mental health substance abuse rn resume example with 9+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Ethical Mental Health Registered Nurse offering [Number] years of experience providing mental health nursing care to diverse populations. Certified in [Area of certification] and [Area of certification]. Accomplished and seasoned professional skillful in developing individualized plans of care and performing mental health assessments, including interviews, lab tests, physical exams and written and verbal tests. Personable individual possessing positive attitude and excellent critical thinking skills.

  • Strong clinical judgment
  • Preventative health
  • Acute care expertise
  • Patient and family advocacy
  • Patient consultation
Phoenix University Orlando, FL, Expected in Bachelor of Science : Management Science - GPA :
Sullivan County Community College Loch Sheldrake, NY Expected in Associate of Applied Science : Nursing - GPA :
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL Expected in Bachelor of Science : Nursing - GPA :
Capella University Minneapolis, MN Expected in 08/2014 Master Healthcare Administration : Health Administration - GPA :
Phoenix University Orlando, FL, Expected in 05/2007 MBA : - GPA :
  • [Area of expertise] License - [Timeframe]
  • Licensed [Job Title] - [Timeframe]
Work History
Valor Healthcare - Mental Health Substance Abuse RN
Bradford, PA, 10/2019 - Current
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for and strive to protect health, safety, and rights of patient.
  • Facilitated therapeutic communication, conflict resolution and crisis intervention by redirecting negative behaviors and helping patients regain or improve coping abilities to prevent further disability.
  • Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions.
  • Explained course of care and medications, including side effects to patients and caregivers in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Quickly responded to situations impacting safety and security to unit, actualizing crisis prevention interventions to control and de-escalate situations.
  • Assessed patients' physical and mental status by analyzing complaints and symptoms.
  • Educated patients and family members about medical conditions and mental health, medications, treatments and preventive measures.
Orlando VA Medical Center - Inpatient MH Registered Nurse
City, STATE, 08/2019 - 10/2019
  • Cared for patients in 20-bed unit, supporting fellow nurses in delivering outstanding treatment to patients.
  • Managed 5 nurses and nursing activities in 20-bed hospital by providing comprehensive nursing guidance and maintaining outstanding patient satisfaction and care standards.
  • Led successful 7-person team comprised of RNs, LPNs and ancillary staff.
  • Adhered to strict safety measures by carefully determining proper dosages before administering medications.
  • Implemented care plans for patient treatment after assessing physician medical regimens.
  • Performed ongoing assessments to evaluate mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to develop, initiate, manage and modify individualized plans of care.
  • Reported patients' status and delegated nurse assignments to achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Quickly responded to situations impacting safety and security to unit, actualizing crisis prevention interventions to control and de-escalate situations.
  • Led teams in driving successful patient outcomes by prioritizing standard of care and best practices.
  • Followed all personal and health data procedures to effectively comply with HIPAA laws and prevent information breaches.
  • Participated in education activities, including evidence-based practice project implementation, nursing competency development and nursing simulation activities.
  • Observed and documented patient factors such as diets, physical activity levels and behaviors to understand conditions and effectively modify treatment plans.
  • Participated in performance improvement policy committee to discuss policies, propose revisions and implement changes.
  • Applied nursing expertise to meet needs of substance abuse patients in challenging inpatient mental health environment.
Lake Baldwin VAMC - Telehealth Licensed Practical Nurse
City, STATE, 05/2011 - 04/2019
  • Monitored, tracked and conveyed important patient information to healthcare staff to help optimize treatment planning and care delivery.
  • Managed appointment calendar for [Number]+ scans and evaluations per week.
  • Educated clients, patients and caregivers on medical diagnoses, treatment options, chronic disease self-management and wound management.
  • Applied interpersonal communication skills to comfort and counsel patients and families throughout care process.
  • Managed patient care through closely monitoring respiration, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
  • Documented and resolved [Issue] which led to [Results].
  • Supervised team of [Number] staff members.
  • Collaborated with team of [Number] in the development of [Project name].

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School Attended

  • Phoenix University
  • Sullivan County Community College
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • Capella University
  • Phoenix University

Job Titles Held:

  • Mental Health Substance Abuse RN
  • Inpatient MH Registered Nurse
  • Telehealth Licensed Practical Nurse


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master Healthcare Administration
  • MBA

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