Nurse Supervisor
Job Details
BWH-Bournewood Hospital Brookline - Brookline, MA
Bachelors Degree
Health Care

Nurse Supervisor

Duties:   Overall hospital operations per assigned shift,  ensure inpatient placement for care, ensures appropriate staffing per program.


About Us


Bournewood Health Systems is a behavioral health organization with a main campus in Brookline, MA and various 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: Negotiable

Openings:  part-time and per diem

Qualifications: Registered Nurse licensure in Massachusetts is required. BSN is required and MSN is preferred. Experience in psychiatric and mental health nursing and CPR certifications are required. Demonstrated leadership in prior experience. Knowledgeable in trauma-informed treatment. Experience in leading staff in applying best practices in behavioral health. Ability to provide guidance for staff in meeting regulatory requirements. Ensures staff deliver quality care to persons served. Implements practices and supports trauma- informed care. Maintains staffing to meet established budgets. Responsible for care delivered 24 hours per day.


Job Location: Bournewood Hospital, Brookline, MA

Education Level: Bachelors; Masters preferred

Location:  Brookline, MA


Job Description

Essential Functions:      


  1. Assumes overall responsibility for assigned shift.           
  2. Evaluates staffing patterns and relocates staff to other units as necessary.  Collaborates with Chief Nursing Officer as necessary.
  3. Receives and documents call outs and works to fill shifts as needed. Mandates staff if necessary to fulfill safe staffing requirements.
  4. Makes rounds on all units on grounds.  Supervises activities of staff.   Assists in direct care on units as necessary. 
  5. Advises unit staff on policies and procedures and provides information to staff on new policies and procedures as needed.
  6. Provides input to Nurse Managers for staff evaluations.
  7. Models trauma informed care approaches to staff on units
  8. Fosters the use of de-escalation preferences and assists staff in using same to minimize restraint utilization
  9. Assists unit staff in problem solving during crisis, actively facilitates debriefing activities immediately after event
  10. Coordinates the use of telemedicine program for new admissions and restraints as necessary.                      
  11. Communicates with Administration regarding incidents, emergencies and staffing problems. 
  12. Informs Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Office, and Administrator on Call of emergency medical problems, discharges, AMA’s, elopements and significant employee accidents.              
  13. Coordinates disaster plan
  14. Communicates to Chief Nursing Office, department heads, DOCs and the Administrator on Call any critical concerns or problems.
  15. Ensures all incidents occurring on his/her shift are documented on appropriate report form, all information is accurate and complete and turned into administrator prior to end of his/her shift
  16. Assists Intake Coordinator in the assessment of clinical appropriateness of potential new patients for admission.
  17. Collaborates with Admissions regarding placement of patients in hospital.
  18. Updates supervisor log including the census and other pertinent information regarding patients and staff for follow up, at change of shift.
  19. Has the responsibility for ensuring all staff are professional in their interactions with patients, visitors, and co-workers 
  20. Pursues own professional development.
  21. Demonstrates responsibility and dependability through attendance, punctuality, and proper use of earned time
  22. Any other duties as assigned by Chief Nursing Officer.
    Essential Competencies:
  23. Ability to direct, guide, and supervise unit staff.
  24. Understanding of bio-psychosocial issues and knowledge of treatment methods for mental illness and chemical dependency.
  25. Awareness of cultural and age related issues with adults, adolescents, and geriatric populations.
  26. Meets educational standards and licensing requirements of RN including competency in CPR.


  1. Physical Criteria:
  2.  Must be able to run short distances.
  3. Must be able to climb stairs.
  4. Must be able to assist with carrying immobile patient.
  5. Must be able to participate in medical and behavioral emergency procedures.
    Reports to:    Chief Nursing Officer
    Supervises:    All hospital employees on assigned shift.