Nurse, Professional I

Job Details



Under the direction of the mental health nurse manager, functions as a professional by utilizing the nursing process in caring for psychiatric patients. Is responsible for incorporating general and unit specific competencies into nursing practice.  Adheres to UMMC nursing standards in accordance with licensure of Registered Nurses by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 





  • Utilizes nursing process for the delivery and management of patient care
  • Performs and documents a nursing assessment based on a systematic data collection
  • Identifies with the patient and family problems/potential problems and incorporates findings on the patient care plan
  • Initiates a plan of care that includes nursing diagnosis, nursing interventions/orders and outcomes within established time frames for their achievement 
  • Communicates assessment, identified problems and plan of care to appropriate health care providers 
  • Implements or delegates the implementation of the plan of care 
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the plan of care and revises it as necessary 
  • Explains system of care delivery to patient and family and encourage their participation in the plan of care Recognizes and supports the psycho physiological needs of the patient and family 
  • Develops and implements an educational plan for the patient/family 
  • Assesses and documents actual and potential learning needs
  • Develops and implements a patient education plan based upon assessment and documents progress towards outcomes
  • Demonstrates clinical competency in nursing practice 
  • Recognizes changes in patient’s physical and mental condition and takes appropriate action
  • Responds appropriately in emergency situations
  • Adapts nursing care interventions to patient’s physical condition, emotional status, and developmental level  Maintains a safe environment for patients and staff 
  • Uses equipment properly and safely
  • Administers and documents medications according to Medication Policy and Procedure
  • Performs and/or delegates patient treatments as prescribed by the nurse or physician
  • Reviews goals and discharge plan daily and revises as needed
  • Communicates plan of care and discharge plan with other health professional to provide necessary care for patient and family
  • Relates pertinent information regarding patient progress toward outcomes during inter-shift report
  • Participates in inter-disciplinary in-patient care rounds
  • Adheres to approved nursing standards in performing all unit specific and general competencies
  • Assumes responsibility for professional growth and demonstrates leadership skills
  • Participates in annual performance review process
  • Identifies own strengths and weaknesses
  • Serves as a resource and role model to other staff nurses and health care providers
  • Responsible for keeping informed of hospital policies and procedures and standards of care
  • Supports activities of nursing committees
  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant issues of nursing practice
  • Demonstrates a commitment to promote a unit environment which supports positive public relations. image and effective communication with patients, visitors, and health team members
  • Displays a positive manner in the work environment
  • Responds to conflict or stressful situations in a constructive and sensitive manner
  • Demonstrates a commitment to primary nursing
  • Collaborates with patient and/or family and physician to identify discharge plan and ensures that discharge plan is current
  • Negotiates with other nurses to determine coverage and define lines of communication and responsibility to assure continuity of care
  • Maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients to individualize patient care and functions as a patient advocate
  • Facilitates discharge planning
  • Participates in arranging follow-up care with other facilities and documents discharge planning activities
  • According to UMMC Policy and Procedure, the professional nurse will:

-  Demonstrate the ability to care for adolescent psychiatric patients.

-  Demonstrate the ability to care for adult psychiatric patients.

-  Complete a comprehensive physical assessment.

-  Admit a patient.

-  Discharge a patient.

-  Deliver medications.

-  Deliver IV’s.

-  Deliver blood and blood products.

-  Prepare a patient for the operating room.

-  Care for the post-operative patient.

-  Assess a patient at risk for falls and implement a prevention plan.

-  Assess a patient at risk for skin breakdown and implement a prevention plan.

-  Assess patient’s pain and treat.

  • Demonstrate ability with the following:
  • Group/individual relationship skill.
  • Utilize milieu and group dynamics to promote improved patient.
  • Utilize safe restraints.
  • Manage acting out/assaultive patients/psychiatric emergencies.
  • Suicide precautions.
  • Behavioral treatment contracts.
  • Promote improved reality testing.
  • Utilize mental health community resources. 
    • Performs other duties as required.


    • Currently registered by the Board of Registration in Nursing for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts OR
    • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing who has temporary license status.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Work is of medium to heavy demand, standing and walking most of the time; frequently lifts patient with assistance; frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling instruments and equipment when attending to patients’ needs; talking and hearing for discussion with patients and supervisors; near visual acuity for accurate reading of gauges and thermometers and for recording patient’s charts.


    SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Performs independently within established policies and procedures and standards of practice designated in the Department of Nursing.  Seeks guidance from Nurse Manager when necessary.


    SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  May be assigned to function as a resource nurse and/or supervise clinical activities of other nursing personnel within the Department of Nursing.


    ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:  Usual working environment found on acute and intensive patient care units.  Exposure to blood products, body fluids, chemotherapy, and/or other potentially toxic medications.  Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.


    Realize Your Opportunities – A Career at UMASS Medical School

    Inside Workings at UMASS Medical School

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, is proud of our role in serving the people of Massachusetts. Although, its the inside workings of UMMS that makes the difference.

    Mission and Culture

    • We’re serious about our mission and about our people. 
    • Real World Impact - Our people get excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service.
    • International Prominence and New Opportunities - As this institution has grown to national – and international – prominence, we’ve found new opportunities to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists,  discover causes of and cures for disease and help improve the quality of health care.
    • Deep Commitment - With our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, and our other teaching affiliates, we share a deep commitment to national distinction in patient care.
    • Valued Partnerships – UMMS partners with Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting arm of UMMS. Also, UMMS partners with MassBiologics in scientific collaborations, technology management and creating partnerships for the development of products for the benefit of patients.  These valued partnerships help us to provide services and programs to help meet our needs at UMMS and the public.
    • Proud Contributors - People at UMMS enjoy the feeling of going to work every day knowing what they do is truly important and worthwhile.
    • Complementary and Inseparable - These varied parts of our mission and culture are complementary and inseparable.                 


    UMMS, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion.  UMMS is a world-class institution with opportunities to match. 

    Competitive Compensation – UMMS offers salaries that are competitive with Worcester-area employers. When combined with our generous benefits, perks, and paid time off, many job seekers are surprised to find a total rewards package that matches or exceeds their current situation.

    Targeted Hiring Process – At UMMS, there are actually multiple hiring processes for different segments of our workforce.  In nearly all cases, UMMS hiring process is decentralized, with qualified candidates screened and referred to an academic officer or manager with hiring authority.

    24/7 Access to Employment Opportunities – iCIMS is our online job search and application system.  iCIMS is available 24/7 to provide you with a convenient and up-to-date view of the available employment opportunities across our campuses. Updates are made daily and include all faculty and non-faculty position listings from every school and department within the UMMS. When you identify a position you are interested in and qualified for, apply online. New opportunities become available frequently so it pays to check back often!


    With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, UMMS may be exactly the employer you’ve been looking for.

    • Superior Benefits - UMMS offers a wide range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the Worcester area – and with academic institutions anywhere. UMMS provides superior medical and dental coverage for you and your family, fully funded retirement plans, generous time off, a Tuition Assistance Plan – and much more.

    • People Centered - UMMS is an employer, but it is also a community. Its comprehensive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, and even paid holidays reflect an institution built around people, with a deep respect for their differences and needs.

    • Commitment to Healthy Living - UMMS provides resources to help you balance work and life and encourages healthy living through great programs and discounts for fitness, physical activity, weight management, nutritional counseling and general wellness available through our health insurance plans.

    • Breadth of Offerings - Above all, the breadth of UMMS offerings set the School apart and makes it an environment favored by all sorts of smart, career-savvy people.

    Apply for a Job

    As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

    Online - To view all job opportunities and apply online, visit and click on the “Careers” tab.

    Start Now and Realize Your Opportunities!

    A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

    1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
    1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
    1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
    1979: PhD program begins
    1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
    1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
    1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
    2001: Lazare Research Building opens
    2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
    2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
    2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
    2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
    2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
    2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
    2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
    2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

    Get job alerts

    Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

    Create alert