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Psychiatric Nurse

Uganda (Uganda)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Uganda (Uganda)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req5313

Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Yumbe, Uganda

Job Description

Under general supervision of the Mental Health Officer, the Psychiatric Nurse provides professional nursing care to emotionally disturbed and/or mentally ill patients for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; to work with clinical and case management staff to coordinate care and assist in treatment plans for clients; and to perform related work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts intake assessments through interviews with patients and relatives to gather case history.
  • Plans and provides nursing care for patients.
  • Makes nursing diagnosis of the medical and emotional status of patients and recommendtreatment options.
  • Consults with psychiatrists and other behavioral health staff in designing appropriate treatment plans for clients.
  • Administers and notes reactions to psychotropic drugs and other medications.
  • Arranges further medical attention when necessary.
  • Assists the client in understanding the nature of emotional disturbances and accepting the need for treatment.
  • Assists in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and patients.
  • Test for vital signs of pain and ensures treatments of pain.
  • Documents all patient information on medical charts and follows physician’s written orders.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Maintains accurate records and documentation of patient treatments, immunizations and laboratory results according to standard medical record keeping.
  • Performs administrative assignments such as filing, answering phones, typing, and completing progress notes in the filing system.
  • Provides courteous, high quality service to patients and members of the public by personal responding to requests for service or making appropriate referral.


Knowledge of;

  • Professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients, Social, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders.
  • Medical and psychological terminology.
  • Medications, including psychotropic drugs, and effects on psychiatric patients.
  • Control, preparation and administration of medications.
  • Regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing and the treatment of the mentally and emotionally
  • disturbed patients.
  • Theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy.
  • Symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed mentally ill patients.
  • Medical and psychiatric emergency procedures.
  • Basic computer programs.

Ability to;

  • Apply professional nursing care principles and procedures in the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric patients.
  • Develop interpersonal therapeutic relationships with psychiatric patients.
  • Keep accurate written charts and records of patient activities and progress.
  • Comply with laws, rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures.
  • Use professional judgment to ascertain and to apply appropriate intervention techniques with patients in crisis.
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Provide prompt, efficient, and responsive service.
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Typical Working Conditions

  • Work is normally performed in an office environment. Interaction with clients requires adaptability when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or potentially dangerous situations.
  • May be subjected to verbal and physical abuse from patients and exposed to contagious diseases.

Typical Physical Requirements

  • Requires the ability to sit at a desk for long periods of time and intermittently walk, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch and reach while performing office duties: lift and/or move light weights; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.
  • Must be able to maintain effective audio, visual difference and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating office equipment. 

Please note:

  • This position is open only to Ugandan nationals
  • The deadline for receiving applications is June 21st 2019
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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