I recently applied for a psych position at a small facility where they treat people ranging from adolescents to the elderly, both inpatient and outpatient. and I was informed that apart from the adolescent and adult treatment programs, they also have an adult co-occurring program, adult intensive program and older adult program. They also have several outpatient programs.
I've worked with mental health clients in an adult day healthcare center, along with the elderly (non-mental health), so we were limited as to the type of clients we were allowed to have in the previous work setting (i.e. all on meds / very high functioning).
My question now is in a psych facility with inpatient and outpatient clients, what would the role of the RN be, if they don't have groups and sessions to lead? I was told that this facility does not do groups at all, and in my previous experience with mental health clients, we also did groups with them (RNs and LPNs did those). I'm basically asking about RN responsibilities apart from med passes, initial assessments, ongoing assessments, monitoring clients and documentation. Are IVs and tube feeds and caths done in these settings?
Just a little confused about the role of the RN here and would like to know more before I have an interview. I've had one conversation with someone from HR and that's where I got the above info. I did ask if I could request not to work with adolescents, and she said yes, but that the RN would have to cover pretty much any unit at times when they were short. I'd be okay with that at rare times, just don't see myself working with adolescents in any setting on a regular basis as I have absolutely no experience with kids / teens.
I really liked working with my mental heath clients in the community setting, and am hoping I'll like this setting as well. I do know it will be very different though. Thank you for any info anyone may be able to give me.