RN Coordinator- Behavioral Health

Date: Jul 6, 2024

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: SEMHC  

Req ID:  20213 


Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Evening 



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 Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center:

Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center: This 24-hour inpatient mental health unit caters to individuals experiencing acute mental health conditions requiring more intensive services and support.  Our 30-bed unit offers a full range of inpatient acute care services including fun, interactive group programming that keeps our patients engaged and active while they’re staying with us.

Where You Fit In:

The RN Coordinator assumes a leadership role by encompassing all responsibilities of a Staff Nurse, delivering expert-level professional nursing care to patients. This role operates autonomously as a practitioner, showcasing advanced problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking abilities.

What To Expect

Within the Triage Unit, the RN Coordinator assumes a leadership position that encompasses the responsibilities of a Staff Nurse while delivering expert-level professional nursing care to patients. Operating autonomously as a practitioner, this role showcases advanced problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills tailored to the unique challenges of behavioral health. In addition to providing specialized clinical care, the RN Coordinator actively engages in leadership functions within the behavioral health context, coordinating patient care activities and guiding the nursing team. This involves overseeing the implementation of behavioral health interventions, ensuring a therapeutic environment, and promoting the well-being of patients with mental health needs. The autonomy in this role empowers the RN Coordinator to demonstrate a wealth of clinical expertise, foster collaboration among the behavioral health team, and contribute significantly to the enhancement of patient care quality within the behavioral health unit.

Am I Qualified

  • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing, bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Current Indiana state licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Minimum of three to five years of clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse in behavioral health.
  • Active BLS Certification 

What We Offer:

We strive to create a flexible and realistic work-life balance by providing the following:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Opportunities for further growth and development
  • Established shift differential for eligible shift hours
  • A culture of caring not only for patients/family members but also for our staff - ask your recruiter about the unique ways SEMHC supports our team members!

Why join our Team at Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nYioYHZhj4

Learn more about Eskenazi Health! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nYioYHZhj4&t=189s

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Executes all duties of Staff Nurse, offering proficient nursing care to patients.
  • Functions autonomously as a practitioner, displaying superior problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills.
  • Provides direct patient care as required and serves as a technical expert and resource, ensuring access to expert care when needed.
  • Acts as a clinical expert, consultant, and resource for nursing unit staff to maintain consistent, high-quality patient care.
  • Coordinates unit-level quality management and performance improvement activities, initiating processes to address clinical challenges.
  • Monitors and evaluates care and practice for both self and others, collecting data to ensure the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Coordinates unit staffing and scheduling based on established standards, optimizing resource utilization for efficient patient care.
  • Facilitates efficient patient throughput by ensuring appropriate bed placement based on diagnosis, acuity, and staffing requirements.
  • Collaborates with case management and area management to ensure effective discharge planning.
  • Functions as a clinical coach, offering guidance to other clinical coaches and area preceptors.
  • Participates in planning orientation and staff development programs.
  • Regulatory Compliance and Emergency Response:
  • Supports consistent regulatory readiness for the unit/area, participating in rounding and counseling/coaching.
  • Acts as a charge nurse and shift coordinator, addressing operational issues and collaborating with management.
  • Serves as a resource during emergencies, disasters, or high-acuity events by responding, facilitating communication, and allocating resources.
  • Staff Development and Evaluation:
  • Participates in staff evaluation by providing input, supporting development, and coaching/counseling staff.
  • Coordinates special programs within their area of expertise as delegated.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Advanced skills in:
    • Clinical nursing practice, use of equipment/instruments relevant to unit/area care, according to policies, procedures and standards.
    • Effective interpersonal communication and team skills which include listening, interviewing techniques with patients, families and staff.
    • Assessment, reassessment and monitoring of patients.
    • Concise, accurate, legible documentation.
    • Problem solving techniques, critical thinking skills, decision-making
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to:
    • Provide care appropriate to meet the age and cultural needs of the patients served.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of growth and development over the life span
    • Ability to assess data/interpret appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to age specific needs as well as clinical indications.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Fundamental nursing theories and current clinical concepts of care.
    • Disease processes and related treatments/care/medications
    • Departmental/hospital policies/protocol
    • Infection control procedures and protocols
    • Treatments/medications
    • Diagnostic/therapeutic procedures and interventions
  • Ability to:
    • Function as a member of the health care team
    • Support and develop staff
    • Delegate responsibilities/duties as appropriate
    • Follow oral and written instructions
    • Record and interpret information accurately
    • Assess and respond to patient status or needs
    • Perform CPR and other technical skills related to unit/department/assignment
    • Work independently with little supervision
    • Work effectively under stress/pressure and in crisis situations.
    • Establish care/work priorities
    • Display good judgment.



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