing Aggression: Accredited Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) certification required within 90 days of hire

Work Experience:  
a. Three (3) Years nursing experience with two (2) years inpatient psychiatric experience  or 1 year psychiatric nurse practitioner
b. One (1) year emergency room experience or previous crisis/ behavioral emergency response team background (Preferred)

Management Experience:
a. One (1) Year of Management Experience

Communication Skills:
a. Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
b. Writing /Correspondence
c. Writing/Reports

a. PC
b. MS Word

Job Attributes

a. Analytical Abilities
b. Medical Terminology Knowledge
c. Mathematics

Work Schedule:
a. Weekends
b. Holidays
c. Flexible

Application Instructions

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