Job Details
BWH-Bournewood Hospital Brookline - Brookline, MA
Full Time
Bachelors Degree
No Travel

Sign on  Bonus up to $15K
Enhanced Salary Plan

Duties:   Assessment, planning and evaluation of patient care. Provides group therapy and trauma informed care to patients.​

About Us:  Bournewood Health Systems, founded in and continuously operating since 1884, is a private behavioral health organization with a main campus in Brookline, MA and satellite sites in Woburn, Lowell and Dedham. We are dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based and person-centered treatment for people with mental health and substance use conditions in a safe and respectful environment in partnership with the individuals and families we serve, focusing on support, hope and recovery. We are committed to a philosophy and an environment of care in which we treat people with dignity, respect and mutuality; protect their rights; provide the best care possible; support them in returning to their natural communities; and include patients and families as partners in their treatment. We stand firmly for providing a safe and therapeutic environment for patients, families and staff. All Bournewood employees are continuously trained in this philosophy. All candidates must be able and willing to promote the values of trauma-informed and patient-centered care.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

​Start Date: ASAP

​Openings:  Full and Part-time openings day/evening and evening/awake overnight rotating every other weekend; also per diem opportunities

Qualifications: MUST be experienced in working with adults or adolescents with psychiatric or substance abuse issues in an inpatient environment. Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program, BSN is preferred, licensed as a nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and CPR certified.

​Location: Brookline, MA

​Shifts available are:
Day/Evenings rotating every other weekend (6:45am-3pm/2:45pm-11pm)
Evening/Awake overnights rotating every other weekend (2:45pm-11pm/10:45pm-7am)


Job Description

Essential Functions:       

  • Plans and implements individualized nursing care.
  • Initiates written nursing care plan individualized to resolve the problems identified in assessment. 
  • Documentation of nursing interventions, patient response to treatment plans, and identifies teaching needs and patient response to teaching.
  • Completes and documents teaching in the medical record prior to patient discharge 
  • Maintains a safe environment for patients and colleagues.                                      
  • Orients new employees using orientation guidelines and corrective feedback.                                                                            
  • Assesses patient needs, prioritizing nursing care activities and assigns patients’ care according to patient needs and skill level of staff daily. 
  • Provides trauma informed care to patients
  • Models a calm approach to managing crisis
  • Supervises staff in proving strength based care, using sensory tools, and recommends rehab consult as needed 
  • Assesses patients for early signs of escalation and helps them use their safety plan in preventing further escalation.               
  • Leads and documents on a weekly basis a group for patients.                     
  • Safely administers medication and documents according to procedure.
  • Adheres to policy of patient confidentiality, maintains professional boundaries and accepts float assignment as needed.     
  • Role model to other nursing personnel and provides a positive approach to problems.
  • Identifies resources to facilitate effective patient care. 
  • May be assigned to the role of HIV/AIDS Coordinator  or Tobacco Coordinator for the entire Health System, attends external conferences as assigned to maintain competency in this role, provides guidance to nurse managers and or the Directors of Ambulatory Care related to development of appropriate patient assessment tools and or health education groups for the patient population. Provides educational in-services to staff within the organization as requested related to the need to maintain confidentiality for patients with HIV/AIDS, plan and document treatment interventions based on individual patient assessment including addressing need for follow-up in aftercare planning                               
  • Maintains effective working relationship with other departments and clinicians.
  • May be assigned to a charge nurse or med nurse role on shifts assigned. As charge nurse responsible for daily shift assignment, completing SBAR report, completing 24 hr report and maintaining oversight  of staff and patient movements on the shift. On Emerson 1, Each nurse shares both functions as team nurses.

Essential Competencies:

  • Knowledge of bio-psychosocial factors, cultural and age related issues with patient populations.
  • Knowledge of psychotropic medications and other treatment modalities for psychiatric disorders and Chemical Dependency.
  • Ability to relate to other team members including giving clear direction to MHC’s.
  • Meets standards for educational requirements of Bournewood Hospital Nursing Department including current CPR competency.

Minimum Qualifications: MA licensure. Experience in inpatient psychiatry, Chemical Dependency and Medical Surgical Nursing experience preferred (1 year inpt required for per diem). CPR certification required. Excellent interpersonal skills mandatory.

Physical Criteria:

  • Must be able to climb stairs.
  • Must be able to assist with patient care, example: turning a patient in bed, assisting with ambulation.
  • Must be able to participate in restraint procedure.
  • Must be able to see clearly to read medication labels, etc.

Reports to: Nurse Manager, Nursing Supervisors.

Supervises:   LPN, SMHC, Milieu Therapist, Mental Health Counselors.