RN - Behavioral Health

Date: Jun 21, 2024

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:SEMHC Health  


Req ID:  17133 


Schedule: Full Time; PRN/Per Diem 

Shift: Any 


Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center, Indiana's first community mental health center, provides comprehensive care for emotional and behavioral problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse. The Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center offers both inpatient and outpatient services, including several outreach centers as well as clinic- and community-based services.



About The Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center:

The Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center, situated on the seventh floor of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, is a 30 bed inpatient unit dedicated to individuals experiencing episodes of serious mental illness, requiring a secure and supportive environment for their recovery journey. Recognizing the significance of preserving each patient's autonomy, the center prioritizes safety while fostering an atmosphere that respects patients' rights and dignity.

The overarching objective of the Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center is to facilitate the return of patients to their homes and communities at the earliest suitable juncture. Outpatient case managers collaborate with patients to navigate this transition, ensuring a seamless continuity of care and support post-discharge.

Where You Fit In

The Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center Staff Nurse is a key member of the Mental Health Recovery Center, providing health education and counseling to control and prevent diseases. This role responds to patients' health needs by promptly identifying and assessing healthcare requirements. As a Registered Nurse (RN) you'll play a crucial role in a specialized healthcare team, focusing on compassionate and evidence-based care for individuals with behavioral health challenges. The position involves patient assessment, crisis intervention, and collaboration within a multidisciplinary team.

What To Expect:

Staff members at the center are attuned to the challenges and potential misperceptions associated with a mental health diagnosis. In response, they approach treatment with a heightened sensitivity, creating an environment conducive to the well-being of patients. The multidisciplinary team, comprising psychiatrists, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and occupational therapists, collectively provides care for over 800 patients annually. Regular team meetings are conducted to deliberate on individual patient care, emphasizing independence and self-care whenever feasible.

Shifts – 12 hour shifts – 7:00 am – 7:30 pm OR 7:00 pm – 7:30 am

Am I qualified?

  • Graduated from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum of twelve months of clinical experience in Behavioral Health.
  • Current Indiana License as a Registered Nurse.
  • Must possess a valid Indiana Driver's License.
  • Current BLS certification.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Advocacy: Actively supports and promotes the well-being of the vulnerable population in Marion County.
  • Care: Performs nursing services in Outreach clinics, responding to the health needs of patients.
  • Teach: Provides health education and patient counseling to control and prevent disease, promoting optimum health. 
  • Professionalism: Models professional behavior in all aspects of nursing services.
  • Respect: Demonstrates respect for patients, colleagues, and team members.
  • Innovation: Implements innovative approaches to nursing care.
  • Development: Engages in ongoing professional development.
  • Excellence: Strives for excellence in nursing care.
  • Collaborates with physicians and health professionals in clinics.
  • Develops and implements nursing care interventions based on the Plan of Care.
  • Dispenses medications, gives injections, and implements treatments as per prescribed orders. 
  • Refers clients to appropriate agencies/organizations for continuity of care.
  • Works collaboratively with the health team to counsel clients and their families.
  • Attends staff meetings regularly to share information and participate in discussions.
  • Completes and submits internal nursing audits regularly.
  • Conducts patient interviews and maintains health records for direct client services.
  • Ensures timely completion of all documentation as per policy.
  • Meets productivity goals set by the agency. 
  • Adapts activities/behaviors to ensure adequate care based on the age of patients served.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of The Recovery Model, indicating a patient-centered approach to care, emphasizing recovery and empowerment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skills in nursing, health assessment, teaching/counseling, effective interpersonal communications
  • Knowledge of: disease processes and their treatment/prevention, basic science, current clinical protocol/nursing techniques, medication/drugs and their use/side effects, community resources' referrals, culture attitudes/custom appropriate departmental procedures and local/State/Federal laws/regulations
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess date/interpret appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to age-specific needs
  • Ability to use appropriate communication skills. Age appropriate cognitive abilities, skills, techniques and communications are detailed in the department/area/unit job specific/age specific competencies
  • Follows directions, prioritize duties and shows flexibility
  • Works efficiently in stressful situation and demonstrates professional judgment
  • Applies problem-solving methodologies, techniques, motivates patients, displays sensitivity, empathy, and has appropriate response to culture patterns, differences



  • CPI
  • CPR
  • Annual Education
  • Age Related
  • Mental Status Exam
  • Medications
  • DSM IV
  • Addictions
  • Legal



Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center's primary mission is to serve individuals with serious mental illness and chronic addiction as well as seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families. Patients of all ages are welcomed, from children to seniors, with a philosophy of care that stresses strength-based and family- and community-centered treatment utilizing the Recovery Model of treatment.




Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis