Oregon Health & Science University

RN, Cognitive Behavioral Nurse (Experienced)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
ONA union represented
OHSU Emergency Department
Salary Range
Based on ONA contracted rates
12 hour shifts. Week 1: Fr, Sa, Su; Week 2: Th, Fr, Sa; Week 3: Mo, Tu, We; Repeat
1900 - 0730; start times and days may vary if operational needs change.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

OHSU cares for acutely and critically ill patients in our Emergency Department.  We provide the latest evidence-based care and have a reputation for effective teamwork.  Emergency nurses understand the importance of their independent scope of practice and engage in dependent scope of practice decision making with the team.  Emergency nurses also provide patient and family-centered care for the full spectrum of illnesses.


The OHSU Emergency Department provides around-the-clock multidisciplinary services to clients of all ages across the life span.  The department hosts a Level 1 Trauma Center, Triage (including Fast-track and Rapid Medical Evaluations), Adult Acute Care, Adult Critical Care, Observation Unit, and Acute Psychiatric Care.   Patients arrive to the ED via ambulance, walk-in, through the transfer center (Trauma & PANDA), and via Rapid Response Team.

Function/Duties of Position

Hiring Bonus and Relocation Package Available


  • Part time:  12 hour shifts, every third weekend; Wk 1: M, Su; Wk 2: F, Sa; Wk 3 W, Su; Repeat. Nights; 7pm - 7:30 am*

*Start times and days may vary if operational needs change


The ED is responsible for assessing patient needs, planning and coordinating interventions and consultations. Procedures and treatments provided in the ED include but are not limited to: placing venous access, drawing bloodwork, medication, fluid and blood administration, radiography, extremity splinting and reduction, laceration repair, moderate and deep sedation, ultrasonography, intubation, cardioversion, D&C’s, sexual assault exams, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and imminent deliveries.  Patient population and diagnoses vary from minor to critical care and include: chest and abdominal pain, extremity injuries and trauma, migraine, overdose, seizure, dehydration, heart failure, respiratory distress, acute stroke, acute STEMI, acute psychosis/psychological emergencies, infection, and sepsis. Patients may frequently present with alcohol or drug abuse history, and complex medical histories. The ED Team works determine if the patient requires admission or discharge with resources and referrals. The nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1 or 1:5 based on the patients dynamic stability and acuity.


The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations. The Clinical RN's care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics. The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, and knowledge transferor [Onsomble Model of the Professional Role™]. Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RN's engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork. The Clinical RN exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, a Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.

  • Provide continuing care and monitoring of ED patients who present with psychiatric emergencies.
  • Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team on each patient’s plan of care.
  • Create and maintain a safe environment for patients and staff.

Required Qualifications

Minimum requirements for all RNs:

  • Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • BSN preferred
  • Associate Degree Nurses required to enroll in BSN program within 3 years of hire and complete within 5 years of hire.
  • Internal ONA applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Current, unencumbered Oregon State Registered Nurse License
  • BLS at time of hire and must be issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network branch of AHA (upload documentation with online application)
  • BLS must not expire during orientation or probation period, and must have the same expiration date (upload documentation with online application)
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation
  • 2 years of current psychiatric nursing experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Board Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing experience in a locked unit facility

Additional Details

Usual Orientation Time:   Orientation in the ED is dependent on experience level and is tailored to individual learning. The following guidelines apply:

  • Specialty Experience: 4-5 weeks
  • Experience, but not in specialty area: 6-8 weeks

*Bonus Disclaimer: current RN employees at OHSU, Adventist Medical Center in Portland or Hillsboro Medical Center are not eligible for the hiring bonus.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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