Scope of Service/Type of Patients:
Senior Behavioral Health is a voluntary inpatient unit for patients 65 years and older with
psychiatric disorders, or for younger patients with confirmed or
probable cognitive disorders. The Unit specializes in caring for older
patients with acute psychiatric illnesses which may be complicated by
co-morbid medical conditions. Older patients may present with medical
problems, complicating their psychiatric problems. Staff is proficient
in providing both psychiatric and medical care. All patient are followed
by both a Board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and a Geriatric
Internist. Treatment is multidisciplinary in approach, and may include
pharmacotherapy, psychotherapeutic and behavioral interventions, group
therapy, family/caregiver and patient education, including family
meetings, occupational and physical therapy, and neuropsychological
evaluations. The Unit philosophy is to integrate family members into
treatment and discharge planning as much as possible.
Hillcrest: 7th Floor- East
Number of Beds:
We prefer ANCC certification in Mental Health and /or Geriatrics
Who We Are
The unit was built specifically to meet the needs of the geriatric population. A structured treatment program with multidisciplinary team including RN's, LVN's, MHW's, OT and SW, Geriatric MD specialists, NP's and Pharmacists specializing in psychiatry all work together to provide exceptional care to seniors. It is a restraint free, secured unit. Patient satisfaction consistently is rated in the high 90% by patients and families. SBH is a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care in Health System Elders) exemplar designated facility.
Must love Seniors! An active
CA RN license, recent RN experience in both psychiatry and medical nursing preferred. Strong assessment and communication skills and must work well as a team member.