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University of Utah Health Clinical Nurse Coordinator - Inpatient Medical Psychiatry in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


Inpatient Medical Psychiatry (formerly known as 5 West) is seeking a new an experienced Clinical Nurse Coordinator to join our nursing leadership team!

This position is responsible for assisting with the management of the patient care department by; coordinating staff development/education, quality improvement activities, scheduling staff hours, and performing other duties to facilitate nursing care for patients. Works under the direction of the Nurse Manager/department leadership and in conjunction with other members of the management team.

Unit Description:

Our Inpatient Medical Psychiatry one of the very few units in the valley that takes psychiatric patients with co-morbid medical issues and patients including but not limited to those that struggle with:

• Eating disorders

• Psychosis/schizophrenia

• Overdoses

• Suicide attempts

• Detox

• Developmental delays

We are a great unit for medical and psych nurses alike. Medical nurses enjoy practicing their soft skills, while psych nurses can practice their nursing skills that may have been underused in a psychiatric setting. This is especially true for new grads who are transitioning into the workforce and looking to get a solid foundation in nursing skills and soft skills.

Our unit is relatively small, which allows many of our staff to get to know each other more intimately. We find that this helps our staff to build meaningful and lasting relationships while also increasing comradery, team work, and help create a sense of belonging.

This position is responsible for patient care.

This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.

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  • Assists with the management of the department which involves input in performance evaluations, interviewing, hiring, counseling employees and administration of the budget.

  • Supports and facilitates operational alignment with organization goals and strategies under the supervision of the Nurse Manager/department leadership.

  • Responsible for the coordination of quality improvement initiatives.

  • Coordinates staff education and development in coordination with the department manager and/or educator as appropriate. This may include conducting in-services, staff development programs and orientation.

  • May be responsible for the scheduling of department staff.

  • Investigates incident reports on patient care safety and counsels staff accordingly.

  • May function as a preceptor.

  • Serves as a resource to external contacts and hospital staff in coordinating the repair and replacement of instruments and equipment.

  • Maintains inventory of specialized items and ensures items are available.

  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.

  • Performs professional staff nursing functions.

  • Performs professional staff nursing functions to maintain clinical expertise to support departmental operations. A minimum of 2 clinical staff nurse shifts per month is required but may be greater based upon the needs of the department.

  • May be required to take weekend/night/holiday administrative call on a regularly scheduled basis as mutually determined with the nurse manager.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions as outlined above.

  • Ability to provide care to the population served.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Demonstrated teaching and leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to function calmly and competently in high stress situations.

  • Ability to balance clinical and management responsibilities.


Qualifications Required

  • Two years general nursing experience.

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 90 days of hire under the interstate compact if switching residency to State of Utah. Must maintain current Interstate Compact (multi-state) license if residency is not being changed to Utah.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing.

  • One year of directly related experience in an area of specialty is preferred.

  • Some positions may require additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) within one year of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 100 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing medical care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners or behavioral health patients.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Color Determination, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking

EEO Statement

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requisition Number 44344
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule M-F Days
Location Name University of Utah Hospital
Patient Care? Yes
State UT
Category Nursing Leadership

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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